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The purpose of the Waseca Lakes Association shall be to improve and maintain the water quality of the Waseca lakes and adjoining watershed for all users. The group will be organized as a non-profit organization to promote involvement and input from all watershed residents, interested persons, and organizations through communication, action, and education. Read our Newsletter

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Below are current efforts to manage aquatic invasive weeds and improve water quality in Clear Lake:

Clear Lake was impacted by very heavy infestations of curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) and Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) in 2021.   These invasive weeds hamper boat navigation and decay late summer releasing phosphorous which causes algae blooms.

1. The WLA has contracted for a "whole lake" fluridone treatment that was applied June 14th targeting EWM in 2022.   Fluridone is a very expensive, but effective treatment for Eurasian watermilfoil and we hope that this unique treatment will reset the EWM population so that we can target any small areas that reoccur in coming years.

2. Waseca county successfully used the new weed harvester from May 24 to June 20 in areas of heavy CLP infestation as well.  They were successful in removing 230 tons over 75 acres of the most affected areas of Clear Lake. 

3. If you are a private lakeshore owner, you can obtain a permit from the MN DNR aquatic plant management staff, and shoreline owners can have 50ft, or one half the length of your shoreline, which ever is less, treated for all weeds.  Many lakeshore owners had this done back in June, as it is now too late to begin this for 2022, but something to consider in 2023. 

 

Just a reminder that Waseca Lakes Association Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of every month beginning at 7am at the Waseca County East Annex. Anyone is welcome! If you wish to convey any information, thoughts or ideas, you can email wasecalakes@gmail.com or message us on Facebook and someone will get back to you!We hope you all have a great fall season and enjoy the great weather this week! ... See MoreSee Less
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Its always nice to hear kind words, so thought we would share this one from a facebook message......"Our family just wants to say a BIG thank you for cleaning up Clear Lake and for the beautiful new playground. We are seasonal campers at Kieslers and have enjoyed so many hours in the lake and several visits to playground. We are amazed at all the beautiful things Waseca has to offer. We love it here! Thanks again for helping to make our summer great.Waseca County Commissioners/Co Administrator and Waseca Co Public Works had a huge hand in the lake cleanup and removal of invasives. The City of Waseca and their Parks Department is responsible for the new equipment at Clear Lake Park, and we've heard tons of positive comments, including many from out of town visitors!!There are a lot of partners, supporters, and stakeholders that make these efforts possible. We're fortunate to live in a great county with some great parks, including Clear Lake and its trails!! Enjoy the nice week ahead! ... See MoreSee Less
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Notice

The Annual Lakefest Freedom run on the 4th of July was cancelled due to heavy rains all morning, but we hope to see you in 2023.