Lake Edward Conservation Club (LECC) Intends to Treat Curly Leaf Pondweed Spring 2017
Your Donations Are Needed to Fund the Project
The Problem: Curly leaf pondweed (CLP), an invasive species, has been spreading in parts of Lake Edward since at least 2004, according to the DNR. The enclosed map shows CLP is spreading, particularly in the southwest and north bays, but CLP is located in a number of places in the lake. Lake-bottom conditions vary throughout the lake, so some areas are better for thicker CLP growth. The survey for CLP needs to be more thorough using better equipment. If ignored, CLP can continue to spread and might begin to interfere with boating, swimming and fishing. Thicker CLP plant growth has been washing up more on our beaches, particularly the past few years. More CLP can also feed more dense algae growth, decreasing water clarity.
Chemically Treat CLP: Experts at the University of MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and others say the best way to control CLP is with a non-toxic chemical application in the spring, when the water temperature is between 50 and 60 F, so only CLP is growing actively. It will cost less to treat smaller areas of CLP now rather than wait to treat larger areas later. So LECC intends to try chemical treatment of 15 acres of CLP in the two bays in spring 2017. We’ve been told to expect this treatment will be needed for at least the next three springs. Experts say we can also plan for future additional series of spring treatments, if and when unpredictable natural and climatic conditions cause a reappearance of thicker CLP. A lot of sun through the ice and just after ice-out is ideal for thicker CLP growth to overtake native plants.
How to Pay for It: Our primary hurdle is how to pay for the chemical treatments over three years, and likely more years in the future. One spring treatment for 15 acres is estimated to cost at least $5,000 depending on how much of the treated area exceeds 5 feet deep. Much of the area to be treated may be closer to 10 feet deep, increasing the cost estimate. The lion’s share of future treatment costs must come from donations from property owners. Please encourage your guests and neighbors to consider helping. Any amount helps. LECC’s normal funding comes from $20 members’ dues that typically total $1,400 to $1,800 annually. Your annual dues are not enough to fund the CLP treatment and dues are also needed for newsletters and other important expenses. We have already received landowner donations for CLP treatment, but we could use at least $6,000 by April 2017. Any remaining donations would be used in 2018. We appreciate a one-time grant of $1,000 from Thirty Lakes Watershed District. Each year that we treat, we’ll also apply to the MN DNR for a similar grant amount. Also, the DNR permit is free because we are treating CLP, an invasive species. That saves hundreds of dollars.
Lake Improvement District (LID)? Not Yet! – We want to try requesting your donations at first to see if that is sustainable enough so we don’t need a LID. If treatment shows enough results, but donations don’t cover the cost, we may need to consider working with County staff and Commissioners to form a Lake Improvement District (LID) that would be funded from property taxes of lakeshore property owners.
Give to the Max Day (GMD) is November 17: One fun and easy way to donate to the CLP project is to participate in Give to the Max Day. Your donation can make a real difference to help complete our matching funds challenge on Give to the Max Day.
Our website: https://www.givemn.org/fundraiser/lake-edward-conservation-club5807663715738 contains more information about the project and how to help match funds. Use this website in your browser and follow the directions to contribute using a credit card or EFT. You can monitor our progress toward our matching fund and goal of $6,000.
Or mail your check to: LECC, P.O. Box 134, Merrifield, MN 56465-0134. Please put a note on the check that the donation is for CLP treatment.
Post this on Your Facebook and Twitter Accounts – Challenge your lake neighbors and people that regularly visit your lake-place to make a real difference by helping to complete the matching amount and more.
Scheduled Giving – Will you be gone November 17? Beginning November 1, go to the website above and schedule your gift that will process on November 17. Are you lucky? We hope so because every scheduled donation is eligible for a random drawing for an extra $10,000 “Super-Sized” Golden Ticket donation to the CLP project.
24 Golden Tickets for $1,000 – Every time you donate during a different hour (midnight to midnight) on November 17, you increase the chances that our CLP project will receive 24 randomly drawn Golden Tickets for an extra $1,000 donation.
Win a $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket – The LECC CLP project might win another $10,000 Golden Ticket drawn from all donations processed on November 17. Every time you make a donation, you increase the chances of a “Super-Sized” day for your CLP project.
Your Tax Deductions – LECC is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization so your donation may be deductible if you itemize deductions. You can track all your Give to the Max donations by starting a free account at the GiveMN.org home page so you can get tax receipts.
Thank you. Your donation of any size will help make a difference to help preserve the lake for your enjoyment and that of your future generations.