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If you were able to attend the annual DLWA meeting on August 3rd 2019, there was a survey done asking members what are the most important tasks that should be focused upon by the association. This year focus on AIS moved up the ladder to #3 from prior year surveys out of a list of 10 tasks. The AIS focus is already taking shape and we would like to recognize Bill Cromell, Mark Smith and Donna Childers for recently becoming AIS certified inspectors. The first inspection began with Bill and Mark (pictured) this past Saturday on August 31st at the Deer Lake boat access from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This also included initial on-site training by an AIS inspector from Turtle Lake Association.


This is just the first of more inspections to be completed in the future across the watershed. If you would like to volunteer in this area, please let us know. We can advise you when the next AIS inspection class is available and the location. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated in helping DLWA in this area and we need more volunteers to carry out inspections on the DLWA lakes in the future. A special "Thank you" to Bill, Mark and Donna for taking this first step towards the prevention of AIS in DLWA lakes!


Chris Fischer

DLWA Board Member



Bill Cromell and Mark Smith DLWA AIS inspectors on Deer Lake.






DLWA Creek Runners, Beaver Dam Breakers and Nuisance Beaver Trappers

This energetic group of DLWA volunteers worked hard during Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019 to 1) clear Deer Creek of overgrown vegetation by running their boats up and down the creek; 2) break out beaver dams that backed up the flow of water on Deer, Otter, Popple and Lorraine Creeks; and 3) remove nuisance beaver throughout the Deer Lake Watershed. A volunteer appreciation event was held on July 20, 2019 to recognize these committed and hard-working DLWA volunteers who assist in keeping our watershed creeks open and flowing. Pictured (from left): Dave Nerka, Jim Kush, Skylar Jensen, Alex Jensen, Larry Blackmer, Mark Smith, Galen Vorland, Jeff Dunlap, Dan Gallagher, Jerry Pratt, Val Cromell (photographer), Denny Carlson, Rick Jensen, Bill Cromell and Dan Kehren. Volunteers not pictured: Art Lind, Chad and Corey Lovdahl, Tom Schwartz, Jeff Hansen, and Jeff Stimac.

It was a beautiful day for the annual July 4th Flotilla. There was a great turn out by members and it was a very festive event! Ice cream and root beer floats were enjoyed by all. Awards were provided in many categories and below are the happy winners with a magnificent Loon decorated pontoon. Congratulations to all and we thank you for attending.



Root Beer Floats Were Enjoyed By All!











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Deer Lake Watershed Association

P.O. Box 23   Effie MN  56639