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Members approve treatment of Grass, Pine Lakes
About 40 members of the Cloverleaf Lakes Protective Association on April 2 unanimously approved chemically treating both Grass Lake and Pine Lake this spring.
Cost of the project is estimated at $75,000, nearly half of which will be paid by a DNR invasive species grant. More details will be in the spring newsletter coming out in mid-April. The low bid was submitted by Lake and Pond Solutions.
It is obvious that our Eurasian Water Milfoil has morphed into a tough hybrid that has become more resistant to the 2-4-D that we have used for more than 10 years. The combination 2-4-D and Endothall has good short term control and native plants rebound well. But it is costly ($36K for Grass Lake and $118K for Pine Lake estimates) and a study showed the milfoil may come back in two or three years.
Our consultant Onterra, after testing our hybrid milfoil against several chemicals, is recommending using Fluridone, which may do more harm to native plants in the short term, but can be used in low doses that last all summer. A study showed native plants rebounded but that Fluridone kept milfoil close to zero for more than three years.
The financial situation is 2016 is the last year of the DNR invasive species grant and we have nearly $34,000 left to spend. The Town has approved $10,000 in its budget. And we have built up the CLPA treasury to more than $90,000 through our annual fund-raising and membership dues. Round Lake was the main target of our diver-assisted harvest last year and shouldn't need treatment this year. We have solicited bids from five chemical applicators to get the best price.
CLPA annual meeting May 28; Parades on July 2
Summer is right around the corner, believe it or not, and lake residents have a busy schedule awaiting them.
The annual meeting of the Cloverleaf Lakes Protective Association opens the summer on Memorial Day weekend. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, at the Round Lake Park picnic shelter. All members are welcome.
The Independence Day weekend will be different this year. The Cloverleaf Lakes Fireworks group held their last event in 2015. Also, the Art Fair has been cancelled due to low participation numbers.
But Saturday, July 2, will still be a day of celebration, with the popular Kiddie Parade starting at 10 a.m. at the boat landing on Highway Y. And the Pontoon Parade will make its way around Pine and Grass Lakes starting at 6:30 p.m.
Later summer events include a golf outing and a triathlon. Details will be in the summer issue.
May 9: CLPA board, 9 a.m., Community Center
May 9: Town Board, 7:30 p.m., Community Center
May 28: CLPA annual meeting, 10 a.m., Round Lake Park picnic shelter
June 13: CLPA board, 9 a.m., Community Center
June 13: Town Board, 7:30 p.m., Community Center
July 2: Kiddie Parade, 10 a.m., Grass Lake boat launch
July 2: Pontoon Parade, 6:30 p.m., starts by Gibson Island
Second Tuesdays: Belle Plaine Sportsman’s Club, 6 p.m., Butch’s Archery