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Information Bulletin #17

posted Mar 25, 2013, 7:37 AM by Keith Gilbert   [ updated Mar 25, 2013, 7:38 AM ]
Date:  March 21, 2013
From:  LJIS Board


The LJIS Annual Meeting was held on March 7.  Actions and discussion included the following:
  • Review of the Financial Report for 2012 (posted on LJIS Website).
  • Election of Karen Krebsbach to a second 3-year Board term, and election of Bill Schultz and Jon Hartman to  3-year terms as new Board members.  Thanks to John Swanson for serving the last three years.
  • Members supported continued removal of resident geese during their molting period, and Jennie Michels has volunteered again to manage the contract removal.
  • Dave Millet, Presbyterian Homes, presented the latest lakeside landscaping plan for their new facility.
  • Gregg Larson summarized the MN DNR process to develop a Lake Vegetation Management Plan for Lake Johnna that must be completed by spring 2014.
  • Steve Nelson asked lakeshore owners to clean-up after fireworks and brought a large box of debris that was collected off the ice after New Year's celebrations this January.
The Board met after the Annual Meeting and reelected Gregg Larson, President; Paul Rolvaag, Treasurer; and Roberta Thompson, Secretary.  After discussing names that were volunteered during the meeting and Board interest, a letter will be sent to the MN DNR identifying Gregg Larson, Roger Williams, and Fred Berndt as LJIS representatives on the DNR Lake Vegetation Management Plan Drafting Committee.  Other members of the Committee will be appointed by the DNR, and the first public meeting is expected this spring (see separate story).


The Board has renewed its treatment contract with Lake Restoration, Inc. for 2013 treatment.  There will be no increase in treatment costs so dues are the same as last year.  If you have not already paid your dues, please send your both your dues and the DNR Signature Form to Roberta Thompson as soon as possible so we can submit the DNR permit application.  Members will be notified of treatment dates a few days before they are scheduled, subject to weather.

PLEASE NOTE:  By law, treatment is restricted to only about 20% of the portion of the lake that is 15 feet or less in depth, primarily along the shoreline where members have paid dues and specified their area for treatment.  Other parts of the lake are not treated, and Northwestern College and Presbyterian Homes are limited to 100 feet each of treatment on their lengthy shorelines.  Therefore, when you see weeds in the lake, they are usually in areas that are not treated.  Although treatment is effective in knocking down the growing part of the plants, it does not completely kill the plants because new, and more problematic vegetation can fill the void.  For this reason, two applications are usually required during the summer to control growth.  Vallisineria, sometimes called wild celery, is an especially difficult plant to control with current herbicides.  It's more susceptible to our first treatment early in the summer, but by mid-summer is usually unresponsive to the second.


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will initiate work on a Lake Vegetation Management Plan for Lake Johanna this spring.  Lake Johanna was one of nine lakes exempted from a 2009 rulemaking that established a treatment limit of 15% of the littoral area (depth of 15 feet or less) for all Minnesota lakes.  The rulemaking required that the nine lakes that had grandfathered treatment programs had to complete planning activities by 2014 that would bring them into compliance with the 2009 rule.  Lake Johanna currently treats about 20% of the littoral area.

The DNR will hold an initial public meeting this spring and then complete a point-intercept survey of the lake to systematically characterize the types of vegetation in Lake Johanna.  The Plan will provide for management of any invasive species found in the lake.  At present, the only invasive species identified in Lake Johanna is Curley-
Leaf Pondweed.  While we've been fortunate to remain free of Eurasian Milfoil, most lakes in Ramsey County now appear on the DNR's lnfested Lake listing, and nearby Lake Josephine was added to the list in February 2013.

A second public hearing will be held early in 2014 to obtain comments on a draft Plan, after which a final Plan will be prepared.  Beginning in 2014, treatment of vegetation in Lake Johanna will limited to a maximum of 100 feet for properties with over 200 feet or more of shoreline; 50% of the shoreline for properties with less than 200 feet of shoreline, but more than 75 feet; and 35 feet for properties with less than 75 feet of shoreline.


Remember that old Captain and Tennille song?  It doesn't apply to the local population on Lake Johanna, which has been gnawing on some boats, wiring, and other shoreline fixtures.  There are a number of individuals or firms that will trap muskrats on private property (Bill Elliot, 651-387-0197; A All Animal Control, 612-227-8224; and Critter Control, 651-646-1639).  Although it's not yet widespread problem that warrants an LJIS response similar to goose removal, trappers will provide a discount to multiple residents that contract with them.  Contact Roberta Thompson<> if you're interested in coordinating removal for a discounted price.


The Board has moved the LJIS annual picnic at Tony Schmidt Park up to Tuesday evening, June 18, rather than the hold it at the usual time in August when many residents are away.  Mari Salveson and Karen Krebsbach will make the picnic arrangements.  Mark your calendars for this FREE and FUN event for all members.