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09/14/2016 - PLEASE REMIND YOUR FALL SERVICE PROVIDERS OR BE AWARE IF YOU ARE REMOVING LAKE EQUIPMENT — INSPECTION IS CRUCIAL!

Help protect Big Sand from aquatic invasive species. When removing boats, docks, lifts, or other water-related equipment from lakes and rivers, carefully inspect everything to make sure there are no aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, or New Zealand mudsnails attached. Look on the posts, wheels, and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons, and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.

 

09/20/2016 - BIG SAND PARTICIPANTS WANTED - AIS SUMMIT OCTOBER 5-6 IN ST. CLOUD

Note: Early Discounted Registration Closes on Wednesday, September 21

 

The summit provides an opportunity to hear the latest information available about aquatic invasive species (AIS) and to share prevention strategies. MN Lakes and Rivers is the primary sponsor of the summit. If interested in representing Big Sand Lake, please contact Catharine Williamson, spiritw@me.com. More information about the summit and the MN Lakes and Rivers organization is available on this page in the left hand column under BSLA Information/Advocacy Memberships. Or click here (http://aissummit.mnlakesandrivers.org/registration).

 

09/20/2016 - PUBLIC ACCESS RENOVATION ON HOLD FOR NOW

A BSLA representative contacted David Schotozko, DNR, for an update on the status of clean up following removal of the house and plans for further development on the property the DNR purchased next to the current public access. Below is his response:

 

"Our archeologists had to make numerous visits to the site as they had some concerns that needed to be addressed. I understand the site inspections are getting the formal review right now and I was told last week I should be able to get the hole filled in from the house. As far as a site plan, this is likely years out as I have a growing list of sites that need development, but no money." - Dave 218-766-7529

 

09/14/2016 - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

Volunteers are needed immediately to fill vacancies for BSLA Board Secretary, Newsletter Editor and AIS Early Detection Monitors. In addition, a volunteer is needed to serve as the Big Sand Social Media Coordinator. Click here to learn more about the responsibilities for these interesting and important volunteer opportunities.

 

02/10/2016 - GOOD NEWS FROM ZEBRA MUSSEL VELIGER AND DISSOLVED OXYGEN MONITORING

Richard Sederstrom, Big Sand volunteer responsible for collecting water samples from Big Sand to send to RMB laboratories for testing for microscopic zebra mussel veligers, happily reports that the latest results confirms that no villagers were found in Big Sand, nor in any other Hubbard County lake. Richard also conducts regular water clarity readings and reports that the latest secchi disc sample on September 6th was clear for 27 feet of depth.

 

Richard also shared the following information he received from Doug Kinsley, DNR Fisheries, Park Rapids, on the subject of the dissolved oxygen (oxygen available to sustain animal like in the lake especially appropriate to the health of the cisco population in the depths of the lake): "You are correct that DO is decreasing in the lower level of the water column. That is a normal occurrence. The good news is there was still over 24 feet of water with temperatures cooler than 68oF (20oC) and with DO greater than 3 ppm. We are seeing conditions on some of our lakes (Kabekona, Long, Straight) that have less than 1 feet with that combination of cool temperatures and adequate DO. As a result, there was a fish kill of Lake Whitefish on Kabekona." Thank you to Richard for volunteering his time for these important projects.

 

09/14/2016 - TERRIBLE NEWS FROM THE DNR - ZEBRA MUSSELS CONFIRMED IN DETROIT LAKE

DNR invasive species staff confirmed two juvenile and two adult zebra mussels at two locations about a mile apart on Detroit Lake in nearby Becker county. No other details of the findings were reported. In the same press release, the DNR also confirmed zebra mussel findings in two other lakes — Signalness Lake (popularly known as Mountain Lake) in Pope County, and Round Lake in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. reported “Ten new finds have been confirmed this season, similar to the number confirmed last year at this time. We also add some connected waters to the list when their infestation is likely.” According to the press release the number of new zebra mussel findings in 2016 is similar in number to 2015. Click here for a complete copy of the press release.

 

09/14/2016 - MORE BAD NEWS FROM THE DNR - STARRY STONEWORT, A NEW INVASIVE THREAT

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Minnesota's third and fourth cases of the invasive algae starry stonewort, in Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County and Cass Lake, within the Leech Lake Reservation in Beltrami County. DNR staff also confirmed starry stonewort among heavy native plant growth in a northeast section of Cass Lake, near the Knutson Dam on the Leech Lake Reservation. Further investigation will reveal the extent of the infestation and potential treatment options on Cass Lake. The second case of starry stonewort in Minnesota was confirmed earlier this month in Turtle Lake, also in Beltrami County. The first was confirmed one year ago in Lake Koronis, 185 miles due south of Turtle Lake. Click here for a complete copy of the press release.

 

07/22/2016 - Have You Forgotten an Important Summer Task?

If you have not yet renewed your Big Sand Lake Association (BSLA) membership, or if you have been meaning to join as a first time member, please click on one of the following links, "Renew My Membership", "Become a Member", or "Become an Associate Member" (a reduced rate for non-resident Big Sand friends and adult children of BSLA members) for a quick, easy and secure way to take care of this task. Thank you in advance for your membership!

 

 
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Find out why the minor watersheds are important. Learn how buffers, rain gardens, and other proactive steps help protect them. Karen Terry will be facilitating the Watershed Game, which is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connection between land use and water quality. Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices (BMPs) and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts.

 

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