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2018 HLWA annual meeting – August 16th, 6pm

The 2018 Hayden Lake Watershed Association annual meeting will be held next Thursday, August 16th at 6pm at the Hayden Lake Country Club. Please join us and your fellow lake residents for an evening of discussion and dialogue about the issues facing our lake.

Invited speakers include:

– The Idaho Department of Agriculture to discuss noxious weeds and milfoil.

– The Idaho Department of Lands to talk about no-wake zones on the lake.

– Kootenai County Sheriff to present on public safety on the lake and proposed no-wake zones.

 

– A representative from the Hayden Lake Watershed Improvement District to
provide an update on their progress over the last year.

Thanks very much in advance for your attendance and please bring your neighbors!


Chris Meyer
Secretary
Hayden Lake Watershed Association
www.haydenlakewatershedassociation.com

 

HLWA 2017 Annual Meeting Announcement – August 23rd at 6pm

The 2017 Hayden Lake Watershed Association annual meeting will be held next Wednesday, August 23rd at 6pm at the Hayden Lake Country Club. Please join us and your fellow lake residents for an evening of discussion and dialogue about the issues facing our lake.

Invited speakers include:

– Kootenai County Planning department to discuss shoreline erosion and
armoring rules

– Kootenai County Sheriff to present on public safety on the lake

– Idaho Department of Agriculture to talk about noxious weeds

– Idaho Department of Lands to visit about derelict docks

– A representative from the Hayden Lake Watershed Improvement District to
provide an update on their progress over the last year.

Thanks very much in advance for your attendance and please bring your neighbors!


Chris Meyer
Secretary
Hayden Lake Watershed Association
www.haydenlakewatershedassociation.com

Blue green algal bloom in north end of Hayden Lake

Blue-Green Algal Bloom Underway in Northern Arm of Hayden Lake

Our water quality and biotic community monitoring expert is predicting the algal scum buildup that is typical of the late stages of an algal bloom to occur in the next couple weeks. The bloom result should be experienced in the northern arm of the lake but winds could drive the scum elsewhere. The prediction is based on water quality samples collected as part of the Hayden Lake Watershed Improvement District’s monitoring of the lake. Water quality samples collected a foot and a half deep in the waters near Sportsmans Access indicate a buildup of the blue-green algae, Anabaena. This blue-green is of particular concern, because some species produce a toxin. The Department of Environmental Quality has been informed and may issue warnings dependent on the Anabaena species concerned.

The District’s monitoring is specifically designed to detect the early signs of such blooms so these may be addressed by simple chemical additions. Blue-green algal blooms occur in the more phosphorous rich northern arm of the lake during low runoff years like we are experiencing. The low runoff deprives the lake’s waters of the plant growth nutrient, nitrate. The blue-green algal species are capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen. With all the other nutrient resources left to the blue greens alone these species multiply rapidly into what is referred to as a bloom. A simple small nitrate addition to these waters of the lake can pre-empt this condition maintaining balance in the algal planktonic communities. Unfortunately, the District is just in the process of developing the water quality data base to justify such nitrate additions to DEQ and EPA. These measures cannot be employed this year, but with long term monitoring of the chemical and biotic condition of the lake we hope to manage such incidents in the future.

HLWA 2015 annual meeting – July 9th

SAVE THE DATE! – July 9th, 2015 at 6pm at the HLCC!

Please join us for the Hayden Lake Watershed Association’s 2015 annual meeting. We have a great lineup of speakers and the event will be full of great content regarding the health of our beloved Hayden Lake.

There is a new hybrid milfoil species in the lake that appears to pose some problems for treatment using our regular methods. Come hear from Tom Woolf of the Idaho Department of Lands about their treatment strategy.

Learn about the fantastic new floating wetland project that is reducing phosphorous levels in Hayden Lake and preserve our water quality. See the recent press coverage of this great program here:

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_1e215093-b086-5dbf-9293-9fdb98f8476a.html

Come hear about several of the 10 new projects underway by the new Hayden Lake Watershed Improvement District to help monitor and preserve the water quality and recreation value of the lake.

The meeting will be held July 9th in the Bozanta Room at the Hayden Lake Country Club from 6pm to 8pm. We encourage you to take one evening out of of your hot summer to come learn more about the Hayden Lake Watershed association and our valuable stewardship efforts to preserve the health of Hayden Lake.