Established January 2005

HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

2016 Fall Report

HLCA           Hudson Lake Conservation Association

IDNR            Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

LARE           IDNR’s  Lake And River Enhancement  program

AVMP           Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan

EWM            Eurasian Water Milfoil (one of the exotic water/aquatic plants)

 

Hello Hudson Lake Community, 

The 2016 services that have been accomplished are listed here to keep you informed of how our lake is kept healthy each year.   This means keeping it clean of contaminants, clear of algae or murky waters and to ensure the lake is well oxygenated for our fish and wildlife.   Of course, it also means to ensure it remains in great shape for all of our many recreational activities, plus simply for our total enjoyment.

January
Developed and submitted an application for a $28,000 LARE grant to manage the exotic water plants in our lake that are extremely destructive to our lake being healthy.

March
1. Successfully obtained the full gran for $28,000.
2. Requests bids from 3 LARE certified contractors to complete 2 Projects:

Develop the 2016 update to our HLCA AVMP  –  includes surveying and mapping all the water plants in our lake, posting the size of each bed at each of their various locations.

Herbicide the exotic water plants within all the beds where they were located.

3.  HLCA hired Jim Donahoe, owner of Aquatic Weed Control (AWC), to complete both of our 2 above projects. HLCA applied for and obtained an IDNR Aquatic Vegetation Control Permit.

 May
1. AWC surveyed and mapped all existing plants in Hudson Lake.
2. All locations of EWM were herbicide - 14.2 acres at a total cost of $3,735.

Note  –  Additional to these LARE grant services, but very closely related  –  HLCA met with the La Porte County Drainage Board to ensure that the lake drain would be kept closed until roads or septic systems became endangered.   This is to preserve the higher water level for the well-being of all the good water plants that keep our lake healthy.

June
AWC re-surveyed all the EWM beds and found about 6 acres were regenerated.

July
AWC re-herbicide 6.14 acres of EWM at an additional cost of $1,610.

October    
Later on, AWC will complete our HLCA AVMP Update and conduct a membership meeting to inform everyone regarding the kind of water plants in our lake and any other considerations we should be aware of.   The presentation is comprehensive with great explanations for the questions that you may have. The total cost for the AVMP Update, including the actual surveying and mapping effort, is expected to be approximately $4,100.

As you would guess, many  sub-project efforts go on behind all the above scenes.   However, the above gives you the overall flow of the on-going services.

In addition to the above, our HLCA Spring Fling held on April 30th for our Hudson Lake Community was a lot of fun for all, but it was in a different dimension.   Its purpose was to raise funds to be added to our annual membership fees in order to ensure that our treasury was capable of paying our 20% portion of the LARE grants.   We probably will need to consider doing a fundraiser every year.   It does take a lot of effort, but it did do the job for us.

In conclusion, I must ask each of you to encourage your friends and neighbors to join and remain active members of our HLCA.   It only cost $25 per household from everyone who has an interest in our lake  –  our Hudson Lake Community.   Why would not everyone want to keep our lake healthy!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.   Thank you very much for your loyalty.


Bill

William A. Companik, President
Hudson Lake Conservation Association
7365 E. Hudson Pointe Lane
New Carlisle,  IN  46552
billc@core.com


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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
May 20, 2016

 

Hello Everyone, 

            Our HLCA Annual Membership Fees of only $25 per household per year have become critical over the last several years.   We obtain a grant from our Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) each year to keep our lake healthy. 

            Healthy means clean of contaminants, clear of algae and murky substances and entirely oxygenated for our fish & wildlife.   Maintaining our lake’s health also provides us with all our recreational fun and games, as well as one of the finest and most beautiful lakes in our State of Indiana. 

            Unfortunately, we have to pay 20% of the grant funds.   Our 2016 grant total comes to about $30,000, making our 20% portion about $6,000.   That is why every member in our Hudson Lake Community should be a member of our HLCA and pay their $25 Annual Membership Fee. 

            This spring we did hold a Spring Fling fundraiser.   The funds raised was $4,800 and, including our 2016 membership fees, we will be able to keep from going under.   However, to be safe, we do need everyone to join our Hudson Lake Association and to keep their membership active by paying the $25 fee per household each year. 

            Our fiscal year starts on June 1 each year and ends on May 31 of the next year.   We are about to end our 2015 fiscal year,  June 1, 2015  –  May 31, 2016,  and begin our 2016 fiscal year, in 2 weeks.   So, please write your $25 check out to:  Hudson Lake Conservation Assoc.   Mail it to my address below.   It would be greatly appreciated if you could do it right now. 

