MISSION:  Promote and Strive to continually upgrade the quality of conservation and creation of Hudson Lake, Indiana.


PURPOSE:  This Nonprofit Corporation is formed for the betterment and preservation of Hudson Lake. This commitment is to include but not be limited to upgrade: its water quality and level, its shoreline, its bottom (sediment, algae, aquatic macrophytes), and other conservation and recreational needs of Hudson Lake. All of which will be done with the proper and required permitting from the United States Army (Corp of Engineers), State of Indiana and County of LaPorte required agencies.

Season 2015-2016

Annual Membership fees $25

Due date: On or before May 31, 2015


Make  payment payable to;

HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION


Mail to;

Bill Companik, HLCA President

7365 E. Hudson Point Lane

New Carlisle, IN  46552


Questions:

billc@core.com

or call 574-654-3066


Membership Fees

HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
2015-Spring Progress Report



HLCA   Hudson Lake Conservation Assoc.        AWC     Aquatic Weed Control
IDNR    Ind. Dept. of Natural Resources.             AVMP   Aquatic Vegetation Mgmt. Plan.
LARE   Lake And River Enhancement.                EWM    Eurasian Water-Milfoil.


Hello Everyone  –  who enjoys Hudson Lake, 

Our lake continues to be well oxygenated for our fish and wildlife.   It also remains clean and clear for us to swim, boat, etc.   Protecting our lake’s 20 species of aquatic good plants is how we preserve this great environment. 

Managing the exotic (bad) plants is how we protect our lake.   EWM is the one exotic in our lake that is very invasive, populating rapidly.   It is very aggressive in taking over a lake, choking out all our good plants.   Fish then would not be able to find adequate food and would even find it difficult to swim.   We would not be able to swim in a EWM infested lake, nor would boats get around very well. 

Infestation of exotic plants does happen to lakes, when the lakes are not controlled.   To recover an exotic infested lake, all the plants in the lake have to be destroyed just to get rid of the exotics.   The recovery process takes years and is very expensive.   Also, the fish and wildlife are reduced extensively. 

We manage the exotic plants in our lake every year by obtaining an IDNR-LARE Grant to hire an approved contractor to map all of our lake’s aquatic plants.   He identifies:  each plant, each of their multiple locations, their depth and their number of acres that exist at each location.   With all this new data, he then updates our AVMP Document.

 The contractor also uses the new mapping information to analyze where each bed of EWM exists and the size of each bed.   Then, he treats each bed of EWM with herbicide to extinguish it to the extent possible.

 Here is HLCA’s 2015 schedule that shows what we completed and what we plan next:

 2015

Jan.        - We applied for LARE grant funds to manage the aquatic plants in our lake.

Apr.       - Obtained a $12,200 grant  –  LARE to pay 80% and HLCA to pay 20%

                - Applied and obtained a LARE permit to herbicide all beds of the EWM plant.

                - Sent out bid requests to IDNR approved contractors to complete our projects.

                - Selected Jim Donahoe of AWC to complete our projects.

                - Develop and distribute our 2015 Spring Progress Report.

 May – December

                - During the summer, AWC will successfully complete Hudson Lake Projects:

                                -  Map all the aquatic plant beds in our lake.

                                -  Identify and herbicide all existing EWM beds.

                                -  After 2 weeks, re-map the lake to ensure EWM is under control.

Note:  EWM cannot be eliminated  –  however, it can be controlled.


                                 -  Develop Hudson Lake 2015 AVMP Update and submit for IDNR approval.

                                -  Conduct an HLCA meeting to inform all of us who enjoy Hudson Lake regarding the above information, including the final results.

                                -  Publish the approved 2015 AVMP Update by March, 2016.
 

Finally, it is important for you to realize that our HLCA can only maintain the great condition of our lake, now and into the future, by receiving your continued support.   Our portion (20%) of the LARE Grant is paid out of our treasury that are the fees that you provide.   Our membership fees are only $25 a year.   These fees are now due for the fiscal year June 1, 2015  –  May 31, 2016.   Everyone is asked to help.  

Please make your $25 per year check out to: Hudson Lake Conservation Association, and mail it to my address below.

Thank you for your support.   When your fee is received, I will ensure that you are on our HLCA membership roster and that your payment is recorded.  

 Please do e-mail or call me, if you have any questions or comments.

 
 Bill

 
William Companik, President
7365 E. Hudson Pointe Lane
New Carlisle, IN 46552
574-654-3066
billc@core.com




 


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Established January 2005