It’s a chilly,
rainy afternoon in the North woods. Van Vliet Lake is ice-free
although larger lakes are still icebound. So far I’ve seen little
evidence of significant fish kill even though this winter provided
us with more sub-zero days than we’ve seen in quite a few years.
Nonetheless, lake health, both short and long term, remains the
overlying concern of the Van Vliet Lake Association.
As such, you
should know about the progress of the Presque Isle Town Lakes
Committee (PITLC) with respect to the 2008 grant. As you may (or
may not) know the DNR funded seven Presque Isle lake surveys for
2008 and the physical inventory was completed on Van Vliet Lake last
July. Jill Wilm and I accompanied the lake sampling personnel from
Northern Environmental gathering plant and water samples. The
finished product should be a DNR approved document, produced by
Northern Environmental conforming to contract specs and providing
each of the seven lakes with an aquatic plant management plan (APMP).
when received would give the Lake Association the ability to file
for DNR approval for weed control, if deemed necessary, and also
allow us to apply for funds to combat aquatic invasive species
should they ever arrive. Without this document, we are told by the
DNR that they wouldn’t even talk to us in the future much less
render help. So this is an important set of papers. Why our 2005
Lake Survey didn’t fill the bill for
information needed either for Northern Environmental or the DNR is
not a topic worth debating.
Suffice it to
say that the 2008 grant was approved, the town kicked in some money,
the Lake Association made a modest contribution (10% of 25%=2.5% or
less than $200), and now we await results. The down side of the
story is that the results from the previous year’s grant (2007) that
covered 7-8 different Presque Isle lakes are still awaiting approval
as of this writing. Between reduced DNR staff reviewing these sorts
of documents, greatly increased volumes of these kinds of projects,
and some alleged squabbles between the DNR and Northern
Environmental’s contract deliverables, the situation leaves us
without an end date in sight and there is nothing we can do to
accelerate this quagmire and there’s no plan B available.
the DNR failed to fund the 2009 grant applications for the balance
of the Presque Isle watershed so there are lakes that will not have
an opportunity to get DNR help should they have issues in the
future. A positive attitude would be to reflect that we were lucky
to get in “under the fence”.
Van Vliet Lake