            If you already paid your upcoming fee, due this May 31st, thank you very much for being an active supporter for maintaining the health of our lake.   Also, all members who have become inactive, please re-activate your membership by paying your 2016 fee.

            Our Hudson Lake Community will continue our mission, as long as we have the funds to obtain our IDNR grants. 

Thank you everyone for your HLCA ongoing support!

Bill

William A. Companik, President
Hudson Lake Conservation Association
7365 E. Hudson Pointe Lane
New Carlisle,  IN  46552
billc@core.com


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HUDSON LAKE RELIEF DRAIN MEETING

May 4, 2016

Dear Hudson Lake Community:

A public meeting is scheduled for May 9th at 2:00 PM at the La Porte County Complex, to re-address the opening and closing of our Hudson Lake relief drain.

As many of you know, this year's water level has been returned to its customary spring levels as a result of a Drainage Board Policy decision last July.   That policy provides for an approximate 9-12 inch surplus in the spring that carries a reasonable water level through the fall, and maintains the recreational usefulness of the lake for everyone.

This traditional spring surplus does not impair the roads, septic systems, or other structures that were built according to our lake's legal level of 763.09 feet above sea level, as authorized by our State Of Indiana.
 
Our Hudson Lake Conservation Association (HLCA) has been informed that the same complaining party that built a structure and subsequently installed a basement adjacent to the lake itself (on county property) is again insisting on opening the outlet to drain our precious spring surplus.
 
The HLCA strongly opposes such a self-serving complaint and encourages all of our concerned lake community members to attend the meeting in order to protect our most valuable resource, the entire lake.   The board is heavily influenced by strong community attendance support.   This will help us to counter-balance the influence of legal counsel that the complaining party has hired to argue against our greater community's preferences and established policy.

 Please share this information with as many interested people you know, and join us at the 2:00 PM meeting on May 9th at the La Porte County Complex, the building behind the County Court House.

 
Bill

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


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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Annual Status Meeting - Please Join Us on October 3, 2015



Dear Members of our Lake Association, 

Our annual meeting to review the current conditions of our lake will be held on October 3, 2015, (Saturday) in the New Carlisle Library at 12:00 Noon  E.T.  /  11:00 AM  C.T.   Jim Donahoe, Owner of Aquatic Weed Control, will be presenting the most up-to-date conditions of Hudson Lake.    

This is a prime opportunity for each of us to fully appreciate the quality of our lake.   We do take good care of it   As a result, our lake is clear, clean and well oxygenated for its fish and wildlife, plus for our own recreational use.   We have one of the best and most beautiful lakes in the State of Indiana.   Let us continue take care of it. 

You may, of course, ask any questions or offer any comments.   Plan on the meeting lasting 1 ½ hours.   Hope to see you there. 

Reminder:  Our current fiscal year’s (2015/2016) membership fee, of only $25, was due on June 1st.    If you have not paid and wish to do so, please send your check to my  address below.     

Thanks to all of you for your continued support.

 Bill

 William A. Companik, President
Hudson Lake Conservation Association
7365 E. Hudson Pointe Lane
New Carlisle, IN  46552

574-654-3066
billc@core.com 


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 HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
Annual Status Meeting - Please Join Us on October 3, 2015



Dear Members of our Lake Association, 

Our annual meeting to review the current conditions of our lake will be held on October 3, 2015, (Saturday) in the New Carlisle Library at 12:00 Noon  E.T.  /  11:00 AM  C.T.   Jim Donahoe, Owner of Aquatic Weed Control, will be presenting the most up-to-date conditions of Hudson Lake.    

This is a prime opportunity for each of us to fully appreciate the quality of our lake.   We do take good care of it   As a result, our lake is clear, clean and well oxygenated for its fish and wildlife, plus for our own recreational use.   We have one of the best and most beautiful lakes in the State of Indiana.   Let us continue take care of it. 

You may, of course, ask any questions or offer any comments.   Plan on the meeting lasting 1 ½ hours.   Hope to see you there. 

Reminder:  Our current fiscal year’s (2015/2016) membership fee, of only $25, was due on June 1st.    If you have not paid and wish to do so, please send your check to my  address below.     

Thanks to all of you for your continued support.

