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Dear Friends of Red Rock Lake,

It's that time of the year again!  We cancelled our lake cleanup last year due to the ice on the lake.  Despite the cold winter though, it looks like the ice will be completely gone and it will be safe to walk along the shore and boat around the lake this year! 

Red Rock Lake Clean Up provides a wonderful opportunity to get outside and mingle with the neighbors all while we do our part to make sure our lake is in it's best shape.

You can also meet and talk with some of the board members of Friends of Red Rock Lake association (FORRL).  We would love to have you join in!

Here are the details;

When:  Saturday, April 26th

Time:   9AM

Place:  At the Public Boat Launch

Happy New Year to all of the Friends of Red Rock Lake!

2014 is going to be a great year for Red Rock.  The board members of FORRL have been working hard to get help for our troubled lake.  Presentations have been made to the city council and we have been promised more support from the City of Eden Prairie in 2014.

Stay tuned to more updates and more ideas on how us as individuals can be more responsible lake shore owners - here’s a start:

Membership Renewal

It's time to renew your membership in Friends of Red Rock Lake.  Please fill out the attached membership form and send it with your check to our Membership Director, Cindy Satterness, 8597 Red Oak Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347.  

We have secured an “Open Podium” time slot with the Eden Prairie City Council on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:30 pm to 6:55 pm to discuss the health of our lake. We would like to have as many residents as possible at the meeting to help convey that the concerns about our lake are shared by all residents. 

Here is the presentation that will be discussed - 


The objective of this meeting is to cover the following items:

Overarching Theme:  Our lake is the most vulnerable in EP 

1.      Suggesting an updated Use Attainability Analysis study

2.      Need assistance in facilitating our relationship with the watershed district

3.      Would like the City to work with us on recommendations

4.      May need assistance (financial and expertise) in implementing the solution from the City

5.      In the future, would like to partner with all EP lake associations and the City

In summary: Your attendance is requested Tuesday, November 19th from 6:30 pm to 6:55 pm, Council Chambers at City Center (8080 Mitchell Road) to support the efforts to improve the health of Red Rock Lake during the Open Podium portion of the City Council meeting.

FORRL Annual Meeting - Monday, October 28th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Eden Prairie Library. 

Members of the FORRL Board have been working hard to get the city and the watershed to pay some attention to our troubled lake.  Obviously there is no easy fix to bring Red Rock back to the way it was.  By taking the time to become a member you are making a statement to the city that you are concerned and expect something to be done.  

The FORRL Board also needs more help.  Since the association was created a few years ago, the same people have been involved.  We need some new talent to join the board.  Interested in helping - please send Bill a note or talk with any of the board members. 

It's never been more important to get involved with FORRL.  If you have joined our lake association - thanks for the support.  If you haven't please download the form (below) and mail it in.  We need all of the help we can get to clean up Red Rock.

Weed Harvesting - 2013

The Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District has pledged $14,000 and the City of Eden Prairie about $5,000 for a second year of mechanical harvesting of curly leaf pondweed.  That’s the ribbony stuff that grows thick in May and June, then dies back in July.  Harvesting can reduce the amount of organic matter in the lake, which reduces the overall amount of phosphorus.  Phosphorus contributes to the growth of lake weeds, so any reduction in its amount will benefit the lake.  Due to permit and budget restrictions, this grant can only cover roughly 20 acres, at least 150 feet from shore. 

Residents will again have the opportunity to contract with Midwest Weed Harvesting for additional harvesting of their shoreline.  The company can cut a channel directly to your shore while the equipment is on our lake.  The cost is approximately $225, and the homeowners who have done this in the past have been very satisfied with the results.

There is no permit necessary for lakeshore areas less than 2500 square feet, but for $35 you can get a DNR permit to do more than $2500 square feet.  Midwest Weed Harvesting will obtain the document for you and help you with the entire process.

Here is the link to their website.  Their phone number is 763-238-1012.  

If you wish to take advantage of individual harvesting, it would be wise for you to begin the process with Midwest Weed Harvesting in March or April 2013 because DNR paperwork may take a while to process.  Harvesting will likely happen in May.

Summer Barbecue - Sunday, July 28th

Thanks to everyone that attended the Summer party - it was a beautiful cool day!  Once again Matt Adam with his supercharged, nitro injected, bored out, custom 9.9 hp motor took First place!  Look for some pictures (thanks Tom) of the event above.


Aquatic Invasive Species:

Invasive species, says DNR commissioner Tom Landwehr, "will be the number one issue... probably for the next several decades".  Red Rock Lake already has been invaded by curlyleaf pondweed.  The lake is also threatened by Eurasian watermilfoil, common carp, "flying" Asian carp, rusty crayfish, zebra mussels, and more.  Any one of them could significantly impair the ecosystem, water quality, and everyone's enjoyment of the lake.  These invasive species are introduced by man - via boats, trailers, docks, live fish, and bait moved from other lakes and streams.  What's being done to stop AIS?

On April 17 the Eden Prairie City Council approved an AIS prevention plan including three kinds of action:
1. Hire a private company to provide Level One AIS inspectors during busy times at the city's boat ramps.  Most of this money will come from a grant to the city by the watershed district. Lake Riley will receive more hours because it is believed to experience the most traffic (particularly from large boats which may come directly from Lake Minnetonka or Prior Lake, which are already infested with zebra mussels).  Red Rock Lake, Mitchell Lake, Round Lake, and Staring Lake will be visited less often.  The inspectors are empowered to examine boats and trailers, and educate about risks and decontamination methods (power wash with steam or let it dry for a week or more).  They do not have enforcement authority, but can call the police or DNR for support.
2. Hire a summer intern to provide supplemental inspections and coordinate the city's AIS and weed harvesting programs.
3. Install new signs at the boat ramps to remind users of the risks and their responsibilities to prevent spreading any invasive species.  

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