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Long Lake association invasive species management policy
It is the policy of the Long Lake Association to continue utilizing an integrated pest management program in order to minimize the impact of invasive species on the ecological health and recreational enjoyment of the lakes. We will continue to closely monitor all conditions with the understanding that with most invasive species of plants and animals, complete eradication is unlikely.
Great Lakes Environmental Center will again conduct water quality testing in 2014 as part of our ongoing water quality monitoring program. Samples will be taken from three locations in Long Lake and two locations in Mickey and Ruth Lakes. Testing will be done twice; once in the summer and again in the fall. While our water quality has been excellent over the years, it’s important to remind ourselves of the need to minimize the amount of nutrients that flow into our lakes, especially phosphorous. Please limit the use of lawn fertilizers, use non-phosphorous products, and properly maintain your septic system. In addition, maintaining a natural waterfront buffer zone helps filter surface water run-off. By following these guidelines, together we can ensure our beautiful lakes remain healthy for generations to come.
Eurasian Water Milfoil procedure
The preliminary plan for 2016 includes herbicide treatment at 24 sites (including Long, Mickey and Ruth Lakes), totaling approximately 11.3 acres. Our goal remains to be environmentally responsible while monitoring and controlling invasive species in our lakes. For more information on our lake management program or to provide feedback, please contact John Cartwright at 231-647-6229.
Naturally occurring bio-foam
On Long Lake we occasionally see mounds of foam and suspect detergent discharge from homeowners. Actually it is naturally occurring Bio-foam and not detergent. When algae, plant and fish material break down organic compounds are released. Some of these are surfactants which change the surface tension (attraction between water molecules) of the water and allow wind and waves to introduce air producing Bio-foam. This foam is long lasting unlike detergent foam and often has a brown tinge due to the tannins in the water.