Treatment Placed on Hold - 7/2018
Due to concern over the loss of native vegetation, the Clearwater Lake Association Board has suspended treatment plans during the summer of 2018. See Lake Management Plan for more details.
At the 2015 annual meeting, the Clearwater Lake Association Board presented a comparison of plans for invasive species management. Optimal treatments require a lot of money and our goal was to be as aggressive as we could afford. An invasive species fund was started and a more was asked of our members. Thanks to all of you, we have been able to raise enough money to make a difference. So thank you all.
Bay Lake has been fighting Milfoil for 20+ years. We wanted to learn form their hard work, so our milfoil volunteers talked to their milfoil volunteers. Bay Lake follows a containment strategy with two targeted treatments per year. Since milfoil is almost impossible to eradicate from a lake once it is infected, we adopted the same plan. Our treatment strategy is
prioritized containment, and expanded treatment when funds are available.
Working with Central Minnesota Aquatics, within the DNR regulations, the lake has been profession treated since 2014. The DNR has determined that we can treat a maximum of 37 acres without special permits. The Clearwater Lake Association Board has deferred to Central Minnesota Aquatics to determine the location and number of acres to treat each year.
Maps of Infection
See the progression and regression of our Milfoil Infestation Maps here. 2019 Map Now Available!
The DNR no longer requires signature authorization for treating the lake in front of a homeowners lot. The have reversed the approach to require the lake shore owner to Op-Out of treatment. If you DO NOT WANT to have your shore line treated; please contact.
The lake association asked for member donations and has pursued state, county and DNR grants to support our treatment plan. There has also been a large donor, our Friends of the Lake that has been very generous.