Water – What’s The Use?
According to one area farmer, familiar with water numbers (because he irrigates some of his crop land and watches these things closely), one inch of rain produces 28,000 gallons of water per acre. Multiplied by the 1600 acres of Diamond Lake that equals 44,800,000 gallons of water.
At the Aug. 16 meeting we think we heard one of the consultants say that the average home uses 4,000 gallons of water per month, or 48,000 per year. Multiplied by 371 homes around the lake equals 17,760,000 gallons total, or less than one half an inch of rain. Since only about 1/3rd of the homes around Diamond are year round, the number is probably half that.
This calculation helps put into perspective the loss of water that would result from a sewer system constructed completely around the lake.
He also thought that property owners ought to be aware that farm runoff is much diminished with the installation of buffer strips that farmers have introduced, with assistance from the County and the Lake Association. He suggests that the nutrients coming into the lake have their origin in the bird population: one Canadian goose lets loose about 2 pounds of offal daily. 500 geese (or a combination of geese and pelicans) produce half a ton daily – this year there seem to be more pelicans in the feeder lakes than in Diamond itself. Another source of nitrogen and potassium are the carp that live and die in the lake. Runoff from fields, according to this same source, is not in the interest of the farmer.
Any informed comments about this will be considered for future publication.
Cutting The Weeds
by Joan Shultz
Due to the late ice out and the miserable month of May, we only managed to get in 2 cuts before June 15, the last day of the permit. However, it turned out to be a very good cut. June 2nd cutters included Harlan Meints, his grandsons, Becky Ricklefs, Larry (a friend), and Bill Schultz, all on Harlan’s pontoon. On June 7th Bob Spence and sons Mike & Jeff took their pontoon while Bill Schultz, Jim Teschendorf & Dave Denison on the Schultz boat. Each cut was 2 hours or more. A big thank you to all participants!
Background. Weed cutting in the north bay started in the mid 1990s after we received a number of complaints from property owners about weeds in the lake and on shore as well – weeds had, in some cases, piled up in drifts several feet high (we will try to post photos on the website at a later date). Steve McComas of Blue Water Science (St. Paul), hired by the Association, advised that we cut the curly leaf pondweed just before they set their seed pods in about mid June. The curly leaf problem has lessened considerably since then, whether due to the cutting or other factors.
Permit. The permit is only good for 1 season at a cost of $750! It is only issued from April 15 to June 15. No cutting is permitted within bulrush stands or native vegetation and must be at least 150 feet from shore. Permitees must contact Jacqueline Baciagalupo, DNR Region 4 Fisheries Habitat Specialist, as well as the Spicer DNR office, prior to cutting. Every three years signatures must be obtained from property owners willing to allow cutting in front of their place. This is obviously something property owners cannot take into their own hands without proper authorization.
Due to so few people doing the cutting most residents agree to clean up the cut weeds that may drift toward their shore. Weeds may reemerge in late summer and early fall, according to the DNR. Cut weeds at that time may be a result of boating and jet ski action, or to life cycle decay. The Association purchased the cutters several years ago and also pays the permit fee. Individuals interested in their own permits may inquire at the DNR Spicer officer.
Winter Fishing on Diamond
(or The Dark Side of the Ice)
Winter Fishing this past year was reportedly great, especially for crappies and sunnies. Looking out our window we saw what probably were more fish houses than we had ever seen before. However, we sometimes saw other things that surprised us, namely an occasional empty can or plastic bag.
This was noted by another visitor to the lake. John Wogen, writing in the Renville County News, reported on one fisherman’s experience on Diamond Lake that was considerably more unpleasant when he went out in early spring:
As he drilled near a spot occupied by a large mansion fish house, he noticed
that the snow had melted out of a hole and he saw something in it. He saw
lots of toilet paper and human excrement down in the hole. The fishermen who
had used this fish house had used a hole drilled in the ice nearly down to the
water, as a toilet. These irresponsible fishermen had covered the “stuff” with
snow, hoping no one would notice the mess they left. But the warming weather
had melted the snow, even if the ice was not melting.
