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Le Sueur Co. Environmental Services - Fall Newsletter

View the last of the 2020 newsletters here.

Minnesota's Freshwater Mussels

Learn more about these bivalves and what they do for our lakes and rivers here. (Posted September 9, 2020)


Eurasian Watermilfoil Alert

Message from Holly Kalbus, Le Sueur County Environmental Services:

Le Sueur County has received news from the Minnesota DNR that there is a new infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil on Upper Sakatah Lake. It sounds like the patch is very small and seems to be congregated to one area on the south side of lake. The Minnesota DNR will be looking at Lower Sakatah Lake (located in Rice County) within the next week or so. The County’s response to this new infestation is to contact neighboring counties, any lake associations, and any other stakeholders to make them aware of the new infestation. We are also hoping to do some sort of press release to get the word out to the public. Our goal is to do some type of management this fall, and if necessary do a follow up management in the spring.

Please spread the word! We do not want Eurasian Watermilfoil to spread to any other lakes within the County or to neighboring Counties! (Posted August 21, 2020)


County Broadband Update + Action Item

TL;DR: Take a minute to click here and add your internet speed information into a MN mapping project designed to understand broadband needs statewide!

The Longer Version:
From the MN Broadband Coalition…

“The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is pleased to announce the launch of the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative,” said Vince Robinson, Chair of the MN Rural Broadband Coalition. “There is no doubt that the lack of broadband in rural Minnesota hampers telework, distance learning, and telehealth.

Our goal is to find out exactly where broadband service is available in rural Minnesota and what speeds people are receiving.”

TAKE THE TEST BY CLICKING HERE

These speed tests, mapped by GEO Partners, clearly show the speeds available in cities and townships across the three northern Minnesota counties.

“For years we’ve been relying on incomplete data to make big decisions on broadband infrastructure in Minnesota,” said Nathan Zacharias, Project Manager for the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative. “Most broadband maps stop at the census block, township, or county level. The Minnesota Speed Test Initiative will give us house-by-house data that just isn’t available anywhere else. We’re very excited to get this project in the field.”

The speed test can be taken with any device that has an internet or cellular connection and takes less than one minute to complete. No personal information will be collected. Testing data will be statistically valid and provide a map of what service levels are for any given area in the state.

This information will be an important tool for communities -- including our Le Sueur County extended initiative -- that are planning a broadband expansion project through the FCC, USDA, or MN Border to-Border Broadband Grant Program, and other-sourced projects (like our county Blandin Foundation grant).

COVID-19 has shown us how important access to broadband is for every Minnesotan now that we’re being asked to work, learn, or receive care from home. Broadband is no different than any other basic utility that people need. It is an essential part of our daily lives. (Posted August 9, 2020)


Safety and Boating Rule Reminders:

See this KARE-11 news item for safety warnings shared by a local firefighter, and a story for us all to learn by/remember (i.e. bow-riding on pontoons is illegal! And adhere to no-wake rules!). (Posted August 9, 2020)

Le Sueur Co. Environmental Services:

Has published their quarterly newsletter, which you can view for yourselves here. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone! (Posted July 2, 2020).

Le Sueur Co. Broadband Initiative:

Le Sueur County has received a grant from the Blandin Foundation, and is working on a countywide broadband initiative. Now that some of the early planning meetings are complete, they're asking all county residents to vote on how to spend those grant funds; voting closes on June 29. To learn more about the initiative -- and to access the vote link -- please visit their website (and feel free to share widely with other Le Sueur Co. residents). (Posted June 22, 2020)

More on 2020 Lake Spraying:

Because you've had questions...

1. Homeowners getting shoreline weed treatment around your dock for the first time in 2020: as you've probably seen from the Lake Improvement Consultants (LIC) email, DNR permits have been slightly delayed this year due to COVID. Treatments will begin once the permits have been issued; meanwhile please keep your pink tags out on your docks.

2. Those of you who already have your DNR permits from past years should see the LIC folks out this week treating around your docks (wind and weather permitting).

