Blue Lake Association
Annual Meeting Minutes
Held June 18, 2016
Call to Order: President Pete Tuomisto called the meeting to order at 9:10 am.

2. Introductions: 
All present introduced themselves and indicated their locations on the lake and how long they have been there.

3. Guest Speaker:
Nicole Kovar  DNR AIS Specialist

There are no invasive species in Blue Lake. Discussed invasive species types and treatment.  Once established, they are there forever but can be “managed”.  Metropolitan lakes are “superspreaders” such as Minnetonka.  Mille Lacs is also one.  Flowering Rush with pink flowers are more difficult to manage.  Eurasion water milfoil is shorter and fuller than Northern milfoil which is beneficial.  Diagnosed Starry Stonewort in Lake Koronis last year.  It is still the only known lake  in Minnesota to have it.

Also discussed how to treat AIS.  Some things to keep in mind are when to treat, follow the directives for possible exposure to humans, area being treated will need posting, and the treatments can be very expensive.  Great Lakes Early Detection network app is available on smart phones using EdMaps.com.  Reports and pictures are sent to Nicole in this area for evaluation.  If any questions about a species, report it.

Compliance review: 
Used equipment should be out of the lake at least 21 days and preferably over the winter before going into the lake.
Do not dump bait into the lake.
Bait business need to be certified as well as dock and lift businesses.
Drain the live well when leaving the lake.  Good idea to put fish on ice in cooler.
Bring fresh water with you to replace the bait water before leaving access.
Decontamination site is at the landfill transfer station on Henrietta Ave.  It is open on Fridays and Saturdays – check with Hubbard County for hours of operation.
Research goal is to stop new species from entering new lakes and better management of AIS already present.  


4. Approval of 2015 minutes

5. Treasurer’s report  

Only 25 paid members from 2015.  Need to have better contributions from Blue Lake residents.  Dues pay for COLA water testing – which has shown that for 70 observations (over 14 years) that total Phosphorous has been decreasing while the Secchi Disk readings, the Chlorophyll-a readings,  and Trophic State Index have shown no significant trends while remaining at low levels.  The dues also pay for boat inspections which among over 100 inspections last year stopped and examined 6 boats entering from infested lakes. The Treasurer’s Report was approved.

6. New Business

Drainage work needs to be done on the public access.  Pete is in contact with the DNR
Need for Welcome to the Lake info for new residents.  Contact Pete if any new residents.
June 17, 2017 next annual meeting.

Social information to follow.  Most likely after August.

Lake Management Plans are available and the latest, 2010, is on PDF and can be requested from Melodee Monicken.  Will also be on the website at
HYPERLINK "http://www.bluelakeparkrapids.com" www.bluelakeparkrapids.com

Swimmer’s Itch was discussed by Jo Tuomisto.  It is spread through ducks, gulls, mergansers, etc and through snails. The entering into the skin by the larvae causes itchy, pimply  spots.
Topical anti-itch products like cortisone can be used as well as Benedryl since it is an allergic reaction.
Towel off aggressively anywhere you are wet immediately after leaving the water.  As the water dries on the skin, the larvae burrow into the skin.  Toweling helps remove them.
Bullfrog Sun Gel and  baby oil can be somewhat effective.

Meeting adjoined at 11:00 am.