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13 Oct

GLA Donors Match Trulaske Matching Grant for Boat Wash Program

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Challenge met! The Glen Lake Association is excited to announce that we have been granted $15,000 per year, for three years, in matching funds through the Robert J. Trulaske, Jr. Family Foundation! We wish to thank our donors who made this matching grant possible, keeping our boat wash service at the forefront in protecting Glen Lake from invasive species.

In recognition of the GLA’s work toward preservation and protection of the Glen Lake and Crystal River watershed, the Trulaske Foundation presented us with a matching grant back in March. They were offering up to $15,000 per year, for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, in support of our boat wash program- a vitally important service that protects the pristine waters of Glen Lake from invasive species. At $30,000 a year to operate, the boat wash expenses have now been underwritten through a combination of the Trulaske grant and donors who stepped up to the challenge.

Going forward, if the GLA can meet the terms of the grant in 2018 and 2019, a total of $90,000 in donated funds will cover three years of boat wash expenses. This would be a great victory for the on-going protection of Glen Lake and the Crystal River watershed!

The GLA welcomes your participation in the matching grant program. If you would like to support the cause in 2018, please contact us at GlenLakeDevelopment@gmail.com.

Recognizing our generous donors, the GLA’s heartfelt thanks go to (in alphabetical order):

Bruce & Christie Alton; Bob & Julie Berlacher; David & Cara Cassard; Richard & Carolyn Chorman; James & Sharon Doyle; Andrew Doyle; John & Carrie Haley; Jane Haley; Pete & Barb Haley; David Hayes; David & Maureen Herr; Ranae Ihme; Rob & Barb Karner; Bruce & Anne Lichliter; Michael & Lori Lyman; Charles & Sara Ofenloch; Denis & Martha Pierce; Tim & Sue Unger and Bill & Rita Witler.


13 Oct

MacFarlane Road Closed starting October 16

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From the Leelanau County Road Commission:

On Monday, October 16, 2017 work will begin to install a replacement culvert beneath CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) east of the Plowman Road intersection where Hatlem Creek passes beneath the road. This work is being completed by Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, who was the Contractor submitting the most cost effective proposal to complete the work. Work is expected to be completed in approximately four weeks.

Given the nature of the work, it will be necessary for CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) to be closed to through vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the duration of the project. Motorists and pedestrians alike will not be allowed to pass through this area during this time. The stretch of CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) to be closed to through traffic is located between Plowman Road and Bow Road located approximately one mile to the east. Access to all homes along this stretch will be maintained from one end or the other during the duration of the project at all times.

A detour will be established and signed around the area as follows:

If traveling on CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) from west to east, turn south onto Plowman Road and continue to M-72 located 2.5 miles to the south. Turn east onto M-72 and continue to Gilbert Road located 1 mile to the east. Turn north onto Gilbert Road and travel for 1 mile to Baatz Road located 1 mile to the north. Turn east onto Baatz road and travel ¾ of a mile to the east to Fritz Road. Turn north onto Fritz Road and travel in a northwesterly direction to Burdickville Road approximately 2 miles to the north. This intersection is located 0.5 miles east of the Bow Road and CR 616 (MacFarlane Road) intersection. Reverse the course if traveling from east to west.


26 Sep

Stewardship Winners Announced

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The Glen Lake Association is pleased to recognize Jeff and Diane Hamilton as Stewardship Award Winners for their commitment to preserve and protect the waters of Glen Lake. This video sheds light on what they did along the shoreline, why they did it, and how it is working to protect beautiful Glen Lake. Their shoreline improvements serve as a model for others to follow. Congratulations Jeff and Diane!


22 Sep

Discovery Boat Tours Popular in 2017

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Another successful season of enjoying boat tours on Glen Lake has wrapped! Discovery Boat tours were fully booked for summer 2017, and held on five Fridays through July and into August. Tours were held twice a day, for a total of 10 sessions. One private session was held, with another private tour scheduled in September.

The consistently warm and clear summer weather led to no cancellations and reached almost 100 people, including many family and multi-generational groups. They gained insight into what makes Glen Lake special, from its formation by glaciers, to the many aquatic species within, and how government policy protects water quality. The groups were led by watershed biologist Rob Karner, of the GLA. 

Karner wants to not only broaden people’s perspectives, he also wants people to know the lake well, like they know a friend.

“People always knew they liked Glen Lake, now they know why,” says Karner.

The tours made for a beautiful – and educational – way to spend a gorgeous summer day. Coming up for the Discovery Boat  –  a new capability for tour seekers to pre-register, beginning in May of 2018.


