Our first defense against invasive species in our water is to use a self-wash power spray located at the DNR’s boat ramp on Little Glen.
Our invasive species prevention helps prevent the introduction of the quagga mussel, coltsfoot, the spiney water flea, the fishhook water flea, the round goby, the rusty crayfish, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), Eurasian watermilfoil, starry stonewort, and hydrilla to mention a few.
Coltsfoot (Tusilago farfara), a vicious foreign invader, was first found on the shores of Big Glen Lake in 2008. Since then, it has spread rapidly along the shoreline and now is found throughout the shoreline from Brooks Lake to Inspiration Point-a four-mile area. It quickly wipes out native herbaceous plants as it invades shorelines, lawns, and neighboring fields. It’s easiest to identify in early spring when a bright yellow flower appears atop of plant stems as seen in the picture to the left. It may poke its head up through snow as early as mid-March. Deadheading these blossoms is the first line of defense and helps prevent further spread of the plant through seed heads easily carried on wind to new locations.
Mid-summer leaves as shown to the right are large, up to 7 inches wide, hoof-shaped with angular teeth on the margins. The creeping, underground rootstalks may lurk as deep as 10 feet. They preserve their vitality for a very long period and a small piece may send up foliage after many silent years underground. Attempting to eradicate by digging is not encouraged.
Our Shoreline Management program is organized by the Water Quality Committee. The purpose is to protect our beautiful lake and has three major segments to its focus:
- Property Maintenance – Suggestions on how to maintain your lake front property, so as not to damage the lake;
- Cladophora Studies — Measuring the extent of damage to the lake by pollutants entering into the lake from surrounding surfaces;
- Shoreline Surveys — Analysis of individual pieces of property to reduce/eliminate contaminate intrusion into the lake, by making suggestions on alternations in landscaping as well as septic maintenance.
- Fertilizer — The Glen Lake Association has recommendations (in order of importance) for riparians who wish to add nutrients to their lawns and landscape.
Score your own shoreline using this survey.