WLA Spring ’21 Update
Your White Lake Association (WLA) has kicked off its 2021 season with an ever-increasing membership, comprehensive testing of White Lake, four new “No Wake” buoys near the channel entrance and the Narrows and a repaired, like-new dock and new life jacket loaner station at the Scenic Drive launch ramp.
We are very happy to share that our WLA membership now tops 230 riparians, along with interested locals and non-locals alike. This is up from the 144 members on the roster when your current board assumed their duties.
A fall membership mailing goes to all current and prospective WLA members and includes a re-cap of the season’s highlights and an application. For only $35/year, you can help contribute toward protecting, preserving and monitoring White Lake, as well as receive four issues of “The Michigan Riparian Magazine,” published quarterly by the Michigan Lakes & Streams Association.
WLA board members and members test White Lake regularly for clarity, dissolved oxygen, phosphorus and chlorophyll-A. This testing is spearheaded by WLA Scientific Committee Chair Chelsey Wabsis. These findings and samples are submitted to MiCorps’ Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program (CLMP), where they are analyzed, catalogued and posted each spring.
These results can be seen on the WLA website under the heading, Testing Results.
As WLA welcomes new members, the board also welcomes anyone who would like to be a part of our testing efforts. If you are interested in joining us on the pontoon boat to do sampling, contact WLA President David Hays at 231-740-0266.
The new “No Wake” buoys replaced those that were showing signs of wear and tear, due to age. The buoys were purchased with generous donations from the city of Montague, the city of Whitehall, Fruitland township and White River township. They are installed and removed seasonally with the help of Dan McCormick of South Shore Marina and Matt Dalrymple of Armstrong’s on White Lake.
The dock at the Scenic Drive launch ramp, which was severely vandalized last year, has been expertly repaired and replaced by Terry Clark and is now up and running. The signage on the life jacket loaner stand was stolen. This stand has been replaced this spring by a permanent, custom model built and donated by Shannon Popps. It is mounted in cement, and the signage also has been replaced. To discourage any future vandalism to the dock and the life jacket stand, Fruitland township has put into place enhanced security measures.
We, at WLA, hope you take full advantage of everything that our beautiful White Lake has to offer. Be safe, follow safe boating practices and wear your life jacket.
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