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What’s in This Issue

This month’s issue features the latest news about our upcoming 2022 Spring Virtual Auction, some helpful hints for Spring shoreline improvement projects, information about installing your own fish shelter, and an upcoming EGLE Shoreline Stewards webinar. We hope you find this ebulletin informative and welcome any feedback. If you have any comments, please send them to [email protected]

Register to Bid for Our 2022 Spring Virtual Auction!

There are still 17 days to go until our 2022 Spring Virtual Auction opens for bidding, but you can already register as a bidder by clicking on this link to visit our auction website. There you can also browse the more than 80 auction items so far listed, donate cash, or an auction item, or become a sponsor.

We’d like to thank our Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors, whose names are listed below, for their generous support. Bidding opens on April 18 and closes at 9pm on May 1.

Gold Sponsors

  • Kai Excavating, Joel Voss
  • Tom and Diane Pelak, FlexChecks, Inc.
  • Jennie and Darren Keller

Silver Sponsors

  • Biggs Construction, Incorporated
  • Tim Schaub at Schaub Team Realty
  • Dale & Lynn Watkoski
  • Joan & Randy Woods
  • Zimmerman Landscaping, Matthew & Jane Zimmerman

Bronze Sponsors

  • 9 Bean Rows, Jen Welcy
  • Century 21 Northland, Cory L. Beuerle
  • Master Craft Extrusion Tools, Inc., Don Allington
  • Shift Chiropractic PLC, Dr. Kyle Konas
  • Betsy and CJ Schmidt
  • Susan Rauser, State Farm Insurance

If You’re Looking to Do Some Work This Spring on Your Shoreline ...

… then give LLLA’s Shoreline Ambassador Nancy Popa a call first!  Our Shoreline Ambassador can provide suggestions that minimize impacts on water quality and habitat and can provide a list of qualified contractors.  Did you know that almost all work done on Lake Leelanau’s shoreline requires a permit from EGLE?  This includes private boat ramps, rock rip-rap, beach sanding, dredging and aquatic vegetation control activities, to name just a few. Seasonal structures placed on the bottomland such as boat hoist, docks or ramps are exempt from a permit, so long as they do not unreasonably interfere with the use of the water by others, and are removed at the end of the boating season. You can reach Nancy at 231-944-9509 or [email protected]

Install Your Own “Hotspot” Fish Shelter

LLLA received a permit last year to install over 70 fish shelters.  These are encouraged by the DNR to help protect young fish, and are a haven for other biota. They also make an excellent location where kids can easily catch pan fish ... a great family pastime!

The photo below shows one of these shelters being dropped through the ice in March. Our present permit allows the installation of 20 more fish shelters, so if you’re interested in installing one of these “fishing hotspots,” please contact John Popa at 231-384-5364 or [email protected]

Register for EGLE’s April 13 Shoreline Stewards Webinar

Do you know what the greatest threat is to the overall health of Michigan inland lakes? Did you guess nutrients? According to the National Lake Assessment (NLA), your guess would be wrong. The correct answer is:  the loss of nearshore habitat – both on the land and in the lake. Luckily for Michigan’s inland lakes, lakefront property owners can help change this trend through the practice and implementation of lake-friendly landscaping and erosion control methods.

In this webinar, Julia Kirkwood from EGLE’s Nonpoint Source Program and chair of the MI Natural Shoreline Partnership will discuss how you can use Michigan’s Shoreline Steward Program to assess your inland lake property, determine if it qualifies, and how you can receive some general recommendations on improvements to your nearshore habitat. The webinar starts at 2pm on Wednesday, April 13. Click here to register.

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 [email protected]

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