Property Owners Association

Lake Preservation

Dredging - Weed Management - Watershed Management

Lake Evolution:

There are three general classifications of lake. 1. (Oligotrophic) which is generally deep and clear with little aquatic plant growth. 2. (Mesotrophic) which is generally medium depth with some aquatic plant growth. 3. (Eutrophic) which is generally shallow and supports abundant aquatic plant growth. Under natural conditions, most lakes will ultimately evolve into a wetland. The Eutrophic stage is the last stage before becoming a wetland. The factors driving evolution are a nutrient rich bottom land which supports abundant aquatic plant growth, sediment build up and a shallow depth. All of these factors are very pronounced in Lake Templene. However the evolution to a wetland does not need to be inevitable. A Lake Preservation Plan can turn back the hands of time.

Actions Required

  1. Watershed Management
  2. , which minimizes the nutrients entering the lake and minimizes shoreline erosion.
  3. Dredging
  4. , which entraps sediment entering the lake, promotes water flow in the lake that reduces sediment being deposited and removes the nutrient rich bottom land in shallow areas thus increasing the lake average depth.
  5. Aquatic Plant Control
  6. , which does not result in a significant amount of decaying aquatic plants on the bottom land and manages the plant population to maintain a healthy eco system.

An effective Lake Preservation Plan will not be inexpensive, but if we don't proceed with a plan the outcome is inevitable. In order to protect our way of life and property value, we must fund this effort. If you consider the property tax on your property and the value of your property, then compare that with the property tax on a comparably valued property in a non-rural area, you will find we have a real bargain. Understanding that property tax pays for infrastructure available to the property explains why our property taxes are low. We also need to look at the fact that our property value is driven by the lake, which is an infrastructure. Therefore, any expenses we have in maintaining the lake need to be considered in conjunction with the local property taxes. When we add the two costs together we will still have a bargain. As we get the plan further developed we will provide more information. Please contact Jack Rote or email Jack at with questions or comments.

Created 06-Jan-10, last revised 06-Jan-10

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