Welcome to Our New Website

Welcome to the new and improved Manistee Lake Association web site. We hope you like the look and the many additional features. We have tried to make the site far more useful as a source of information and communication. Many of the features are in the members only area so we encourage everyone to become a member and to register for the member area. Access is free to MLA members. Members please make sure to update your member information so we have current contact information for you. If you are a new resident who does not receive our newsletter, please give us your contact information so we can add you to our database. Just click on the contact us link under website feedback on the lower right of this page and submit your information.


We invite comments and suggestions to improve the site as well. We want to make this site as useful and user friendly as we can.  We have tried to minimize some features to lessen download times for those of you with slower internet connections. We will continue to add information to the site and to improve features as we go so please check back often and let us know what you think. I hope you enjoy our new home on the web. Spread the word around. Manistee Lake can always use more friends.

 

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THE MANISTEE LAKE IMPROVEMENT BOARD IS HOLDING A SPECIAL MEETING TO CONSIDER A REVISED RESOLUTION TO COMMENCE COLLECTION OF THE MLIB SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ON DECEMBER 1, 2020 RATHER THAN DECEMBER 1, 2019 AS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED.  THE BOARD WILL ALSO MAKE REVISIONS TO ITS PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR 2020.  THE MEETING WILL BE AT THE EXCELSIOR TOWNSHIP HALL AT 5:30 PM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2019. THIS REVISION IS NECESSARY DUE TO ADMINISTRATIVE SNAG THAT PREVENTED THE ASSESSMENT FROM APPEARING ON THE 2019 WINTER TAX BILLS AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. THE MLIB HAS SUFFICIENT RESERVE FUNDS TO COVER PROJECT COSTS UNTIL THE NEW ASSESSMENT CAN BE COLLECTED.

On October 22, 2019 the Manistee County Board of Commissioners, after hearing from many of our friends and neighbors over the last few months, agreed that the point of sale inspection program is important and should not be abolished. They voted 5-1 to deny Kalkaska County's request to end the program, which means it remains in place.

Hopefully, now the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners will grant our long standing, and heretofore denied, request to form a work group to sit down and go through the various issues in the program about which many are concerned and find ways to improve the program for everyone.

A huge thank you to all the people of Manistee Lake and all around the county who spent the last 10 months fighting this wrong headed decision by our county board. Your persistence and patient lobbying paid off. Proving once again the a group of motivated, active citizens can still make a difference. Congratulations to you all on a job well done. Now we need to move forward together to make this program better.

This chart shows the rise and fall of Manistee Lake starting on 5/9/2018 through 9/30/2019. (Winter months are not measured of course). Thank you to Gerry Gancer for collecting this data.  .

 

 

NOTE  ANOTHER DATE CHANGE - Due to continuing winter weather, this meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday April  28, 2018. Same time, same place.   If the winter weather continues, this meeting may be rescheduled yet again. We can not set the nets unless the lake is free of ice and the suckers are running.

 

The Joint Manistee Lake Association/Manistee Lake Improvement Board Fishing Improvement Committee is currently scheduled to meet April 28th at 9AM at Seth and Carol Phillips' house at 4257 E. Shore Dr.  (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE) The current plan is to assess the current conditions and, unless the weather is not cooperating, set the sucker trap nets as we have in past years.  In addition to help setting the nets, we are always in need of assistance, especially during the week, in checking and emptying the nets and recording fish data, which we are required to do under our DNR permit no less than every other day. We will of course also welcome anyone who would like to have the fish we collect as we must dispose of them.  This schedule is subject to change should conditions cause the sucker run to initiate sooner than expected. Any changes will be noted on this web page and on the MLA Facebook page.

 

 

The annual report of Manistee Lake water quality and invasive plant monitoring, performed by Progressive AE is now available on this web site to registered MLA member site users. This report represents a portion of the work performed for the Manistee Lake Improvement Board and reflects on going positive results for both water quality and invasive plant control.  The full report can be found on this web site under the Members Menu. Click on the MLIB Important Docs item and open the document from the list. It will open as a pdf. the other report reflecting our on-going research into the lake's fishery and related food chain should be available sometime this winter.

