On June 22, 2016, a significant event occurred here in our backyard. The Michigan Swimmers Itch Partnership (MSIP), in conjunction with SICON, LLC. presented a conference specifically pointed at the problem of swimmer’s itch. Experts from the United States, Canada gathered to discuss and explain their research and attempts at dealing with the swimmer’s itch problem.
From our good friend Susan Och comes this link to the National Weather Service, where you will find a new series of posters promoting better information about drowning. The one detailing the difference between what a drowning person looks like compared to “movie” drowning is particularly important for folks living on the lakes. Here is the link:
On Thursday June 23, 2016, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Lake Association will host another meeting concerning our “Swimmer’s Itch” (SI) Initiative. The formation of a committee and fund raising will be discussed as well as a Q&A on the SICON program that begins in July. The meeting will be held at the Leland Library.
I want to give a shout-out to a site I’ve just discovered: Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network. As part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition, NWMISN provides information and advice for “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.”
The mission statement goes on to say “The Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN) works directly with partners in four counties: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Manistee.
As we shiver and wait on these cold Spring days .. wait for something a bit more like summer to appear… as we think of warmer days of sun and fun, I am grateful for these wonderful pics from Jim Grogan, which remind us why we love it here. One of Jim’s photos is of a good number of kids jumping off that wonderful Jim Grogan Family Raft.
Fish Committee Chair, Pete Taylor reports that the DNR will be conducting a netting survey on North Lake Leelanau, starting Monday, May 9 and extending through Thursday, May 12th. If you see someone netting fish on the lake, please know that this operation is “kosher” and do not worry. Fish will be caught, measured, weighed, and released.
As our beautiful lake starts to wake up for the season, and docks start to appear on the shores, it might be a good time to remind you all about a wonderful resource available to all riparians. The Michigan Riparian Foundation, located in Stanton, MI, has been putting out a quality magazine dedicated to all things lake related since 1977.