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Welcome to 2015!

FORRL Members:

Annual FORRL Party will be held at the David’s home (8583 Red Oak Drive) on Sunday, September 20th - 3pm till whenever.  FORRL will provide hot dogs and hamburgers.  Please bring something to share.

FORRL Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at the Eden Prairie Library - 7pm.

Update on weed harvesting - June 18th:

Weed survey done by the City of Eden Prairie showed very little curly leaf pondweed the invasive plant in Red Rock.  Because of this, harvesting will not occur in June.  Another plant survey will be done soon and the city will notify us of the results.  If enough curly leaf or coontail is found, harvesting will be done.

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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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.


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