Summer Newsletter


Upper Hay Lake Association P.O. Box 769 Pequot Lakes, Minnesota 56472 

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Greetings from Your President!
Upper Hay Lake had a fantastic 4th of July celebration!
Thanks to all who participated in our Sixth Annual Boat
Parade. A special thank you goes out to Cindy Rieck
who led the parade with a very festive pontoon. Cindy
has been an outstanding steward of our lake. We
counted twenty-nine entries. An extra special touch was
having residents and guests squirting water cannons
along the shore line. The good news was that, to my
knowledge, no one threw water balloons. Thanks again
for contributing to the holiday spirit on Upper Hay Lake!
The UHLA Board has met and determined that we
would like to offer a variety of social events so that we
can get to know our Upper Hay Lake neighbors. Since
we have several new residents on the lake and the
pandemic is improving, we see it as a need to “get
together”. On August 5th, we plan to have a Slider
Night at the Jenkins VFW with the social hour beginning
at 5:30 PM. The association will pay for the sliders.
Nicole Erickson from the Crow Wing County Land
Service will do a presentation on Aquatic Invasive
Species. You can text or call either Judy Murphy or
myself by Tuesday, July 25, if you plan to attend. Please
bring your neighbor and any questions or concerns that
you may have about UHLA.
We are pleased that we still have two baby loons that
have survived – so far. They are getting quite large in
size so I hope they make it. How many adult loons have
you seen on our lake? We usually have five, but I have
only seen two adults this year. Be sure to remind your
guests or renters to be careful and give our loons space
while boating.
A special welcome to Lori Engel who is our new UHLA
Board member. Lori and her husband Tim have been
residents of our lake for eighteen years. Lori comes to
us with great enthusiasm and will be a tremendous asset
to Upper Hay Lake Association.
There have been concerns about burning fires around our
lake. We recommend that you check the fire danger at
the time. If you are going to have a fire, be sure to
properly extinguish it. Thank you to the Upper Hay
Lake residents who opted not to have fireworks this year

due to the dry conditions. It seemed to be the
appropriate decision to make.
Recently I visited with Sam who is our inspector at the
public landing on Saturdays and Sundays. She says
there has been less boat traffic this year. Her “boaters”
have been courteous and very helpful to each other. A
concern of Sam’s is that she has found inappropriate
“contra band” at the landing. She asked me if we should
consider installing a wood, bear or deer cam. Any
suggestions regarding this are welcome. Sam says that
we should be proud of our lake because people are more
respectful than she finds at the other ramps. Sam
considers Upper Hay Lake to be her “little haven”.
Thanks to Sam!
Remember to reach out to your neighbor and enjoy the
summer on Upper Hay Lake.

Claire Steen

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Submitted by Board Member Whitey Larson
Great news! – MAISRC receives funding from
Omnibus bill, by Nicholas Phelps, Minnesota
Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
We have some great news to share… Earlier this week,
Governor Walz signed the Environment and Natural
Resources Omnibus bill that included funding for
MAISRC and our work to find solutions to the AIS
issues facing our state.
Funding for MAISRC within the final bill came from
two sources:
A four-year, $3,750,000 grant from the Environment and
Natural Resources Trust Fund.
$910,000 per year in the biennium from the State of
This is a good outcome for MAISRC and for the future
of AIS research. Continued funding means that our
work will not lapse, new projects can be launched, and
outreach about findings and best practices can be shared
with resource managers, residents, and local
governments across the state.

In addition, we are grateful for the support and
confidence from the Minnesota legislature, in particular,
the Environment and Natural Resource Committee
Chairs Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen and Representative
Rick Hansen.
This summer, our research teams are back—out on the
water and in the lab—in full force. From White Bear
Lake, where one team is mapping the lake bottom with
multibeam sonar to see if the technology can
differentiate between native and zebra mussel
populations, to the MAISRC containment lab, where
researchers are studying the herbicide resistance of
hybrid watermilfoil—we’re making waves and getting
closer to AIS solutions.