3. Those of you who missed the Offshore and Shoreline deadlines for this year and/or want to be proactive for next year (to get necessary paperwork and permits complete before spraying begins) should send an email to gjglaspraying@gmail.com and we'll add you to the list of association members to keep in the loop.

4. If you have specific questions about the treatments used, or want to know more about lake health in general, please use the "contact us" tab on the LIC website. (Posted June 2, 2020)


2020 Lake Spraying Program Updates:

The 2020 season for controlling/managing curly leaf pondweed has begun.

As of Tuesday, May 19th, we treated approximately 50 acres of curly-leaf pondweed out in the larger, public, waters of the Jefferson Shores area on East Jefferson, and several locations on Middle and West Jefferson lakes. This was possible thanks to the interest of sufficient numbers of lake users who all contributed to the costs of the project, known as Offshore treatments. If you have an interest in participating in Offshore efforts next year, please email gjglaspraying@gmail.com and we will contact you with the specifics.

The Shoreline (around independent homeowner docks) treatments are tentatively scheduled for the first week in June (weather/wind permitting). Those of you who signed up for shoreline/dock treatments were recently mailed the pink tags you should affix to your docks prior to treatment (the tags help us to identify your property). The tags were sent to the mailing address that we have on file for you. Please see the instructions included in that mailing, and let Lake Improvement Consulting know if you have not received your tag or if you have any questions. If you are interested in future Shoreline treatments, please use the "contact us" tab at https://lakeimprovementconsulting.com/.

German Lake property owners: Our goal continues to be to add your lake to these spraying efforts. If you are interested in Offshore treatment of German, please email gjglaspraying@gmail.com. We are also still looking for a German Lake Coordinator to assist with the larger efforts for your lake, please let us know of your interest using that same email address. (Posted May 30, 2020)

Annual Meeting Update:

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Member Meeting is *postponed* until further notice. We will update members via our online channels of Facebook and this website. Thank you for your support of our association and these chain of lakes. (Posted May 11, 2020)

DNR/Fisheries - Waterville Area Newsletters Links

The MN DNR/Waterville Area Fisheries folks have provided links to all their recent newsletters, including the one for Spring, 2020. Click here to find them. (Posted April 12, 2020)


Free Webinars

Free Webinars (and webinar recordings) are available from the Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates! Check out their website for a number of interesting sessions available for free to all, and on a variety of topics, including watershed protection, enhanced wake watercraft's impact on lakes, septic system tips, soil health, and many others. Or click here to get to the webinars directly.  (Posted April 11, 2020)


Le Sueur Co. Environmental Services 

Has published their quarterly spring newsletter; read it here! (Posted April 1, 2020)


Member News - Please read on for two important announcements: 

(1) POSTPONEMENT OF THE GJGLA ANNUAL MEETING:

For the safety and consideration of our members in these COVID-19 times, the Annual Meeting for GJGLA Members has been postponed to Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Marysburg Church Hall. We will communicate any changes to this plan via these same channels.  As of May 11, 2020, the Annual Meeting is postponed until further notice.

(2) MEMBERSHIP REMINDER: 

As we announced last fall, and effective this year (2020), the GJGLA Board is moving to an April 30th dues expiration date. What that means: all dues will be good for one year (May 1-April 30, unless you're a Lifetime Member).

Also new this year: you now have the option to buy a Lifetime Membership at a one-time cost of $500! Lifetime dues never expire. The other resident member options are also still available, and are renewed annually. They include: $25 (Regular), $50 (Guarantor), or $100 (Benefactor) membership options.

Your membership buys continued efforts and stewardship on behalf of the Jefferson-German chain of lakes and its watershed, improving lakes water quality, education, collaborative efforts with area agencies, and ongoing communication and information-sharing.

As always, dues payments can be made any time via credit card at our website (www.jgla.camp7.org), or by sending your check to P.O. Box 286, Cleveland MN 56017.  (Posted March 21, 2020)

Le Sueur County Broadband Initiative

While the GJGLA and Board holds no position on this initiative, we are using our communication platforms to pass along information regarding Le Sueur County's Broadband Initiative. We are also sharing the link to their survey (which you are encouraged to share with others). For those of you who like a lot of additional information, the full text of Barbara's message is available here. (Posted March 10, 2020).