 Bill

 William A. Companik, President
Hudson Lake Conservation Association
7365 E. Hudson Pointe Lane
New Carlisle, IN  46552

574-654-3066
billc@core.com

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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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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
2015-January State Report


Hello Everyone,

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.

 Being early January, it is a bit cold outside, but it is also a good time to summarize the HLCA accomplishments put into our lake over the past year.   Here is that summary:

Jan. – HLCA Applies for an IDNR-LARE grant to manage the aquatic plants in our lake.
 
Apr. – HLCA obtains a $8,400 grant, LARE to pay 80% and HLCA to pay 20%, and sends out bid requests to firms specializing in AVMPs
and Herbicide Treatments.

        – HLCA sends to all members the “HLCA 2014 Spring Status Report”.
 
May – After evaluating all the returned bids, HLCA hires AWC to update our AVMP and to herbicide any plants in our lake that
are dangerous and invasive.

– AWC surveys all the plants in our lake, including their locations and quantities, plus updates all pertinent information within our AVMP.

      – HLCA applies and obtains a LARE permit to herbicide all beds of the EWM plant.

Note:  EWM, being a very invasive aquatic plant species, would kill off all the good plants that keep our lake clean, clear and oxygenated.  
EWM would take over our lake in just a few years.

        – HLCA announces that $25 annual membership fees are due for the 2014 fiscal year starting June 1st thru May 31st, 2015.  
All members are asked to help.

Jun. – AWC treats all beds of the dangerous and invasive EWM plant with herbicide, totaling16.2 acres.

        – AWC’s $4,480 invoice is reformatted and submitted for LARE to pay 80%.

 Jul.  – After LARE transfers $3,584 into our HLCA treasury account, we send AWC a check for $4,480, including HLCA 20%.

        – AWC re-surveys lake to record any EWM that was not destroyed.

 Sep. – AWC presents the current updates of HLCA’s AVMP at the HLCA annual membership meeting.

 Nov. – AWC submits a draft of the AVMP to IDNR for comments and to obtain approval.

 During January, 2015, AWC is to provide HLCA an initial copy of the application for a 2015 LARE grant.   During March, AWC is also to provide the final AVMP hardcopy updates and AWC’s final 2014 invoice.

 HLCA was certified as a Non-profit Business Organization by the State of Indiana in January, 2005.   We were then awarded our first grant in 2006.   Thank you very much for your support over the past 10 years.   Our lake is one of the cleanest and all-around finest lakes in the state of Indiana.

 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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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
2015-January State Report


Hello Everyone,

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.

 Being early January, it is a bit cold outside, but it is also a good time to summarize the HLCA accomplishments put into our lake over the past year.   Here is that summary:

Jan. – HLCA Applies for an IDNR-LARE grant to manage the aquatic plants in our lake.
 
Apr. – HLCA obtains a $8,400 grant, LARE to pay 80% and HLCA to pay 20%, and sends out bid requests to firms specializing in AVMPs
and Herbicide Treatments.

        – HLCA sends to all members the “HLCA 2014 Spring Status Report”.
 
May – After evaluating all the returned bids, HLCA hires AWC to update our AVMP and to herbicide any plants in our lake that
are dangerous and invasive.

– AWC surveys all the plants in our lake, including their locations and quantities, plus updates all pertinent information within our AVMP.

      – HLCA applies and obtains a LARE permit to herbicide all beds of the EWM plant.

Note:  EWM, being a very invasive aquatic plant species, would kill off all the good plants that keep our lake clean, clear and oxygenated.  
EWM would take over our lake in just a few years.

        – HLCA announces that $25 annual membership fees are due for the 2014 fiscal year starting June 1st thru May 31st, 2015.  
All members are asked to help.

Jun. – AWC treats all beds of the dangerous and invasive EWM plant with herbicide, totaling16.2 acres.

        – AWC’s $4,480 invoice is reformatted and submitted for LARE to pay 80%.

 Jul.  – After LARE transfers $3,584 into our HLCA treasury account, we send AWC a check for $4,480, including HLCA 20%.

        – AWC re-surveys lake to record any EWM that was not destroyed.

 Sep. – AWC presents the current updates of HLCA’s AVMP at the HLCA annual membership meeting.

 Nov. – AWC submits a draft of the AVMP to IDNR for comments and to obtain approval.

 During January, 2015, AWC is to provide HLCA an initial copy of the application for a 2015 LARE grant.   During March, AWC is also to provide the final AVMP hardcopy updates and AWC’s final 2014 invoice.

