Lake Edward Conservation Club Lake Management Plans-General Lake Management Plan

In 2002 the Lake Edward Conservation Club developed the Lake Edward Lake Management Plan with assistance from the Healthy Lakes Association of the Initiative Foundation.  The plan was updated in 2008.

In addition to the general Lake Edward Conservation Club Lake Management Plan, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Mn DNR) has developed the Lake Edward Aquatic Vegetation Plan   and regularly publishes Fisheries Plans for Lake Edward Lake Edward Fisheries Plan – 2010 .

The Lake Edward Conservation Club has achieved a significant number of the goals outlined in the 2002 Lake Edward Conservation Club Lake Management General Plan.  A number of items, such as monitoring Crow Wing County Ditch No. 13 and advising Crow Wing County of routine maintenance needs for the ditch, are ongoing.

Routine maintenance of Crow Wing County Ditch No. 13 is necessary to prevent repeat destruction of Lake Edward’s shorelines and threats to water quality caused by the extreme flooding experienced when two 100 year rain storms in the same year and beaver dams blocked County Ditch No. 13, Lake Edward’s only outlet.

Here is a summary of the Lake Management Plan Goals from 2002.

CONCERN FOR THE FUTURE
1. protecting the lake and the water
2. ensuring good development of the lake properties
3. proper lake use
4. improving fishing
5. enhancing “community” living on the lake.

WATER QUANTITY AND QUALITY
Goal: Reduce the length of time the water is above the weir.
Goal: Achieve a TSI value of less than 40 on a continuing basis.
Goal: Study the affects of Swimmer’s Itch and high snail populations.
Goal: Communicate with other Lake Edward Lake Management Plan Task Forces to ensure mutually agreed upon actions are taken.

PLANNING AND ZONING
Goal: Test all septic systems on shoreline properties within the Lake Edward Watershed that may drain into the lake and have not had a current inspection (5 years) or are not in compliance with existing regulations. Testing will be completed by Sept. 30, 2003.
Goal: Review existing land use and zoning plans of the local governing units that impact the Lake Edward Watershed and recommend any changes that are necessary to ensure that they provide land development that will be environmentally sound and protect Lake Edward and its watershed.
Goal: Communicate with other Lake Edward Conservation Club Task Forces to ensure mutually agreed upon actions are taken.

AQUATIC VEGETATION & EXOTIC SPECIES
Goal: Develop a plan by specific vegetation species of which ones to proliferate or maintain and which ones to prevent, control, or eliminate.
Goal: Develop and implement, where possible, a shoreline management plan for all the shorelines which are devoid of vegetation and subject to erosion.
Goal: Prevent, as long as possible, the establishment of Eurasian Watermilfoil (EM) into Lake Edward.
Goal: Prevent the lake residents from cutting or tearing bogs loose and putting them out into the lake.
Goal: Educate lake residents and users with reference to any and all of the above.
Goal: Communicate with other Lake Edward Conservation Club Task Forces to ensure mutually agreed upon actions are taken.

FISHERIES
Goal: To communicate with the DNR on a regular basis to learn of their plans, to share with them our information and desires and to work with them on projects of mutual concerns.
Goal: Reduce the high small Northern population
Goal: Improve the natural Walleye spawning success on Lake Edward.
Goal: Communicate with other Lake Edward Conservation Club Task Forces to ensure mutually agreed upon actions are taken.

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