June ebulletin

What’s in This Issue

This month’s issue features an urgent call to support the lake board proposal being considered by the County Commissioners on July 13 and 20, advance notice of our July 22 annual meeting, details of our upcoming CleanDrainDry boat launch dates, information about how to acquire your copy of the beautiful poster featured in our header above, and good news for kids and families who love to fish. We hope you find this ebulletin informative and welcome any feedback. If you have any comments, please send them to info@lakeleelanau.org

Lake Board – Your Voice Needs to be Heard

The future of Lake Leelanau is in your hands. The County Commissioners will consider the creation of an independent lake board at their meetings at 9AM on Tuesday July 13 and 7PM on Tuesday July 20 at the Leelanau Government Center. Your voice is absolutely essential if you agree with LLLA board’s view that an independent lake board is needed to control aquatic invasive species and prevent them from gaining an upper hand in Lake Leelanau. If the proposal to form a lake board fails, your Association will be out of resources and options to address this problem. We urge you to voice your support again by sending a one- or two-sentence email to Chet Janik, County Administrator, at cjanik@leelanau.gov to express your views. Click here to read the full text of the letter sent out to all our supporters on June 28.

Mark Your Calendar - Annual Meeting Date, Time and Location

This year’s LLLA Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday July 22, from 6.30-8PM at Fountain Point Resort. Erik Zehender, Fountain Point’s owner, has generously agreed to provide the meeting space. After skipping a year due to the pandemic, we’re very much looking forward to seeing both familiar and new faces. LLLA business will include voting for board members and updates on our efforts to combat the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil, and on the formation of an independent lake board. Beverages and light refreshments will be provided, and time has been set aside for greeting and conversation. Details of the agenda, parking and directions will be announced nearer the date. Mark your calendar now to make sure you attend.

CleanDrainDry and Boat Cleaning Dates Are Here

LLLA representatives will be supporting EGLE’s 2021 “Landing Blitz” campaign on Thursday July 1 at the Leland River boat launch between 11AM-2PM, to raise awareness about the importance of boat-cleaning practices that combat the spread of aquatic invasive species like EWM. On Friday-Saturday July 16-17 LLLA will be hosting the Benzie Conservation District’s mobile boat-washing equipment at the Bingham boat launch between 9.30AM-3.30PM. LLLA is also hosting the mobile boat-washing equipment at the Narrows boat launch on Sunday July 18 and back at the Bingham boat launch on Wednesday 18 August, at the same times. LLLA volunteers will be on hand at all of these locations to answer questions and provide information materials, so stop by even if you’re not putting your boat in.

Get Your Original LLLA Poster at the Leland Art Fair

For the first time, we’ll have a booth at this year’s Leland Art Fair on Saturday July 10, where you’ll be able to buy a copy of the beautiful poster featured in our header above, created especially for LLLA by local artist Marian Jamieson. Thanks to Marian’s generosity, LLLA will receive all proceeds from the sale of the poster, which make great gifts for your friends and family. Come prepared to buy several before they run out!

Veronica Valley Park Pond is Stocked With  Bluegills – Bring Your Kids

Although the 2021 Kids’ Fishing Day has been cancelled for health safety reasons, your kids can still have a great time fishing at Veronica Valley Park throughout the summer, thanks to KFD’s generous sponsors, who have stocked the pond anyway, and put up a sign welcoming kids and their families to enjoy fishing for bluegills whenever they wish. If you do, let us know by taking a photo and sending it to info@lakeleelanau.com.

Help Your Friends and Neighbors Stay Informed

Do you have friends or neighbors who care about the quality and beauty of Lake Leelanau but don’t receive our ebulletins? If so, please forward this ebulletin to them and all they have to do is reply with their name to info@lakeleelanau.org. We’ll take care of adding them to our mailing list for future issues.

Lake Leelanau Lake Association is a non-profit organization led by and for individuals, families and businesses who support its mission to protect and enhance the quality and beauty of Lake Leelanau and its surrounding watershed for current and future generations. If you would like to make a donation to support our programs, you can do so here on our website. If you would like to help our programs as a volunteer, send a message to info@lakeleelanau.org

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