2018 Treatment of Eurasian Water Milfoil
This year PLM Lake and Land Management will be treating six areas of the lake, for a total of 15.2 acres. Treatment will occur on July 11, weather permitting. The map at the left is the DNR approved treatment area for 2018. PLM cannot treat within 50 feet of floating/emergent vegetation, such as Lily pads. If you feel you have EWM and never get treated, this could be why. Also, keep in mind there is native milfoil which is not treated.
We have been following PLM's suggested treatment plans since 2012. Each year the lake is surveyed and a recommended treatment is suggested. In 2016, for example, the lake did not need to be treated. It is important for members to pay their $200 annual contribution even during years without treatment, as we have to pay PLM upfront. The 2018 treatment will almost wipe out the invasive species fund. Please remember to contribute so we can continue the program. EWM can choke out a lake if left untreated.
Dan's Lake Filter Project
We are continuing to follow the progress on getting a phosphorous filter in place between Dan's Lake and French Lake. A filter could help reduce the amount of phosphorous that washes into French Lake, which would help reduce the severity of algae blooms. As of now, the feasibility of different types of filters are being studied.
Come to the meetings for the most current status update or more information.
Launch of Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination and Inspection Program
October 11th, 2017
In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program. From October 11th through October 31st, 2017, if you wish to launch a watercraft into Lake Sylvia (east and west), Lake John, or Pleasant Lake in Wright County, a free entrance inspection is required. The regional site is located at 1300 Business Blvd in Annandale, MN and is open sunup to sundown.
After inspection, and if needed decontamination, the user will receive a Proof of Inspection to place in their tow vehicle and their watercraft will have a zip-tie seal affixed. When launching the watercraft, the user will place the zip-tie seal in a collection box at the lake access.
The new requirement applies to water-related equipment launched from October 11th through October 31st, 2017 at public or private landings, with two exceptions:
Non-motorized carry-in watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and paddle boards;
Watercraft, boats, lifts and docks stored in the riparian area of the lake and not transported over public roads.
We remind boaters and anglers to follow all Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft;
Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft; and
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
After October 31st, the regional inspection station will be closed for the season and lake users can launch as normal.
The program is a pilot to increase the percentage of boats inspected prior to launch and to improve the cost-effectiveness of inspections in Wright County.
Courtesy inspections and decontaminations continue to be available to anyone wishing to use any Wright County lake.
The Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination Inspection Program is a joint effort between the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Annandale, the Greater Lake Sylvia Lake Association, the Pleasant Lake Association, and the Lake John Association. Significant financial support has been provided by the Initiative Foundation Aquatic Invasive Species Program (Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council). For more information contact Alicia O’Hare or visit http://www.wrightswcd.org/Water_Management/wrip.html .