If you have additional questions, please contact Barbara directly:
Barbara Dröher Kline
Le Sueur County Broadband Initiative
prairieconnect@bevcomm.net


Storm Siren Listeners Needed

Le Sueur County is looking for year-round residents willing to listen for the monthly storm siren tests. If you're usually home around 1:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month and willing/able to listen for our lake siren tests during that time, please contact Tammy: tstewig@co.le-sueur.mn.us

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Be a Watercraft Inspector! Earn $$!

WaterGuards is pleased to manage the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection Program in Le Sueur County this summer. We have begun the hiring process for inspectors and would like to extend the job opportunity to your lakeshore owners (and their relatives/friends). We hope to be fully staffed by the end of March (DNR Training will be in April).

Details:

  • Work at a Lake this Summer as a Watercraft Inspector in Le Sueur County!
  • The job is great for 55+, teachers and students.
  • This position runs from May until September.
  • Pay is $12-14/hour
  • Hours are from 10-24+ per week. You tell us how much you want to work!
  • You must be willing to work weekend and holiday shifts. Most shifts are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but other days are available at some lakes.

General description: Watercraft inspections are an effort to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species (zebra mussels, milfoil, etc.). Watercraft inspectors educate the public and help to conduct inspections at public water access sites on lakes and rivers from mid-May through Labor Day.

Duties:

  • Educate the public on invasive species program and issues
  • Inspect boats and trailers for invasive species
  • Conduct a verbal survey & inspection inventory
  • Document and record watercraft inspection activities

For complete position description and to apply, go to: www.WaterGuards.net/employment

Please let Stephanie (contact info below) know if you have any questions. 

Stephanie Johnson, WaterGuards, LLC, sjohnson@waterguards.netwww.WaterGuards.net (phone): 320.249.7550

(Posted February, 2020)

E-Newsletters of Interest

We're pleased to share some recent electronic newsletters with you. Click here to read updates from Le Sueur County Environmental Services. Click here and here to read news from Wildlife/Fisheries. (Posted January, 2020).

Membership News:

To make things easier to remember, and effective beginning in 2020, the GJGLA Board has decided to move to an April 30th dues expiration date. What that means is this: all dues will be good for one year (April 30-April 30, unless you're a Lifetime Member). If you've typically been renewing around the time of the spring meeting, now we'll ask you for your dues a month earlier. Conversely, if you're someone who's been paying your dues other times in the year, your new due date will be different (and consistent from year to year). If you're not due now but send your annual renewal anyway (see rate options below), it's good until *April 30, 2021*!

Also new this year: you now have the option to buy a Lifetime Membership at a one-time cost of $500! Lifetime dues never expire. The other resident member options are also still on offer, renewed annually, and include $25 (Regular), $50 (Guarantor), or $100 (Benefactor).

Your membership buys continued efforts and stewardship on behalf of the Jefferson-German chain of lakes and its watershed, improving lakes water quality, education, collaborative efforts with area agencies, and ongoing communication and information-sharing.

As always, dues payments can be made via credit card here on the website (use the membership application tab), or by sending your check to P.O. Box 286, Cleveland MN 56017. (Posted October, 2019).

Silent Auction THANKS!

The GJGLA sends our sincere THANK YOUs to donators, bidders, volunteers, members, cash contributors, and everyone who helped to raise additional funds for the GJGLA and our efforts toward the Phosphorous Reduction Projects around our chain of lakes! Please see more specifically who to thank (or which businesses to consider patronizing) here. (Posted September, 2019).


News & Save the Dates:

1. GJGLA Fall Educational Meeting: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 10:00-Noon at the German  Lake Lutheran Church. See agenda/topics here.

2. Minutes from the Annual Meeting: Available now, see link in right side bar -->

3. Silent Auction fundraiser! To complete our promise of $12,000.00 for the county phosphorus reduction project, we're having a silent auction! Check out the flyer below, and auction item details here!