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Environmental Stewardship Today, for Tomorrow 

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I recently received the following from Jeff Forester of
MN Lakes & Rivers (MLR):
I wanted to let you know about a new program that will
help your Lake Association protect Minnesota’s iconic
Get the Lead Out is a program at the Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency under a cooperative agreement
with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. The mission of
GTLO is to protect and restore the population of
common loons in Minnesota by reducing their exposure
to lead-based fishing tackle. This is done through
education, outreach, and advocacy/intervention activities
that promote the use of lead-free fishing tackle. In the
past, we’ve done tackle exchanges, set up display stands
of lead-free tackle at shops, and education/outreach at
sports shows.
Lead poisoning is a leading cause of death for loons. The
current national estimate is that 25% of loon deaths are
caused by lead poisoning. Loons:
 Consume fish with lead tackle attached. The fish
can either still be on the line or broke off with
tackle attached.
 Loons pick up pebbles at bottom of lakes to
store in their gizzards to help them grind up and
digest their food. Sometimes, loons pick up lead
tackle at the bottom of a lake and swallow them.
 Strike at fishing tackle being retrieved.
These collection kits will allow organizations to take in
lead tackle to be disposed of and recycled properly at
household hazardous waste facilities, and will also have

lead-free tackle to distribute. In short, the kits will help
to make sure that there is more lead-free tackle out there,
and less lead tackle. This is especially crucial for lake
associations and lake residents, as they have a direct
connection with lakes and the loons that may be present
on them.
Solutions and things people can do:
 Buy & use lead-free tackle.
 Share about the dangers of lead.
 Encourage others to use lead-free tackle.
 Ask retailers to carry lead-free tackle.
 Dispose of lead tackle properly.
 Make your voice heard to your elected officials.
 Protect yourself from lead when fishing and
hunting by washing your hands before eating
and drinking.
If you/your association would like to collect and dispose
of lead tackle to protect common loons, eagles, and other
wildlife, please fill out this 4 question form:, to request a free
lead tackle collection kit from the Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency’s Get the Lead Out program. More
information and pictures can be found on the form. If
you have any questions, please visit or contact
Together we can ensure that our children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren will know the magic of hearing
the loons call across the waters as the sun goes down.

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The One Watershed One Plan process presents a
remarkable opportunity for Minnesota’s Lake
by Jeff Forester, Executive Director, Minnesota Lakes
and Rivers Advocates
In 2008 Minnesotans voted overwhelmingly (+60%) for
the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which
created a three-eighths of one cent sales tax for twenty
five years. This was a remarkable achievement for
Minnesotans in a year when anti-tax politics were in
ascendance. Minnesotans voted our shared values and
created a remarkable opportunity for our state.
One-third of revenues raised will fund the arts and state
parks. One-third will fund grants to permanently protect
wildlife habitat, most typically through Conservation

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The One Watershed One Plan Continued (from pg. 2)

Easements. The final one-third will fund projects to
protect and rehabilitate our public waters. This “clean
water” portion of the Legacy Fund is directed by the
Clean Water Council, a group of citizens and legislators.
Their work began with an almost complete survey of
Minnesota’s lakes and rivers to see which were impaired
and which were still relatively pristine. The results were
alarming. Fifty six percent of Minnesota’s surface waters
were listed as impaired by the Minnesota Pollution
Control Agency, MPCA.
Aquatic systems are far more complex and difficult to
restore than terrestrial environments. In fact, many push
back on the idea that “restoration” of an aquatic
ecosystem is even possible, and point to goals like
rehabilitation, or resilience.
Two facts further complicate rehabilitation and
resilience efforts; all waters are connected, and water
flows across political boundaries. One source of
pollution will contaminate all the waters downstream. In
Minnesota that is a big deal. Minnesota is one of only
two places in the world where three continental-sized
water basins originate; the Mississippi River to the Gulf
of Mexico, the Red River flowing north through the vast
Canadian wetlands to the Arctic Sea, and down the face
of the Laurentian Divide into the Great Lakes and east to
the North Atlantic.
In order to address the fifty-six percent impairment of
our surface water, the Clean Water Council created the
One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) process through the
Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR). 1W1P
supports partnerships of local governments in
developing prioritized, targeted, and measurable
implementation plans for each of the fifty-four
watersheds in the state. These watersheds include
multiple political entities, townships, counties,
watershed districts, and cities.
The 1W1P process requires all of these disparate groups
to partner, identify areas of concern, pool resources,
coordinate efforts and work together towards solutions.
The Clean Water Council funds an initial planning
process. Once the plan is approved by BWSR, the Clean
Water Council makes funding available for
During the initial planning phase the Clean Water
Council encourages significant outreach, engagement
and involvement of a wide range of stakeholders. Lake
Association leaders are intimately familiar with water
issues in their jurisdiction. By committing to this
process, they can help ensure that the focus of the final
Comprehensive Plan includes their issues.

