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FORRL Update - Herbicide Treatment

The treatment was done today.  If you have any questions, please contact Claire Bleser.

The Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek Watershed District is proposing to have herbicide treatment applied to areas with curly-leaf pondweed on Red Rock Lake. The herbicide used would be a low dose of Diquat and would be applied early-season; please see figure on the backside for specific targeted areas. Application of this herbicide will occur when the treatment will be optimal (low wind action and water temperature close to 50F).

The District recommends that you do not use the water from Red Rock Lake for human or animal drinking, and irrigation within 7 days of application. 

If you have any questions on these applications, please feel free to contact me at the below contact information.


Claire Bleser
District Administrator 18681 Lake Drive East Chanhassen, MN 55317
T: 952-607-6512

Dear Friends of Red Rock Lake,

Well, Spring is finally here, and given its late arrival, we have been a bit slow in sending out this spring FORRL update. We have also been working on cleaning up our member email database in an effort to make sure we are reaching all members that want to be contacted. 

Below is a list of what we have coming up this summer and a summary of other important matters the FORRL board has been discussing at recent board meetings: 

  • Spring Lake Cleanup. The Eden Prairie park cleanup day was originally postponed due to weather and occurred on the first weekend in May. Given the schedule change, we were not able to coordinate our lake cleanup day with the city this year, but the good news is that, in recent years, the lake/shore has been in terrific shape and required minimal cleanup. Accordingly, we are thinking about making this a biennial event, occurring once every two years. If anyone has any concerns about this decision to skip the cleanup this year, please let us know. 
  • 2018 Membership Dues. At a recent meeting, the FORRL board discussed dues and given the health of the association’s bank account and lack of any immediate, material funding needs, we have decided not to request annual dues from members in 2018 and for the foreseeable future. The board will re-assess on an annual basis and may request annual dues in future years, as early as 2019. 
  • Herbicide/Weed Harvesting. Similar to recent prior years, we expect the Watershed District to make a determination on whether an herbicide treatment is necessary this year, and notices will go out in the ordinary course to home owners around the lake. We will provide an update when we have any additional information. Also, we have been in preliminary contact with the City of Eden Prairie about weed harvesting this year. We received a lot of positive feedback on the service last year, and FORRL’s action to subsidize those efforts for homeowners. Again, we will provide an update when we have any additional information to pass along. 
  • Summer Rendezvous. In past years, we have scheduled in advance a number of summer rendezvous events out on the lake, but member feedback has prompted us to consider more of a “pop-up" approach for these going forward, especially given how weather dependent they are. If we see a good evening on the weather report and a few of us get inspired, we may just send out a notice via email, Facebook, website. So, be on the lookout for such events and bring your canoes, kayaks or boats and join us on the lake!
  • Summer Fishing Event. We are in the process of planning our 3rd annual Kids Fishing Contest for sometime in June. Stay tuned for additional details. 
  • New Board Members. A few of our long-standing board members recently resigned, and we need additional members for the FORRL board. Please contact one of us if you are interested. What a great way to meet your neighbors while volunteering your time to help make Red Rock Lake and the surrounding community a better place!

We will continue to email with updates and events, and we will continue to post information on Facebook and the website  And, we love to hear from our members, so if you think there is anything about the lake that needs our attention, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Thank you,

Joseph Ceithaml

Vice President (and acting President)

Happy New Year!  

Red Rock Lake timeline document posted in the documents tab - thanks to Bill Saterness

Lakeshore Do’s and Don’ts

Application information for watershed and city grant/rebate dollars for shoreline restoration

Make sure to check out the RPBCWD site for great information

The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District is full of helpful information.  Check it out at

Red Rock lake being de-listed from the MPCA Impaired waters list

The MPCA has identified Red Rock lake as one of two lakes in Minnesota to de-list from the impaired waters list.  One of our passionate board members Bill Satterness has written a document that provides the MPCA with 3 reasons Red Rock should not be de-listed.  Read more about this here.

Lakeshore regulations - Best practices

Please make sure to follow the rules and regulations regarding shoreline management as provided by the city of Eden Prairie and the watershed district.  One of the most ignored regulations is to not honor the 50’ shoreline impact zone.  Some will also refer to this area as the scenic easement zone.  Trees, shrubs and other native plants are critical components of a healthy shoreline and should not be removed unless deemed diseased or dangerous by the local authorities.  Here’s a link to the city of Eden Prairie’s water management plan.

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


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