Lake Manitou Updates

Thank you neighbors for voting in the elections for the board of Directors! Vice President – Patti Sidebottom. Treasurer – Linda Baldwin. Directors: Roy Thelen and Eric Lemieux. At the Annual membership meeting Christine Hartges was appointed to the Board in place of Brian Felton who had to bow out due to his strenuous work schedule.

Water play in the lake is great fun for the young and old. Please be mindful to swim near shore or near your watercraft as boat and jet ski operators may not see someone swimming alone in open water. Know your swimming ability and consider wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) as tragically, many years ago a 17 year old, Barry Swarthout drown in the lake. Children should always have vigilant adult supervision.

Watercraft safety continues to be a serious concern expressed by many residents around the lake. In a lake of our size, nothing goes unnoticed such as watercraft operation without a spotter while pulling a tube or skier, jet skier’s without a floatation vest, going too far to the left when passing between each side of the lake and too many occupants on one jet ski. Others are not following the simple ski and tubing patterns that were set up many years ago for safe watercraft operation and for our neighbors shoreline preservation. The concerns are being addressed by a courtesy contact reminder. Two additional buoys have been placed between the east and west sides of the lake as a reminder to navigate to the right. The buoys have been graciously donated to us by Larry and Lori Edington.

The strength of our Lake Manitou Association relies on all of us voluntarily abiding by the simple By-Laws, restrictions and rules that have been in place for many years. There is no exception that allows us to pick and choose which we subscribe to or not, as we all have a vested interest in staying within the frame work, for the respect of neighbors and the Association, whether it is front yard signs, allowing non residents on to the lake or accumulation of debris around properties. It is up to each of us to do our share in preserving the integrity of our Association. The By-Laws are on our website, At the home page click on ASSOCIATION, then By-Laws. Questions should be directed to board members.

July 6th, 2019 was another family fun filled day concluding with a perfect evening for our fireworks. The Ace Pyrotechnic team lead by Jon Nash, of Nash Nursery, Laingsburg pulled off another fantastic display. Many households had large gatherings between July 4th and July 6th. Our financial goal for the fireworks display was $6,500, but due to lagging funds, it was readjusted to $5,750.00. As of August 10th we have received $3,555.00.

Lake Manitou water algae have been increasing in concentration since August 2, 2019 and has been in a condition of “algae bloom” since mid June. On August 14, 2019 algae samples were collected and expedited to Phycotec Inc., an environmental consultant that specializes in algae analyses, as it is important to understand whether or not there are blue green algae producing harmful cyanobacteria. A water algae sample was collected in the Lake Manitou Waugh rd. channel and another from the northwest corner of the lake. Test results from this date indicate no toxic cyanobacteria. Lake water has been tested for cyanobacteria in 2018, 2017 and 2015. All test results have been well below the World Health Organization bench mark of harmful. Non-the-less, it is advisable for humans and pets to stay out of heavy surface concentrations that migrate to lake shores due to prevailing wind direction. Lake water chemical algae treatments will have only minimal and temporary effects due to the biovolume of reproducing algae.

Lake Manitou water quality continues to be negatively influenced by the Hardy Jennings drain water. Up stream of Lake Manitou in the area of Garrison and Morrice roads, water test results from August 14, 2019 indicate continuing excessive levels of E. coli. 14,000, 1,700 and 2,000 colony forming units, (cfu). (Public beaches are closed to human contact at 300 cfu.) In that same area and date, total phosphorus (fertilizer) tests were 560 ppb and 100 ppb. (50 ppb is considered high.) Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), and the Shiawassee County Health Department have been notified of these hazardous conditions.

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