Where: The pole barn on Dr. Dan Heller's back lot at 4860 S 150
As we reported earlier this season, your Association was awarded two Indiana Lakes and Rivers Enhancement (LARE) grants in 2015, the first being to provide an update to our Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan (AVMP), and the second to perform a Sediment Removal Plan (SRP) for Oliver and Martin Lakes. Participating in the LARE program requires that each project conduct at least one meeting open to the public to share information about the project and more importantly, seek input and insight from our from knowledgeable property owners that can help improve the results of each project we undertake. Joining us will be Mr. Caleb Asbury, Biologist & Project Manager, Davey Resource Group, Natural Resources Consulting. Davey was awarded contracts to perform both the AVMP and SRP projects in 2015.
This will be the fourth consecutive year we have performed an AVMP update, but the first where we have not actually treated any invasive weeds on the lakes (treatments WERE performed in 2012, '13 and '14). Over time, consistently monitoring the vegetative growth in our lakes will give us a better idea of the overall health of the lakes and identify things we can do to ensure our chain remains among the finest found in all the Midwest.
This will be first time we have conducted a Sediment Removal Plan on our chain. Essentially, it will identify specific locations on the lakes where sediment is accumulating as a result of soil deposits from the various streams that feed into our lakes over the years. It will also identify potential plans for its removal, including cost estimates. We encourage you to click on the link below to review the document entitled Sediment Removal Plan, Oliver and Martin Lakes, Johnson Township, LaGrange County, IN. It is important to note that this project will NOT actually perform any dredging activities on the lakes at this time, but will rather provide a plan for how and when dredging projects may be undertaken in the future, possibly starting as early as 2016. It will also provide a good set of benchmarks to use to evaluate the rate at which sediment is accumulating in our lakes, and what locations might be of higher priority to undertake projects to decrease sediment deposits.
Regarding the meeting location, there is parking available but it is limited. Please walk, bike or carpool if you can! And be sure to bring your own camp chair and coffee.
Last, we still do NOT have working e-mail addresses for many of our property owners and members, so please spread the word verbally among your neighbors so everyone has a chance to participate. Snail mail is wasteful, requires a lot more work, and is becoming VERY expensive!
We look forward to seeing you there!