This spring and summer has been interesting to say the least. Many temperature ups and downs and a sever moisture deficit. Because of this the summer season seems to have been very short.
We have enjoyed some benefits of the weather along with some frustrations. On the positive side the lack of runoff due to low rain fall has minimized algae blooms. Because of this, water clarity has been the best I have seen in some time. There are a few heavy weed pockets in Big and Little Green but the overall condition of the lakes in respect to Curly Leaf and Milfoil is good.
On the negative side the low water level has played havoc with docks and boat lifts. I am sure anyone with this equipment has had to move to deeper water one or two times. Also getting from Big to Little Green has been more of a challenge than normal. All this said we can be thankful it has been a relatively severe weather free season and I’m sure everyone has taken advantage of the few summer like days we have had. The GLA is working hard to continue being stewards of our lake. This has become a difficult task do to lack of volunteers and financial support. I personally want to see this organization continue to treat for invasive species in Green Lake and other special activities the association becomes involved in. Sorry to say we are approaching a cross roads on whether The GLA can continue in the same capacity as in the past.
Without volunteers the Green Lake Association will cease to exist. The current board members have served multiple terms and several committee members commitments have ended. We are in need of new faces to replenish our committee member ranks and individuals who would consider taking on the following board positions: President, Secretary and Treasure. Filling of board member positions will not be an overnight expectation. Anyone interested in any of these positions will have ample time to work with the current position holder to get comfortable. These positions do require a small commitment but a commitment never the less. As in any volunteer organization the more individuals that are involved the less is required by any one person.
From its resurrection almost ten years ago the GLA has made great strides forward in the treatment of invasive weeds in Green Lake. Given the ability to chemically treat for Curly Leaf and Milfoil using our own association treatment boat and expertise saves the lake shore property owners thousands of dollars per season over hiring a private company to do the treatments. The GLA is of great importance in helping to maintain the general health of Green Lake. Be aware without your lake association there is no one else who will be stepping forward to watch out for the well being of the lake. I will end my article with a plea for volunteers who care about the quality of the lake they live on and are willing to commit some of their time to preserve this special resource. The GLA will monitor the responses to this request and the results will dictate what the association will be capable of in 2010. Please consider becoming involved and preserving the Green Lake Association and the valuable work it does. Contact me or any of the board members listed in the contacts section of the news letter. I wish you all a safe and fun remainder of the summer and a great future for the GLA.