The winter of 2009/2010 has brought much activity to Green Lake. The cold temperatures and reasonable snow cover has made for thick ice and great conditions for all kinds of winter fun. Ice fishing, snow kiting, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are a few of the activities taking place. Winter can be long for some but for many it is the season most anticipated. The Green Lake Association is anticipating a season of its own. The treatment season of invasive aquatic weeds in Green Lake. For years the GLA has treated for Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly Pond Leaf in Big and Little Green. This is an annual undertaking to keep these invasive plants from overtaking our lake. Currently there is no permanent cure for these exotic weeds. Treatment strategies are being reviewed and permits will be applied for from the DNR. Be assured your lake association is well versed in the treatment of invasive weeds and will treat to the maximum acreage that is financially feasible. There are more changes being proposed by the DNR. Last year we saw the the amount of shore line footage a property owner can treat cut in half. This year hearings are being held to discuss the DNR’s proposed treatment permit fee increases. For those who have a commercial company treat your shoreline the permit would go from $35.00 to $90.00. This cost will be passed to the property owner. The increase will also be felt by the GLA. The treatment of invasive species continues to get more difficult each year with new DNR restrictions and increased chemical costs. That said we must not succumb to these pressures. It is imperative that we continue the fight against Milfoil and Curly Leaf in Green Lake. The general health of our lake depends on it. It appears at this time that if adopted the DNR fee increases will not go into effect till the 2011 season. The GLA continues to seek support financially and through volunteerism. If you are a current GLA member please continue to be one. If you are not a member, become one. We can not continue with out your financial support through membership and support of our fundraising activities. The GLA also needs volunteers. If you can donate some time to a good cause please contact my self or any board member listed in the back of this news letter. For those who have supported the GLA and continue to do so, thank you. I wish you all a fun and safe summer in 2010.
Green Lake Association President