1 CROCKERY LAKE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
WEED TREATMENT SCHEDULE
Professional Lake Management has tentatively scheduled treatment of Crockery
Lake during the weeks listed below. Please remember that these dates are subject
to change due to weather and DEQ permitting factors.
FIRST TREATMENT - WEED & ALGAE Week of 6/5/06
SECOND TREATMENT-WEED & ALGAE (optional) Week of 7/10/06
THIRD TREATMENT - WEED & ALGAE (optional) Week of 8/21/06
FALL SURVEY (free of charge) Week of 8/21/06
At the time of application and for the next 24 hours, no one is permitted to use the lake. See
Chemical Application Ordinance on our web page.
The CLA Board carefully monitors on a yearly basis the amount of chemical necessary to eradicate
milfoil and control algae blooms. Since a minimal amount of chemical is applied, it is very important
that its application is successful. "Tracer" is applied simultaneously with the chemical. Tracer's job is
to get the chemical to stick to the weeds. Stirring up the water may hinder this process--and then
possibility exists that an additional treatment of chemicals might be necessary. So please stay off the
lake during this time.
STATUS OF ORDINANCE REGARDING PARKING AT BOAT LANDING
The ordinance is still in the draft stage.
DOCK/SHORESTATION PUT-IN BY CLA BOARD REPS
Date: May 20-21, 2006 (rain date is June 3-4, 2006)
John Vander Werff, Mario Van Dyke, Tim Van Laan and Chuck Lane have volunteered to put your
docks/shorestations back in the lake.
Their only requests are:
--They must have at least 5 residents who want to participate;
--They would like, if possible, to have 1-2 residents help with the job.
Cost: CLA Member: $25 for dock; $25 for shorestation
Nonmember: $35 for dock; $35 for shorestation
Call John Vander Werff (887-1306) or Tim Van Laan (887-1368) to sign up.
CLA BOARD REP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS YEAR
THERE ARE THREE OPEN BOARD POSITIONS: Tim Van Laan, Chuck Lane, and John Vander
Werff's terms as Board Members expire this year. We need to fill 3 Board positions. This is your
opportunity to learn more about our lake and its residents.
Diane Thornton is now on the ballot. We still need at least 2 more residents!!
Nominations for CLA Directors will be accepted until the annual meeting date. All nominees must
have their dues paid prior to voting (you can pay them at the annual meeting). Voting will take place
at the annual meeting.
LOST & FOUND FROM "THE BIG FLOOD"
Rosey Stream found a yellow paddle boat. Karel Wolters is missing several 2-foot railroad ties with
an angle cut on one end. Wolters found a large blue plastic tub with wheels filled with sand toys; Bill
Rexford still has one dock section.
GROSE PARK WILDFLOWER WALK
Grose Park will be hosting two walks this year: Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, May 15 at
2:00 p.m. Join Karin Neils to observe and learn about the many types of wildflowers along the trails
in ths botanically-rich park. Meet at the forest picnic shelter located at the north side of the park. No
REMEMBER THE TOTAL BAN ON USE OF FERTILIZER!!
Several years ago Chester Township approved the fertilizer ban on all property within 300 feet of the
lake. Violators are subject to a $500 fine. If you want a copy of the ordinance or have questions, visit
our web page: http://mlswa.org/crockery-lake-405/. The website now includes: all newsletters since
January 1999 and ordinances affecting lake residents; annual meeting minutes, a link to the history of
the lake, and numerous other links.
MUSKEGON COUNTY CALLING FOR AN ALL-COUNTY BAN
OF FERTILIZERS WITH PHOSPHOROUS
Muskegon County has now learned something Crockery Lake residents have known for many
years---fertilizers are bad for lakes! "Experts said phosphorous concentrations in soils in many parts
of the county are 'off the charts'. The result: phosphorous is draining off residential lawns . . .when it
rains and entering waterways, fueling rampant weed growth and the proliferation of toxic algae that
can harm humans, fish and wildlife." "Excessive phosphorous concentrations are causing the
premature aging of many Michigan lakes." Dane County, Wisconsin has this type of ban. The entire
state of Minnesota has this type of ban. According to Tru-Green Chemlawn, "there are astronomical
amounts of phosphorous in the soils in Muskegon County--the soil is saturated with it. Few existing
lawns need more phosphorous." We realize we are not in Muskegon County, but we are only 5 miles
from the county line. Soils do not change at the county lines. Excerpts from The Muskegon
Chronicle, March 24, 2006.
