Photo from last week; click to enlarge.
Yes, we love our lake. We love what we’ve done to our cottages and homes—an extension of ourselves. We are giving back for the enjoyment of being here or simply visiting by our stewardship of the lake.
Contracted divers were out literally picking milfoil from the depths; gathering the weeds by their roots and removing them. Milfoil can take over a lake, hampering navigation and use, not to mention affecting property value. But, it’s tedious and laborious! A suction device—kind-of like a vacuum—is being considered, probably far more effective, but expensive.
Last year through the selfless efforts of Kelly Lakers including Mary (Baba) Marks, Becky Fabry, Jane Randerson, Cait St. George, Ken Darby and a host of volunteers to clean and keep Kelly Lake healthy, a $20,000 grant was procured along with personal donations. “Clean Boat, Clean Water” began. Already, they’ve applied for a second $20K grant for next year—this will be an ongoing effort. The efforts have met with good success, but will continue to be addressed on a yearly basis.
For those of you who remember, the sewer system was installed in the early 70s; an expense that didn’t come without some grumbling! Those painstaking efforts by Mel Lemmar, Bernie Gibe and others resulted in one of the cleanest lakes in Wisconsin, despite the populace, popularity and usage.
What can you do? Volunteer at the boat landing to spread the word about the harm of transporting and spreading AIS. If you don’t have the time, spread the word; get some pamphlets to share about milfoil. Donate. Attend Kelly Lake Advancement Association and KL Sportsman’s Club meetings. Clean your boat free of weeds; let them dry, let them die! For more information, see “Aquatic Invasive Species” in right column
See you on the water! Roger