An article in the Bridge magazine outlines research showing that septic systems in Michigan are not protecting our surface waters like they should, or like we thought.  Research done by MSU shows that 10% of septic systems throughout Michigan are failing to properly filter waste and result in discharges to groundwater, and eventually to our lakes, rivers and streams. Michigan is the only state in the United States that does not have a uniform state septic code. The article argues why this needs to change. And since we have so much surface water and over one million septic systems in operation throughout the state, the impacts of this problem can be huge.

 

Kalkaska County and the other counties that are covered by our local health department adopted a septic ordinance that requires inspection of systems and correction of failing systems at the time of sale of any property.  This was an important step forward.  However, there is no regulation of existing septic systems where no property sale occurs. It is clear from the MSU research, that many in use systems are failing to function properly and go undetected, and uncorrected.

 

Here is a link to the full article.

 

http://www.bridgemi.com/guest-commentary/waste-water-why-michigan-needs-state-septic-code

 

The Manistee Lake Association contracted with Progressive AE to conduct a comprehensive survey of the Manistee Lake shoreline to evaluate the quality of our shoreline relative to the standards of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership.  The report of this survey is now available on this website to MLA members who are registered to use the site.  The document, entitled Manistee Lake Score the Shore Report 2017, is available under the MLA Important Docs tab in the Members Menu on the left side of this page.

 

The report contains the entire survey, photos and scoring, explains the basis of the various scores and what they mean.  It also includes all of the individual rating forms as well as lots of useful information on how to improve our shoreline to help protect and improve the quality, and the fishery on Manistee Lake.  This report will provide the basis of additional efforts to bring about shoreline improvements on our lake. Be sure to read Appendix D for important recommendations in response to the findings.

 

Summary of the Results (from the report):

 

The Score the Shore Survey of Manistee Lake was completed on August 30, 2017 in accordance with
MiCorps guidelines. Prior to the field survey, a Score the Shore Survey Map was created in which GPS
reference points were established at 1,000-foot intervals around the shoreline (excluding the canals). In
total, 30 individual survey sites were established around the lake that encompassed about 5.7 miles of
shoreline (Figure 1). Two passes were made around the lake via boat and field observations were recorded on the Score the Shore data forms for each survey section (Appendix B). Score the Shore calculations were then made for each individual survey assessment site (Figure 2) and these data were used to calculate the Development Density and Overall Shore Score for Manistee Lake (Tables 1 through 5). Geo-referenced digital photographs were taken within each survey section (Appendix C).


With the exception to the low-lying wetlands along the northwest end of the lake, much of the Manistee Lake shoreline is developed. Currently, 248 homes and 246 docks border the lake proper, which equates to an average development density of 16.5 structures per 1,000 feet. Manistee Lake has an overall Shore Score of 55 with about 50% of Manistee Lake shoreland rated poor, about 33% fair, and 17% good (Figure 3). Not surprisingly, most of the disturbed shoreland areas occur along developed shoreline areas. These data suggest that there is a need to both preserve and restore natural shoreland habitat around Manistee Lake. Shoreland management guidelines for Manistee Lake residents are included in Appendix D. It is recommended that these guidelines be mailed to all Manistee Lake property owners as part of a long-term lake protection strategy focused on restoring natural shoreland habitat.


Manistee Lake has an overall Shore Score of 55 with about 50% of Manistee Lake shoreland rated poor,
about 33% fair, and 17% good.

 

A brief booklet with recommendations for improving our shoreline is in Appendix D or can be read separately by clicking on the Score the Shore Booklet item in the Latest News From the Board at the top of the home page.

Coldsprings Township has adopted a new ordinance to regulate the use of consumer fireworks.  In accordance with state law, the ordinance does not restrict the use of consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of or the day after the state designated national holidays. So consumer fireworks can be used at any time of the day or night during these three day holiday windows.  The ordinance restricts use of consumer fireworks on all other days to the hours of 9 AM to Midnight (i.e. fireworks can not be discharged after midnight, except for the aforementioned holiday periods.) The ordinance also prohibits the use of consumer fireworks on public property or other private property without the owner's permission, prohibits the use of fireworks by anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs and prohibits the use of fireworks if a burn ban or "red flag warning" is in effect. The ordinance also requires, as required by state law,  that anyone using consumer fireworks must be at least 18 years of age.

 

The full ordinance can be found at this link:  http://www.coldspringsexcelsior.org/coldsprings/2017/Fireworks%20ordinance%202017.pdf

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