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Latest on Kalkaska BOC and Local Septic Inspection Program PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Friday, 17 May 2019 21:31

There was a large turnout of citizens at the Kalakska County Board of Commissioners special meeting on Friday, May 17. Almost all in attendance expressed their support for keeping the point of sale septic inspection program.  After public comment was finished, the Board entertained a motion by Commissioner Ngirasaol to form a citizen working group to evaluate the program and make recommendations to the Board on its future, changes needed or whether to repeal the program.  Considerable discussion ensued on the makeup of such a work group, whether it was appropriate to appoint such a group and what it's functions should be. The Board of Commissioners decided to table the motion to form the work group to allow Commissioners to talk with local township officials in their respective districts about how they feel about creating such a work group, what the membership should be and also how the townships would react if the Board of Commissioners decided to end the county level program and look to the townships to create their own programs. The Commission also indicated a desire to get legal advice from the County Attorney regarding such a work group.

The Board voted to add this issue to their agenda  at a special meeting they have already scheduled for 5:30 PM on May 29, 2019 at which time it is expected they will decide on creation of this work group or how to proceed with their original proposal to repeal the program.
So, we are not finished. The large citizen turnout was significant in convincing the Board to take some time to consider what they are doing. A huge thank you to all those who attended. Another similar turnout at the May 29 meeting will help move the Board to create the work group and allow us all to have some constructive input into the future of the septic inspection program. We are making progress.
 
Welcome to Our Website

Welcome to the new and improved Manistee Lake Association web site. We hope you like the look and the many additional features. We have tried to make the site far more useful as a source of information and communication. Many of the features are in the members only area so we encourage everyone to become a member and to register for the member area. Access is free to MLA members. Members please make sure to update your member information so we have current contact information for you. If you are a new resident who does not receive our newsletter, please give us your contact information so we can add you to our database. Just click on the contact us link under website feedback on the lower right of this page and submit your information.


We invite comments and suggestions to improve the site as well. We want to make this site as useful and user friendly as we can.  We have tried to minimize some features to lessen download times for those of you with slower internet connections. We will continue to add information to the site and to improve features as we go so please check back often and let us know what you think. I hope you enjoy our new home on the web. Spread the word around. Manistee Lake can always use more friends.

 

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New Requirements for Michigan Boaters and Anglers to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 15:18

Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Act 451 of 1994) Part 413 has recently been amended with changes for boaters and anglers that take effect March 21st, 2019.

The changes are intended to strengthen protection for Michigan waterways against the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

Prior to the amended changes, the law only required that a person not place watercraft or trailers in the waters of Michigan if an aquatic plant is attached. In addition to this requirement, the new changes require all of the following prior to transporting any watercraft over land:

  • Removing all drain plugs from bilges, ballast tanks, and live wells
  • Draining all water from any live wells and bilges
  • Ensuring that the watercraft, trailer, and any conveyance used to transport the watercraft or trailer are free of aquatic organisms, including plants

This means that after trailering boats, and before getting on the road, boaters must pull plugs, drain water, and remove plants and other debris. Additionally, the new amended law also incorporates requirements from Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Order 245 that will also help to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species as well as fish diseases:

  • A person shall not release bait fish in any waters of this state. A person who collects fish shall not use the fish as bait or cut bait except in the inland lake, stream, or Great Lake where the fish was caught, or in a connecting waterway of the inland lake, stream, or Great Lake where the fish was caught if the fish could freely move between the original location of capture and the location of release.
  • A person, who catches fish other than bait fish in a lake, stream, Great Lake, or connecting waterway shall only release the fish in the lake, stream, or Great Lake where the fish was caught, or in a connecting waterway of the lake, stream, or Great Lake where the fish was caught if the fish could freely move between the original location of capture and the location of release.

Violation of the law is a state civil infraction and violators may be subject to fines up to $100.

To comply with the law and prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, boaters should:

1.  CLEAN boats, trailers and equipment.

2.  DRAIN live wells, bilges and all water.

3.  DRY boats and equipment.

4.  DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash.

 

 
10 Ways to Help Manistee Lake PDF Print Email
Written by Seth & Carolyn Phillips   
Saturday, 03 May 2014 12:12

Just a reminder to all our lake residents and users on easy things you can do that will help protect  Manistee Lake water quality. (From the Manistee Lake  Homeowners Guidebook)


1. Don’t use lawn fertilizer or weed killer.

2. Help prevent the spread of invasive species! If you trailer your boat

from lake to lake, wash your boat and trailer before launching back

into Manistee Lake.

3. Water the lawn sparingly to avoid washing nutrients and

sediments into the lake.

4. Don’t feed ducks and geese near the lake. Waterfowl

droppings are high in nutrients and may cause swimmer’s itch.

5. Don’t burn leaves and grass clippings near the shoreline.

Nutrients concentrate in the ash and can easily wash into the lake.

6. Don’t mow to the water’s edge. Instead, allow a strip of natural

vegetation (i.e., a greenbelt) to become established along your

waterfront. A greenbelt will trap pollutants and discourage

nuisance geese from frequenting your property.

7. Infiltrate drainage from your downspouts rather than letting it flow

overland to the lake.

8. Don’t dump anything in area wetlands. Wetlands are natural purifiers.

9. Have your septic tank pumped every 2 to 3 years.

10. Don’t be complacent—our collective actions will make or break

the lake!

 

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