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LAKE SARAH NEWS
Last Updated May 22, 2018
2018 Lake Sarah CLP Treatment Program
The DNR has issued an Invasive Aquatic Plant Management permit to Lake Sarah Improvement Assn in Hennepin County to treat targeted CLP (permit in .pdf). Treatment using AquatholK (Endothol) was applied by Craig Mueller of Aquatic Solutions on Monday May 21,2018.
This Lake Vegetation Management Plan (LVMP) authorizes a 5-year variance from time of signing to treat greater than 15% of the littoral area of Lake Sarah (DOW# 27019100) to control curly-leaf pondweed using herbicides. Individual (near-shore) APM permits for submerged plants will be subject to a 2,500 square foot maximum standard and a 15 foot channel to open water. Justification for this variance include the potential for this project to further research on the control of invasive aquatic plants in conjunction with an alum treatment. Annual monitoring and submission of data to the MnDNR is required in this LVMP.
This 5-year LVMP allows the continuance of a whole lake treatment approach to controlling curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) invasive species. Much positive progress has been made over the last 5 years and was critical in gaining DNR renewal approval. It should be noted that Lake Sarah is very fortunate as the we are only 1 of 3 lakes in the entire state to gain the support of the DNR to allow an expanded whole lake CLP treatment approach.
Although state grants to support treatment costs are no longer available the LSIA is working closely with our partners from Three Rivers Park District, the Pioneer-Sarah Creek Watershed Management Commission, our aquatic consultants and professional applicators to utilize effective, cost conscience techniques for application.
The LSIA has established their budget for 2018 and are seeking $150 from each residence to support the treatment of both curly leaf pond weed (CLP) and Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM). CLP treatment is targeted for late spring and EWM for early summer pending water conditions and survey results. Please submit via Pay Pal on www.lakesarah.com or send your contribution to LSIA via PO Box 25 Loretto MN 55357
Thank you for your support!
Make your contribution to the CLP/EWM Treatment Program here!
Stakeholders and lakeshore property owners have been asked to help offset the cost of the CLP Treatment program with a tax deductible contribution of $150. To make your contribution using PayPal just click on the button to the right. Or if you prefer, checks payable to the Lake Sarah Improvement Association may be mailed to LSIA, P.O. Box 25, Loretto, MN 55357.
Water level Readings are back!
The most recent water level reading was 979.28' (east bay) on May 20, 2018
This can be compared to the initial reading this season of 979.98 on 5/2/18, the final reading last fall on November 12, 2017 of 978.95' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. Thank you to Cindy Keating (west bay) and Fred Lang (east bay) who continue to volunteer their time to monitor our lakes’ water levels for the MN DNR, LSIA, and our website for yet another year!
Additional information, charts, and historical data can be found on the Water Levels page
NO ICE BABY!
Our record late Ice out 2018 officially occurred on May 2, 2018 besting the previous late ice out of April 30, 2013. Let's hope this record stands for many years to come.....
New Northern Pike Regulations begin May 12
The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Anglers who want to keep pike will need to be prepared to measure them. Those planning to take advantage of the expanded bag limit on small pike should familiarize themselves with the extra cuts it takes to fillet the fish.
For more information on the new zone regulations visit mndnr.gov/pike or contact a local area fisheries office.
When new regulations take effect in spring 2018, the majority of the state (including our lake Sarah) will be in the north-central zone, where the issue is overpopulation of small pike. The objectives are to allow more harvest of abundant small pike and shift population size structure to more medium-sized pike.
In the north-central zone, anglers will be able to keep 10 northern pike, but not more than two pike longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. Northern pike taken by spearing follow the same rules except one pike may be between 22 and 26 inches or two larger than 26 inches.
2018 Roadwork: Hwy 55 Buffalo to Rockford
We thought you’d like to know about a 2018 road construction project on Hwy 55 from Buffalo to Rockford that is to begin mid-June 2018. To complete the work, Hwy 55 will need to be closed and detoured for up to five weeks. Businesses will always remain accessible.
Hwy 55 between Division St. in Buffalo and Autumn Oaks/Electric Dr. in west Rockford will close to through traffic while crews reconstruct this segment of road (see “orange road” on the map at left). The signed detour will take you through Delano. The detour is currently scheduled to begin after the July 4 holiday weekend, and to end by late August. We’ll keep you informed on actual dates through these emails, and the project website, as details become available.
Plan for delays, detour Hwy 55 Buffalo to Rockford. Detour goes through Delano
Hwy 55 to close from Division St in Buffalo to Autumn Oaks/Electric Dr in Rockford and detour for up to seven weeks from early-July to late-August 2018
Through traffic: Detour uses Hwy 25 at Buffalo, Hwy 12 to Delano and Wright CR 139/County Line Rd, Hennepin CR 11 and CR 92/Dogwood St to Rockford. Expect delays, and seek possible alternative routes. Detour map
Local traffic: Hwy 55 will need to close to all traffic at some locations (replace underground culverts). Please watch for changes, follow road signs and use the closest alternate route.
Access to businesses and residences to be maintained
Lake Sarah Improvement Association newsletter published!
The LSIA Spring Newsletter was emailed on 4/16/18. If you did not receive an email with the mailchimp link please send a note to Anne Horn with your correct/preferred email address.
Many of the questions emailed to this site regard illegal or inconsiderate snowmobile, atv, boat or pwc operation or fishing/hunting violation questions. To report illegal vehicular activity you should contactHennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol (612)596-9880, or West Hennepin Public Safety (763)479-0500, The Water Patrol will not issue a citation for offenses they do not witness. They may issue a citation if the witness agrees sign the complaint (much like a citizens arrest). If you plan on filing charges against an individual you should make note of the date, time, vehicle description and license number, identity or good description of the operator. A side note; If the offender wishes to appear in court you may be required to appear as witness / accuser. To report hunting or fishing violations call DNR area Conservation Officer Officer Name: Brent Grewe Phone: (763) 205-6014, DNR Enforcement (651)582-1502, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2017-18 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2018 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2017 MN Fishing Regulations , in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.pdf).
Lake Sarah (MN DNR #27-0191) is located in sections 1 and 2, township 118, range 24; and in sections 34 and 35, township 119, range 24, Hennepin County, Minnesota. GPS 45°4'19"N 93°41'24"W surrounded by the Minnesota cities of Independence, Greenfield, Loretto, Medina, and Rockford. Click here to view a Google hybrid map of lake Sarah. Suggestions for content and services to be provided by this site are always welcome!E-mail this websitewith your feedback, suggestions, comments or ideas.