Please don’t feed the waterfowl!

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Rules & Safety :: Written on May 23, 2020 - 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...

Keep Out Invasive Species

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Filed in: Lake Quality :: Written on April 4, 2020 - 6:32 pm
Please keep invasive species out of Watkins Lake.  The State of Michigan recommends to boaters and anglers, you can help keep our water clean and free of invasive species by following some basic guidelines: Cleaning boats and all other equipment  to keep from transporting undesirable diseases  and organisms. Allowing equipment to fully dry in...

Fertilizers and Lake Quality

Unknown Comments Off on Fertilizers and Lake Quality
Filed in: Environmental Quality :: Written on March 18, 2020 - 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...

Fall Harvesting 2019

Harvesting Weeds by the Dock by Pat Diebel Comments Off on Fall Harvesting 2019
Filed in: Weed Harvesting :: Written on September 21, 2019 - 3:33 pm
There were 180 loads of weeds removed from the lake this summer. Most of the weeds were removed from Watkins lake East as usual. There was a weed explosion in May and June and we were hard pressed to keep up. By the middle of July we were caught up and could spend more time […]

Autumn Leaves

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Filed in: Lake Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on September 19, 2019 - 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 […]

Summer Harvesting 2019

Harvesting Weeds by the Dock by Pat Diebel Comments Off on Summer Harvesting 2019
Filed in: Weed Harvesting :: Written on July 17, 2019 - 11:28 am
There have been 96 loads of weeds removed from the lake through July 12. The boating lanes are in good shape and we are now concentrating on cutting in the bay areas and grooming in the shallows.  The harvester is running well with just a few mechanical problems. There are reoccurring issues with our newer […]

Water Quality Summer 2019

Water Art Comments Off on Water Quality Summer 2019
Filed in: Water Quality :: Written on July 5, 2019 - 7:22 pm
Your Board of Directors, Dave Hansz,  monitors the Watkins Lake E.Coli levels around the lake to help ensure a safe swimming experience.  

Fall Harvesting 2018

Harvesting Weeds by the Dock by Pat Diebel Comments Off on Fall Harvesting 2018
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

Harvesting Weeds by the Dock by Pat Diebel Comments Off on Summer Harvesting Report 2018
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 […]