During the implementation phase, there is also a
significant role for lake associations. Over the course of
the 1W1P process hundreds of millions of dollars will go
towards water projects. It is an unprecedented
opportunity to protect, rehabilitate or increase the
resiliency of our shared water resources.
Last year, the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates
hosted a webinar with Julie Westerlund, Executive
Director of 1W1P. Ms. Westerlund outlined how lake
associations can get involved in developing these ten year plans to protect local water resources, and have a
real jurisdiction in the implementation. Lake
associations and local communities have an important
role to play in providing input and in helping implement
the plans once they are approved.
View the Recording HERE:
More information about One Watershed, One Plan is
available at:
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From our Roving Reporter, Bruce Ohland
Zebra mussels confirmed in South Long Lake
Written By: Brainerd Dispatch, Jun. 1, 2021
A lake property owner found adult zebra mussels while
fishing on the east side of South Long Lake. DNR staff
confirmed a broad distribution of zebra mussels in the
lake. They found no zebra mussels upstream or
downstream of the lake and will continue to monitor
waters connected to the lake.
Whether or not a lake is listed for any invasive species,
Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers to:
Clean watercraft and trailers of aquatic plants and
prohibited invasive species.
Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping
them out during transport.
Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at
the public water access. To remove or kill them, the
DNR recommends taking one or more of the following
precautions before moving to another water body:
Spray with high-pressure water.
Rinse with very hot water (120 degrees for at least two
minutes or 140 degrees for at least 10 seconds).
Dry for at least five days.

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Crow Wing County to open AIS decontamination
Written By: Brainerd Dispatch, May 25, 2021
Watercraft decontamination consists of a very hot water
rinse used to kill zebra mussels and, if needed, a highpressure spray to remove material from boats, motors,
trailers and personal gear. No soaps, bleaches, or
chemicals are used during the process.
The Crow Wing County aquatic invasive species
decontamination stations open for the season Friday,
May 28, to help stop the spread of AIS.
The county has a permanent decontamination unit
located at the Crosslake Joint Highway Maintenance
Facility off County Highway 3 at 13870 Whipple Drive.
This location is fully staffed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday
through Sunday.
A mobile decontamination unit will be located at
different public accesses throughout the county. It will
be open and fully staffed, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
through Sunday. To get the location of the mobile unit,
call 218-824-1055 or text CWCDECON to 72345.
Decontaminations are available to boaters free of charge,
with priority given to boaters who have been referred for
decontamination by watercraft inspectors or law
enforcement present on area landings. Under DNR
guidelines, boaters will be referred for decontamination
when AIS or other unknown items or materials are
discovered, the watercraft has been in the water for more
than 24 hours, the watercraft is being transported to a
new water body within 24 hours, or if undrainable or
unverifiable water is present.
Watercraft decontamination consists of a very hot water
rinse used to kill zebra mussels and, if needed, a highpressure spray to remove material from boats, motors,
trailers and personal gear. No soaps, bleaches, or
chemicals are used during the process. The station is
operated by DNR-trained and certified inspectors who
ensure the process effectively and safely removes or kills
AIS, a news release stated.
“The decontamination stations provide a useful service
to boaters,” stated Jessica Shea, Crow Wing County
business manager, in the release. “The entire process
takes a short time and is a valuable tool for limiting the
spread of AIS in our lakes and rivers.”
Information about Crow Wing County AIS prevention
efforts can be found at

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9th Native Plant Photo Contest Sponsored by Crow
Wing County SWCD
Join photographers of all ages and abilities to find
pollinators on native plants in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The 2021 Crow Wing SWCD Photo Contest focuses on
pollinators and native plants. Try to find Minnesota’s
new state bee: The Rusty Patched bumblebee, which is
an endangered species that you might be able to see in
your backyard.
According to Beth Hippert, District Technician “This is
a great opportunity for people to discover, explore, and
learn about native plants that grow around the Brainerd
Lakes Area and photograph the progression of plants and
trees from spring to fall.”
Melissa Barrick, District Manager, “All the entries will
be featured on SWCD Facebook, website, and
potentially other educational or promotional items for
the SWCD. The 2021 Crow Wing County Fair will
display the 1st place canvas and give away canvas
through a drawing!
Top Three Winners will receive:
1. 16 x 20 Canvas with photographer name
2. 11 x 17 Canvas with photographer name
3. 8 x 10 Canvas with photographer name
The Crow Wing SWCD is currently featuring past photo
contest images in our 2019 and 2021 Crow Wing County
Plat Books. Please share your native plant photos
through the summer on our Facebook page
Contest Rules
 Feature a plant species that is native to Crow
Wing or surrounding counties.
 Original work that is property of the person who
submits the photo.
 Label each entry with your name, phone #,
name of the plant/tree, and what city/town
photo was taken.
 One entry per species, limit of five entries per
 Submit photo by email in digital format, must
be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and in .jpg
 Trademarks, commercial names, or
advertisements may not appear in the photos.
 Extra points are given for pollinators on a native
 Entry will imply consent to use photos for
SWCD educational and promotional activities.
 Credit will be placed on each photo for all

