WICOLA volunteers will be on the Chain on Tuesday, September 17, for water monitoring. Water samples will be taken from five sites on the Chain - one on White Iron, one on Garden, and three on Farm (Farm-South Kawishiwi, Farm- North Kawishiwi, and Farm-Middle). Volunteers will also look at samples to check for Spiny Waterfleas on our lakes. Help us prevent the spread of these AIS and others to our lakes from infested lakes by checking your boats and fishing equipment after fishing and boating in Burntside, Shagawa, and Fall Lakes. Be sure to dry your boat and equipment completely between relaunching or fishing in our lakes.
White Iron Chain Of Lakes Association
Four WICOLA members (Bob, Bud, Dave, and Teresa) were on the chain of lakes August 21 completing the August water monitoring. It's not too late to become involved in this valuable and enjoyable experience. The next water monitoring date is the morning of September 17. If interested in participating, contact Nancy P., who is coordinating volunteers. Nancy can be reached at 365-4121. Training will be provided for those new to water monitoring.
Fifty-two members and guests attended the WICOLA annual dinner and business meeting. Nolan Baratono, Watershed Ecologist for MPCA, recognized WICOLA for our longtime interest and efforts in protecting our waters and, most recently, our role in the Kawishiwi Watershed Protection Protect (KWPP) grants. During the meeting members elected/reelected 3 members to the Board of Directors and adopted proposed action items that will guide WICOLA's priorities for the next 3-5 years (see adopted action items in the 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes under website resources).
It's not too late to make plans to attend the WICOLA Annual Meeting and Dinner on August 8 at Creek Ridge. Call Dolores at 365-7863 to make reservations at $25 per person. Come at 5pm for a social hour and a time to visit with your WICOL neighbors. A buffet dinner will be served at 6pm followed by speaker, Nolan Boratano, from MPCA and our annual meeting and elections. Directions to Creek Ridge: Take Hwy 1 South out of Ely 3.5 miles to County Road 655 and turn left. Follow Co. Rd 655 approximately .5 miles to Creek Ridge Road. Follow the signs into the lodge. If you prefer to arrive by boat or pontoon, there is space available at the Creek Ridge dock.
Euan Reevie from the Natural Resources Research Institute will present results of the Paleolimnology study of the White Iron Chain of Lakes on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. at VCC, room C104. Euan will share infomation gained from core samples taken from the WICOL lakes as part of KWPP grants. This presentation is in conjunction withEly Field Naturalist and is open to the public. Come and learn about the effect our history has had on our water quality.
Call Dolores Delaney (365-7863) to make your reservation for the buffet dinner at Creekside Lodge on White Iron Lake, $25 per person. Call with your reservation(s) and send your check for the meal to WICOLA, P.O. Box 493, Ely. You may pay at the door, but we need a firm head count for the Lodge before the 8th. Social hour is 5 to 6 PM with dinner at 6 PM. The speaker is Nolan Baratano from MPCA. Annual meeting and elections will follow.
It's Blueberry Festival week and WICOLA will once again have an informational booth (#172B). Come by and visit with WICOLA, DNR, and Sea Grant volunteers, and Derrick Passe to learn more about AIS and other aspects of the KWPP grant results, including our continued water monitoring of lakes and streams as part of the Implementation Phase. Better yet, volunteer to help at the booth and spread the word of WICOLA's many accomplishments and continued activities. If interested, contact Derrick or one of the WICOLA Board members.
Call Delaney’s to reserve a crayfish trap (365-7863); then pick up at their home (618 Voyageur Rd ) between 9 AM and 2 PM on July 24. The traps are all legally tagged and you will receive printed instructions, cray fish identification photos and charts to record your outcomes. Eradicating the crayfish is an essential part of keeping our lakes filled with viable fish! Do your part. You don’t have to be a WICOLA member to participate. We have 80 traps to place.
WICOLA member, Charlene Mason, was recently selected by the International Joint Commission to serve on the new International Rainey River-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.
In March, WICOLA board members, Nancy Powers and Jo Kovach, represented WICOLA at the International Water Quality Forum in International Falls. Project Coordinator, Derrick Passe presented outcomes and updates for the Kawishiwi Water Protection Project (KWPP).