LICA Projects

2020 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.

St Anthony Falls Laboratory selected Lake Independence for Boat Wake and Wash Study 

     The University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory is a fluid mechanics research lab operated by the College of Science and Engineering. Engineers and scientists from the lab are conducting a research project focusing on characterizing and measuring the waves and prop wash produced by large recreational watercraft, and the impacts they have on lake bottoms and shorelines. The result will be scientific data to help state and local authorities make decisions about lake restrictions such as No Wake trigger points and safe distance from shore rules.

     After surveying various recreational lakes in the Twin Cities, the team has selected the east shore of Lake Independence as the site for the study. The bottom sediment and bottom slope fit the criteria for the study. The field work for the study will be conducted in September and October. They will be installing sensor  masts capable of measuring wave heights and wave energy and a sensor platform on the bottom of the lake to measure penetration depth and turbulent energy from propeller wash. The sensor masts will be visible above the water. 

     So watch for unusual activity on the lake this month and next, as the team of engineers and scientists conduct their experiments.

  • 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 efforts to recruit new members

  • Continue expanding our website and adding fresh content.

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LICA meets at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the Independence City Hall and concerned citizens are always welcome!

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