Autumn Leaves

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Filed in: Lake Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on October 25, 2018 - 1:00 am
It is the season for falling leaves. Please discard them properly for the sake of our lake environment. Please bag them up for removal for compost activities. Please do not rake or blow leaves into the lake. The leaves break down and create “muck” and alter the lake chemistry. Is is against a Waterford ordinance […]

Fall Harvesting 2018

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Filed in: Uncategorized, Weed Harvesting :: Written on September 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm
WLOA  End of Season Harvesting Report 2018 Weed growth on the lake was down this summer. There were 105 loads of weeds removed from the lake this summer.  There were 62 loads harvested from Watkin Lake East and 43 loads taken from the West side. There were weeds growing in August that we did not […]

Water Quality Summer 2018

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Filed in: Water Quality :: Written on August 28, 2018 - 6:20 pm

Summer Harvesting Report 2018

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Filed in: Uncategorized, Weed Harvesting :: Written on July 20, 2018 - 1:17 pm
  There have been 57 loads of weeds removed from the lake so far this summer. More weeds have been harvested from the East side of the than the West side of the lake which is typical. The Harvesting summary from last summer had 109 loads of weed removed through this date. There are too […]

Water Quality June 2018

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Filed in: Water Quality :: Written on June 25, 2018 - 2:10 pm
Here is the Watkins Lake Water quality report for June 2018 as assembled by Director David Hansz.

Recommended Earth Friendly Fertilizers

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Filed in: Environmental Quality :: Written on April 22, 2018 - 2:39 am
Back in 2012, phosphorus was banned in fertilizers in Michigan.  The following  products were recommended for lakefront properties by the Healthy Lawns and Gardens Technical Advisory Committee of the South Oakland County Water Authority.  Fertilizers should not be applied 10-15 feet from the shoreline….  Any closer, it leaches into the...

Fertilizers and Lake Quality

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Filed in: Environmental Quality :: Written on April 12, 2018 - 2:00 am
Fertilizer is the major cause of the proliferation of weeds and algae blooms in lakes.  Fish and aquatic insects are slowly smothered as the weeds take all the oxygen.  Of course, the biggest problem is the unpleasant water conditions created by the increased weed growth.  This undesirable condition tremendously impacts swimming, boating and...

A Natural Shoreline

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Filed in: Environmental Quality :: Written on April 11, 2018 - 1:34 pm
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has established a program to encourage riparians to develop natural shorelines.  This strategy is good for our inland lakes and once established, is low maintenance throughout the year.  The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership has put together an internet site with video to give riparians...

Please don’t feed the waterfowl!

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Rules & Safety :: Written on April 11, 2018 - 10:00 am
Feeding the swans, geese and ducks on Watkins Lake seems like a fun, harmless, even helpful activity. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.   According to the Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Humane Society, feeding waterfowl (or any wild animals for that matter) is extremely harmful to them and to us because: Feeding causes...

Invasive Lake Weeds

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Filed in: Lake Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on April 10, 2018 - 3:27 pm
Watkins Lake along with many Michigan lakes are subject to a number of invasive aquatic plants that threaten the well-being of lake life and the habitat.  This article from The Michigan Riparian is an interesting and educational insight to the harvesting and lake management challenge.   Invasive Weeds Article