Posted on August 31st, 2020
Four Key Elements from the EPA:
- Inspect and Pump Frequently
- Use Water Efficiently
- Properly Dispose of Waste
- Maintain Your Drainfield
Link to the EPA: SepticSmart Homeowners
Link to: Home Owner’s Septic Care Guide from the Health Dept. of NW Michigan
Septic Maintenance from watershedcouncil.org:
- Have your septic pumped every 3-5 years.
- Do not use chemical products that claim to be a substitute for maintenance pumping.
- For optimal performance, minimize your use of household chemicals and cleaners.
- Avoid putting grease, hair, cigarette butts, facial tissues, feminine hygiene supplies, band aids, paints, solvents, or any other household wastes containing hazardous, toxic, or non-biodegradable materials down the drain and toilet.
- Never build, pave, or drive over a drain field or septic tank.
- Watch for woody vegetation growing on or near the drain field. Deep roots can cause damage.
- Runoff from your lawn, driveway, roof, and other hard surfaces should be directed away from your drain field.
- Do not apply fertilizer around a drain field.
- In shoreline areas, plant or retain a natural strip of vegetation along the water’s edge. The deep roots of native plants intercept and utilize nutrients found in shallow groundwater contaminated with septic system leachate that migrates toward the lake.
- Conserve water.
Link to Watershed Council: Septic Systems
Posted on August 31st, 2020
A Swimmer’s Itch Task Force formed June 2020. The mission is to reduce the incidences of Swimmer’s Itch (SI) in Douglas Lake through a program that must continue every year. Volunteers would be essential for the program’s success.
7/14/2020 Swimmer’s Itch: Next Steps – (from 7/14/2020 eNews)
The Swimmer’s Itch Task Force, chaired by Kim and Ed Grant, submitted its Report describing the occurrence, severity and suspected parasitic sites resulting in swimmer’s itch on Douglas Lake this summer. The report included background information, previous studies of the problem, options to address the problem, and the experience of other inland lakes with swimmer’s itch problems. The first recommendation requested DLIA to fund an initial swimmer’s itch assessment of Douglas Lake.
At the DLIA Executive Board meeting on July 9, 2020, the Board approved $1500 to fund a proposal from Swimmer’s Itch (SI) Solutions, LLC to conduct the needs assessment. Field work on the project will take place in July-August. The study will document the swimmer’s itch lifecycle present on the lake, including presence of the swimmer’s itch parasite and evidence that the Common Merganser is the host associated with the parasite’s lifecycle on the lake. This will involve collection of snails around the lake and examination of the snails to determine if they carry the swimmer’s itch parasite. Parasites found in the snails will provide an accurate species assessment of swimmer’s itch parasites in Douglas Lake. A bird survey will also be conducted to determine how many merganser broods are present on Douglas Lake.
SI Solutions’ report should be submitted in mid-September and the Board will be meeting with the Task Force Chairs to discuss the report, possible next steps, the financial requirements for these next steps and logistics of permitting requirements (from DNR) for relocation of mergansers if that is the appropriate next step.
For now, unfortunately, Douglas Lake residents, their families and guests must continue to use all preventive measures to avoid swimmer’s itch and take advantage of those remedies that provide some relief from the nasty rash.
Submitted by the DLIA President Mary Ellen Sheridan
6/24/2020 Swimmers Itch Task Force Seeks Information
(from 6/24/20 eNews)
Summer 2020 is starting off to be a very bad year for swimmers itch. Some years this irritating and painful rash (from parasite) isn’t much of a problem; other years, it’s prevalent. 2020 is not a good year. A new DLIA Task Force co-chaired by Kim and Ed Grant has been formed to identify and evaluate cost options for mitigating the problem of Swimmers Itch at Douglas Lake. As a first step, Kim is “fact finding.”
Brief DLIA History of SI:
Swimmer’s Itch has been bothering humans around the world for as long as humans have been around. In 2008 and 2009, DLIA SI Task Force participated in the planning of a hopeful program to reduce the itch. The cost was prohibitive at over $50,000.
The Michigan Swimmer’s Itch Partnership (MSIP) formed in 2014 working with various entities for funding and solutions. In late 2018, a few staff members from the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council became part of MSIP.
All along DLIA has stayed informed, attending conferences, and sharing resources about treatment with the Lake community. In recent years, some Michigan lakes have seen SI incidences reduced through an annual merganser relocation program.
A new DLIA Task Force was formed in June 2020 with hopes of reducing the incidences of SI on DL by 2022. If the proposed program is a fit for Douglas Lake and the DLIA Executive Board approves the funding, annual volunteers will be essential for success. It is also important to recognize that Swimmer’s Itch is not attributable solely to mergansers. Other waterfowl and even mammals can be conduits for snails which host the parasite that causes Swimmer’s Itch.
Posted on November 11th, 2017
Nearby Recycle Drop-Off Sites
All are Open 24/7 except for the Emmet County Drop-Off Center
- City of Cheboygan – County Building, 870 S Main St
- Indian River On Martha Street, off Straits Highway
- West Burt Township Transfer Station – Indian Rd.
- Mackinaw City: Behind the High School and baseball diamond at the Public Works Yard
- Pellston: At the corner of State St. and Zipf (down the road from the school)
- Robinson Road: from Jurek’s Market at the Pleasantview Road jog
- Alanson Area: Off Milton Avenue in the Village Public Works Yard
The Emmet County Drop-Off Center is the county “flagship” drop site with areas to accept …
Paper, Boxes and Bags • Mixed Containers
32 additional recyclable materials not accepted at the other sites
Yard Waste for composting • Garbage to be landfilled
It is open 8-4 weekdays and 8-3 Saturdays. Closed Sundays and major holidays.
For more information and locations see their websites:
Posted on April 21st, 2017
50 Years of the Douglas Lake Improvement Association was published in 2018, and distributed to DLIA members the winter of 2019.
The commemorative booklet celebrates the history and accomplishments of the Douglas Lake Improvement Association from 1967-2017; the first 50 years.
Member responses have been …
“Outstanding” “Wonderful” “I’m thrilled with the booklet.”
Please see the Merchandise page if you’d like to order additional copies of the booklet.
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CELEBRATE ♥ Loving Life on Douglas Lake ♥
The Celebration was held at Maple River Pub 8/6/2017. It was a wonderful afternoon full of delicious food, lots of history, and hearty laughs. Thank you to all who were able to attend for making our 50th Anniversary Celebration so special !
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Time: Door opens at Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Maple River Pub
♥ GOOD FOOD ♥ CASH BAR ♥ PARTY FAVORS ♥
$35 per person includes delicious appetizers, hearty buffet lunch, non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, display of photos and a fabulous program.
$15 for children 12 and under.
Arrive at Noon. Agenda: Check-in, hors d’oeuvres, buffet lunch, program, dessert. A full afternoon to remember !!! Read more of 50th Anniversary commemorative booklet now available »