- We’ve been extremely fortunate in the past to enjoy a relatively clean lake, and did not need to seek contributions from homeowners to cover offshore weed treatment. However, that all changed in late 2012, after the lake was diagnosed with Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM).
- EWM is an infestation that cannot be eradicated, it can only be controlled. Just as the need to control it will be ongoing, so will our need to collect contributions to cover both offshore treatment, as well as lake monitoring required by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a stipulation of that treatment.
- That’s why, starting in 2013, the Lake Josephine Improvement Association began seeking a voluntary contribution from lake homeowners to cover those treatment and monitoring costs.
- In both 2015 and 2016, nearly 80% of lakeshore properties contributed to help with EWM treatment costs and to begin building a contingency fund to be prepared should we be forced with a catastrophic event.
- In 2016, our need is even greater:
- We are treating for two weeds this year: both EWM and Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP).
- Via our LVMP, we will be authorized to treat a larger-than normal area.
- In return for being granted a larger treatment area, we will need to pay for required lake monitoring and/or consultants to assist us.
- We also need to start building a preparedness fund so that, if we were to be threatened with a new invasion such as Zebra Mussels (in which rapid response is critical), we are prepared to move quickly.
- Our anticipated 2016 financial need is $15,600-$23,040.
- Our need continues. In 2017, the Board is again recommending a contribution of $350-$500 per lakeshore property.
- THANK YOU to those whom have already contributed!
- If you have not yet contributed, you can still do so. Please go to the “Donate” tab on the website if you’d like to help.
Living on Lake Josephine is a privilege. . . one that we don’t want to take for granted. THANK YOU for your continued support in conserving this beautiful resource and in protecting our property values. We look forward to your input & engagement.
For more details on the Association’s management of EWM and other invasive species go to the Treatment Plan section.