The HLPOA begins an ongoing collaboration with the MI DNR Parks and Recreation Division to preserve, protect and enhance Higgins Lake and its surrounding watershed. The following presentation was prepared for our series of meetings with key Parks & Rec Div. personnel commencing in August, 2017:
Attached below are the presentations and report given at the July 15, 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members:
Swimmer’s Itch (SI) presentation on the status of the 3-year SI Reduction Effort, presented by Dr. Curt Blankespoor of Swimmer’s Itch Solutions LLC at this year’s HLPOA Annual Meeting, is posted below. Of particular interest are slides 20, 21 and 22 that compare 2015 to 2016 to mid-July of 2017. On each of these three slides is a chart showing the snail infestation percentage — anything over 2% of the snails being infected with the SI parasite represents an epidemic level of SI infestation. In 2015, the average of all snails tested showed the highest lake-wide infection percentage Dr.’s Harvey and Curt Blankespoor had ever seen in their collective 50+ years of SI research — 3.9%. This is reflected in the amount of red and orange depicted in 2015’s chart. After working that year and the next two years removing Common Merganser (COME) hens and broods from the lake and sealing nesting sites, notice the complete lack of any red or orange on the 2017 chart. The 2017 infection rate is down to only 0.14%. What a dramatic improvement! A long term maintenance program is now being planned to keep Higgins Lake at this low infection rate for years to come.
Dear HLPOA Members,
Marvin Bolton recently advised the HLPOA Board of Directors he intended to present a motion at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Members whereby he is requesting a Financial Review Committee be created, made up of non-Board members, to serve as an oversight committee to the Board’s financial matters. Below is the Board response denying his request and a legal opinion on his request from HLPOA Counsel, Bill Carey, both of which have been sent to Mr. Bolton.
Dear HLPOA Members and HLSIO Supporters,
We are pleased to send you the update received over the weekend from the Higgins Lake Swimmer’s Itch Organization, HLSIO, and a report from the Scientists of Swimmer’s Itch Solutions LLC on the status of their SI reduction activities for their third year of work on Higgins Lake. There is also mention of their recent work on Crystal Lake, where they are in the first year of activity there.