Off-shore AIS treatments news:

Off-shore treatments for curly-leaf pondweed have been completed on portions of West, Middle, and East Jefferson. If you pledged to contribute to these treatments and have not yet sent your check to Lee, please do so at your earliest convenience. Make checks payable to the GJGLA and send to: Lee Plonske, 26400 Sioux Trail, Madison Lake, MN 56063. If you have any questions, email Lee: gjglaspraying@gmail.com  



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2019 GJGLA Annual Member Meeting

Where: Marysburg Church Hall

When: Saturday, May 25, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Added attendance incentive this year: Door Prizes! Watch this site for updates on agenda items and mark your calendars, we'll plan to see you there!


2019 Weed Spraying Updates! 

(As of April 3, 2019)

The GJGLA spraying program for 2019 on your lakes is starting now!

There are two spraying options:  Shoreline treatment and Offshore treatment. The Shoreline treatment concentrates around the dock area, and the Offshore treatment creates a path starting 100 feet offshore and that spans a width of 50 feet.  For more details and explanation, see the Shoreline vs Offshore Treatment document here.

If you are interested in supporting offshore spraying on your lake, a commitment to participate is all that is required today. To participate, send an email to gjglaspraying@gmail.com. We will then contact you with the specifics. 

German Lake property owners: Our goal is to add your lake for offshore spraying this year. If you have an interest, please email the above address. We are looking for a volunteer to assist Lee with the German Lake spraying oversight, if you can help, please let Lee know by contacting him at the above email address. Swedes Bay Lake property owners: only two people indicated interest in offshore spraying on Swedes Bay this year, but you can still consider personal (shoreline) options, see next paragraph. 

If you are a new shoreline treatment customer, and want to buy individual lake treatments for near your shore or dock areas for the first time in 2019please use this form here.  If you are a returning shoreline (dock) treatments customer, and have had this service provided in the past, please use this form here.  

2019 Shoreland Restoration Cost-Share Opportunity:



2019 Lake Spraying

A new year, a new season of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) lake treatments! Your support last season is a testament to the importance of weed control in your areas. We look forward to working with you again this year, and invite you to encourage your neighbors to participate, as well. 

To accommodate you, we are starting now to ensure we have everyone who has an interest in controlling curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian milfoil signed up. To do so, or for any questions, contact Lee Plonske: gjglaspraying@gmail.com or 507.995.5281. 


Thank you!

'Tis a season of giving thanks, and we at the GJGLA have *you* to be grateful for! We also thank all our wonderful sponsors for Summer Splash '18, which raised so much of the money we gave toward the county's Phosphorous Reduction Project! Hope to see you again for Summer Splash '19! 


We enjoyed a terrific

Fall Educational Meeting

thanks to all of you! 

As promised, here are the slides or images we have from the day's meeting:

Master slides (courtesy of Same Gore; these are great for contact information on all our presenters)

Phosphorous Reduction Project (courtesy of Mike Schultz)

Fish in this chain of lakes (courtesy of Sky Wigen)

For slides from Paul & Katie Kaari (who spoke about the various lake weeds and ways to respond to them), please visit their website.



The 2018 GJGLA Fall Educational Meeting is TOMORROW! We welcome you to this annual event, bring a neighbor, too! Details include:

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. - Noon

Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church on German Lake (22693 German Lake Rd, Le Center, MN 56057)

Speakers and Topics:

  • Le Sueur County Commissioner Steve Rohlfing - bridge repairs
  • Representative from DNR Fisheries - survey of fish in this chain of lakes
  • Representative from Le Sueur Sheriff's Dept. - water patrol information
  • Soil and Water Director Mike Schultz - phosphorus reduction project
  • DNR Representative Allison Gamble - invasive species/weed control
  • And many more! We look forward to seeing you there!


Le Sueur County and High Speed Internet:

There's a broadband initiative under way, and Le Sueur County is collecting resident input! Please let them know what you think by answering their survey here!


UPDATED: Docks-in date for area lakes: beginning October 15, 2018 (So if you use the docks when pulling your boats, do that *this weekend*)

Updated dates confirmed via a call on 10/11/18 from Pat Hoffman, another Parks & Trails person who wants to get the word out about the change! Docks all expected to be in the week of Oct. 15-19. Call Pat with any questions: 507-267-4772.