WEB PAGE UPDATED
Chuck Lane is our Lake Webmaster; Host Web Master is: Michigan Lake & Stream Assn. Our
website is located at: http://mlswa.org/crockery-lake-405/. The website now includes: all newsletters
since January 1999; ordinances affecting lake residents; pictures taken by Diane Thornton of the
lake; annual meeting minutes, a link to the history of the lake, and numerous other links. If you have
lake-related photos or information you want to share, please get it to Chuck Lane, email@example.com or
CROCKERY LAKE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2006, 7:00 P.M.
CHESTER TOWNSHIP HALL
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES BEGIN MAY 1
It's hard to believe but another year has come and gone and it's time to consider your membership
status with the Crockery Lake Association. Dues will remain "unchanged" for 2006-2007 and the
following fee schedules will be observed:
Senior's rate (over 65) $15.00
Under 65 $25.00
In 2005, CLA had 70 members. Your dues play a HUGE part in effectively running the CLA program
which promotes education on lake environmental studies, social get togethers, and community
awareness programs as well. Many people who receive the CLA newsletter find helpful information
and tips on helping our lake survive or for that matter helping each other in one way or the other. We
need ALL readers to become members of CLA so we can become more united in our effort to
promote a healthy neighborhood, community, and most importantly our beautiful Crockery Lake.
Come on folks--please do your part and join the Crockery Lake Association today--it's such a small
price to provide a benefit to one and all!
2006 CLA BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
June 19, July 17, August 15, September 18, October 16.
All meetings are open to the public--whether or not you are a member--we welcome your attendance!
The meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are held at Board members' homes. If a large number of
nonboard members plan on attending, please let us know ahead of time so we can make seating
arrangements. Contact any Board member to find out where a particular meeting will take place.
2006 FIREWORKS UPDATE
We have $2,900 in the 2006 Fireworks Fund. Our goal is $3,000. With the monies collected from
this month's dock put-in, the goal will be met. This will unquestionably be the VERY BEST fireworks
show in CLA history!!! For the first time ever, we will have 6" shots and an numerous 5" shots. The
grand finale is nearly twice as big too. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's fireworks the
Date: July 4, 2006 at 10:00 p.m.
Boat Parade: July 4, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place ($100, $75, $25)
2007 FIREWORKS UPDATE
Wolverine (the company who puts on our show) has informed us that this is the last year they will
shoot fireworks for less than $3,000. Next year, if we cannot collect $3,000, we will need to find
another company. There are only a few companies in this business in our area. And even fewer with
the safety record of Wolverine. A small show takes a back seat to big shows. It is very possible we
may not be able to find a company to do our show for less than $3,000. Lake residents: Please
increase your donation this year so we can continue this great Crockery Lake tradition!!
Diane Thornton, long-time lake resident, is a very gifted photographer. She has graciously allowed
us to place some of her sunset Crockery Lake photos in upcoming newsletters. If you would like to
buy enlarged copies of any of her photographs, please call her at 899-2255. Her prices are very
If you have lake-related photos or information you want to share, please get it to Chuck Lane,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 887-1562.
Residents: With over 150 homes in the CLA area, it is impossible for board members to keep
up with births, deaths, illnesses, etc. Please call or e-mail Linda Lane with this information, so
we can add it to the newsletter. We want to keep your lake neighbors informed! Linda Lane
887-1562; 456-2265; Linda_Lane @miwb.uscourts.gov.
TIME TO PUMP!!
To get your money's worth, spring is the best time to pump your septic. It is recommended you have
your septic pumped every 2 years.
Plummer's Septic Tank, Inc.
