2017

Van Vliet Lake Association

Recent News Notes

 

 

10-28-2017
  • Board meeting minutes from Oct 3 are available.
     
  • Next year's annual meeting will be held on June 16, 2018.  Save the date!

9-22-2017

  • Board meeting minutes from July 21 are available.
     
  • The second site visit by the WDNR to assess nuisance plant conditions took place on August 4.  No permit for mechanical harvesting was issued.
     
  • The Musky Tournament is in the books and our CBCW hours for 2017 are complete. A summary of our CBCW efforts since 2009 is also available.

7-7-2017

  • Thank you to all who attended out annual meeting.  Minutes from the meeting are now available.
     
  • Three shifts over the July 4 holiday added to our CBCW volunteer hours.
     
  • Contact Ronie if you are interested in the aquatic plants identification class on July 18.

12-10-2016

  • Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17, 2017 for next year's annual meeting.
     
  • Board minutes from December 2 are available.

10-5-2016

  • It was an unusually wet summer - lake levels are almost as high in early October as they were after ice out.  Still no frost so far this fall.  What will winter bring us this year?
     
  • For the first time in recent memory, a loon family raised a chick on our lake.
     
  • Our CBCW efforts culminated with full coverage at the landing for the Muskie Tournament in September.  Thank you to our volunteers.

7-6-2016

  • Thank you to the volunteers who spent time during the July 4 weekend to do CBCW interviews at the landing.  We logged in 38 boats during 17 hours of staffing.
     
  • Unapproved minutes from the annual meeting are available for review.
     
  • The Board cancelled the second site visit by the WDNR planned for July 1 to assess nuisance plant conditions needed to secure a harvesting permit for this summer.  Our contractor was available for late July and conditions needed to be present approximately three weeks in advance of the cutting date for the permit paperwork to be processed.  We will continue to work with the WDNR and plan to submit the permit paperwork again for next summer.

6-1-2016

  • The annual meeting of the VVLA will be held on June 18 at the Presque Isle Community Library lower level meeting room starting at 10 a.m.
     
  • The Board has nominated the following candidates for office:
    • President - Ronie Jacobsen
    • Secretary - Diane Schroeder
    • At large - Mike Czarny
    • At large - Jim Sprester
       
  • No additional candidates were nominated by the membership.
     
  • Our business meeting will include a review of VVLA projects and a discussion of issues on our lake. Join us for updated information on the Aquatic Plant Management Plan including the status of a mechanical harvesting permit, our commitment to Clean Boats, Clean Waters and the Citizen’s Lake Monitoring Network, and a look at shore land conditions around our lake.  We will review the “rules of the road” for the lake including the 200’ no wake zone and best management practices for property owners.
     
  • A pot luck lunch will follow the meeting.
     
  • Remember to read the minutes from last year's meeting and to check recent Board minutes.

4-23-2016

  • Our membership drive is underway.  We look forward to seeing new faces at our annual meeting on June 18.

1-23-2016

  • Our winter potluck dinner is scheduled for Feb 20 starting at 6 p.m.  Thank you to Kathy and Jim Sprester for opening their home to our group once again.  RSVP to Diane Schroder at 715 686-7243 or use the Contact Us section of this website.
     
  • Mark your calendar for June 18.  Our annual meeting will be held in the new meeting room in the lower level of the library starting at 10 a.m.  Our usual potluck lunch will follow the business meeting.
     
  • Each year at the annual meeting four members of the board are elected to a two year term.  Use the Contact Us page of this website if you are a current association member and are interested in serving on the board.

11-7-2015

  • The Board met on October 21.  It was decided that our fundraising was sufficient to allow us to accept the harvesting proposal submitted by Schmidt's Aquatic Plant Control and to move forward with the next step of applying for a permit from the WDNR based on the Onterra plan.
     
  • Ed Brodsky continues to supply us with wonderful photographs.  His osprey stands alone on our fall page this year.

9-23-2015

  • Tom Olson sent in a photo of a gelatinous blob he pulled from the lake.  He contacted Susan Knight of the WDNR at the UW Trout Lake station who identified it as a bryozoan.
     
  • Tom Olson also identified the grass like plant that we are seeing floating in various areas of the lake this month: 

    The plant we are seeing is Water celery . If you own a copy of “Through the Looking Glass”, it is discussed at pages 200-201. It is excellent food for diving ducks. It is a very good plant to have in the lake. Typical water depth is max of ankle deep to 8 feet or so. On page 201, it states: “In the fall, vegetative “offsets” break free from rhizomes and float to new locations.”

    Ann Kretschmann at the Discovery Center identified the plant for me and suggested the same origin of the floaters as the book says. It may be exacerbated potentially by boat traffic. However, the “floaters” are a normal and healthy result of the annual cycle for Water Celery.
     
  • Our CBCW efforts for the summer of 2015 finished with hours on Labor Day weekend and during the Muskie Tournament the following weekend.  Thank you to our volunteers who spent 70 hours at the landing this summer and interviewed 52 boats.  Our student interns logged 50 hours and 32 boats.
     
  • The Board met on September 16 and decided to get firm bids from two harvesting firms before making a decision about the fundraising effort.

8-23-2015

  • Our fundraising campaign for an aquatic plant management fund continues until September 1.  After that we will determine if enough funds are available to implement the Onterra plan.
     
  • Board meeting minutes from August 12 are avail.able.
     
  • The weekend of July 24-26 found CBCW volunteers at the landing.  Our final efforts this summer will be on Labor Day weekend and for the Musky tournament the following weekend.
     
  • Summer bird life.

7-6-2015

  • Volunteers took time out of the July 4 weekend to provide CBCW coverage at the landing.  New volunteers are welcome - let us know if you would like to help.

6-23-2015

  • Board meeting minutes from June 16 are available.
     
  • Unapproved minutes from the annual meeting are available.
     
  • Our current membership is at 55 individuals which is the highest number since 2007.  Thank you for supporting the association.

6-14-2015

  • The final report and appendices from the Onterra study are now available.
     
  • Remember to review the minutes from last year's annual meeting before our meeting next Saturday.
     
  • We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Sat, June 20 starting at 10 a.m.  A potluck lunch will follow so bring a dish to share.

5-20-2015

  • The annual meeting of the VVLA will be held on June 20 at the Presque Isle Community Center starting at 10 a.m.
     
  • The Board has nominated the following candidates for office:
    • Vice President - Ed Brodsky
    • Treasurer - Jeff Burke
    • At large - Tom Olson
    • At large - Mark Osberg
       
  • No additional candidates were nominated by the membership.
     
  • Business will include a review of the status of the Onterra study as well as a presentation by Marquita Sheehan of the Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department on shoreline restoration.
     
  • A pot luck lunch will follow the meeting.
     
  • Spring photos are here.

4-5-2015
 

  • The Board met on March 15 and minutes from that meeting are available.
     
  • Our 2015 membership drive is underway. 

2-15-2015

  • Winter is still with us.....
     
  • ...... but summer will be coming.  Mark your calendars to save June 20, 2015 for the VVLA annual meeting at the Presque Isle Community Center starting at 10 a.m.
     
  • Each year at the annual meeting four members of the board are elected to a two year term.  Use the Contact Us page of this website if you are interested in serving on the board.
     
  • The Onterra report is still under review by the WDNR.  A final document will be made public upon completion.