"CROCKERY LAKE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER May, 2006"
1 CROCKERY LAKE ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER May, 2006 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 charge. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 887-1562. 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 BEST!! 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 reasonable! If you have lake-related photos or information you want to share, please get it to Chuck Lane, email@example.com 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 June 2. 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 Conklin, MI 899-2324 [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 count. 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 plant growth. 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 Phone 616-891-1294 Fax 576-891-0371 www.prolakemgmt.com 2006 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 planted. 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 fatty alcohol 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.