2019 Fall Environmental

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Filed in: Environmental Quality :: Written on November 15, 2019 - 4:35 pm
2019 Watkins Lake Environmental Report by Dave Hansz  Invasive Species Update – Phragmites Phragmites is an invasive type of reed found in many lakes and roadside ditches throughout Michigan.  This aggressive plant once establish can grow very densely and up to 15’ tall.  Once it is established it is very hard and costly to control....

Fall 2019 Water Quality

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Filed in: Fall 2013 Water Quality Report, Uncategorized :: Written on November 15, 2019 - 3:18 pm
by Director Dave Hansz Water Quality – E.Coli Testing (Oakland County Health Division) Water samples were taken from five sites on four different days between early June and the middle of August. The limit for total body contact is more than 300 E.Coil MPN/100ml of water.  During 2019, one site tested over the limit. On June 13, […]

Bio-Swale to Protect the Lake

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on September 21, 2019 - 3:43 pm
The WLOA is continuing projects to help keep Watkins Lake clean and trying to minimize chemicals entering the water. Both bio-swale projects are completed. Bio-swales are installed in storm drains and ditches.  They are designed to filter and disrupt and storm water so that sediment and pollutants drop into the ditch before entering the lake....

Fall Harvesting 2019

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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

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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 […]

Please don’t feed the waterfowl!

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Rules & Safety :: Written on July 15, 2019 - 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...

Water Quality Summer 2019

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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

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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