How healthy is Serpent Lake?
Lake association to be recognized for efforts
Posted: November 28, 2013 – 12:04pm
Serpent Lake Association (SLA) members of Crosby and Deerwood volunteered 750 hours in 2011-2013 to investigate the health of Serpent Lake.
In the Summer of 2013, the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Serpent Lake Association, Emmons and Olivier Resources, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency compiled water quality data and identified pollution hot spots around the lake. They also took data results and developed a clean water action plan for Serpent Lake.
According to Melissa Barrick, district manager, the big things that will make changes in lake clarity are:
1. Sediment restoration: reduce Cranberry Lake sediment and phosphorus.
2. City polluted runoff: disconnect city of Crosby and city of Deerwood runoff.
3. New development and Redevelopment: adopt rules and ordinances.
4. Lakeshore gardens: long rooted plants help filter out pollutants (buffers and rain gardens).
5. Septic maintenance: upgrades, checks and routine maintenance.
Serpent Lake is at a crucial point. Since 1977 Serpent Lake has declined in water clarity, the SWCD reported. Citizens have been collecting water clarity, or secchi disc, readings for 15 plus years.
Lee Uglem, Serpent Lake Association (SLA) president, said the association is concerned about the future of Serpent Lake. The association has looked into several options to help fund and pay for the clean water action plan items, Uglem said.
“Because of the SLA dedication and help with this project Crow Wing SWCD nominated SLA as the 2013 Crow Wing County Conservationist of the year,” Barrick said.
On Dec. 3, SLA will be recognized for their efforts as a part of the 2013 Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Outstanding Conservationist Award Ceremony in Bloomington.
The SWCD thanked the many volunteers who helped with the project, including: Dan Goodwin, Eugene Abelson, Ken Treloar, Laurie Ogard, Lee Uglem, Debbie Sunnarborg, Dick Raymond, Rod Raymond, DeBlonde Johnson, Arlen Bowen, Paul Lukens, Bruce Butler, Sarah McCollister, Shirley Huxford, Steve Crum, Mitch Crum, Dick Gunderson, Randy Stanfield, Adrian Olson, Jeff Olson, Danny Ustipak, Bob Hoeft, and Clark Marshall.
For a copy of the clean water action plan or pollution hot spot report visit http://www2.co.crow-wing.mn.us/swcd/, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 828-6197.