How to Participate:
E-mail your photos to,
Mail digital photos to Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel
St. Suite 22, Brainerd, MN 56401.
Questions? Call CW SWCD at 218-828-619.
Deadline: Saturday, October 29, 2021
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Environmental Stewardship Today, for Tomorrow 

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Crow Wing County 2021 Plat Book
Who owns land in Crow Wing County?
Thousands of people have a piece of it, and they are
listed in the 2021 Crow Wing County Plat Book
published by Mapping Solutions and the Crow Wing
Soil and Water Conservation District (CW SWCD). The
2021 Plat book features local photographs. This year,
the cover page is from Jennifer Quam’s stunning purple
coneflower with the monarch and a bee. The 2020
Native Plant Photo Contest Winner. Buy your book
What is a Plat Book?
Plat books illustrate land ownership in a visual map
format. Each plat book includes parcel boundaries,
acreage data, ownership information for parcels greater
than five acres, section lines, parcels within townships
and municipal boundaries, and landowner index. This
book includes aerial view maps and the landownership
map pages.
Additional Items in the Plat Book:
 Lake Maps with Lake Contours
 Explanation of Land Survey Terms
 CW SWCD Programs and Supervisors District
 County School District Maps
 Cuyuna Bike Trail Map
According to Melissa Barrick District Manager, “ The
book showcases the vast amount of recreational
activities, public lands available for hunting and fishing,
unique landowner ownership, public boat accesses and
truly how rich this county is with plentiful lakes.”
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Nisswa: City’s recycling site may move to Lower Roy
Lake Road gravel pit
Room is needed for more recycling bins, especially after
other Crow Wing County recycling sites closed and
Nisswa’s recycling site has become even more popular
Written By: Nancy Vogt | 5:00 am, May 28, 2021
Nisswa’s recycling site may move from behind the fire
hall downtown to the city’s gravel pit off Lower Roy
Lake Road, near the wastewater treatment plant.

The Nisswa City Council on Tuesday, May 18, agreed to
pay Widseth engineering firm $4,500 to prepare a
concept drawing of the layout of the potential new
recycling site.
The Public Works Committee had recommended 4-1
that the council take this action.
The purpose of a concept drawing is so the various
committees can discuss the pros and cons of the concept
and suggest changes before any extensive engineering is
Included in the proposed recycling center will be a
police impound lot with lighting, security and fencing
with a controlled entrance.
Though the city has had issues at its drop-off recycling
facility over the years, the council wanted to keep
offering recycling services to its residents when Crow
Wing County dropped to just two recycling sites – in
Ideal Township and at the county landfill east of
Tom Blomer, public works director, said via email a
main reason to move the site is because the city needs
more room for recycling bins.
“With the closing of other sites in and around us, our site
has grown in popularity and needs more volume.
Second, at the current site we are unable to close the site
when necessary because the emergency vehicles from
the fire hall need unobstructed access to the parking lot,”
Blomer wrote.
The new site would be fenced in and would likely have
restricted access to prevent abuse and possibly allow the
city to charge for the service to help cover the cost to
operate the site, if necessary.
The new site is closer to the city’s maintenance
buildings and equipment and allows more security and
efficiency maintaining the site.
Finally, the site would be a little more screened from
view and would improve the aesthetics around the city
park and fire hall.
“With the access that Lower Roy Lake Road provides, it
will be nearly as convenient for residents, maybe more
so, because we already accept brush and leaf debris at
the gravel pit that will be the new site,” Blomer said.

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Environmental Stewardship Today, for Tomorrow

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Please join us for our Annual Upper Hay Lake Association Meeting
August 5th 2021
Jenkins VFW at 5:30 PM
Due to Covid, we had to postpone our Annual meeting in May, and we would
like all of you to join us for Sliders at the VFW.
Our Association will provide the Sliders!
Nicole Erickson from the Crow Wing County Land Service will do a presentation
on Aquatic Invasive Species.
The VFW needs a headcount, please RSVP:
Either text or call Claire Steen at: 218-330-7059
Judy Murphy: Reply to this E-mail or call or text at: 218-330-1890
Our lake is very important to all of us and we would like to hear any of your
concerns, new ideas or if you would like to join the Board.
Reach out to new neighbors and invite them to join us!