Red Rock Lake pictures
Welcome to 2015!
Letter to the editor - Eden Prairie News - Great job Charlie!
Eden Prairie’s lakes are neglected. It seems like it’s been the white elephant in our city for several years now. Living on Red Rock Lake we have seen our own little fishing hole wiped clean multiple times by failures in the aeration systems, suffocating a good majority of every fish larger than 10 inches, but that’s a story for a different time.
The long-term problem facing not only Red Rock, but also all of the lakes and creeks in Eden Prairie, including Staring, Mitchell, Bryant, Riley, Anderson, McCoy and Duck Lake is clear-cutting. Over the years we’ve all seen what increased phosphorus levels bring to our lakes and creeks. With fertilizer being drained into our lakes, it isn’t any wonder that they’re choked with algae and thick mats of weeds, the trick is that people seem unwilling to take small steps to make a big difference in what they contribute to their runoff.
For those who live on a lake or any water body, clear-cutting your property straight up to the shoreline – the most pleasing for those seeking a view – should always be avoided. Water running off your lawn will be unhindered in its flow to the water, along with all of the chemicals and sediments in it. Simple actions can be taken to make a big difference. Planting along your shoreline strategically to decrease erosion and runoff will help, as will using less fertilizer and encouraging your neighbors to do the same. Many people forget that their little pond or creek running through their backyard goes anywhere, but the truth is that a majority of the lakes in Eden Prairie are connected.
Everyone around the city can be taking small, simple steps toward healthier water and lakes in our community that will cause a ripple effect on the surrounding watersheds. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our progeny can enjoy the same benefits of Eden Prairies great lakes, creeks and rivers.
Charlie Regan, 17
FORRL Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at the Eden Prairie Library - 7pm.
Red Rock Fish Stocking
On May 9th, 200 small sunfish and 200 small bass were added to the fish polulation in Red Rock. Thanks to all of our members that have contributed to the association. FORRL will continue to work with the DNR, City of EP and the watershed to make sure the aeration system is operating properly. Please practice catch and release fishing for a few years to give our fishery a chance to mature again.
Herbicide Treatment - applied Wednesday May 29th
The RPBCWD has applied herbicide to about 13 acres of Red Rock. They are targeting curly-leaf pondweed. They recommend not using the water for watering for at least 7 days from the time of application. If you are irrigating using lake water - make sure to turn off your system. Go to the documents page to read the notice from the watershed along with the treatment area diagram. Thanks to the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed for making this happen!
Thanks to all of the FORRL members that joined us and participated in the lake wide cleanup on Saturday, April 18th. The pile of stuff pulled from the lake is pretty impressive.
The watershed district and City of Eden Prairie will be implementing both mechanical harvesting and herbicide treatments in Red Rock this year. The plan is still being finalized, watch for more information. As well as lake wide harvesting - lakeshore owners can also participate in private harvesting. FORRL has decided to offer each private owner a $50 incentive to participate in private/lake shore harvesting. More details to follow.
FORRL is working with the DNR to stock some additional fish in the lake. The fish kill in 2014 was classified as a “total kill” and really wiped out the fish population.
Dock sections found - please check out the “Dock Sections” tab if you are missing a dock section or two.
The DNR has stated that Red Rock Lake had “winterkill” again for 2014. Very few fish have been spotted in the water this Spring. 20 prespawn sunfish and bass have been stocked. Likely cause of the winterkill was the late installation of the aerator. The dissolved oxygen level was already below the acceptable “low” level when the city installed the aerator - January 29th.
Thanks to all that participated in the lake cleanup! On a cold windy morning we found lots of stuff in the lake including a tire, balls, old dock pieces and many beer and soda cans. Take a few minutes and cleanup your shoreline. Pull any floating debris out of the water and check the shallow water for any junk - thanks.
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:
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.
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.