Greetings YLRA members,
It's been 4 months since becoming president, and a lot seems to have happened already. It's looking like an interesting year.
The Board is progressing with its efforts on dealing with Curly Leaf Pondweed. We have sent out a survey letter to Little Yellow Lake property owners and have gotten a lot of good responses. Thanks to all of you that responded. With this documentation, we can modify our Aquatic Plan Management Plan with the DNR. Other steps include getting a new survey to determine the extent of Curly Leaf Pondweed and researching options for Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) that have been discussed before. See separate article in this newsletter for additional information. And we will have an update at the Summer Picnic on June 7.
The Board also is working through some basic "business" items - maybe not as exciting as water quality issues, but important for us to continue to serve you, the members. We are in the process of applying for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for the YLRA. As a requirement of that application, the Board adopted a Conflict of Interest policy. We will also be evaluating our Mission Statement this spring to see if it needs updating.
If you haven't been over to the Johnson's Yellow Lake Lodge on a Saturday afternoon lately for our Meat Raffle, I encourage you to drop in. They are held every Saturday from 3-5 pm. This is the major source of revenue for the YLRA, which helps fund our water quality efforts such as cameras and signs at the public boat launches to help curb invasive water species, and our current study to deal with Curly Leaf Pondweed.
My wife and I bought our lot on the Yellow River 25 years ago and have enjoyed all the fun things the lakes and river offer, along with the local restaurants and shops. Last month we were able to go snowmobiling for the first time, and got to see some of the lakes and trails from a different perspective. I know that this has been a very cold winter so far, but I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some of the treasures Mother Nature offers. And hopefully we will get a more normal spring this year and be able to get back on the water soon. For myself and the Board of Directors, thank you for your support.
Jon Rao Papke, President