Water safety reminder

With late ice coming off many of the lakes, the water is only about 40 degrees in many spots. Remember the deeper you go the colder it gets. This year the lakes are dangerously cold due to cold weather temperatures. Enter the water slowly and make sure it feels comfortable for you and your child. A temperature below 70 degrees is cold to most swimmers. Recommended water temperatures vary depending on the activity and a swimmer’s age, as well as a pregnant women. 82 degrees is a comfortable temperature for recreational swimming for children. Body temperature drops more quickly in... Read more

Leelanau County BOC to discuss the proposed septic ordinance – January 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Committee of the Whole Session – to discuss the proposed SEPTIC ORDINANCE will be held on January 30, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at the Government Center. The agenda and presenter recommendations from the Commissioners were: ◦ Chairman Bunek; Jim Houdek. ◦ Commissioner Lautner; a representative from the Mackinac Center. Possibly Michael LaFaive.◦ Commissioner Soutas-Little; Dr. Joan Rose from Michigan State University.◦ Commissioner Wessell; updates from Barry/Eaton County or Benzie County.◦ Commissioner Ansorge; Benzie/Leelanau Health Department officials.◦ Commissioner Wessell; representatives from the Watershed Center, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and Leelanau Clean Water. County Administrator... Read more

Board of Commissioners Meeting – December 12 at 9:00 am

The Leelanau Board of Commissioners will be discussing the date and plans for a septic system committee at its next meeting at 9:00 am – December 12, 2017 at the Government Center at 8527 E. Government Center, Suttons Bay in the commissioners meeting room on the first floor. It is important that as many of us come to this meeting and recommend that the commissioners seek the input of such organizations as the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department, Tip of the Mitt, Leelanau Clean Water, the Inland Seas, and lake association biologists. We must keep up the pressure and presence at... Read more

Leelanau County Board of Commissioners meeting and support for septic ordinance

Dear Lake Association Member: An issue that will affect the water quality of our lake and the watershed is coming before the Leelanau County Commissioners. The Executive Board of Commissioners Meeting of the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 9:00 am in the Meeting Room of the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay, Michigan. The issue is whether or not to institute a county-wide Point of Sale (POS) Septic Inspection Ordinance. The ordinance would cover the properties that transfer ownership and would mandate that the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department would be required... Read more

North & South Lake Leelanau Shoreline Surveys

It has been over 20 years since the Lake Leelanau Lake Association has conducted shoreline surveys. The size of the lakes (41 miles of shoreline) and cost have been a barrier to repeating these surveys. The advent of drone technology has once again made it possible for LLLA to repeat this work in a cost effective manner. Our contractor, ZeroGravity, will start shoreline drone surveys this week. The surveys will last about two or three weeks, depending on weather. If you see an drone flying in your area, be aware that is its purpose. We hope to gain information on... Read more