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Volume 20 Issue 1 Spring 2011
On May 28 at 10:00 the Marysburg Hall will host the 2011 annual meeting of the Greater Jefferson German Lakes Association.
Who is up for re-election this year?
· Don Jackson (retiring)
· Dennis Miller (retiring)
· Bud Warmka
· Melissa Schaefer
· Steve Schulte
· Ryan Barney (moving out of area)
Annual meeting speakers:
· Aaron Wills of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership
· Joe Pallardy MSU has some suggestions for exotic weed control
Topics for Discussion
· Newsletter editor needed
· Treasurer needed
· Association software update
· Leaking culvert by German church
· Asian and big head carp
· Aquatic Plant Management Plan
· Bike trails
· Coalition of Lake Associations
· Exotic species grant
· Storm siren costs
· Lake Water levels
· Fishing contest
· Rain Gardens
· Buffer strips
· Secchi water quality monitoring
· Fly Over follow-up
· County Road 15 and box culvert repairs
· Boat pass cleanouts
· Sewer Advisory Board
· Septic Inventory
We Need Your Help to Restore our Lakes
Specific Things You Can Do Now
The Greater Jefferson - German Lake Association has been working since its beginning in 1989 to clean up the waters in the five bodies of water that comprise the largest lake region in southern
Here are specific things you can do right now:
Greater Jefferson – German Lake Association
DRAFT # 2, March 26, 2011
INTRODUCTION: Despite 22 years of struggling to mitigate the pernicious effects of a variety of pollutants and invasive plant species, our five bodies of water comprising our Lake Association continue to be classified as “
Septic Inspections Grant Approved
A septic system inspections meeting, open to the public, was held March 15th at the 4H building located on the fairgrounds in LeCenter. This meeting allowed the County Commissioners to hear input from property owners located around the German and
Two of our GJGLA board members attended the meeting, Arne Jessen and I. The lake area residents numbered approximately 50 to 60 people. A presentation on the guidelines and procedures of the septic inspections were presented followed by comments and questions from the residents in attendance. I presented a GJGLA Lakes Association board position on the subject indicating that we were in favor of a septic inspection survey. In my opinion, opposition to the grant among people in attendance was minor. In addition, cards were handed out by County personnel for people wishing to submit written comments on the subject. All 5 of the
I think I should give a little history on our situation with septic systems surrounding the lakes that might be beneficial to some of our newer lake residents. Since my involvement with the
The public meeting of March 15th preceded the official Commissioners vote on the grant application. This vote was held on March 22nd at the Commissioners weekly scheduled meeting. I also attended this meeting and spoke about some of the history of the situation and the need for such a survey. The acceptance of the State grant by the
It should be noted that Commissioner Connolly and Commissioner Wetzel voted against the grant and they are 2 of the 3 commissioners that represent our lakes property owners. Why you would not vote for it escapes my sense of reasoning. In the future we need to make sure that the Commissioners that represent us actually represent the majority’s request. We are after all on The State of Minnesota’s impaired lakes list and this is a step in the direction of correcting the current situation.
Submitted by: Scott Hass; President GJGLA
Need more information about our lakes? Try the MPCA links found on the Home page under the tab "Government Contacts"
***This list is comprised of contacts that have worked in Le Sueur County.
*** Please check to see if a grading and filling permit is needed to install your rain garden in shoreland areas***
Local Vegetation Contacts:
Out of Area Vegetation Contacts:
•· Prairie Restorations/Prairie Creek Farm (
•· Feder’s Prairie Seed Co. (Blue Earth- the town, not the county!) 507-526-3049
•· Prairie Moon Nursery, (
•· Landscape Alternatives, Inc http://landscapealternatives.com/ (651) 257 4460
•· Prairie Nursery 1-800-476-9453; www.american-natives.biz
•· Dave Sticha of
•· Culbert Nursery, Cory Culbert (
•· Prairie Restorations/Prairie Creek Farm (
•· Hugh Valiant: 507-469-3325; e-mail: email@example.com
•· Aquatic Gardens and Landscaping, Ryan Schmitz Phone: 507-389-9027 (
** Remember to obtain estimates. Prices vary considerably. Ask to see photographs of previous shoreline projects and inquire about the prices of the examples shown.
Questions? Contact Lauren Klement (Le Sueur County Environmental Services) at 507-357-8540.