 HLCA was certified as a Non-profit Business Organization by the State of Indiana in January, 2005.   We were then awarded our first grant in 2006.   Thank you very much for your support over the past 10 years.   Our lake is one of the cleanest and all-around finest lakes in the state of Indiana.

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




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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
2014= May Status Report


Hello Everyone:


HLCA Hudson Lake Conservation Association
IDNR Indiana Department of Natural Resources
LARE Lake And River Enhancement

We have the following three points of interest to share today.

1. Our HLCA has been awarded a 2014 Grant for $8,400 from the IDNR LARE program that we applied for last December. Of course, we do have to pay our 20% portion of that amount, i.e. $1,680. That is why you do need to send in your annual membership fee. It is due May 31, 2014. We do have a small reserve, but we cannot run that too far down. Our 3-year waiver of fees for the years 2011-2013, did bring the reserve down. However, we must ensure that we have an adequate treasury for future needs. Let us not forget, back in 2010 and 2011, we were not awarded grants for those two years and had to pay for the full-lake mappings and selective herbicide treatments entirely from our HLCA Treasury.

2. This $25 annual membership fee is for June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015. Many of our members have already sent in their individual fee. A big thank you to each of them for helping us move the collections along. Well, now is the time for all of us to make the membership check out to the Hudson Lake Conservation Association. Then, just mail the check to my name and address below, via U.S. mail. I record the fee payments on our HLCA Roster. Then, our Treasurer, Tom Ahart, records the fees as financial records for our HLCA Income / Expense Statements, also for our taxes. Tom then deposits the checks into our HLCA Treasury.

3. On behalf of our Hudson Lake Community (plus the rest of our U.S.A.), we must teach our children, regardless of their age, not to litter. Litter like bags, bottles, cans, cups, napkins, cigarette packs, etc. along the side of any road is not attractive. Hope you agree. Summer is coming. Let us all get out there and enjoy our lake’s many recreational attractions.

Of course, its biggest attraction is that it is one of the healthiest and most beautiful lakes in the state of Indiana. Hurray for that.

Bill


 
HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
2014= January Status Report

INDR Indiana Department of Natural Resources
LARE INDR's Lake and River Enhancement Program
AVMP Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan
AQRS Aquatic Restoration Systems
AWC Aquatic Weed Control
EWM Eurasian Water-Milfoil Plant

HLCA members, your support over the years has been the heart of our success. Hudson Lake is one of the finest lakes in the State of Indiana. Our HLCA's project evaluate the various aquatic and other elements in and around our lake; and then we manage any regressions to ensure that the high quality of the lake water continues to be protected. Our lake is clean of contaminants, crystal-clear of algae and well oxygenated. Also, the lake water level is being monitored and controlled to the extent that we can. Due to the water's quality our fish and wildlife are healthy, and our Hudson Lake community is able to enjoy every recreational lake activity.


Since we must continue our efforts, as we move on, we need to re-instate our $25 annual membership fee this Jan-May, for our fiscal year 2014-2015. The fee has been waived for the last three (3) years, 2011-2013; however, our treasury balance of $5,000,oo now tells us to start donating our fees again. Please make your check out to: HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION and mail it to my address below. Checks should be mailed as soon as you can, but must be in by May 31, 2014 - start of fiscal year. Being early does save us a lot of effort.


Our HLCA 2013 Status Reports, in June and September, explained that we did obtain a IDNR-LARE Grant for $11,920 and hired contractors to continue development of our Hudson Lake AVMP. These projects were successfully accomplished.

They are briefly stated here:

June - AQRS surveyed our lake for exotic plants, developing data on their location and acreage.

July - AWC applied herbicide treatments to 7.6 acres of EWN, spread around our "Big" and "Little" Hudson in eleven (11) different locations.

August - AQRS surveyed to locate any remaining bed of EWM.

October - AQRS developed EWM Map and attended IDNR Permit Meeting

January - AQRS developed our updated AVMP and presented it at our HLCA Public Meeting.


Note: The total cost of each project was shared as follows: LARE paid 80% and HLCA paid 20% When we apply for a LARE Grant in January every year, it is difficult to estimate the amount of funding we will need to manage our lake's aquatic plants for upcoming year. We use the data from late summer of the year before. Then, we must ensure that our estimates will provide adequate LARE funding to control EWM, which is an Invasive Exotic Plant. EWM populates very rapidly, killing off the other 20 plants that protect the quality of our lake water. We have applied for a 2014 LARE Grant, in the amount of $10,500 to manage our aquatic plants in 2014. We expect to know if we will obtain these LARE funds by April.