5003 Clyde Park, S.W.
Wyoming, MI 49509
532-3996 or 532-4001
Plummer's has given us a group pumping price that will only be good for one day. June 2 has been
selected as the day they will pump at the group rate. They must have a minimum of 10 houses to
pump or the group rate will not apply. If you want to get in on this great rate, please call them prior to
1 tank, they find: $225.00; 1 tank, you find and dig the cover: $135.00
2 tanks, they find: $325.00; 2 tanks, you find and dig the cover: $195.00
VanDyke & Myers
[rates not available as of this newsletter]
Springtime Shoreline Tasks: Sow, Sweep, Scoop, Pump, and Let It Be
Springtime gets us back out-of-doors and anxious to clean, organize, and plan for the summer ahead.
It is a great time to take care of some small, but important shoreline property responsibilities that are
vital to water quality. So get ready to tackle that list of tasks and remember it's the little things that
Sow Some Seeds: Did winter leave behind some shoreline changes; perhaps some eroding banks,
bare soils, and exposed roots? If you have bare patches in your lawn, or an exposed shoreline, be
sure to sow some grass seed, or better yet some perennials, native grasses, woody shrubs or trees.
Mulch will also help prevent soils from washing into nearby surface waters or storm drains.
Sweep Surfaces. Clean up accumulated piles of salt, sand, and gravel left behind from winter's ice
control activities and dispose of them properly. Don't allow runoff to carry these particles into the
nearest storm drain or surface water. Salts and other sediments can alter water chemistry, degrade
aquatic habitat, and increase nutrient levels.
Scoop The Poop. Spot's restroom (your lawn) has spent the winter hidden under snow cover, but as
spring reveals what Spot left behind, be sure to collect all pet waste and dispose of it properly. Run-
off can carry nutrients from pet waste into the water and contribute to excessive algae and aquatic
Pump It Up. How long has it been since your septic tank was last pumped? It is especially important
to maintain septic systems located near lakes, streams, and wetlands. A poorly functioning system
can leach nutrients and bacteria into surface waters through ground water.
Let It Be. Although spring brings out our tendencies to be neat and tidy, consider leaving submerged
woody debris (fallen tree limbs and trunks) along the shoreline for fish cover. Woody materials can
also help protect your shoreline from erosion by breaking waves as they travel landward.
This article taken from "Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council" Spring 2006 Issue.
WHO IS YOUR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE?
Pat Wolters: 887-8707
Colegrove, DeYoung, Van Tuinen, DeGlopper, C., Van Maldegan, Dodde (2), McClure, Lowell,
Finkler, King, Wheaton, Irey, Humphrey.
John Vander Werff: 887-1306
Bykerk, Mead, VanDyke, Van Heukelom, Elenbaas, Bennett, Almyda, Abbott, Erwin, Holton, Roberts
(2), VanKempen, DeGlopper, K., Dutkiewicz.
Linda Lane: 887-1562
DeJonge/Griep, Dykstra, Keena, VanMaldegan&Brummel, Shuker, Ching, Sanford, Gustin, Drost,
Wert, Nusbaum, Yonker, Zimmerman.
Mario Van Dyke: 899-2208
VanDyke, Kellogg, Prorok, Broucek, Allen, Baebour, Klein, Barbour/Phelps, Bykerk, Rooks, Stream
(2), Scott, Hartuniewicz, Arnold, Kaywood, Vogel, Weller, Thornton.
Steve Bykerk: 677-1962
Mlnarik, Merdzinski, Fuhst, Vogel (2), Averill, Peltier, Bostain, Barritt, Craft, Sanderson, Craft, Hyde,
Muske, Berenbrock, DeWeerd, Robbins, Glovick, Holtvluwer.
Tim Van Laan: 887-1368
Kober, VanderWerff, VanLaan, Gordon, Blauwkamp, Joiner, Boersma, Nowak, Wolters, Jones,
Hanna, Young, Monsma, Strayer, Nitz.
Chuck Lane: 887-1562
Douma, Elliott, Lamrock, DeWitt, Wobma, Mills, Pawlowski, Rogers, Norton, Menn, Kaufield, Strayer,
Schmuker, Barrs, Lane, Rexford.
Chris Stebbins: 887-1979
Pike, Kurlenda, Prus, Makowski, Stoner, Kopenski, Wingard, Stebbins, Tidey, Swidwinski, Schmidt,
Truskowski, Simms, McCurty, Jachim, Gitchel, Rollenhagen, Horton, Locke, Osmer (2), Dodde.