My view: Buster West
At our most recent
Newsletter editor: After years of putting together our newsletter, Don Jackson has retired. We thank him for all of his hard work. The need to bring information and education to the property owners on the lake is more important than ever. We need someone to take over our newsletter.
Treasurer replacement: This is another opportunity for someone to step up and help the association. Our thanks go out to Jacque Menk for all of her service as secretary and treasurer. Since she was irreplaceable, we have made secretary and treasurer separate positions.
Association software update: We have purchased software to help us coordinate the secretary, treasurer, newsletter editor and other board members. It will allow for better communication with the members as soon as we have these positions in place. Now we have to learn how to use it effectively.
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Exotic species grant: We were very close to getting this grant last year. To improve our score we need a Management Plan and more public input. We also need to be aware of the total potential cost for treatments. In addition, we also need to be aware of the possible unintended consequences of using chemicals in the lakes.
Storm siren costs, who should pay? Last year the
GGJLA Bass Fishing contest: This annual fundraiser for the
Advertising: Thanks to all who advertise in the newsletter. They cover almost a fourth of the cost of printing and mailing these newsletters.
Flyover: In 2007 A.W Research Laboratory did a Flyover of our lakes. They used low altitude remote sensing imagery to identify nutrient and toxic conditions of the lakes. One of the findings was that some areas had a large percent of impervious surfaces. One of the solutions for impervious surfaces is to control the rate of runoff using rain gardens. With the help of Lauren Klement at the county, several of these rain gardens have been completed with more under construction. Another finding was that our lakes had a high percent of shoreline with inadequate shoreline buffers. This problem will be more apparent in times of high water. Lawn grasses do not have the root systems to stand up under wave action. To prevent erosion, deep rooted native plants are needed.
Buffer strips: It would be helpful to the lakes if there were buffer strips along all of the ditches that flow into the lake. Before we can criticize the farmers too much, we should look at how many buffers we have on our own shorelines.
Secchi water quality monitoring: Since 1988 members of the
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County Road 15 and box culvert repairs: For years the county had the repair of County Road 15 between Middle Jeff and West Jeff on the 5 year plan. It would have straightened out the dangerous curve between the lakes and also enlarged the boat pass so that a boat wider than 6 feet could travel between the lakes. This and other road projects seem to be off all of the county plans. It will take public pressure to get these improvements back in the plan.
Boat pass cleanouts: This is done during low water periods and require a DNR permit. It looks like that may be a while.
Sewer Advisory Board: The county appointed persons nominated by the
Member meetings in addition to the annual meeting: Some people suggested that there be more Association meetings than the annual meeting.
History of the board accomplishments: Arne Jessen has been reviewing the history of the
These are the lake topics from my view. Tell us about yours.
Concerns about issues in LeSueur County? Contact a commissioner!
LE SUEUR COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES88 SOUTH PARK AVE.
The German Jefferson chain of lakes is nearly set to begin the septic system inventory. The purpose of this inventory is to know what is out there so the sewer district can move forward on how to address sewage in the district boundary. In the future, the sewer board will have to address the systems that did not participate in the inventory. State funds are available for inventories; if funding were not available, then the residents of the sewer district area would have to pay for their inspections.
At this point during the project, the county is selecting consulting firms to interview. The consulting firm hired will coordinate the septic system inventory project. A Kick-off meeting will take place in the near future.
Le Sueur County has a revolving loan program where payments are made twice a year with your taxes for up to 10 years. The Le Sueur SWCD has the Ag BMP Low Interest Loan program that has a septic system component for residents of the county. Minnesota Valley Action Council also has a loan program available. The State also has low interest loans available that can be applied for in the near future.
DRAFT LE SUEUR
German-Jefferson Subordinate service District
Upgrading Non-Complying Systems:
Imminent Health Threats: Shall be upgraded within ten (10) months of the date of the compliance inspection. To bring systems into compliance, allow property owners to install a holding tank for temporary use with a valid pumping contract and operating permit detailing the location of the sewage disposal. The holding tank will only be permitted until such time that the Interim SSTS Policy is in effect.
Non-Imminent Health Threats (Failing to Protect Groundwater): Shall be upgraded within five (5) years of the date of the compliance inspection. Will also extend any current deadlines on file with the Department.
