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What’s in This Issue

This month’s issue features The Michigan Inland Lake Shoreline Landscape Guidebook shown above, a chance to donate equipment needed for our 2022 EWM control program, an opportunity to volunteer to coordinate our swimmer’s itch reporting program, an update on North and South Lake Leelanau water quality reports, and a choice to go paperless in the membership communications which you receive.  We hope you find this ebulletin informative and welcome any feedback. If you have any comments, please send them to [email protected]

Get Your Copy of The Michigan Inland Lake Shoreline Landscape Guidebook

Lakefront property owners play a vital role in preserving the beauty and health of Lake Leelanau.  The publication, “Natural Shoreline Landscapes on Michigan's Inland Lakes - A Guidebook for Property Owners,” featured in our header photo, provides an understanding of healthy lake ecosystems and actions which you can take to protect the lake.  It provides details on natural shorelines, landscaping, plant selection and rules and regulations regarding shoreline work.  We’re making this 70-page booklet available to all Lake Leelanau shoreline property owners at our cost of $35.  Just send an email with your name and address to [email protected] and mail a check for $35 made out to Lake Leelanau Lake Association to PO Box 123, Leland, MI 49654.  Please write "Shoreline Guidebook" in the memo field.

Equipment For Our EWM Control Program – Looking for Donations

This year’s EWM control season is over and we’re already making plans for next year. Below is a list of equipment that we’ll need for 2022. If you have any of these items in good condition that you’d be willing to donate, please contact us at [email protected].

  • Used pontoon boat (ideally with trailer), for use by dedicated dive crew. Motor in the range of 20-50HP.
  • Used 4-stroke outboard motor for existing LLLA pontoon workboat. Ideally in the 20-40HP range.
  • Trailer for existing LLLA pontoon workboat.
  • Used tanks and other dive gear, including any surface supplied air compressors, hoses and gear.

We’re also looking for a skilled volunteer(s) to help oversee modifications and outfitting of our pontoon workboats. If you or someone you know can help us, please contact [email protected].

Swimmer’s Itch Reporting – Volunteer Needed

Do you routinely check our Lake Leelanau swimmer’s itch reports?  If so, we’d like to enlist your help.  Wayne Swallow, the Association's former Lake Biologist and a current volunteer who has managed the swimmer’s itch reporting for the last ten years, would like to identify and train his successor.

Reporting activities run from June through Labor Day and can require approximately two to five hours a week, depending on the number of reports received.  If you’re a detail-oriented person comfortable working with Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint, this would be a perfect fit.  A procedures manual will be developed over the winter and training will be provided prior to next summer.  Mentoring and support will also be provided as the 2022 reports start coming in to assure that the new volunteer is comfortable with the process.

Click here for more information on the reporting process.

If you have an interest and/or questions, please contact Wayne Swallow at [email protected] or 231-649-2087.

North and South Lake Leelanau Water Quality Reports

If you’ve visited the Water Quality tab on our website, you’ll know that it contains links to a video on the importance of septic system maintenance, and past-year copies of North and South Lake Leelanau water quality reports provided by The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps)*. We have recently posted the latest available water quality reports for North and South Lake Leelanau from 2019. We’ll let you know when new reports become available.

*MiCorps is administered by Michigan State University Extension under the direction of EGLE and in partnership with the Huron River Watershed Council and Michigan Lakes and Streams Association.

Want To Go Paperless? Let Us Know.

Would you like to receive all your future membership communications via email? If so, send a message to our Membership Director Barb Kobberstad at [email protected] and we’ll mark your choice in our records.

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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected]

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