Gordon St Croix Flowage Association Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 27th at 9:30 am at the North Shore.  The Speaker is from the National Park Service.

The annual meeting is a great opportunity to get to know the Flowage better, and also many of the lake’s friends and property owners.

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Pancake Breakfast January 28, North Shore Resort

Back by popular demand.

The second GSCFA Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, at the North Shore Resort from 8 am to 11 am. There was a good attendance last year and the food was great. This year we have added scrambled eggs to the menu. Come out on a cool January morning to a warm pancake breakfast. If you want to help, let Brad DeColon at the North Shore know.

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Job opportunity on the St Croix Flowage

Calling all lovers and friends of the St Croix Flowage. Summer job opportunity available.

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St Croix Flowage Clean Boats Clean Waters monitors paid or volunteer time. Gordon, WI. Help wanted: Landing Monitor for the Gordon Dam to provide boat inspections and education. Part-time job on week-ends.16 – 18 hrs. Must be 18 years or older and drive your own car. (Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Materials and training provided.

Call for details: (715)376-4743

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Loons on the Flowage

Photos submitted by Tom Sawyer

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Gordon/St Croix Flowage Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:30 am, North Shore Resort

Everyone that lives or fishes or boats on the St Croix Flowage is welcome to attend. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Gordon St Croix Flowage Association

Association president Roger Wilson

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EWM treatment on the St Croix Flowage and other news

EWM treatment on the Flowage

The long-awaited herbicide treatment on the rapidly growing areas of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) took place in early October. After three years of complications, which included meetings with key organizations, agreement on a plan, acquiring funding and most importantly, setting a date that might not be compromised by the weather, the treatment plan was implemented. Fall was the time chosen as spring rains are more unpredictable and are can quickly affect water levels. The organizations involved with the Gordon/St. Croix Flowage are Douglas County, the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, GLIFWC, the Wisconsin DNR, and the Flowage Association, all of whom were required to agree upon a plan of action. Contributors who assisted with the funding are Douglas County, the Town of Gordon, and most importantly the Wisconsin DNR. The herbicide treatment done this fall was a liquid chemical instead of the more commonly used pellet form of herbicide. Dye was dispersed along with the herbicide in order to measure the rapidity of contact with the plants and how quickly it moved down through the river. The entire treatment was measured and documented with careful reporting. It was the largest treatment of AIS ever done the Flowage, and another will not be attempted for at least three years. The groups and individuals involved hope that this major treatment will greatly diminish the amount of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and prevent its spread to other areas of the Flowage.

Pancake Breakfast in January

The second GSCFA Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, at the North Shore Resort from 8 am to 11 am. There was a good attendance last year and the food was great. This year we have added scrambled eggs to the menu. Come out on a cool January morning to a warm pancake breakfast. If you want to help, let Brad DeColon at the North Shore know.

Summer Fishing Report

Fishing was good!

Especially for largemouth bass, many weighing 5-7 pounds. Some good-size northerns were also caught, at least one measuring 40 ½ inches.

How much of the world’s water is fresh water?

70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of that is fresh water. 97.5% of the earth’s water is salt water. More importantly, only 1% of that fresh water is available for human use. This is water from lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and underground sources. Only this amount is renewed by rain and snowfall, and therefore is available on a sustainable basis. Think about that! We are fortunate to live in a place that has such a good share of this valuable resource.

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Recent Legislation Affecting Wisconsin Lakes

Recent Legislation Affecting Lakes

Quoting from an article in Lake Tides, the publication of Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, in June, “the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker rolled back decades of shoreland zoning by making wholesale changes to shoreland zoning law in the state budget. A package of changes (known as Act 55) inserted into the budget, well after the point of public comment, stripped counties of the ability to enact or enforce shoreland zoning provisions stricter than state minimums, weakened regulations of the repair or reconstruction of non-conforming structures, and more.” Under the new law, counties may not enact ordinances stronger than the state’s shoreland zoning standards in NR115.   Lake and river associations, county governments and lake districts around Wisconsin are challenging repeal of this law, which has been in effect since the sixties. A letter from a coalition of lakes groups was delivered to the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature in July, in opposition to this change. The lakes group is continuing to work with Wisconsin Lakes Partnership to work on revoking the changes and restoring the original legislation. The Douglas County Association of Lakes and Streams (DCALS) is in support of this effort and has donated money to assist the organization leading the challenge. If you are interested in the details of this critical legislation, it is available online at http://www.wisconsinlakes.org/index.php/state-budget-act-55-rollback-of-shoreland-zoning. If you would like to help more, contact your legislative representative to reverse the Act 55 changes.

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