Save the Date!

What: GJGLA Fall Educational Meeting

When: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018

Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, German Lake (22693 German Lake Rd, Le Center, MN 56057)

Come back soon for details, a list of confirmed presenters, and more!


SUMMER SPLASH

The Greater Jefferson-German Lakes Association has committed $12,000 of the $100,000 match required of stakeholders for the projects.  The German-Jefferson Sportsmen Club has recently contributed $1,000 towards our goal as a concerted effort by both organizations to improve the water quality within the Jefferson-German chain of Lakes. We want to thank them for their support. The remaining match dollars will come from the landowners, developers and other involved parties.

LeSueur County Soil and Water District has received a $400,000 grant from the State of Minnesota for Phosphorous Reduction projects around the Jefferson German Lakes chain. These projects will have measurable improvements in water quality. 

To see the details of the project, go to the following link - http://jgla.camp7.org/resources/Presenntations/November_2017_JGLA_Fall_Mtg.pptx

The Greater Jefferson-German Lakes Association has committed $12,000 of the $100,000 match required of stakeholders for the projects. The remaining match dollars will come from the landowners, developers and other involved parties.

The Greater Jefferson-German Lakes Association is hosting a fundraiser called “Summer Splash” on June 9, at Beaver Dam Resort. The proceeds from the events that day will go towards the Association’s $12,000 commitment to the match.

Your help in this effort, through the purchase of a ticket for the band/dinner, raffle tickets or participation in any of our events will help us all reach this goal, and the bigger goal of projects that will clean our lakes.

GJGLA MISSION Statement

The mission and purpose of the Association is to improve and preserve water quality of the Jefferson-German Chain of Lakes, and advocate clean water for current and future generations.

Our strategies for 2019-2020:

  • Ongoing Aquative Invasive Species (AIS) controls and protection
  • Reduce nutrient run-off from all sources
  • Collaborate with agencies, organizations, programs, and local/state policy makers towards lakes preservation and clean water advocacy
  • Share information and regular communication with members

Members,  Login to see these items:

  • A private membership directory
  • A form to update your information
  • Flyover information
  • Lake report
  • Newsletters

Water PatrolLL

 

Problem on the lake?  Contact:

AJ Sowieja, Deputy and Water Patrol

Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office

88 South Park Avenue

Le Center MN  56057

Land Line 507-357-4440

FAX           507-357-4627

asowieja@co.le-sueur.mn.us

 

Newsletters

If you would like to receive our newsletter, however are not member yet, please send us an email at info@jgla.org and we will put you on our mailing list. We send out newsletters, 2-3 times a year. Newletters cna also be downloaded from our Newsletter page here: http://jgla.camp7.org/membership

News and Articles

"Perfect" lawns are not perfect for your lake - try natural landscaping.

"Perfect" smooth green lawns require frequent mowing, watering, fertilizers and pesticides. When it rains, fertilizers and pesticides can run off into your lake and harm its quality. Consider decreasing the size of your lakeside lawn by planting native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs to provide lakeshore wildlife habitat, stabilize shorelines, and reduce the need for irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers. Learn more about natural landscaping at the Homeowners - GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard web site

Lighten up on lawn chemicals, for your lake's sake.

Fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers we apply on our lawns can wash into our lakes when it rains. Nutrients in fertilizers can lead to algae blooms and lower oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals; pesticides and weed killers can be toxic to people, pets, beneficial insects, fish and wildlife. Protect your lake by minimizing or eliminating use of fertilizers and other yard chemicals. Learn more about environmentally beneficial landscaping at GreenScapes: Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping - Save Time and Money and Have a Greener, Healthier Yard! (PDF) (29 pp, 1.6MB) and Six Easy Steps to a Safe and Healty Lawn for Kids and Pets Web site

Natural lakeshores are picture perfect.

Studies show that most of us come to lakes simply to enjoy their natural beauty. Natural lakeshores are beautiful; they also contribute to improved water quality, which can help increase the value of lakefront property. Keep your lake "picture perfect" by protecting its natural shoreline. Learn more about the economic value of high quality lakes at the Bureau of Land & Water Quality Web site

Get involved! Protect your lake's natural shoreline.

