Welcome to the BWLA Ecology Page

The PFAS “scare” of last year is a stark reminder that practices once thought “safe” can cause future long-term detrimental health and environmental consequences. Our current lake management plan has us in a 5 year cycle for various chemical algae and weed treatments. This plan includes the lake wide application of Sonar for weed control approximately once each cycle. The Sonar application is extremely expensive and is causing a loss of bio diversity in the lake. We must end this cycle. Our plan moving forward will be to join the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, (CLMP). In conjunction with this program, we will also work closely with Professional Lake Management in the early detection of invasive species and will be more involved in monitoring the quality of our lake water. By partnering with CLMP we will be able to join with other lakes in Michigan by inputting the monitoring data and test results into a common database to identify trends and best practices. The members of your Ecology committee will be trained in invasive weed identification and water sampling techniques.

The weed treatment and water quality management special assessment is necessary to support our ongoing management of weeds and water quality. This special assessment will expire December 31, 2019. We will be renewing support for this lake wide special assessment district during the coming summer. Your support for the renewal of the district is imperative if we are to effectively manage weeds, algae and identity future problems.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your nearest Ecology committee member. Members: Dan Buyze, Dave Cornelius*, Jon Durren, Jane Dykhouse, Diane Grimm, Lisa Henderson, Carol Hubbard, Tom Johnston, Jerry Poisson, Dave Poskey, Brad Quist*, Ryan Root, Jeff Smith,
Pat Szmczak, Dave Trexler, Maggi Vermerris, Judy Wells Warner.  Contact information is available  in the Directory or online in the Members Only section.

 

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