In the photo, the dark area are thousands of Emerald Shiners (minnows) that are happily spawning! Great job by the Leelanau County Road Commission on fixing the culvert beneath MacFarlane Rd. The work was completed by Elmer’s Crane and Dozer. The project was completed in about 4 weeks and MacFarlane Rd. is now open.
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!
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.
The research vessel "RV Sarah", which is the GLA’s workboat, is featured in this video. Recently, the GLA board approved the changing of an old, two-stroke outboard engine to a new eco-friendly four-stroke engine. The new engine operates 90% cleaner than the old one. Thanks to Glen Craft Marina for helping us with the transition and ensuring the GLA boat is well equipped for the next 10 - 15 years into the future.
The League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) will open its 2017-2018 Forum Series with a presentation entitled #@It Happens, Then What?! Leelanau County Septic System: Water Quality and Public Health Implications at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the lower level of the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay.
The panelists will be Tom Fountain, Director of Environmental Health at the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department; Nick Fleezanis, President of Lake Leelanau Lake Association; and Joe Williams of Williams and Bay Pumping Service. The event will be moderated by LWVLC Energy and Natural Resource Committee member Tricia Denton. Leelanau Clean Water will provide the Septic Newsletter to attendees.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Leelanau County Government Center is located at 8527 E. Government Center Dr. in Suttons Bay, MI.
For more information on the League of Women Voters Leelanau County (LWVLC) call 231-271-5600, or visit LWVLeelanau.org. Follow LWVLC on Facebook at League of Women Voters Leelanau County.
GLA has completed an experimental project involving flying a drone over 17 miles of the shoreline and shoals of Big and Little Glen lakes. The project has many applications for monitoring our water quality. This footage will be used to provide statistical analysis on a multitude of water quality issues, including: erosion; nutrient loading; land use practices; invasive species inventories and year to year comparisons as the shoreline changes in future years. This footage was filmed in August 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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!