2019 Project Objectives
LICA volunteers Pat and Dick Wulff will continue to monitor and record the MN DNR lake level gage readings daily. Readings will be reported to MN DNR and posted on website weekly or when a large rain event occurs.
LICA volunteers Kim and Jim Klancke will continue to participate in the MPCA Citizens Lake Monitoring Program, and report the ice on and off dates.
LICA will clear Pioneer Creek as needed to maintain open channel outflow.
Develop a Lake Vegetation Management Plan.
Participate in the Hennepin County AIS Early Detectors Program
Ongoing communication with all Lake stakeholders, including Three Rivers Parks, the DNR, the Lake Sarah-Pioneer Creek Management Commission, the Lake Ardmore Residents Association, Hennepin County and the cities of Medina and Independence.
Organize and participate in annual events, including the Winter Party on Ice, Annual Meeting, Fishing Seminar, 4th of July Flotilla, and Medina Celebration Day.
Continue recruiting new members and additional Board members.
Continue expanding our website and adding fresh content.
Bog Removal Improves Outflow
Many LICA members have asked what LICA is doing about the high water situation. LICA has limited ability to take action – the lake is regulated by the DNR and the high water wake regulations were established by the cities of Independence and Medina.
But there is one action LICA is authorized to take -- LICA is responsible for keeping the outlet channel clear to maximize outflow. At times blockages occur that inhibit the water flow. The biggest problem is floating cattail bogs that get stuck under the bridge or further up Pioneer Creek. LICA volunteers clear the channel when possible. For the larger bogs, LICA hires a heavy equipment company to bring in an excavator and remove the blockage.
Here’s what’s been done so far this year:
In May we recruited a volunteer drone owner to pilot his drone over the channel with a video camera so we could identify the choke points. The drone flight went from the outlet to Pagenkopf and then continued toward County Road 90. A large clog was visible downstream from the outlet bridge. Beyond that point, the creek was fairly clear. Here are the videos, courtesy of our drone pilot, Mike Kneller:
A team of volunteers attempted to break up the bog that was lodged under the bridge, but it wouldn’t budge. LICA then hired a contractor to bring in an excavator to clear the clogged area. This work was completed just before the 4th of July.
We will continue to monitor the outlet channel to identify and remove obstructions to the water flow when feasible.