Existing, Complying Holding Tanks: Require pumping contracts and operating permits.
Continue to require a compliance inspection at the time of sale. The compliance inspection will then be on file with the Department. Inform the buyer and seller of the potential sewer district inventory and what the County’s interim policy is for non-compliance.
Existing Developed Properties: The issuance of any zoning permit (building, variance, conditional use permit, shoreland restoration) shall continue to require a compliance inspection to determine the compliance status.
Non-imminent health threats shall have five (5) years to update.
Imminent health threats shall have ten (10) months to update.
No Inventory: Continue with current SSTS program.
Inventory Started: The County will allow installation of the septic tank(s) for use as a holding tank with a valid pumping contract and operating permit. The holding tank will only be permitted until such time that the Interim SSTS Policy is in effect.
The potential drainfield area shall be fenced off for protection from building and/or disturbance.
If you have questions about your septic system please contact Environmental Services at 507-357-8538.
Earlier this year the DNR invited representatives of various government entities as well as lake associations to a meeting. The purpose was to take input concerning the problems and concerns from those directly involved with the lakes.
The information provided by the representatives from Lake Benton in southwestern
The results also raise concerns. It was expected that native plants would return to the areas were the curly leaf was killed. They did not. Does this mean that permanent damage was done to the ecology of this lake? Only time will tell.
Another problem is that the chemical used had to be maintained at a certain level in the water for a period of 60 days. Would that be acceptable to the majority of lake users on other lakes?
The $1,200,000 is also a problem. This 2,875 acre lake is just a little smaller than our 3,000+ acre chain. What would their cost have been using the more costly Aquathol?
If any of you have connections to Lake Benton or can provide more information to the
You may use your credit card to pay online or we will send you a bill via email. Just go back to the "Member Application" tab on the Home Page.
Saturday July 16th, 2011 7:00 am – 2:00pm
On the Jefferson-German Chain of Lakes
First 45 entries will have preference
Two person tournament. Extra member allowed if 14 or under.
At least one team member must be 16 years old or older.
$150 entry fee per team ($170 after July 13th)1st Place: $1,500.00 Trophies and Door Prizes 2nd Place: $1,100.00 BIG BASS POT 3rd Place: $800.00 Approximately $900.00 4th Place: $700.00 ($20 per boat, optional) 5th Place: $600.00 6th Place: $400.00 Payback is based on a field of 7th Place: $300.00 45 boats 8th Place: $200.00 Proceeds go to the
Send entry fee and a self addressed stamped envelope payable To: Steve Schulte
47826 Outback Ln
For more info call: 507-380-7542 or 507-931-6306. Elysian, MN 56028
I hereby declare with my signature to waive and release all contestants, sponsors, tournament and state officials from all claims due to injury or damage incurred in connection with this event. I agree to abide by the decisions of the director and also agree to submit to a polygraph test if required.
B-Stark Printing GJGLA JIG-A-BASS B-Stark Printing
RULES AND REGULATIONS
explained. Any boat not represented will face an ease-off penalty. Boats may ease-off from
either German or
meeting. Ease-off will be assigned by luck of the draw.
Any infraction may be cause for disqualification. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be allowed in the boat.
beyond that area. No pulling along side any other boat during the tournament. Should problems
arise; a tournament patrol boat will tow you to
officially off-limits. All boats must be trailered or secured to a landing site.
Officials may check contestants at any time during the event.
11. Only artificial lures may be used. No live bait allowed (except pork rinds, etc.). Only casting or
spin casting tackle is permitted. Rod length will not exceed 8 feet.
grounds for disqualification.
begin simultaneously at 7:00 am from both German and
this may restrict larger boats. No trailering.
must measure 12 inches (mouth closed) to be weighed. Use of a stringer is not allowed. This is a
catch and release tournament…..Please do not kill your catch!!!
Polygraph test with their application. Accusing party agrees to pay for it.
Would you like more information about curly-leaf pondweed? Check out this link:
The mission and purpose of the Association is to:
•· Promote and coordinate water management, water quality, and water control in the Jefferson German lakes water basin.
•· Further communication between members of the Association and other parties interested in the Jefferson German lakes water basin.
•· And do all other thins of common interest and benefit with regard to water management, water quality, and water control regarding the Jefferson German lakes water basin.