A wetter than usual 2019 has resulted in higher than normal lake levels in Glen Lake.
According to GLA water level committee chair, Bill Meserve, the lake is almost four inches higher than the Circuit Court ordered level.
The issue comes down too much rain and snow, says Meserve, with evaporation being a big factor and underground flow.
“We are doing what we can,” he says. “For three months the dam has been wide open and there’s nothing more we can do. Things won’t get back to target until spring.”
That is often when big chunks of ice blow up on the shores of west Little Glen and the on the east shore of Big Glen causing shoreline erosion. More precipitation was recorded by the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, with 38 inches of rain in the past 12 months.
According to Meserve, Glen Lake levels have been running high since mid-September. GLA volunteer dam committee members hope the levels subside by spring.
Officials say Crystal River levels are average for this time of year.
Imagine. For the past seven decades, concerned citizens, property owners and civic-minded people have been true guardians of Glen Lake, committed to the purpose and values of the Glen Lake Association: preserving and protecting the water.
Although historians aren’t exactly sure how many people may have been involved with the GLA, the number is substantial. It all started back in 1945, when a concerned group developed the founding tenants. That same commitment to water protection continues today, 75 years later.
To mark this achievement, the GLA board of directors invite GLA members, watershed residents and the business community to come together. A special 75th Planning Committee has announced a recognition event – the GLA 75th Celebration – on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Watch for coming details.
Another highlight for the anniversary year are fun facts, historical stories and musings that will be published on the GLA website and in every eBlast edition for the next 12 months. Topics will cover Glen Lake’s 1960’s sandstorm, the only known ship sinking in the lake, and the use of a fire-fighting shed along the shores.
Be sure to watch for special events, volunteer opportunities, and a chance to share your Glen Lake memories in stories and photos on the GLA website.
Join family, friends and neighbors … It’s time to Celebrate GLA!
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