LAKE MANAGEMENT

CO-CHAIRS | BRENT SCHNELL & DAVE BAKER

Water Quality | To study and monitor water quality and level and to observe and report problems of pollution, soil and bank erosion, etc.

Weed Management | In conjunction with the Township, organize and administer the effort to locate and control noxious exotic weed infestations. Maintain awareness of and advise Board of management alternatives. Organize and oversee control activities.

EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL TREATMENT 2020

The Lake Management Committee, along with many Board of Directors members, met in late December. The purpose of the meeting was to analyze the drone mapping pictures from the 2019 applications, evaluate the success of the two treatments, and plan for the 2020 season. Zero Gravity (the drone company) presented us with some very useful data to help plan for 2020. Clear Water Lake Management (our herbicide applicator) was also at the meeting to help us interpret the information and do future planning. In 2019, approximately 12 acres were treated. This represents only 0.4% of the total area of Long, Ruth, and Mickey lakes combined.

The 2020 plan is to treat approximately the same total area as in 2019 (e.g. 12 acres) and a total of 23 sites. There are some areas that were treated in 2019 that will not require treatment this year. Many of the areas that contained Milfoil are growing native plants now that the Milfoil is gone. There are some areas that were treated successfully in past years, but now the Milfoil has returned, they will require treatment in 2020.  These are among the areas that will be treated on Monday, June 22, and Monday, July 20, 2020.  The rain date will be the next day, if necessary. Please note these dates may change based on the latest terms of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

The activities of the Lake Management Committee on all three lakes are totally funded by your Long Lake Association. Your membership dues are an important part of our funding.

LLA INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT POLICY

It is the policy of the Long Lake Association to continue utilizing an integrated pest management program in order to minimize the impact of invasive species on the ecological health and recreational enjoyment of the lakes.  We will continue to closely monitor all conditions with the understanding that with most invasive species of plants and animals, complete eradication is unlikely.

EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL PROCEDURE

The treatment map identifies the Eurasian Watermilfoil treatment areas plan for 2019.  The treatment includes herbicide (Navigate Pellets or Navitrol Liquid) on Long, Mickey and Ruth Lakes, totaling approximately 10 acres. Our goal remains to be environmentally responsible while monitoring and controlling invasive species in our lakes.  For more information on our lake management program or to provide feedback, please contact Jim Wheaton or Barry Lishawa.

2018-2019 EURASIAN WATERMILFOIL TREATMENT MAP

The pink areas on the map above show the potential treatment sites and drawn to approximate scale.  Each area will be assessed at the time of treatment.

NATURALLY OCCURRING BIO-FOAM

​On Long Lake we occasionally see mounds of foam and suspect detergent discharge from homeowners.  Actually it is naturally occurring Bio-foam and not detergent.  When algae, plant, and fish material break down organic compounds are released.  Some of these are surfactants which change the surface tension (attraction between water molecules) of the water and allow wind and waves to introduce air producing Bio-foam.  This foam is long lasting unlike detergent foam and often has a brown tinge due to the tannins in the water.

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Bio Foam | An Naturally Occurring Phenomenon | DEQ | Download File

Aquatic Plant Control | Things to Consider | Tony Groves & Pam Tyning | Download File