Ice fishing is an activity enjoyed by very many responsible people. Unfortunately, it only takes a few slobs to give all a bad reputation. Wogen recommends that ice fishermen bring a pail with a snug-fitting cover for hauling out waste. One option for the unhappy discoverer of such treasure is to call the State Patrol (320 255-4224) who may then dispatch the DNR to the spot.
Untreated human waste is not only disgusting, it is also a potential health hazard. Of course, it may be hard to prove who made the mess if not caught in the act. But a knock on a nearby door may remind people of the proper way to behave on the ice. We all can take a page out of the camper’s handbook and resolve to have a minimal impact of the lake by taking all waste and garbage with us when we leave.
Attention Stragglers: there is still time to pay your annual dues is be added to the ranks of those who have stepped up to the plate to do their part to support the Lake Association in its efforts to improve environmental conditions in the Diamond Lake Watershed. Please mail you check for $25.00 to Jon Hanson, Treasurer, Diamond Lake Area Recreational Assn., 15373 NE 75th Ave., Atwater, MN 56209. We will publish a supplemental list of members next spring.
We’ve reported on “Ice Off” dates, but not on “Ice On.” What’s your best guess (the winter get’s nothing)? Ice On may be tough to specify because the standard for icing is unclear: Does all the lake need to be covered? Does the ice need to be so many inches thick? Do we use the first off-share ice fisherman to judge? The first fish house? I’ll say Dec. 15 and then use whatever condition prevails then as my definition.
Remember: Association minutes and lots more can be viewed at our website, thanks to Judy Christensen, www.diamondlakemn.com.
2008 Paid Members
Last NameFirst Name Aalfs Harley & Evelyn Abrahamson Rita AndersonDonald & Arlein AndersonGwen AndersonJeff & Joy AndersonLowell & Barb AndersonPhyllis AndersonTodd Anderstrom Gene & Mary AngelsonGregory & Karen Archbold Jon&Susan& Stephanie S. Bakken James & Maren Bauge Kenneth & Jean Becker Steve & Denise Beekman Kevin & Joanne Schollmeier Behm Gordon & Betty Behm Myron & Myra Behm Vicki Bernard Bill & Catherine Bertrand Tom & Carolyn Bishop Douglas & Denise Stabile Black Chris & Lori Black Loren & Betty Blad Guste & Adell Blomker Bryan & Jill Bloomquist Gordon & Laura Bock Dean & Nancy Boerner Joan Bonde Tom & Catherine Bosch Robert & Lavone Bourne Roxanne Breezee Clayton & Donna Brekke Brent & Kim BroderiusLloyd & Maxine Buboltz Jerry & Joyce Burfeind Phil Burmeister Jerry & Lila Carity Delrose Carity Lee & Konnie Chancellor Roger & Kathy Christensen Deborah Christensen Judy Christianson Chad & Becky Christianson Eldonna Christianson Janice Cook Michael & Marie Crist Bert & Mardelle Cuchna Tom & Linda Dalton Steve Rivard & Diane Dean Dale DeRudder Jacqueline DeWolfeHerb & Carol Dexter Bruce & Ginger Dobberstein Meridee & Lea Dybevik Herm & Cheryl Ebersviller Gerald & Diane Ecker David & Debra Eischens Georgia Ann Elam Gene & Janice Engstrom Richard & Joyce Evans Kelly & Jennie Fagerlie Rick & Darla Forkenbrock Beth Fromm Jim & Lorene Garman Jerry & Karen Garner Ron & Kathy George Jim & Sandra Gilmer Jonathan & Diane Gisvold Dave & Vangie Glaeser Warren & Cynthia Groshens Tim & Mary Grund Raymond Gustafson Darlene Gustafson Dwane & Cheryl Gutzwiller Ken & Jeanette Hage Robert & Steve Hagen Ron & Julie
