2017 Summer Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) Treatment Signature Waiver
MN DNR requires homeowner signature approval to treat Eurasian water milfoil. Previously, DNR has allowed signature waiver since there has been homeowner agreement for milfoil treatment on Clearwater Lake.
Tim Plude is our new new DNR officer. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Plude at Brainerd DNR this past winter and discussed our milfoil treatment history.
Ron Duy, Central Minnesota Aquatics, recently surveyed Clearwater Lake June 8. His estimate was Eurasian water milfoil was decreased ~40% vs. 2016 pretreatment. Please see recent EWM maps.
Per MN DNR, we have obtained signature waiver for EWM treatment in 2017 based on the following information:
Pest: Eurasian Water Milfoil
Treatment dates: June 12- July 7
How To Opt Out of EWM treatment:
Contact Charlie Lick that you DO NOT WANT TREATMENT IN FRONT OF YOUR PROPERTY
Spring 2017 Report
The following report was provided to Charles Lick, our Invasive Committee lead by Central Minnesota Aquatics following an early spring survey. Once again, GREAT NEWS! Ron Duy congratulates our lake association on saving our lake, but the congratulations goes to you, all of members that have helped contribute toward the fight!
Automatic Renewal of Treatment Signatures
The past few years, Mn DNR has allowed us not to require signatures from each homeowner to approve Eurasian Water Milfoil treatment in front of their property since everyone has approved treatment in the past.
This is a MUCH easier process than going door to door to collect treatment approval signatures. As part of that process, we need to see if anyone does not approve of treatment in front of their property each year. If you do not approve of milfoil treatment in front of your property in 2017, contact:
As in previous years, we will communicate this signature waiver message thru our website, direct newsletter email to each homeowner and at our annual homeowners meeting Memorial Day weekend.
Fall 2016 Report
2016 was another year of fighting the good fight against invasives. Thanks everyone for all your help! This is a whole lake effort.
The war against Eurasian Milfoil continued with Central Minnesota Aquatics. They did multiple surveys, treating milfoil as it was discovered throughout the summer. They adjusted the treatment to account for the high water levels this year.
Once again, the board is happy to report that we have seen very positive success. The areas that were treated last year show no new sign of milfoil. Also, the areas treated earlier in the year did not require re-treatment. With our and Central Minnesota Aquatics vigilant watch we hope to continue our success story. You can see the 2016 milfoil progress on the Invasive, Milfoil History page.
On another invasive note, Buckthorn has been added to our list of local invasives. You can see a more information about this tree/shrub on the Invasive, Buckthorn page.
This is the season to identify any Buckthorn on your property; it's the only plant with dark green leaves. Buckthorn is a very aggressive exotic species. Of most concern is the new shoots contain a toxin which kills native plants. In many areas around the lake large beds of trillium have vanished from the expansion of Buckthorn.