29 Aug

Matching Grant Event Raises Funds for GLA Boat Wash

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Offering the chance to help fund the GLA’s boat wash station – the first line of defense against invasive species– was the focus of an event held for Glen Lake Association members and supporters on August 27. Jeanne and Paul Dalba hosted the event at their home, promoting a matching grant opportunity for the GLA, provided by the Trulaske Family Foundation. The foundation has offered a matching grant of $15,000 per year, for three years. With the yearly cost to run the boat wash station at about $30,000 per year, the offer of the matching grant, if fulfilled, will total $90,000 in donated funds.
If you would like to support this Glen Lake protection effort and help the GLA meet its goal, please contact Lori Lyman, Development Co-Chair, at llyman@me.com. Donations can also be made online through the GLA website
Watershed biologist Rob Karner speaks to GLA members and supporters during the matching grant event Aug. 27.
 
 
 

22 Aug

Swimmers Raise Funds to Battle Swimmer’s Itch

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With the goal of raising funds to take on the battle against Swimmer’s Itch, 10 swimmers stroked across Glen Lake on August 6.  
Swimming to support SASI (Swimmers Against Swimmer’s Itch), the 3.4 mile swim began at the Yacht Club and concluded at Division Street. Conditions were excellent for the event, with the lake at about 72 degrees. The fastest swimmer clocked in at 1 hr. and 15 minutes.
To replenish that spent energy, a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage and fresh fruit followed the swim, along with a 50th birthday celebration for Laurel Voran.
If you would like to make a donation towards SASI and battling Swimmer’s Itch,  consider donation options here.


31 Jul

Intern Program Starts

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GLA begins a new intern program – meet the first two interns. Watch this video and meet Erica Becker and Amanda Dow and their mentor Joe Blondia and learn what projects they are working on to begin this new and exciting program.


21 Jun

Read our recent newsletters

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Read current and previous editions of our “Alligator and Inspiration” newsletter by clicking on a link below.

Summer 2017 newsletter

Winter 2017 newsletter

Fall 2016 newsletter

Summer 2016 newsletter

Winter 2016 newsletter

Fall 2015 newsletter

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22 Aug

Well-Attended Annual Meeting Saw Awards, Q & A

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Members and friends came together for the annual Glen Lake Association meeting, making for a fun and informative time on Saturday, August 12. Two educational sessions were held– one on Swimmer’s Itch from GLA Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner– and a Q & A with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Leelanau County Deputy.

 

 

Awards were presented to recent Legends, and stewardship awards to Steve Christensen (Leelanau County Drain Commissioner) and the Harbor Island Association.

 

 

New board members were voted for by the membership as well. Lunch was enjoyed after the meeting, provided by the GLA. Thanks to everyone who attended!

 

 

11 Aug

Glen Lake Association’s Annual Meeting Sat. Aug. 12

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The GLA Annual meeting is Saturday, August 12.
Held at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Road, Glen Arbor.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees following the meeting, along with free tree seedlings!

The membership will have the opportunity to vote for new board members who are filling vacancies for terms that have expired or those seeking a second term. A nominating committee has identified qualified members and made their recommendations for the available positions. The GLA appreciate your participation on this important matter.

The meeting will also include two break out sessions, one hour each, and will discuss the following topics:

Swimmer’s Itch Update

Come learn about the GLA’s 2017 program to control Swimmer’s Itch from GLA Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner. He will discuss current research, statewide initiatives, partners that are active in reducing Swimmer’s Itch, funding needs and what you can do to help. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Q&A with the Sheriff

This open Q&A session will offer the opportunity to ask questions about legal issues pertaining to the lake and watershed.

Members are encouraged to bring a friend – particularly someone who has never attended the annual meeting.


11 Aug

Glen Lake Association’s Annual Meeting Sat. Aug. 12

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The GLA Annual meeting is Saturday, August 12.
Held at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Road, Glen Arbor.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees following the meeting, along with free tree seedlings!

The membership will have the opportunity to vote for new board members who are filling vacancies for terms that have expired or those seeking a second term. A nominating committee has identified qualified members and made their recommendations for the available positions. The GLA appreciate your participation on this important matter.

The meeting will also include two break out sessions, one hour each, and will discuss the following topics:

Swimmer’s Itch Update

Come learn about the GLA’s 2017 program to control Swimmer’s Itch from GLA Watershed Biologist, Rob Karner. He will discuss current research, statewide initiatives, partners that are active in reducing Swimmer’s Itch, funding needs and what you can do to help. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Q&A with the Sheriff

This open Q&A session will offer the opportunity to ask questions about legal issues pertaining to the lake and watershed.

