It won’t be long and winter activities will be replaced with fun in the sun. Ice fishing and snowmobiling will become just a memory while boating and swimming take their place. With the onset of open water comes the annual concern about invasive weeds and how they will effect our enjoyment of the lake. For those who are not aware the DNR has been proposing for some time to make major changes in their aquatic plant management program. A hard fought battle by many individuals and lake associations was waged to try and stop the proposed changes from being adopted. Unfortunately the proposed changes appear to have gone through. As most fights against large government agencies go, it seems some decisions are predetermined. Under the new guide lines private property owners will only be allowed to treat one half of their lake frontage up to 100FT maximum. Though this is a blow to the fight against invasive weeds it is not a knock out punch. We must not let our frustration turn to complacency when it comes to treating what we can. Fortunately the new rules do not appear to have as major of an effect on the GLA’s ability to treat off shore. The Green Lake Association will continue to treat as many acres of Curly Pond Leaf and Milfoil as is permissible and financially feasible. Our goal has always been and will be to do what ever we can to improve the water quality of our lake and promote a safe and clean environment for all. 2009 will bring challenges for the GLA with the current economic conditions. As you know the acreage we treat is directly related to funds raised. Currently the association does not have the funds to treat the same acreage as the past two seasons. We will treat what we can afford and hope that more financial support will come in the future. If you are not a member please consider becoming one. Membership dues are a major source of treatment funding. Treating for invasive aquatic plants is an expensive endeavor but lack of action will cost much more in many ways moving forward. Support the efforts of your lake association by becoming a member and volunteer. We all have a common love of our lake so we should work together to preserve it. Thank you for your current and future support of the Green Lake Association. Have a safe and enjoyable summer and I hope to meet more of you at some of our summer events.
Green Lake Association President