Merganser “Round-up” In Progress.

On June 13th Lake Leelanau Lake Association’s swimmers itch contractor Freshwater Solutions (FS), captured and removed 41 common merganser broods from North Lake Leelanau.  Read about the details in this report.  Merganser Trapping Report   No more were observed by FS on North Lake June 15th.   If you observe any more merganser broods please report them to Wayne Swallow at leelanaubound@gmail.com.

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Attract Home Guardians from our Outdoors to Control Invasive Natural Pests

Winter is almost here and a number of home invading pests may be trying to make their way into wood piles and homes for shelter. But every land owner knows they have got to do something. Some may want to use strong chemicals which may make their way right into the soil. These chemicals directly harm the soil food web, which helps plants grow and maintain the lakes.

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Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments

I encourage everyone to have a look at a new publication entitled Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Toolkit for Local Governments, from Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.  This comprehensive guide for successfully navigating the myriad of local township rules and regulations is an invaluable resource.  Also important is the “sister publication” of the Toolkit, Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: A Guide for Local Governments, which is admittedly quite confusing due to the similarity of the titles.

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John Lutchko, Freshwater Advocate

You’ll find a great story on our own John Lutchko in today’s Record Eagle:

“John Lutchko always knew his career would be centered on water.

He grew up across from Grand Traverse Bay and spent as much time on Lake Leelanau as possible, visiting his grandparents’ cottage in the summer. Lutchko wanted to take his education further after graduating from Northwestern Michigan College’s freshwater studies program — and Western Michigan University offered him the solution.”

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Michigan Shoreland Stewards

We our pleased to announce our affiliation with Michigan Shoreland Stewards, a program which provides recognition for lakefront property owners who are protecting inland lakes through best management practices on their property.

Become a Michigan Shoreland Steward!

Each year more and more lake front properties are being developed and natural lakefront habitats are becoming scarce.

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LLLA SiCon Swimmer’s Itch Presentation

We are fortunate to be working with the firm SiCon (Swimmer’s Itch Control) in the pursuance of our goal of controlling swimmer’s itch in our beautiful lake.  Ron and Curt of SiCon did a great presentation at our annual meeting on July 20th, and they have now shared their slides with us here at LLLA.  I think you will all agree that there is much to digest here.  

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Annual Meeting a Huge Success

Huge! Yuge! And fun, and informative .. those are a few of the words to describe our Annual Meeting held at the Leland Lodge on July 20th.  It’s always great to meet and greet our membership and to get to know more of our fellow riparians.  This year’s attendance was nearly 100 people who came together to listen, learn, and share their views.  

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Annual Meeting July 20th

Our LLLA Annual Meeting will be held tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Leland Lodge. Please make sure to attend, and bring a friend or two.  All are welcome to share in the wonderful hors d’oeuvres provided by LLLA.  There will be a cash bar.

We have some very important topics to discuss, and we greatly value your attendance and your ideas.  

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