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Oct 2011 Meeting Minutes

Welcome and Introduction of present members 

Carp Fishing Contest

- Current harvest has only removed 5 carp so far - While not a lot, more than ever before
- Current group of Carp bow Fishers are located in Coon Rapids - Makes for difficult organization of when the weather and conditions permit for good fishing
- Other options - Netting - Cost prohibitive and no guarantee of results

Secchi Disk Readings

- Optimum is 3 to 5 ft for this lake
- 3.1ft this year - uptrend
- Possibly due to the late ice out on April 12th - causing better early clarity

Guest Speaker - Alex Gehrig with Minnesota Waters

- MN Waters is a state wide non-profit organization
- Goal of MN Waters is to provide resources for lakeshore, river, and waterway owners

- Summit in November 2011 regarding the treatment invasive species - is it working?

Area of concern - Aquatic Invasive Species

- Control and prevention if the primary goal and concern
- Work directly with the DNR
- Statewide program increase

MN Waters works directly with Associations to create Lake Management Plans

- Improve current plan (if one is in place)
- Work with Soil & Water Districts and Watersheds for these plans

Q&A Session with Alex Gehrig

- Allow barrier at dam for carp control
    - That is a question for the DNR for allowance

- Grant - Help with getting one filled in and submitted
   - No direct grant support (for completion)
   - Can direct to those who can assist with Grant process
   - Need a Lake wide Vegetation Plan with the Association for grants
   - Possible to get into the next Grant Pilot Program

- Lake Minnetonka testing on three bays
   - Learned about how to better treat invasive species and what works better for lake type

- Why be a part of MN Waters (as an association or individual)
   - Offers workshops for a variety of lakeshore issues
   - Support the goals of MN Waters
   - Ability to lobby Gov't and share that information back to the membership

Adjournment

- Little Elk Lake merchandise will be available during the month of Nov with a 10% discount on order
- Patronize local businesses

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