Celebrate Your Lake Grant
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.