Black Lake Stewardship Society

$1,000 and above
Alan & Louisa Shimamoto
Black Lake Bible Camp
Brian Wilmovsky
John Aslakson
Ken & Christy Raske
Larry & Sue Smith
Randy Selness
Tim & Sandy Collins
Vernon & Stacy Bonfield
Vince Gildner
$500 to $999
Bill Conrad
Bob Zeimek
Brenda & Eddie March
Dan Berschauer
Dena & Kelly Thompson
Dennis Boone
Doug Whitaker
Jeff Lemon
Jonna VanDyke
Kris & Lauri O'Bannon
Lyle Westhoff
Nancy & JB Davis
Pat & Mike Madigan
Ray Dooley
Robert & Nita Sell
Sonny Mike
Tim & Shirley Erickson
$100 to $499
Bart & Candice Rydalch
Betty Hall
Brian Delay
Conrad & Denise Riedl
David & Blanca Maag
Deb & John Wallace
Donna Bennett
Eric Lee
Francis Metz
Fred Metcalf
Greg Cummins
James & Melissa Beard
Jim & Carol Kirby
Jim Krieger
Joe & Sherry Heye
John & Effie Henkle
John Schumock
Kevin House
Lake & Sherry Stintzi
Leon Flaherty
Linda & Donald Rollins
Linda & Matt Tobin
Mark & Brenda Hetland
Maxine Jones
Nancy Williams
Nikki Pettet
Patricia Spoltman
Patty May
Paul Batton
Phil Brinker
Ruth Carr
Sue Adams
Thu Ngo
Under $100
Daphne McGregory
Donna Roney
Katherine Gray
Lori Grossi
Virginia Matson

Sept 29, 2010 Notes



September 29, 2010

There was an excellent turn out for the meeting hosted by Deb Wallace and Vern Bonfield.  We appreciate Black Lake Bible Camps’ generosity in allowing the meeting in their facility. The purpose of the meeting was to determine if there was collective support for improving conditions around Black Lake.  By a unanimous show of hands, there was.

Tom Oliva was kind enough to present information regarding the formation of a lake management district.  He was instrumental in forming such an association at Barnes Lake.  He explained that a lake management district requires the majority of lake dwelling citizens to sign a petition.  The City Council considers the petition and forms the lake management district by ordinance.  Each resident pays a small tax or fee annually, which is used for improvements to the lake.

Long lake has a large and successful lake management district and we plan to have a representative come to the next meeting to further explain this process.

Richard Doenges and Janie Civille , aquatic resource specialists, were graciously available to address the water quality issues in local lakes.  Ms. Civille confirmed that the Eurasian milfoil is now present in Black lake.  She also provided excellent information regarding the blue green algae issue reported in the Olympian.  She said that the reported neurotoxic and possible liver damage would be the result of actually drinking the water.  She said the danger was more for children and dogs who are smaller and more likely to swallow the water.

Ms. Civille pledged that the county would take samples every week and post notices as soon as the algae toxin level is safe.  She recently re-sampled the lake and is awaiting the results.

She provided lots of interesting and valuable information about lake management district activities on Long Lake.  She provided pictures of the various projects the county has participated in with the lake management district.

She also said there are small things residents could implement immediately. These included not fertilizing our lawns, or using non-phosphorous fertilizer as well as non phosphorous dish soap.  She also stressed the importance of keeping your septic system healthy.  It is important to have it pumped regularly and to avoid the over-use of disinfectant and bleach.  These substances kill the bacteria needed to break down the waste.

                There was some interest in whether a private property owner could apply herbicide to weed growth near his shore.  Ms. Civille stated that herbicide could only be applied by a certified contractor. 

Luckily, there was one present.  Doug Dorling of Northwest Aquatic EcoSystems explained that a permit was required, which would cost over 1,000 to $1,500 once the proper notice had been given to interested parties (this is an estimate based on the $450. Filing fee and the publication fees required for notice).  While residents could not have dozens of name on one permit, a neighborhood association or lake management district could use a single permit for all affected areas.

This brought up the subject of ABLE – Association for Black Lake Enhancement.  Although an inactive group, this association still exists and could potentially be reactivated to address some short term goals.  This will be explored and addressed at the next meeting.

Vern and Deb expressed interest in having people come forward who would like to take on key roles in our lake preservation effort.  Please contact Vern if you are interested so that sub committees may be formed.

The enthusiasm level was high.  There were cookies and coffee and the meeting adjourned on time.  If you missed it last time, show up next time – maybe there will be cake.


-Linda Tobin