AIS Update - Treatment Plan Revised
There have been significant milestones this year in the RLPOA effort to control Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) in Round and Little Round Lakes. The first is more member support. Dave Rutt and Jim Nancekivell, Round Lake property owners, where voted onto the board of directors at the July annual meeting. They are co-chairs of the aquatic invasive species (AIS) committee and will lead association AIS treatment activities. Other milestones were the successful treatment of Richardson Bay and the not so successful treatment of Hinton Bay.
In June, NEC, Inc. performed a whole bay chemical treatment of Richardson Bay. This was the culmination of a 6-month planning and permitting process that involved the WDNR, LCO Conservation Department, and outside consultants. Post treatment visual surveys indicate a stunningly dramatic reduction of milfoil in the bay. We will continue to monitor the bay to gauge the long term effectiveness of the treatment. We are very pleased with the results so far.
In late June, members of the board and aquatic plant specialist Sara Hatleli toured Hinton Bay to assess the extent of milfoil in the bay. For the past two summers, the association used diver assisted suction harvesting (DASH), a non-chemical treatment method, for milfoil control in the bay. During the tour, it was apparent that there was significant expansion of milfoil along the east and south shores and new locations identified on the west shore. Based on what was observed, the consensus of the group was that DASH treatment was not effective. Armed with this information, the board voted to cancel all DASH treatments scheduled for 2019.
Property owner Dave Rutt, initiated a Go-Fund-Me campaign to raise funds for chemical treatment of Hinton Bay. With the generous response from Hinton Bay residents, $16,237 has been raised to date for treatment of the bay.
Dave and the RLPOA worked with the DNR to develop an alternative 2019 treatment plan for the bay. After extensive consultation with the DNR, a plan was approved to spot treat two acres of milfoil that were navigational nuisance areas in the bay. We were disappointed in this outcome, but it was the best that could be done on short notice.
The DNR does recognize that there is a significant milfoil issue in the bay that needs to be addressed. The RLPOA is working with the DNR, LCO, and consultants to develop a whole bay treatment plan to be executed in 2020. The Go Fund Me dollars that Dave raised will be instrumental in the fulfillment of the plan.
In August, Aquatic Plant and Habitat Services, LLC. performed a survey of several known milfoil locations in Round Lake. Its purpose was to document the size and density of milfoil at each location. This data is important because it will be used to plan future milfoil treatment activities.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed so generously to the aquatic invasive species fund this year. Please encourage your neighbors to join the RLPOA and support the efforts to maintain and enhance Round and Little Round Lakes. We also want to remind everyone to avoid the use of fertilizers on your lawn— a healthy lake is far more important to your home’s value than a weed less lawn.