Celebrate Your Lake Grant
Update July 9, 2018
The City is partnering with the County and Lake Association to continue to ensure the health of our lakes. Three I-LIDS systems have been ordered to be placed at the boat launches at Big and Mitchell lakes. The I-LIDS system is a camera system that can be remotely monitored to view boats entering the lake. The cameras ensure that no boats with visible weeds are entering the lake at a much more affordable cost than having an inspector on site. The total cost of the systems is $24,000, of which, the Celebrate Your Lake funds will cover $8,000. To the right is a brochure discussing the systems.
Update November 9, 2017
We have completed a vegetation survey on Big Lake and Mitchell Lake using $4,000 of the dollars we received. The goal of the survey is to understand the presence of invasive species in our lakes. This does a couple of things. First, it helps us understand what invasive species are present, where they are, and how much is there. Using this information, we can better target them with our treatments. Second, since we know the current concentration and prevalence of the invasive species, we will be able to measure the efficacy of our treatment efforts in subsequent years. While this study might not be the most flashy thing, it is extremely helpful in our effort to control invasive species in our lakes.
We also wanted to comment on the plan in general. We were hoping to secure some matching money from the County for our shoreline restoration projects, but we were unable to successfully obtain grant dollars. Because of that, we are evaluating our path forward. We are still considering the shoreline restoration projects, but we are also keeping our options open to consider things like a boat cleaning unit at Lakeside Park to help ensure boats don't enter Big or Mitchell Lake prior to being washed. We will periodically post updates as we move the plan forward.
If you have any questions or comments on this project, contact City Administrator Clay Wilfahrt via email or at 763-263-2107.