Members are encouraged to bring a friend – particularly someone who has never attended the annual meeting.


31 Jul

Intern Program Starts

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GLA begins a new intern program – meet the first two interns. Watch this video and meet Erica Becker and Amanda Dow and their mentor Joe Blondia and learn what projects they are working on to begin this new and exciting program.


12 Jul

Combating Swimmer’s Itch seminar

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The Leland Library will host a program on “Combating Swimmers Itch” on August 7, 2017. The program, featuring Nick Fleezanis, will run from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Leland Library, Munnecke Room.  Visit http://www.leelanausumminars.org for more information.

                         


20 Jun

Testing for phosphorous in water samples

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Phosphorous, along with nitrogen, is an essential nutrient for plants and animals. As a major component in most fertilizers, runoff or erosion can lead to too much phosphorous in the water, and the depletion of oxygen from excessive aquatic growth. Called eutrophication, it can result in animal die-off , toxins and foul water. Therefore the monitoring of phosphate levels in water is extremely important.
The Glen Lake Association collects water samples every spring and fall and sends them to Lansing where they are tested for phosphorous levels which are then compared with other lakes in the State of Michigan. This provides the GLA with valuable and comparable data for our water quality monitoring program.


26 May

Battling Swimmer’s Itch

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GLA is currently undergoing new research to help find ways to control swimmer’s itch. In this picture, you can see Ron Reimink of Freshwater Solutions, LLC, working on a tree cavity found in an old broken oak tree on Big Glen. He is using a long telescopic pole with a GoPro video camera at the end to “look into” the possible nesting site of a female Common Merganser. GLA is in the process of monitoring several possible nest sites and the full result of this effort will be reported at a later time. Remember, the key to controlling swimmer’s itch is to try and limit the number of merganser broods that come to our lake in FUTURE years. Also, remember that it is against the law and federal fines could be imposed if anyone harms this bird or her eggs during the nesting season. If you feel you have a potential nesting cavity or better yet, see a merganser fly in or out of a tree cavity, please email Rob Karner at:  rkarner@leelanau.org and he will follow up on your sightings.


16 May

GLA Embraces Drones

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The Glen Lake Association is experimenting with drone technology to combat swimmer’s itch.  The objective is to locate common merganser nest cavities in the trees so we can learn more about their natural history that might give us a better handle on controlling their populations and thus reducing swimmer’s itch.  GLA has partnered with Zero Gravity LLC and are finding that with drones, we can get a “bird’s eye view” of the forest and better analyze where nest cavities might be located.  So far, we are making modest progress.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rob Karner at rkarner@leelanau.org.


27 Apr

Help needed with merganser nests

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We need your help.

The Glen Lake Association (GLA) is pleased to announce partnering in 2017 with Ron Reimink, owner of Freshwater Solutions, under a comprehensive contract to combat swimmer’s itch on Glen Lake. We have over 30 years of successful experience with Ron whose reputation is superb.

Our plan will be to live trap and relocate common merganser broods this spring/summer. In addition, we plan to control itch by covering common merganser nests (tree cavities) in the summer/fall of this year, after the broods have left the nest. Based on the behavioral ecology of mergansers, we believe this will reduce the number of broods on the lake in 2018 and beyond.

We have a professional crew working on finding nests and we hope to locate as many as 5 to 7 nests. Once we find the nests, GLA, with your permission, would like to place cameras on the nest while it is active to monitor the nesting environment and learn vital information about their natural history that will make it easier to find nests in the future. Even though we have activated this crew, with your help, we could increase our chances of finding more nests.

If you are able and willing to help us find active nest sites in trees near your home, then please consider this request. During the month of May, females fly around the forests as they visit their nest cavities as they lay their eggs (one egg per day). These flight patterns are best observed between daybreak and 9 a.m. The mergansers often will vocalize while flying (low-pitched grunts). Nest sites are often close to the shoreline but can be several hundred yards from shore as well. The nest height off the ground can be from 2 to 50 feet high.

If you suspect an active nest and you want to confirm your finding(s), please call Ron at 616-293-0252.  Either Ron or myself will come evaluate the situation. We also would seek your permission to access to your property during the nesting period.

Thanks.

Rob Karner

P.S. More detailed information about our comprehensive program for controlling swimmer’s itch will come via the website and spring newsletter.


20 Apr

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection

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Clean up your homestead SAFELY and take your hazardous waste and electronics to a responsible collection site. Download a list of what’s allowed here: Hazardous Waste List