Friday, August 17, 2018

Shields Lake Project



Dear Friends of the Lake;

One of the major contributors of phosphorus to Forest Lake is from Shield's Lake which is right next to the Forest Hills Golf course.  

Attached is an invite for you and your neighbors to attend an open house to better understand  this exciting project and what it will do to improve Forest Lake. 

Phosphorus is one of the major contributors to algae growth and water quality.  This project when completed will have a great impact on improving Forest Lake. This is an exciting project and one we should all support.

I hope you able to attend.

Thank you


Jerry Grundtner - President

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Changed date for treatment Flowering Rush



Please note that the treatment date has been changed to the week of August 20th due to several reasons.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Flowering Rush Herbicide Treatment on Forest Lake, Round 2 of 2

Forest Lake - The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District, in conjunction with the City of Forest Lake, Forest Lake Lake Association, Washington County, and MN Department of Natural Resources, will be conducting the second of two rounds of aquatic invasive species herbicide treatment of flowering rush on Forest Lake during the week of August 20th. The herbicide that will be used is called Tribune (active ingredient is Diquat) and will be applied by the licensed applicator company, PLM Lake and Land Management Corp. PLM will treat patches of flowering rush in Forest Lake's middle (2nd lake) and east (3rd lake) basins. Signs will be posted along the shoreline as necessary, but due to the large span of the treatment areas throughout the lake, it is not time-efficient for PLM to post signs on each and every lot. There are no fishing or swimming restrictions for this treatment. Additional water use restriction information can be found on page 11 of the Tribune product label (see restrictions for application rate of 2 gallons/surface acre) link here: Tribune product label.

Signatures for aquatic invasive plant treatments are not required for the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has waived the signature requirement, as allowed by state statute. The law requires notification to lakeshore owners on how to opt-out of treatments. According to Minnesota Statutes (103G.615, Sec. 78, Subd 3a,b,c), the District is required to notify landowners of proposed treatments, offering them an opportunity to request that treatment not occur on waters adjacent to their property. (Adjacency is defined as waters within 150 feet of the shore lake-ward between property lines). It is the landowner's right to request treatment not be performed in front of their property. Contact the District using the information below to opt out.

Additional notifications for this year's treatment program were sent out earlier this summer. These included a post-card that was mailed to all residents on Forest Lake, handouts distributed by watercraft inspectors at public boat launches, posting in the Forest Lake Times, and an informational email by the Forest Lake Lake Association.

Those who wish to opt out of treatment may do so by contacting:
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
44 Lake Street South, Suite A
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 395-5850



Jerry Grundtner - President

Monday, August 13, 2018

Flowering Rush Herbicide Treatment



PUBLIC NOTICE: Flowering Rush Herbicide Treatment on Forest Lake, Round 2 of 2

Forest Lake - The Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District, in conjunction with the City of Forest Lake, Forest Lake Lake Association, Washington County, and MN Department of Natural Resources, will be conducting the second of two rounds of aquatic invasive species herbicide treatment of flowering rush on Forest Lake during the week of August 13th. The herbicide that will be used is called Tribune (active ingredient is Diquat) and will be applied by the licensed applicator company, PLM Lake and Land Management Corp. PLM will treat patches of flowering rush in Forest Lake's middle (2nd lake) and east (3rd lake) basins. Signs will be posted along the shoreline as necessary, but due to the large span of the treatment areas throughout the lake, it is not time-efficient for PLM to post signs on each and every lot. There are no fishing or swimming restrictions for this treatment. Additional water use restriction information can be found on page 11 of the Tribune product label (see restrictions for application rate of 2 gallons/surface acre) link here: Tribune product label.

Signatures for aquatic invasive plant treatments are not required for the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District as the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has waived the signature requirement, as allowed by state statute. The law requires notification to lakeshore owners on how to opt-out of treatments. According to Minnesota Statutes (103G.615, Sec. 78, Subd 3a,b,c), the District is required to notify landowners of proposed treatments, offering them an opportunity to request that treatment not occur on waters adjacent to their property. (Adjacency is defined as waters within 150 feet of the shore lake-ward between property lines). It is the landowner's right to request treatment not be performed in front of their property. Contact the District using the information below to opt out.

Additional notifications for this year's treatment program were sent out earlier this summer. These included a post-card that was mailed to all residents on Forest Lake, handouts distributed by watercraft inspectors at public boat launches, posting in the Forest Lake Times, and an informational email by the Forest Lake Lake Association.

Those who wish to opt out of treatment may do so by contacting:
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
44 Lake Street South, Suite A
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 395-5850



Jerry Grundtner - President

Friday, July 27, 2018

Weed Harvester Operation

Dear Friends of the Lake;

We have had several inquiries about the weed harvester. The weed harvester is being operated and maintained by the City of Forest Lake with the FLLA paying for both the running and maintenance of the harvester. In years past the harvester was run by volunteers of the FLLA. However in the last few years it became increasingly hard to find enough volunteers to operate the harvester enough so we are now paying the city to run the harvester 3-4 days a week. We have found this to be efficient and cost effective.

This year has been a heavy weed growth year and the harvester has been working since after July 4th. So far the harvester has removed over 130 tons of weeds or about 13 large dump truck loads. The weeds are being transported to a compost site for disposal.

The FLLA is required to have a DNR permit that only allows cutting of native weeds in designated areas around the lake. Generally we can only cut in navigation channels and those areas that have had heavy documented weed growth for several years. The weed harvester cannot cut weeds not in the designated areas according to the DNR permit.

More importantly the weed harvester cannot cut in areas where there is any AIS and therefore we are only cutting native weeds.

Not cutting AIS is one of the critical aspects that that must be strictly adhered to in order to not spread AIS. The weed harvester will continue operating into August and hopefully will help many of you.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact me.


Jerry Grundtner - President

Thursday, July 19, 2018

URGENT NOTICE ON BBQ CHANGE






Dear Friends of the Lake;

With the impending rain and wind this afternoon we have decided to move our Free BBQ today. 

We were supposed to be at Lakeside Memorial Park but we are moving the BBQ to the Forest Lake Floral Garden Center. The BBQ will be from 5:30 -7:30 PM. We will be set up inside the green house area. This will offer us a great venue which will be dry and out of the wind and have beautiful flowers too.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying some great socializing and fabulous food from Famous Daves.

Forest Lake Board of Directors