Lake Edward Conservation Club Newsletter June 2010

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JUNE 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Merrifield Marathons Center
County Rd. 3, South of Merrifield
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Refreshments to follow business meeting
The speaker will be Pam Perry DNR
DNR Loon Watch Program


Saturday, August 21, 2010
Merrifield Marathons Center
County Rd. 3, South of Merrifield
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Refreshments to follow business meeting
Elections to the LECC Board

Lake Facts:

Size is 2,032 acres. 1,199 acres has a depth of 15 feet or less.

Lake Edward watershed is 7,525 acres.

Ordinary high water level is 1,207.3 feet.

Highest reading 1208.18 6-26-01 Lowest reading 1201 12-15-33

Average reading 1206.47 882 readings Current reading 1205.74 5-7-10

The only outlet for the lake is ditch 13. Water leaves the lake through a culvert under Cnty. Rd 4 that is approximately 100 yards north of the Y Store. The weir, the concrete barricade that controls the water flow, is at 1,206.7 feet. The lake level has to be above 1,206.7 feet before any water leaves the lake. The water flows through ditch 13 to North Long Lake.

Message from the President Sue Jordan

Anyone who has been on the lake for the past 10 years or so has experienced several records. The record for high water was set in 2001. While records weren’t set in 2007 and 2008 for low water, it was roughly3 1/2 feet lower than in 2001. July of last year set a record for the coldest July on record. This year another record was set. By my observation the ice went out on April 2nd. The previous early ice out date was April 8, 1987. I think it was a baseball player who said that all records are set to be broken, so it’s hard to say how long any of these will last.

While we didn’t receive much snow last winter, the rain of last fall has helped the lake maintain the level it was at last year. With the lake still being low, docks and boat lifts are well out into the lake. It’s a good idea to have a battery or solar powered light at the end of a dock and especially on boat lifts that are beyond the end of the dock. Without a light a dock or boat lift can be a hazard to people fishing at night.

I have no idea what the weather will be like this summer, but I hope everyone can enjoy their time at the lake.

Ditch 13–As of now, the County Commissioners have not turned over responsibility for ditch 13 to the Thirty Lakes Watershed District. Whether Thirty Lakes will pursue having that done isn’t known. It is a situation we will continue to monitor.

Last fall the County Highway Dept. did clean out the beaver dams that were in the ditch. Unfortunately, when Herb Nelson and I walked the ditch a couple of weeks ago a new, bigger and better beaver dam was in place. There was also ample evidence of beaver activity with trees down and other trees that had been girdled. Herb did contact the County to see if the beaver trapper could be brought in before more damage is done. Because it is much easier to remove dams when the ground is frozen, we will wait until this fall to talk to the County about that. Our plans could change if we have an extremely wet summer, so that is also something we’ll continue to monitor.

LECC Dues Notice

(The LECC is a 501c3 corporation)

Annual dues for the LECC are due January 1. The Dues are $15 per property owner. Print the application from the last page and send it in to join the club!

Reduce Outboard & PWC Emissions to Lake Edward

Herb Nelson, Lake Edward Conservation Club Water Quality Committee

Lori and I decided it’s time to consider replacing the 1997 Force 2-stroke outboard on our pontoon. So I thought I’d share some research we found.

A friend that works for EPA mentioned that EPA scientists did a “Myth Buster” type test and put a traditional 2-stroke carbureted personal water craft (PWC) in a tank and ran it on typical RPM for a whole day. Your tax dollars at work! The results were that an old style PWC gave off more emissions into the air and water in one day than a small car gives off over months of typical use. The old 2-stroke outboard motors are designed to have the intake and exhaust ports open at the same time which permits 20 to 30 percent of the fuel and oil mixture to pass through the engine unburned and then is released with the exhaust directly into Lake Edward. I figure we use about 36 gallons of gas and oil per summer in our old Force outboard, which means about 7 to 11 gallons of that gas & oil goes into the lake every summer! Holy cow! One gallon of gasoline can cause 10 million gallons of water to become undrinkable. I only drink lake water when I fall off the tube, but you know what I mean.

Well, I hate to think of how many total old-style 2-stroke outboard boat motors and PWCs there still are on Lake Edward kicking out fuel & oil into the lake. One EPA web site recommends that we replace the old style 2-stroke carbureted motors with direct fuel injection (DFI) motors that are designed to spray fuel into the cylinders after the piston covers the exhaust port. Even better, if you can afford it, the 4-stroke marine engines are designed to use straight gasoline without mixing oil. In the 4-stroke, the exhaust and intake ports are never open at the same time, preventing unburned fuel from escaping to Lake Edward. So think about a 4-stroke, or at least a DFI motor when its time to repower your boat. The outboard may cost more up front, but the life cycle costs are supposedly cheaper on a DFI or 4-stroke motor and definitely better for lake water quality.

EPA recommendations:

Swimmers’ Itch Prevention –by Mayo Clinic staff

Several people mentioned having a problem with swimmers itch last summer. Following are some recommendations to reduce the risk of swimmers itch:

-Avoid swimming in areas where swimmers itch is known to be a problem. Also, avoid swimming or wading in areas where snails are commonly found.

-Avoid the shoreline if possible. Swim from an anchored boat or diving raft, because may be more likely to develop swimmers’ itch if you spend a lot of time in shallow water.

-Rinse after swimming. Rinse exposed skin with fresh water immediately after leaving the water, then vigorously dry your skin with a towel. Launder your swimsuits often. You might even alternate between different swimsuits.

-Skip the bread crumbs. Don’t feed birds or ducks on docks or near swimming areas.

-There’s no evidence that applying sunscreen, lotions or creams helps prevent swimmers’ itch.

LECC Dues Notice

(The LECC is a 501c3 corporation)

(If your dues are paid, that’s indicated below)

Annual dues for the LECC are due January 1. The Dues are $15 per property owner.

Members, please renew. If you are not a current member, please join. Please send your check for $15 along with this form to: LECC P.O. Box 134 Merrifield MN 56465-0134.


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