Begin by being an example to others and ensure that your lakeshore property is as lake friendly as it can be. Educate your neighbors and friends about natural landscaping, native plants, living shorelines, and the importance of lakeshore buffers in protecting the quality of your lake. Get involved with your local lake association or visit the EPA's Adopt Your Watershed Web site to find a volunteer group near you that is involved in protecting lakes and their watersheds.

  

Doing some work near your shoreline:

Since 1989 the lake level has varied by over 6 vertical feet!

West Jefferson has been 4 feet lower and almost 3 feet higher!!

Lake name: German

Highest recorded: 1019.86 ft (06/25/1993)
Lowest recorded: 1013.66 ft (11/16/1989)           
Recorded range: 6.2 ft
Runout elevation: 1017.20

 

West Jefferson

Highest recorded: 1019.82 ft (06/24/1993)
Lowest recorded: 1012.9 ft (06/10/1990)
Recorded range: 6.92 ft
Last reading: 1017.1 ft (11/27/2011

Lake water level report.docx

Comments, questions, opinions and concerns expressed before during and after the February 10, 2015 Informational Meeting:

We need to what is best for the people around the lakes now and for future generations.  We can’t go into infinity with individual systems.

If we do sewer, aren’t Cleveland and Mankato also options.  Wenck response:  Those were considered, but Cleveland doesn’t have the capacity and the cost to expand is too high.  The pipe from Lake Washington to Mankato doesn’t have the capacity to handle our lakes.

Do I have to pay to have someone tell me I am non-compliant?  Can’t I just “surrender” and be considered non-compliant?  County response:  That is under consideration.

Is the cost of removing old systems built into the cost of the sewer option?  Wenck response: Yes.

On site systems pollute less than city sewer systems.

Even if working onsite systems are more effective, we have 50% of them non-compliant now.  Onsite systems have a limited lifespan.

Do we really want to send sewage to St. Peter?  They keep raising their rates?

I have already put in 5 systems so I don’t want to pay for city sewer.

I am on my 4th system and I want a permanent solution so I don’t have to keep updating.

I pump my tank every year.  Why am I not compliant?

East Jefferson was the clearest ever this year.  I believe it was due to the low rainfall and little run-off from farm fields.  Why aren’t we going after agriculture? 

There are things we can control and things that we can’t.  No study or government official has claimed improved septic treatment will clear up the lakes.  We do know that non-compliant systems can affect the lakes and also groundwater.  We do know that every little bit helps. So we do what we can do.  This is something we can control.  We can’t directly control farming practices.

The cost of a city sewer may price young people and seniors out of lake property.  County response: The cost of sewer can be spread out over up to 20 years at today’s historically low interest rates.  There are also other grants that are being pursued.

Compliance standards are changing too fast.

We must address where the pollution is coming from.

Clusters are way cheaper than the Wenck analysis. Wenck response:  Yes, they can be.  Our assumption is based on the County doing the cluster systems.  They must use engineers, pay prevailing wages, and pay for legal documents to set up and manage the systems.  They must also find land to purchase and purchase enough land so there is room when the cluster reaches life expectancy.  You may be able to get a deal on land and get cheaper labor and find volunteers to do much of the work. You must also deal with enforceability issues with your agreement and with dealing with your system after it has met its life expectancy.

What is the service life of a pipe?  Will there be additional assessments in the future or has that expense been calculated into the current proposal?

Who pays for the grinders when they fail?  Wenck response:  That expense is covered by warranty in the early years.  The cost for future repairs has already been figured into the current monthly cost.

 

What if the sewer system fails in the future?  Is there any by-pass or contingency plan?

My system works just fine right now.  There is no reason for it to be inspected.  I refuse to pay for an inspection.

In our neighborhood we have room for our own cluster system and that is what we plan to do.

What is the life expectancy of a cluster system?  Wenck response: 20-25 years.

I have heard rumors that some of the existing cluster systems around the lakes are having problems?  Is that true?

