Project Summaries

Curly-leaf pondweed control

Herbicide or mechanical treatment of public waters.
Budget: $6,555 – Actual $6,555

2020 – DNR approved 25.5 acres for herbicide treatment. Additional funds provided by a LOIA ($1,468.57), a Sherburne SWCD grant ($2,000), the City of Elk River ($333.33) and a previous year credit ($786.60).

Increased water quality testing and analysis

Improve water clarity and quality in both Upper and Lower Lake Orono by further pinpointing harm sources and implementing a reduction plan.
Budget: $500 – Actual $735

2019 – Volunteer bi-weekly collection of dissolved oxygen and water temperature data; completed. Analysis by the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) determined that these were not factors causing reduced water clarity in Lower Lake Orono. The recommendation was to consider adding True color, Total Suspended Solids and/or Zooplankton testing.

2020 – Additional chemical water sample collection and analysis. True color and Total Suspended Solids have been added. Potential future Zooplankton testing has been costed. In process.

Web licensing and maintenance

OLID membership communication, official document repository, director nomination forms, absentee election ballots, etc.
Budget: $375 – Actual $200

2020 – The public release of our website was on July 31, 2020 .

Alert: Eurasian Watermilfoil confirmed
in Lake Orono

Update on Eurasian Watermilfoil: Area was treated on Wed., Aug. 5th, marked with plastic bags with notices inside. Because this weed spreads very easily
via fragments, please DO NOT boat in the Guardian Angels bay area.
Remember to Clean, Drain and Dry. Click here for more information

Lake vegetation management

Contract with external consultant(s) expertise to assist in additional surveys, other data collections, effectively analyzing and addressing invasive plants (AIS), native plant overgrowth and algae proliferation and/or meet MN DNR requirements for an AIS permit with a variance (as needed).
Budget: $4,245

2020 – Initial meeting with consultant and Sherburne SWCD. Vegetation plan will be a section in the 2021-2024 Lake Management Plan and water quality, fisheries and future sedimentation control will also be addressed. Funds will be utilized over multiple years to support new plan development.