Please don’t feed the waterfowl!

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...

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...

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...

Water Quality June 2018

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on August 27, 2017 - 5:21 pm
Dave Hansz has been faithfully monitoring our lake quality.  Attached you will find his August report. 

Watkins 2016 Final Environmental Report

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on November 30, 2016 - 6:59 pm
Dave Hansz has been faithfully monitoring our lake quality.  Attached you will find his year-end report that was filed in November 2016.   wloa-phragmites-report

Watkins Lake Study & Management Report

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Filed in: Environmental Quality, Uncategorized :: Written on December 29, 2015 - 6:38 pm
In 2015 the Watkins Lake Owners Association commissioned a study of our lake to best understand the condition of the lake and how we best manage it for the future. Initial report is shown below for your review. The report will be the subject of discussion at the 2016 Annual Meeting on January 19. This […]

New Invasive Plant Species on Watkins Lake

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Filed in: Environmental Quality :: Written on October 22, 2013 - 2:41 am
Recently, the Board of Directors learned of another invasive plant species that has begun to develop in our Watkins Lake.  It is an aggressive, non-native variety of phragmites (phragmites australis) also known as common reed.  This plant takes up valuable shoreline and wetlands and affects the eco-system. Phragmites reproduce through wind...