For Immediate Release
April 11, 2012
Briggs Lake Chain property owners will benefit again this year from funds provided to the lake association for shoreland restoration projects, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Shoreland Habitat Program.
With the Briggs Lake Chain [Big Elk, Briggs, Rush and Julia] and the Elk River on Minnesota's “impaired waters” list for several years, the Briggs Lake Chain Association [BLCA] is continuing it's focus on shoreland restoration. The BLCA's SERP [Shoreland Education Restoration Project] will provide funds to lakeshore property owners to restore their shorelands. The Briggs Lake Chain Association will administer the funds to property owners, and provide education and assistance to establish these restoration projects.
“The BLCA and partners are working hard to return the water quality of the chain of lakes to unimpaired status. Part of our effort is educating lake property owners on best management practices. Another part of our effort is assisting property owners to actually restore their lakeshore with buffer strips and rain gardens, and to stop runoff of harmful nutrients,” Kenzie Phelps of the BLCA Healthy Lakes Committee said. “It took years of neglect for our lakes to become impaired, and it will take years to undo the damage. But what we do now is our legacy for the next generation, and we are trying to make it a positive one.”
The BLCA, with assistance from the Sherburne Soil and Conservation District and MN Waters, has over the past several years helped fund and establish a number of restoration and rain garden projects. With the SERP grant from the MN DNR Shoreland Habitat Program the BLCA plans to assist in establishing a minimum of 10 new projects by the end of 2012. As part of SERP II, the BLCA is holding an introduction and planning workshop for interested property owners on April 21. The workshop is free, and will be held at the Palmer Town Hall from 8:30 AM to noon. The purpose of the workshop is to get property owners started. BLCA members who have already established restoration projects will provide technical assistance and labor for each new project.
The BLCA is an active, volunteer lake association made up of residents on Big Elk Lake, Briggs Lake, Lake Julia, and Rush Lake. In existence for over 50 years, the BLCA has been a steward for the care and improvement of the chain of lakes. In 2006 Minnesota Waters recognized the BLCA as the “Lake Association of the Year” for all of Minnesota. In addition to shoreland restoration, the association also has ongoing programs to monitor water quality, manage curly leaf pondweed [an invasive aquatic species known for aggressively clogging lake waters], and fix the negative impact of failed septic systems and other ground water runoff.
Ken Gosset, BLCA Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenzie Phelps, BLCA Healthy Lakes Committee email@example.com
In the summer of 2002 eight people from the Briggs Lake Chain Association participated in the Healthy Lakes Program sponsored by the Initiative Foundation, the Elk River Watershed Board, the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District and others. The goal of the program was to train participants in the continuing development of our Lake Management Plan designed is to maintain and improve the quality of our lakes so they will remain usable in the future.
On June 15, 2002, the Briggs Lake Chain Association held a visioning session attended by twenty- five persons. The focus was to discover how association members and other community persons viewed our lakes, which ultimately led to the 2003 Healthy Lakes Plan.
The Briggs Lake Association adopted the 2003 Healthy Lakes Plan as part of the association’s planning process, and has been implementing the plan each year since. The BLCA board updates it’s vision annually and sets goals for the following calendar year. The Healthy Lakes Committee has taken the responsibility to manage and update the Healthy Lakes Plan for 2007 and beyond. Within the association the plan is referred to as our "lake management plan".
You can go to these sites and find information about all of the Briggs Lake Chain Lakes.
More healthy lakes information is also available on the BLCA Web site.
Information provided by Walt Munsterman
“We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Pogo (Walt Kelly)
After groundtruthing and validating flyover data, the mission of property owners is to prioritize actions to minimize the adverse impacts of the pollution from their yards.
Take action. Some of the properties already groundtruthed have taken corrective actions to fix problems and
to implement flyover recommendations. Others are making plans to take advantage of grant money to make major modifications to their shorelines next spring.
Briggs Lake: John Schnell — Team Leader
George & Barb Kydd
Sue & Dan Merchant
Big Elk Lake Wayne Smith — Team Leader
Barb & Darrell Tucker
Rush Lake Walt Munsterman — Team Leader
Lake Julia Mike Flanery — Team Leader
Schedule a Groundtruthing