The Big Lake Community Lakes Association Board Members would like to thank everyone who attended the Annual meeting on August 2, 2014. A HUGE thanks to Russell's on the Lake for the delicious breakfast buffet. The meeting was attended by 58 members.
The Association is continuing in its efforts: to educate the public about aquatic invasive species; to promote environmentally friendly water run-off areas; to treat the maximum amount of weeds allowed by the DNR; to stock the lakes with fingerlings (7 to 9 inches in length); to fight for a sharing of the funding given to Sherburne County for educating and control of invasives.
The guest speaker was Ken Grob from the Hubbard County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force. He stressed the importance of preventing the spread of AIS. Currently we have two. Eurasian Milfoil and Curly-Leaf Pondweed. The BLCLA and City are working to control these. We treat the maximum areas allowed by the DNR. To keep these two AIS from spreading to other lakes make sure that you drain your watercraft, wash it and any live wells thoroughly, dry it out and let it dry for an additional five days before putting your watercraft in another lake.
We are very concerned about another AIS – Zebra Mussels. If you ever take your watercraft into another water body please practice the simple prevention procedures described above, i.e. drain, wash and dry for at least five days. The DNR does have a special portable decontamination unit. It will be at Lakeside Park on August 23. If we purchased a unit like this it would help control the spread of AIS from our lake but would not control incoming contamination. That is why it is so important for you to be careful with your watercraft.
The Association thanks Jen Berg for her service to the Board, as she retires. New Board member, Raeanne Danielowski was elected and welcomed. Jeff Nagorski and Robert Eddy were reelected.