Along with that come the complaints and the question, “What are you going to do about it?” said Spring Lake Township Supervisor John Nash, who is also the chairman of the Spring Lake Lake Board.
“I watched a neighbor work all day (Monday) raking his waterfront,” Nash said. “We rake it out and put it in our own yard, too.”
So, when someone questions him about the extra greenery in the lake, Nash said he throws the question right back at them: “It’s not a swimming pool. It’s a slow flowing, very shallow lake,” he said.
Because of the cool spring, the weed and algae growth was slowed and Spring Lake remained clear, according to Nash. Now, with the warmer air, the lake becomes warmer, and the weeds and algae like that. Add the higher water levels pulling the brownish tannin out of the marsh areas and you get a murkier lake.
Nash said there’s no truth to the rumors that lake treatments were stopped because of the possible chemical effect on endangered creatures in the lake.
This year’s first treatment was done prior to Memorial Day, and the second treatment – of a larger area – was done prior to the Fourth of July, he said. Another treatment is planned for next week.
“In fact, the water specialist is out on the lake this morning,” Nash said Tuesday.
The specialist from the Progressive AE engineering firm travels around Spring Lake and the bayous checking for problem areas.
GPS locations are set for the treating company, which is not allowed to do more than a third of the lake at any one time, Nash said. The township supervisor said the area of the lake in front of his home was not treated for three years in a row.
A crew on a fan boat will do the treatment – weather permitting.
“We don’t like to treat when it’s raining or real windy,” Nash said.
The water specialist will return to the designated areas to make sure the treatment was effective. If not, the crew will retreat the area.
Nash said that it is important for lakeside residents to seriously consider what they put on their lawns, because fertilizer only promotes growth of the weeds once it runs off into the lake.
It’s also important that residents don’t try to do their own chemical treatments.
“If the DNR caught anybody, they would probably revoke our permit to treat the lake,” Nash said. “And you think people are upset now …”
Nash encourages people take a “buyer beware” stance when considering the purchase of a home at the back of a bayou or manmade channel that gets little to no movement. That’s where the algae and weeds will grow and accumulate, he said.
“It’s a nasty problem that nobody likes,” Nash said. “But you’re dealing with Mother Nature.”