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Brooks Lake – Part 3 of Satellite Water Bodies in our Watershed

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Guardian Ambassador Shares Info on Lake-Friendly Landscapes

Education, News May 18, 2020 No Response

GLA is continuing its mission—75 years and running—to preserve and protect the quality of water in the Glen Lake/Crystal River Watershed. One of the association’s newest initiatives is Glen Lake Guardians, which educates and advocates protecting our watershed by engaging in best practices. Guardians voluntarily pledge to protect, and share their advocacy with others.

Guardian Ambassador, Tricia Denton, below, is sharing information to  help lakeshore property owners create and maintain sediment and pollution “traps” along the shoreline. 

Vibrant strips of native vegetation along the shore are important contributors to water quality, helping to slow stormwater runoff and remove unwanted sediments. Native vegetation also provide long and deep root systems that help prevent erosion from shoreline ice build-up in winter. While these vegetative filter strips protect water quality, they are also important in improving habitat without blocking access to docks and the water.

Learn more by watching this video.

Currently, the Glen Lake Association is working with the Leelanau Conservancy and others to re-write and improve its Watershed Management Plan for review and approval by the Michigan Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Department. Watershed management plans organize and encourage efforts by watershed groups, local governments, and others to reduce and prevent pollution from entering lakes and streams throughout Michigan.

The conservancy’s program manager, Yarrow Brown, says the Leelanau Conservancy has a big stake in watershed planning and management and is happy to facilitate the development of plans with lake associations. After all, the conservancy is a leader in protecting land from degradation and preserving healthy ecosystems, including streams, lakes and wetlands.

Learn more about Glen Lake Guardians.

Day Mill Pond – Satellite Water Bodies in Our Watershed Part 2

Education, News April 30, 2020 No Response

The 7-acre, 3-foot deep Day Mill Pond lies west of the west end of Little Glen Lake and is easily observed from M109 highway. Hydrologically, it is connected most of the time by a 3-foot diameter culvert and a small, slow-flowing creek that empties into Little Glen. Beaver have been known to plug up the culvert in an attempt to flood the pond and raise the water level.  

During the summer, the entire surface of the pond is choked off by the ever increasing number of pond lilies that have expanded over the past decade. Also, the shoreline is surrounded by an ever expanding population of cattails, which can be thought of as shoreline building plants. In time, the progressive growth of the cattails toward the center of the pond—building land behind them—will be complete and the pond will become a cattail swamp. Maybe in the next 40 to 50 years, if nature has her way, this pond will cease to exist!

Historically, the pond was better connected to Little Glen prior to the building of M109. The national park has in its long-range plans to replace the culvert with a box culvert and bridge that would go under the highway. An environmental assessment has been completed and the timetable for construction has yet to be set. Public hearings and financial backing would need to happen before any construction.

Because the pond is surrounded by National Park Service boundaries, there are no riparians on the pond and it is a haven for spring and fall migrants. Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, scaup, mallards, geese, swans, grebes, American Coot, Green Herons, Sandhill Cranes, and even a common egret can be observed. The pond is also  the home of the less common Blandings turtle. In the spring, there are lots of migrating song birds— mostly warblers of all kinds that make this a special place in our watershed. Muskrats, raccoon, deer, mink, and beaver can be seen during the non-winter months.  

Now you can visit area lakes and ponds with a greater appreciation for their character and at the same time, be rewarded for what nature may have in store for your viewing pleasure.