Our Sewer Board has done nothing.  Our lakes are already the cleanest around.   From the 2013 TMDL study of the lakes:  In 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) listed the Jefferson-German Lake Chain (JGC) as impaired for aquatic recreation due to excess nutrients under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.  The goal of this (2013) TMDL analysis is to quantify the nutrient reduction that will be required to meet the water quality standards established for lakes in the NCHF eco-region. Furthermore, this study identified the largest sources of nutrients (phosphorus) to the JGC and complements existing studies to provide reduction strategies for source areas in accordance with section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

 

The county should require buffer strips along all waters flowing into our chain of lakes.  County response:  They intend to start enforcing the requirements along two of the ditches.

 

We can’t just keep postponing these decisions. We can’t just think about the short run.   We need a permanent solution where everyone is 100% compliant 100% of the time.

How will the County make a decision on this?  County response:  Based on the inputs received at the neighborhood meetings (These will occur starting in April) the County will vote to either do a sewer system for all of part of the chain of lakes or to let each neighborhood solve the problem in their own way.

MINNESOTA DNR NEWS #11                                                                                           Feb. 12, 2015
All news releases are available in the DNR’s website newsroom at
www.mndnr.gov/news. 

DNR NEWS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Officers find too many cases of ice anglers leaving trash behind

Recent weekly activity reports from conservation officers (COs) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are full of evidence of various types of refuse being discarded along frozen waterways.

“Once again, the most common complaint dealt with while on patrol involved anglers leaving their trash behind,” said CO Bret Grundmeier of Hinckley.

Grundmeier spends hours each ice fishing season checking anglers and encouraging them to clean up after themselves and remove garbage from lakes. “It is disappointing to find so much trash left on our lakes,” Grundmeier said. “Anglers are urged to police themselves and others.”

Minnesota’s fish house removal deadlines are March 2 in the southern part of the state and March 16 in the north.

Conservation officers make a concerted effort this time of the year to monitor and identify possible problem areas.  “I’ve already warned a couple of fish house owners about the litter accumulating outside of their house, which they agreed to clean up,” said Paul Kuske, a conservation officer based in Pierz.  “I always tell people the area outside their fish house is not their front yard, it is public waters,” he said.

Conservation officers see everything from wooden fish house blocking materials on lakes to empty propane cylinders, plastic bottles, pop cans, and even bags of human waste. All of these materials constitute litter. Littering is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000.

Used materials should be disposed of with local refuse haulers or at a local landfill. Litter tarnishes nature’s beauty, destroys wildlife habitats and ruins many opportunities for recreation.

Conservation officers also use technology to catch litterbugs, including digital pictures and GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates.

Excuses like, “I was going to go get that later,” will not work and anyone who leaves garbage on the ice will receive a citation for littering.

Conservation officers also have solid waste civil citation authority. These civil citations are “by the pound” or “by the cubic foot” penalties, and since they are not criminal charges, they don’t require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The person suspected of littering must pay the penalty and clean up the mess.  

The DNR offers the following tips to keep Minnesota waterways clean:

  • Set an example for others, especially children, by not littering.
  • Properly dispose of any materials that could trap or injure wildlife.
  • Check with a local refuse provider or landfill for disposal of items.
  • Keep a litter bag or trash container with you when traveling or outdoors.
  • Secure trash container covers to prevent wind or animals from spreading litter.
  • Cover and secure any vehicle, truck, or trailer carrying refuse.
  • When visiting any recreation area, make sure to leave the area clean for the next person to enjoy.


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Recent Events:

2019 Annual Member Meeting: Slides are here, supplementary slides from Holly K. of Le Sueur County Environmental Services are here! The GJGLA President's spring 2019 letter is here. And the minutes from the annual meeting are here.


Archived Items:

Summer Splash 2018

Minutes from 2018 member meeting


Archived Photos and Media:

Photos and slides from 2017 - Click here or  here for the Presentations from 2017 Fall Meeting

Newsletters:

Visit our Newsletter page with recent newsletters from our Association and from Conservation Minnesota - Click here for our newsletters

Become a Watershed Specialist with the Univesity of Minnesota - Click here for more info



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