Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Pontoon Boat Tie-Up

Dear Friends of the Lake;

This is another reminder and further information on the pontoon boat tie-up that is happening on July 15th in conjunction with the power boat races on Forest Lake. The tie-up will be on 1st lake and we will start tieing up at 2:30 PM. We will be tied-up just outside the race boundaries in the designated safe area but will have great viewing of the races. The races actually start at 3:00 Pm on the 15th.

The center of the tie-up will be a 38'-0" pontoon barge that Twin City Dock has just acquired and we will tie both directions from the barge. Please see the picture below. Look for the barge when you come out to 1st lake.

Make sure you bring something to drink and plan on a great time watching the races and socializing with fellow FLLA members.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail the FLLA.

Jerry Grundtner - President

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lake Advisory: Lake 2 Fluorescent Green Algae Blobs

Dear Friends of the Lake:

During the past several weeks, strange fluorescent green algae blobs have been showing up in Lake 2 in large numbers. We contacted well known lake consultant Steve McMcomas (Blue Science Inc.) to help identify the problem and here is what his assessment is:

"Those fluorescent green globs are filamentous algae.  The species in 2nd lake is a non-toxic green algal species.  It has a slimy gel-like appearance.  It is going to be around for most of the summer. Occasionally it will rise to the surface and float as well."

"This is a natural outcome of slightly improving water clarity. Nutrient (phosphorus) pulses are not the probable cause.  This type of algae growth will likely occur in the future and in some years may be worse than other years.  Zebra mussels are clearing the water allowing better sunlight penetration which stimulates the algae growth. The algal cysts have been present in all 3 basins for decades, and will grow when all the right conditions come together.  Sounds like conditions are favorable in 2nd lake."

"The algae is harmless.  It can be treated with copper sulfate, but is difficult to control and will pop up some place else.  The life cycle is about 60 days.  It will likely be gone by August."

Hope this explanation was helpful.

Forest Lake Lake Association Board
Steve Schmaltz, Board Member


Friday, June 15, 2018

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale!

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins
Limited offer: Order by June 25 for pick-up in Forest Lake
$20 Discount for Washington County residents

Save water and reduce runoff with a 45-gal rain barrel ($59 with discount).
Reduce landfill waste and create free fertilizer for your gardens with a 125-gal compost bin ($44 with discount).

To order:
1. Go to Recycle MN for product information and scroll down to Washington County to purchase. Enter promo code "Washington" to receive the discount.
2. After completing your purchase, email to request pick-up in Forest Lake.
3. Collect your order on June 26: 5-9pm at Forest Lake "Arts in the Park" (East Metro Water tent) - or - June 27-29, July 2, 3, 5, 6: 8am-5pm at the Comfort Lake - Forest Lake Watershed District office (44 Lake St. S.)

* Proof of residency required. Limit two rain barrels and two compost bins per household. Orders placed after June 25 can be picked up at the Washington County Environmental Center (4039 Cottage Grove Drive · Woodbury, MN). For more info and resources, go to  Washington County.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Exciting FLLA News June 2018

Dear Friends of the Lake;

I thought I would give you an update on some exciting developments that the FLLA has agreed to do and which will hopefully benefit all of you as members of the FLLA and users of the lake.

First, at our last FLLA board meeting it was approved to contribute $3,800 toward getting lights on the buoys between 1st and 2nd lakes and 2nd and 3rd lakes. For those of you that are on the lake at night it is impossible to find those channels in the dark. The buoys are provided by Washington County and installed by the sheriff department. The county told us they do not have the budget to get lights on the buoys so our contribution to the sheriff department will provide the funds to purchase the lights. We will have a much safer lake at night once the lights are installed sometime in July.

Second, the board also approved an expenditure of $4,600 to add 4 more sections approximately 48'-0" to the public dock at lakeside park. For those of you that have docked there in the past there is never enough dock space for all of the boats that want to use that dock. Adding 4 more sections may not eliminate that issue but it will help. I hope you enjoy the new docking space.

Third, The FLLA was asked if we wanted to be the recipient of the proceeds from the annual Powerboat race that happens each year on 1st lake. The board agreed that we would be willing to do that and after much discussion it was also agreed that our annual pontoon boat tie up that was scheduled to happen on June 23rd will be rescheduled for July 15th which will be the last day of the races and we will have the tie up on 1st lake and watch the races. More details to follow.

I want to remind you that our free annual BBQ will be held on July 19th at Lakeside Park from 5:30 PM - -7:30 PM. This is free to our members and your families. Famous Dave's will be served so please mark your calendars and come and enjoy some great food and visit with other FLLA members. More details to follow.

Summer is always a busy time. The FLLA board hopes you all enjoy the lake this summer and be safe on the water.

Jerry Grundtner, President

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Job Opportunity - Watercraft Inspector

Dear Friends of the Lake,

If you are looking for a part-time job this summer and enjoy being outdoors and want to help the lake then consider the job that the Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District has as a watercraft inspector. click here for job information

Please see the attachment for the job description and information on how to apply. This is a great job if you are retired or if you know someone in college or between jobs or just want a part-time job.

The WSD is having a difficult time finding enough inspectors. If there are not enough inspectors the tremendous job that has been done in the past in controlling AIS and inspecting boats may not be accomplished in 2018 so please consider this job opportunity.

The watercraft inspectors on Forest Lake are essential to the overall well-being of the lake and help control AIS in the lake. We have many species of AIS in Forest Lake but we also need to keep any other AIS out of the lake. There are other species of AIS that we do not have. Some of these other species are worse than what we currently have so the effort of the boat inspectors is critical.

If you are interested or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the WSD.

Thank you

Jerry Grundtner, President