Loon Lake LMD Passes with 87.7% Approval

By Lee Evans LMD Chairman

Thank you to the Loon Lake community for the passage of our new Lake Management District. There are still several steps Stevens County commissioners will need to go forward with, but the approval by the Loon Lake residents was a very important first step.

On August 13 2018, the Stevens County Commissioners held a public forum at the New Loon Lake Fire Station to determine the interest in a new five year Loon Lake “Lake Management District” for the control of Eurasian Milfoil and any other state-listed aquatic and/or riparian noxious weeds in Loon Lake. Following a 3 to 0 vote by commissioners to go forward with a public vote, ballots were mailed in late August with a voter return date of September 19. Ballots were counted on September 25 and found to be overwhelmingly in favor (87.7%) of creating a new five year LMD. At that time, the Board of County Commissioners of Stevens County, Washington adopted Ordinance 2018-05 creating Lake Management District 1-2018. A public hearing was then held on Monday October 22 at the commissioner’s office in Colville to consider written objections to correct, revise, lower, change or modify the proposed special assessment roll.

Your Loon Lake advisory board members ⸺ Barry Smith (Granite Point), Jim Nimnicht (Larson Beach), Dennis Drinkard (Silver Beach), Daryl Howe (Carlson Bay) and Lee Evans (North Shore) — were busy during the summer season following the steps of our Washington State Department of Ecology water quality grant to determine effective scientific methods of treating the newly discovered hybrid milfoil in Loon Lake.

Last fall, as required by the DOE grant, our advisory board volunteers assisted Aquatechnex by gathering many dozens of milfoil plants that were sent to North Carolina State University for growing and testing. The next step in the process was a chemical exposure to the newly grown plant to determine what type of chemical will work best on our hybrid milfoil and in our lake environment. The results found two chemicals to be successful in killing the Loon Lake milfoil plants. The two effective aquatic chemicals are ProcellaCOR EC and triclopyr (Renovate 3). The final step of our DOE water grant requirements will be a lake application of one of these chemicals to our milfoil plants in early June 2019 and to report results and conclusions prior to the June 30 2019 grant expiration.

The newly appointed 11 person advisory committee will hold its first LMD meeting for the 2019 season in March. The committee will meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Old Schoolhouse (March through October). Meetings are open to the public. We encourage your participation and involvement in this important process.

Thank you again for your continued support.