An open meeting of the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed Protection Project Task Force has been set and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
GLA is sponsoring the meeting, bringing together the four townships within the watershed–Cleveland, Glen Arbor, Kasson and Empire–to learn about and discuss the opportunity to strengthen the protection of surface and groundwater within the boundaries of the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed.
The prime focus of the meeting will be to digest how a zoning “Overlay District” plan, with a menu of several protective provisions might play out in a uniform way in all four of the townships that are inside our watershed.
The main speaker will be Tony Groves, consultant, from Progressive AE, who has helped us pioneer this proposed project.
You won’t want to miss this important event, please email the GLA and tell us if you can participate.
The agenda for the meeting will be as follows:
Welcome and Introductions – Denny Becker, Former President of GLA
Presentation by Tony Groves, Consultant, Progressive AE
Presentation by Roberta Dow, retired MSU educator
Open Discussion – Facilitated by Rob Karner, Watershed Biologist
Over the past six months, members of the GLA Board of Directors have been developing a new roadmap for the future of the organization. A five-year Strategic Plan (2020 – 2025) has been created with input from the board, staff, key stakeholders and 156 Association members who recently completed a membership survey. The extensive process is meant to help guide GLA in its direction and initiatives in four main areas;
* Watershed Protection * Education and Communication
* Quality of Life * Organizational Development
The Association’s primary focus remains the protection of the watershed’s natural resources, ground and surface waters, plus the updating and implementation of the Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed Plan.
With a strong cadre of volunteers, GLA will continue to be involved in leadership, education and collaborative efforts. Topics include:
Continuing to research Swimmer’s Itch
Reducing nutrient loading of the watershed
Eliminating pollutant sources including storm water and failed septic systems
Supporting ordinances to inspect septic tanks and wells upon ownership transfer
Detecting and controlling invasive species
Managing the water level control structure on the Crystal River
In subsequent eBlasts and communiqués, GLA will share additional information about the above areas of focus and initiatives,
As we strive to be the recognized leader in evidence-based strategies for protecting the Glen Lake watershed while advancing environmental education, sustainable policies and quality of life.
What can everyone do?
* Join in protecting our natural resources and advocating for same – be proud of the theme: “It’s all about the Water!”
* Become a member.
* Learn about the Association through newsletters and annual plans, including implementation of this Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plans.
* Become a Glen Lake Guardian and support stewardship education.
* Volunteer – let us know how you’d like to become involved.
* As members, learn about our Board and Committees and consider participation.
* Give us your thoughts and ask questions – about this Strategic Plan or other matters of concern or interest.
* Donate to help us attain our annual plans and long term goals.
* Build your legacy to make a difference to protect and preserve this one-of-kind place.
GLA is proud to announce that the association was awarded one of five watershed management planning grants by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
The $25,025 grant award will update the protection-oriented Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed Management Plan by incorporating new water quality monitoring data as well as collecting new watershed inventory data.
EGLE’s announcement stated that the plan will help protect high-quality waters by reducing non-point sources of sediment, nutrients and other contaminants.