“It is our mission to improve, preserve, and vigorously protect the quality of our natural resource for the benefit of all who surround and use it. Through education and implementation of remedial and proactive measures, we will achieve a sustainable balance of flora, fauna, and recreation for ourselves and those who follow us.”
“Many thanks to the Grace Lake Board of Directors
for honoring me with the Keith Mooney Award. Undeserved but much appreciated. Being the 5th recipient, I am in very good company. “
With the circumstances surrounding the COVID19 pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual spring Grace Lake Association Meeting which is always a great time to get up to date on our lake information and to see our neighbors after the long winter! We hope this newsletter will help in some aspects!
Enclosed with this letter is a self-addressed, stamped envelope to John Fossum, Treasurer. We hope this makes it easier to pay your annual dues, which are now $40. Checks can be made out to “Grace Lake Watershed Improvement Association”. If you are not a member, please consider joining the Grace Lake Watershed Improvement Association. Your dues make a huge difference in preserving Grace Lake! Approximately 80% of our budget is for funding the inspection services at our boat access to prevent AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species). We are extremely PROUD of the fact that Grace Lake is one of the few lakes around here that have kept our lake clean of AIS, thanks to your continued support! Any contributions over and above the dues will be tax deductible and put into our spendable budget.
NON-PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER – We want to remind you when fertilizing your lawn, please use a fertilizer that does not contain phosphorus.
ACCESS VOLUNTEERS - Rick Black is in the process of setting up some additional training for those on the lake who would like to volunteer in checking boats for AIS. Further information will be coming.
FUND RAISING – Ideas of fund raising activities are always welcome! Our first annual Cabin Crawl was a huge success, not only for fund raising but a terrific venue for meeting more people on the lake. We hope the tradition continues in the future. Previously, caps and shirt sales have been popular as well!
FOURTH OF JULY BOAT PARADE – The annual July 4th Boat parade will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 4th starting at the Bible Camp.
COMMUNICATION – Going forward, we want to be able to communicate as much as possible through either our website or Facebook. There is some great information out there from selling items, lost and found, looking for services and posting fun family events!
Website Information – www.gracelakebemidji.com
Facebook – Grace Lake Watershed Improvement Association
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rick Black, President
John Fossum, Treasurer
Jan Pratt, Secretary
Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (HC COLA) is encouraging all lakeshore owners to be our lake's "Eyes on the Water". Thank you for volunteering to be a "first responder" in locating an aquatic invasive species (AIS) on your lake. This early detection has proven to be an effective way of stemming the subsequent spread of AIS to other lakes. Early detection can also allow for more effective treatment options in your lake. Even if you do not have a special monitoring device (such as a settlement sampler) you can still help by inspecting your shoreline, your lake shore equipment and search around your lake for AIS.
We encourage lake association presidents and AIS coordinators to forward this note with all lake shore residents and invite their participation on this work. Obviously, the more "eyes on the water", the more likely a new infestation can be detected early. (If you are new to this process, send me an email so I include you on future mailings - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click here for a list of tips and tactics to guide you to look for AIS on your lake. (Special thanks to Dan Kittilson for developing this Eyes on the Water program.) Also, check out the special Eyes on the Water section on HC COLA's website for addition information.
This fall I will again send you an on-line survey to help us evaluate our “Eyes on the Water” efforts. All of us at HC COLA thank you for your efforts to keep our lakes AIS-free.
Have a great summer!