NOTICE P.O. Box 132
Caledonia MI 49315
The property owners in this area are planning to have the waters chemically treated to control lake weeds and/or algae. This notice is being circulated in
accordance with Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) procedures. A permit for the treatment has either been secured or will be secured from the
DEQ before the work is begun.
We treat each lake according to a schedule or season plan, established with the cooperation of your lake association, lake board or residents on the lake. Due to
the uncertainty of weather, the treatment schedule is approximate. Please watch your shoreline for the posting of the 11 x 14 inch, yellow, red or green signs.
The signs will indicate the date of the treatment, the products used, and any restrictions on the use of treated water for swimming, watering lawns, etc. or on
the consumption of fish taken from treated waters. One or more treatments involving water restrictive products may be applied. There may be spot treating of
vegetation involving water restrictive products throughout the summer.
In the event that you see us spraying for algae control with copper based products, signs may be posted stating there is no restrictions. The purpose of this
requirement by the DEQ is to let you know that we treated your waters and there are no restrictions. The signs used for algae treatments will be "Green" and
the signs for restrictive products will be "Yellow" or "Red". Please be aware that only products approved by the State of Michigan and
the Federal government are being used. We have experienced no adverse effects on people, fish, wildlife or domestic pets since applying these products. We
anticipate using one or more of the products listed below: Please read the restrictions. Again, -the restrictions that apply to the products actually used in a
particular treatment will be found on the signs posted on the day of treatment.
When more than one product is used, the most strict, longest limits will be posted. These restrictions are designed to allow for the safe use of these products.
Please do not encourage anyone to use the waters while these restrictions apply.
If you have any questions please contact us during office hours. (8:00 am 4:00 pm M-F)
X PRODUCT/ACTIVE INGREDIENT RESTRICTION
X Navigate, Aquakleen/ 2,4-D 24 -hour restriction on swimming
Irrigation of lawns, grasses, and turf- no restriction
Irrigation of crop, non-crop, & ornamentals- indefinite unless assay indicates
100 ppb or less
Potable water - indefinite unless assay indicates less than 70 ppb
X Renovate 3/ Trichlopyr 24 -hour restriction on swimming
Irrigation of established lawns & grasses- no restriction
Irrigation of ornamentals.. crops, and non-crops- 120 days or until assay
Indicates a non-detectable level
X Reward/ Diquat dibromide 24-hour restriction on swimming
1-day animal consumption of treated water
3 -day restriction of domestic water use and irrigation of turf & ornamentals
S -day restriction on crop irrigation
Hydrothol 191/ Dimethylalkylamine salt of Endothol 24 -hour restriction on swimming
Aquathol K/ Dipotassium salt of Endothol ; -day restriction on taking fish for food or feed
14 -day restriction for irrigation, agricultural sprays, & domestic purposes
Sonar A.S., Sonar P.R, Sonar S.R.P., Sonar Q, 24 -hour restriction on swimming
_Avast/Fluridone 7-day restriction on establish ed tree crops
30 -day restriction on irrigation of crops, turf. plants, s eedbeds, or areas to be
Nautique/ copper carbonate 24 -hour swimming restriction
Komeen/ copper as elemental
Shade/ water dye - tracer No restrictions
Copper Sulfate/ Pentahydrate
Cutrine Plus -Ultra, Captain, Algimycin, Formula
X F 30/ copper as elemental
Cygnet Plus/ D,1-limonene & alcohol ethoxylated
PolyAn/ anionic poly acrylamide polymer
AquaPrep/ enzymes & non-ionic surfactants
Nutrisorb/ gram negative, naturally occurring bacteria
Green Clean Pro/sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate 24 -hour swimming restriction
Shade/ water dye- treatment 24 -hour swimming restriction
Aquapro, Rodeo, Eagre/ Glyophosate 24 -hour swimming restriction
*Certified Applicators: Jason Broekstra, Jaimee Conroy, Bree Ectinaw, Steve Hanson, Jake Hunt, Nathan Karsten, Pat McLamara, Stephanie
Mervau, Justin Nawrocki, Lucas Stagel, Jeff Tolan, Andy Tomaszewski, Jacob Ware.