The Narrows Bridge channel will be closed to boat traffic August 25 through August 28, 6am – 6pm. Please stay 100 feet away from diver down flags.
Pandora’s Locks – The Opening of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaways by Jeff Alexander
Jeff Alexander puts “the pieces of the story together” of what has happened to the Great Lakes with the introduction, over the last 50 years, of more than 185 invasive species into this precious resource. Twenty percent of the earth’s fresh water is contained in these magnificent lakes. There have been a variety of articles about this far reaching, complicated, tragedy, but Jeff puts all the parts of the story and the challenges together. The inland lakes are also part of the puzzle.
Jeff will present this story on September 8, Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, in the Community Meeting Room of the lower level of the Leelanau County Government and Community Building. For anyone who lives near or on the Great Lakes or an inland lake, especially in Leelanau County or the Grand Traverse area, this is a speaker you won’t want to miss. Jeff chronicles the implications of invasive species since the opening of the Welland Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
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A couple of our members have asked that we list brand name phosphate free fertilizers on the website, so that they and others can do their part to help protect the quality of our lake.
But first, a little information about the criteria for designation as an earth-friendly fertilizer:
Low-phosphorus or no-phosphorus:
• Ratio of nitrogen-to-phosphate is 5:1 or greater
• Natural organic fertilizer or synthetic fertilizer with 50% or more W.I.N. or controlled-release component
• Free of all pesticides (including herbicides); no Weed-and-Feed
Earth Friendly Fertilizers Recommended For Lake and River Quality Protection:
Brand Name – N-P-K % Slow Release Nitrogen:
Corn Gluten Products 9-0-0 85%
Clean Green Soy Fertilizer 7-0-0 High
Espoma Organic Weed Preventer/Lawn Food 9-0-0 91%
Fertrell Lawn Fertilizers 9-1-4 or 8-1-8 70% – 85%
Lesco Professional Turf Fertilizer 32-0-10 67%
Ringer Lawn Restore 10-2-6 76%
Scotts Organic Choice Lawn Food 11-2-2 91%
Soil Science 5-0–7 High
Sustane (Lesco product) 18-1-8 79%
Turf Nurture 15-2-7 75%
Shoreline Management Guidelines:
The Glen Lake Association has the following recommendations (in order of importance) for riparians who wish to add nutrients to their lawns and landscape:
- Pump lake water into your irrigation system to irrigate and “fertilize” your lawn and landscape plants. The lake water will naturally contain nitrogen and phosphates for your plants and lawn and the remaining nutrients will leach into your soil and return to the lake via ground water.
- Do not use any fertilizers at all – either chemical or organic.
- If you decide to fertilize (ignoring items 1 and 2 above), then consider purchasing “Clean Green” 7-0-0. This is available at Northwood Hardware in Glen Arbor and Hamilton’s Agronomy on M-72, just west of Traverse city next to the tractor sales at the top of the passing lane.
- If you decide to use chemical fertilizers, then use “Lake Safe” 20-0-20 sold at Hamilton’s Agronomy in Traverse City located on M-72, just west of Traverse city next to the tractor sales at the top of the passing lane.
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan. It was created through an executive order by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data for use in water resources management and protection programs.
MiCorps chose to highlight the dedicated work being done by our volunteer monitors of Glen Lake. Members of the Glen Lake Association have been involved with the CLMP since 1979, and are unique in that they also monitor the quality of their inflowing stream.
To read more about this cooperative lakes monitoring program click on the following Michigan Clean Water Corps July 2009 Newsletter