HJ/EDJuly 10, 2006

Meeker County Association of Lakes

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The Meeker County Association of Lakes represents the 16 lakes and 14 lake associations in the county. It meets quarterly in Litchfield and shares information on activities and concerns of individual lake associations.

The county association oversees checkout, maintenance and access to equipment used to monitor dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, conductivity and sampler.

Dan Fitterer of Litchfield is president. James Olson of South Haven is vice president. Orlin Ortloff of Darwin is secretary. N. Jack Schuster of Darwin is treasurer, and both Doug Pederson of Darwin and Roger Hanson of Grove City take care of the testing equipment.

Dassel Area Environmental Association

The Dassel Area Environmental Association represents both Long Lake and Spring Lake. Long Lake has a surface area of 163 acres and a maximum depth of 28 feet. Spring Lake has a surface area of 218 acres and a maximum depth of 30 feet.

Membership includes 83 properties and a resort on Long Lake. Robert Pieti of Dassel is the primary contact, and Barbara Duff is the editor of the association’s annual newsletter.

Lake levels, rainfall, and a Crop Production Services’ ditch are monitored. The association is in its third year of a $26,000 clean water partnership grant.

Officers are Rick Craswell, president; Stephen Long, vice president; and Dan Carlson, secretary, all of Dassel.

Big Swan Area Lake Association

Big Swan Lake’s surface area is about 628 acres and its maximum depth is 32 feet.

The association includes 93 properties and monitors lake level. The association’s officers are Casey Land, president; Jan Grossman, secretary; Cindy Johnson, treasurer; and Chris Land, county lake association representative, all of Dassel.

Lake Washington Improvement Association

Lake Washington has a surface area of 2,639 acres and a maximum depth of 17 feet.

The association includes 400 properties, and not only publishes a quarterly newsletter and directory, but also maintains a web site, www.lakewashingtonassn.com.

The association monitors rainfall, lake level, and exotic species. It also sponsors environmentally sensitive shoreline protection and educational services about exotic species control.

In both 2003 and 2004, the association received a matching grant from the Department of Natural Resources for milfoil treatment.

Officers are Kim Winter of Dassel, president; Gary Christianson of Darwin, vice president; Steve Ullom of Dassel, secretary; Cammy Moses of Dassel, treasurer; and Orlin Ortloff of Darwin, county lake association representative.

Collinwood Lake Community Association

Lake Collinwood has a surface area of 584 acres and a maximum depth of 28 feet. The association represents 82 properties.

Jerry Hesser of Cokato is the editor of the association’s newsletter, published twice a year.

The association treats the lake with copper sulfate for excessive algae growth and acts as a watchdog for abusive pollution practices. It monitors lake level and rainfall, and also is a member of Wright County Association of Lakes, as well as Meeker County’s association.

Officers are Bill Salmela of Dassel, president; Bruce Johnson of Cokato, vice president; Cathy Bergemann of Cokato, secretary; and Dorothy Halvorson of Dassel, treasurer.

Lake Jennie Improvement Corporation

Lake Jennie has a surface area of 1,056 acres and a maximum depth of 15 feet. The corporation represents 100 properties and is working to form a lake improvement district for water quality and lake improvement projects.

The association monitors lake level and rainfall.

Its officers are Don Hainlen of Dassel, president; Pete Kerber of Victoria, vice president; Mike Wendolek, secretary; Mike Kotila, treasurer; and Hainlen, county association representative, all of Dassel.

Lake Stella Association

Lake Stella has a surface area of 553 acres and a maximum depth of 75 feet.

The association has an annual newsletter and monitors the lake through the Citizens Lake Monitoring Program, DNR Lake Level Program, and Lake Testing Outdoor Corps of the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

The association also monitors lake levels, rainfall, water temperature, and when the ice goes on and off.

It hosts an annual picnic and participated in the 2004 Lake Management Plan.

Officers are Duane Hovenstein and Rick Molenaar, co-presidents; Susan Johnson, treasurer; and N. Jack Schuster, county lake association representative, all of Darwin.

Manuella Lake Association

Lake Manuella has a surface area of 286 acres and a maximum depth of 51 feet.

The association monitors clarity and water temperature, transparency, water level, rainfall, Sucker Creek temperature. The association also has a neighborhood crime watch and a web page link at www.mnlakes.org.

Bob Schwingler of Darwin is the primary contact. Officers are Larry Graf of Darwin, president; Sandy Lennes of Litchfield, secretary; Loren Jilek of Lester Prairie, treasurer; and Steve Stai and Schwingler, county lake association representatives, both of Darwin.

Dunns and Richardson Lake Association

Dunns Lake has a surface area of 142 acres and a maximum depth of 20 feet. Lake Richardson has a surface area of 111 acres and a maximum depth of 47 feet.

The association represents 73 properties and monitors lake levels, and rainfall. The association is in phase one of the Clean Water Partnership Program and publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Lake Francis Area Recreation & Conservation Club

Lake Francis has a surface area of 991 acres and a maximum depth of 17 feet. The association represents 200 properties.

The association publishes a newsletter three times a year and has a web page at www.mnlakes.org. The association monitors lake level and rainfall.

Lake Minnie-Belle Improvement Association

Lake Minnie-Belle has a surface area of 545 acres and a maximum depth of 49 feet. The association represents 223 properties.

The association monitors water quality, conductivity, temperature, pH, macrophytes, lake level, and rainfall. It is also a member of the North American Lake Management Society.

Star Lake Association

Star Lake has a surface area of 557 acres and a maximum depth of 15 feet.

The association monitors lake levels.

Long Lake Association of Grove City

Long Lake has a surface area of 771 acres and a maximum depth of 11 feet. The association represents 86 properties and has been involved in water sampling since 1997.

Clear Lake Property Owners, Inc.

Clear Lake has a surface area of 497 acres and a maximum depth of 17 feet. The association represents 181 properties.

The association monitors lake level and rainfall, and the Clearwater River Watershed’s Engineer reviews lake samples once a year.

Koronis Lake Association

Lake Koronis has a surface area of 1,176 acres and a maximum depth of 132 feet, which makes it the deepest lake in Meeker County. The association represents 600 properties.

The association monitors water quality, rainfall and the storm sewer discharge from the City of Paynesville.

The association also is involved with a new lake management plan in conjunction with Rice Lake and formed the North Crow River Watershed District.


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