Deerwood Presented MASWCD/MPCA Community Partnership Award for Runoff Project


BRAINERD, MN – December 5, 2016– The City of Deerwood and Summer Place Association were presented the 2016 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Community Partnership Award. The award was presented as part of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Convention.

MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine (right) presented the award to the city of Deerwood and Summer Place Association.


In 2015-2016, the City of Deerwood, Serpent Lake Association, and Summer Place Association partnered to complete a major stormwater retrofit project. This project now filters polluted runoff and helps control the flooding problem at Summer Place Residents faced in 2012. The City also worked with Crow Wing County to donate two parcels of tax forfeited land for this project. The City donated an additional 16,000 square feet of land for this project and Summer Place Association donated 6,500 square feet.

Left to Right: Jay Michaels, EOR Britta Hansen, Robert Albrecht, Crow Wing SWCD Supervisor, Pat Norby, Summer Place Association, Melissa Barrick Crow Wing SWCD, and Mayor Mike Aulie, of Deerwood.

Left to Right: Jay Michaels, EOR Britta Hansen, Robert Albrecht, Crow Wing SWCD Supervisor, Pat Norby, Summer Place Association, Melissa Barrick Crow Wing SWCD, and Mayor Mike Aulie, of Deerwood.


Melissa Barrick, District Manager stated, “This project serves as a great example of community partnership, innovative stormwater management techniques, and solving a residential flooding problem. Despite the major storms that occurred in the Summer of 2016, this project is working and thriving (June 20, 2016 and July 14, 2016 they received11 inches of rain in 24 hours). Without this project, residents would have been flooded and additional nutrients added to Serpent Lake.”

This project was funded by the Board of Water Soil and Resources Clean Water Fund Targeted Watershed. This project is part of bigger effort to reduce runoff to Serpent Lake. For more information on this project contact Melissa Barrick via e-mail or 218-828-6197.

Serpent Lake Association News

MASWCD/MPCA Community Partnership Awards!

Congratulations to Summer Place residents and the City of Deerwood! They are the recipients of the 2016 MASWCD/MPCA Community Partnership Award for the Summer Place/Deerwood Storm Water Project. The award will be presented at the MASWCD Annual Convention in December. Well done!

Zebra Mussel Inspection

We want to remind lake property owners to carefully inspect docks and boatlifts once they are out of the water. Several recent zebra mussel confirmations have been made because of vigilant lake property owners, lake service providers, and watercraft inspector across the state [not in Serpent Lake]. Minnesota law requires docks and boat lifts to be out of the water for at least 21 days before putting them in another body of water. This requirement is an important tool for preventing the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

Zebra mussels are an invasive [non-native] species that can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes. Less than two percent of Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes are listed as infected with zebra mussels. Along with requiring docks and lifts to be out of the water for 21 days before putting them into another body of water, Minnesota law requires boaters and angler to:

  • Clean their watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species.
  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them out during transport.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To further reduce risk of transport, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another body of water, especially after leaving infested waters:

  • Spray with high-pressure water.
  • Rinse with very hot water [120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two minutes or 140 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 10 seconds.
  • Dry for at least 5 days

More information is available at for those who are interested in learning more.

New Directories

New SLA directories were printed in May of this year. These directories list Serpent Lake homeowners, and include listings of people by zone. It is a valuable tool to help learn who your neighbors are around the lake. Directories are provided FREE to SLA members, and were delivered by Zone Leaders to everyone who had paid up their membership by the end of May. If you have not yet received a directory, please join the Serpent Lake Association for 2016-2017. Membership is only $25 and runs from June 1 – May 31 each year. Additional directories are available to members for $5 per copy. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Uglem [].

Membership Update

We are pleased to see that our membership numbers are equal to or ahead of last year at this time. PLEASE JOIN your neighbors and become a member of the Serpent Lake Association. We rely on the generosity of our property owners both monetarily and through volunteer opportunities to improve the quality of Serpent Lake. The work of the Serpent Lake Association has MADE A DIFFERENCE in the quality of YOUR lake.

We currently have 179 members of the SLA. There are 104 lakeshore owners who currently do not belong to the SLA for 2016-2017 . What better way to support and project our beautiful Serpent Lake than to spend $25 to join the association? PLEASE JOIN!!!!

If you noticed a red mark on your mailing label, your membership is not up to date. Please help the SLA continue to accomplish great things! Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who lived on the lake was a member? Invite your neighbors at the lake to join our association!

Don’t forget to make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation before December 31st. All contributions to the Preservation Fund or the BWSR Match Fund are tax deductible. Please consider donating to the Serpent Lake Association before the end of 2016.