Hammerschmidt Reed & Kristel
Hanscom Banning & Rebecca Hanson Jon & Odetta Hanzlik Joseph & Emily Hartog Daniel & Michelle Hasse Melvin & Grace Haugen Reynold & Jane Hayden Terry & Kathleen Hayden Tom & Suzanne Heining Frank & Barb Hoffbeck Floyd & Joyce Holien Janell HolmquistHarland & Karen Iverson Stephen & Peggy Ann Janke Arlyn & Eileen Jensen Daniel & Marlene Johnson Adeline Johnson Charles & Jo Johnson Laverne Johnson Russell & Sharon Johnson Tim & Karen Johnson Warren & Diane Johnson Wayne & Cathie Jopp Tim & Kathy Kahout Angela Kelm Nancy Schmidt & Barb Kiecher Scott & Lori Kodet James & Nancy Kohout Dennis Kojetin Wencel & Carol Kulhanek Joe & Renee' Kunkel Bruce & Kim Lang Arnold & Carol Lange Stan & Carol Larsen Daniel & Randa LinsmeierGreg & Kay Loge Lyle & Karen Lohre Ben & Joni Loose Marlene & Willis LowinskeJim & Patti Ludowese Loretto Lund Robert & Susan Mahn Delwin MammenVirgil & Mary Marguth Terry & Linda MarwedeMae McCoy Eileen McCoy Robert & Martha Meints Harlan & Sherrie Melbye Lowell & Betty Meyer Steve & Mary Meyerson Bob & Suzanne MichaelisRory & Deborah Miller Earl & Mark Gregory Miller Philip & June Moe Bruce & Theresa Monson Bruce Monson Gay & Phyllis Montgomery Scott & Dede Mueller Roger & JoAnn MunnekeAlvina Nelson Joan Nelson Stanley & Corrine NewmanBernice Nissen James & Jane Nordby John & Mary Nordin Scott & Rhonda O'Brien Patrick & Yvonne Oie Arnold & Agnes O'Leary Brian & Colleen Olmon John & Diane Olson Larry & Barb Opheim Mary OstendorfErvin & Marian OstendorfRoger Owen Dale & Shirl PassmoreVern & Gerry Perkins Richard & Mary Peterson Jim & Jean Pfeffer John & Lauri Pfeffer Peter Phillips Richard & Jerily Jean PiotrowskiJohn & Lisa Platt Gene & Marlene Prescott Darin RadebachMarshall-Buster&Joycelyn Radtke Rollie & Kim Radtke Willard & Gloria Raitz George & Lorraine Redepenning Larry & Mary Reich Wayne & Janet Richards Bob, Sue, Jane Ricklefs DeWayne & Becky Rosenau Dennis & Deb Rothstein Dennis & Debra Sandman Mike & Judy SandquistAlvin & Eleanor Scalzo Steve & Rose Schnobrich Ronald Schreiner Alfred & Ethelyn Schultz Shannon & Susan Schultz William & Joan Schweiss Leo & Cindy SchweissMichael & Julie Seeboth Dick & Sharon Serbus Brian & Russell Simonsen Paul Skogland Lowell & Ardyce Slinden Larry & Beverly Smith Clayton & Mary Ann Soderling Mary Solbrack David & Ardella Soltis Donald & Karen Sorensen Beverly Spence Robert Steinke Roger & Sue Stifter Arnold Stockland Veda & Linda Pearson Stradtmann Mark & Kris Teschendorf Jim & JoAnn Tholkes Alan & Monaliga Tholkes Todd & Susan Thompson Terry & Audrey Trelstad John & Carol Tretbar Robert & Shirley Tuebert John & Mary Ann Turtle William & Erma Ulrich Lester & Edith Varhol John & Kay Volk Dean & Andrea Walsh Mac & Diane Weist Inez & Darwin Welle Bob & Lisa Wellman Allen & LaFaye Wendland Bernard Willems Jerry & Elaine Winkleman Daryl & Arlys Wittman Gordon & Joyce Wright Thomas & Beverly Young Cary Zeidler Carl & Sandy Zuidema Arlin & Joyce