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The Board members of the Koronis Lake Association thought you might like to know what we have been doing. The Association’s main goal is to improve the water quality of our lake, This involves meetings, leg work, and connecting with other groups. We thank you for your support. We have been….
- updating our Lake Management Plan to facilitate the grant application process for water quality improvement projects
- assisting the North Fork Crow River Watershed with water quality testing
- working with the Soil and Water Conservation Committee to help reduce hazardous run off products into our lake
- helping the Trail Guards with the river clean up
- developing a preventative AIS program to help create awareness of this issue and its hazards
- attending informational workshops and conferences (MN waters-visit their website)
- assisting lake property owners with their lakeshore restoration projects
- helping finance the life guards at Veterean’s Park, the 4th of July fireworks, and (in the planning process) CPR classes for lake residents
- supplying trash cans, a shelter and an outdoor ‘bif’ along the lake trail
- setting safety buoys around the lake
- monitoring lake water quality programs to determine the best practices for the protection of our lake
- creating and maintaining our own Lake Koronis website
- participating in Paynesville community projects
- constantly researching with regards to innovative and profitable ways to keep our lake ‘clean’
This summer KLA (with Karen Langmo at the helm) conducted a vegetation study on Lake Koronis. This is to obtain a baseline of what species inhabit the lake’s vegetation community and to identify any aquatic invasive species that might already be present. This study will be able to help with future vegetation management decisions. An official report will be posted here this fall.
Assisting us with this study is Ben Austing. He is a graduate student in biology at St Cloud State University; he lives in Sauk Rapids MN and works at Thomsen’s Greenhouse in St Joseph. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Arriagada, a professor of biology at SCSU.
The goals of the study are;
- Record all the aquatic plant species present in the lake littoral zone
- Estimate the maximum depth of rooted vegetation
- Estimate percent of littoral zones occupied by rooted vegetation
- Develop distribution maps/graphs for the most common species
- Survey for the presence or absence of invasive species
Zebra mussel traps are placed in strategic areas to specifically monitor/test for their presence.
Results are posted here.
Pirz Lake Association member Tom Weber and KLA board member Sue Eyre help teach others about AIS and how to inspect their boats in order to prevent any transfer of them.
The trail is 18 miles and now completed.
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