Our six (6) Directors, (me included) work together as a Planning Team to implement our HLCA projects and other efforts. They are being mentioned here so you can be aware of the functions being monitored, evaluated and implemented as needed.


Bill Companik - President + AVMP

Bob Guros - Legal USPS Mailings

Tom Ahart - Treasury + Financial Reporting

Steve Varela - Status Reporting + Watershed

Neal Connolly - Watershed + Area Rep

Julie Pec - HLCA Website + Area Rep


However, we do have a serious need for additional Area Reps from around the lake. If you would consider becoming an Area Representative, you would be providing an outstanding service to our Hudson Lake Community. As an Area Rep, you would provide a friendly link with nearby neighbors regarding our HLC activities. Please call or email me if you could provide this service for our community. Please also help us to encourage everyone in our Hudson Lake community to join our membership and to support our efforts I keeping our lake the best it can be for our fish, wildlife and our overall recreation.


Thank you,


Bill Companik, President

7365 E. Hudson Pointe Lane

New Carlisle, IN 46552

574-654-3066

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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (HLCA)
September - 2013 Status Report


Hudson Lake Conservation Association (HLCA) September - 2013 Status Report
IDNR = Indiana Department of Natural Resources
LARE = IDNR’s Lake And River Enhancement Program
EWM = Eurasian Water-milfoil plant

After a successful five-year program to bring under control the invasive species EWM, our HLCA will let the current interruption of annual dues collection expire at the end of this fiscal year, June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. This re-instatement of $25 annual membership fees will allow HLCA to position itself to tackle future conservation projects.
As many community members know, HLCA has won several state grants to examine and address various aspects of lake quality that support its recreational and environmental value to the Hudson Lake community.

Since its founding in January, 2005, HLCA has won a variety of IDNR-LARE grants, that to date, have exceeded $70,000. In order to successfully win LARE grants, lake associations must be organized and capable of applying for and managing state funds. Also, the association must demonstrate both conservation oriented technical and managerial expertise. In addition, the association’s treasury must be in a position to match 20 percent towards the projects that win grant funding.

As such, annual dues will need to be re-instated for next year after a three year suspension. Lake quality issues that the association will focus its future attention on are related to our “watershed”. For example, this will include the surface runoff and inbound aquifer systems that feed our lake and the resulting impact on water quality. We will also be updating our lake’s mapping of current aquatic plant species and re-applying for LARE grants necessary for continued management of invasive species, such as the EWM and others.

The attached illustration represents a concise view of our association’s successful accomplishments and rolling treasury which highlight our funding achievements which have exceed 90% in total project financing.

Feel free to contact any board member or project manager for more details. Your 100% volunteer association has also updated its website and is actively seeking lake-related photos for publication. It is located at: www.hudsonlakeindiana.com. Have a look at our new website and enjoy the beautiful fall scenes from around our picturesque lake.

Our HLCA is always looking for new volunteers to help with our continued efforts. If you wish to help, please contact Bill Companik, HLCA President, at 574-654-3066.

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HUDSON LAKE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (HLCA)
June - 2013 Status Report


In our December, 2012, Status Report, you were informed that our application for a 2013 LARE (Lake And River Enhancement Program) Grant had been submitted. In March, 2013, we were informed that we did successfully obtain that grant. The total amount we applied for was $14,900. LARE awards 80% of the requested amount, i.e. $11,920, and we are to pay the remainder, i.e. $2,980, from our treasury.

Subsequently, we sent out 6 "Request for Bids" to LARE approved contractors, and they provided their bids in the 2-week specified period. Their bids were evaluated and the 2 appropriate contractors were hired. 

The 1st contractor, Robin Scribailo of Aquatic Restoration Systems, researches all the aquatic species of plants in our lake and identify the frequency and depth of each, plus tabulates other relative data. He also targets the very invasive EWM (Eurasian Water-milfoil plant), mapping the location and acreage of each bed where this destructive plant exists. 

​The May, 2013, mapping of EWM pinpoints 3 beds in "Little Hudson", totaling 1.8 acres, and 8 beds in the main lake, totaling 5.8 acres. Unfortunately, a large 1.6-acre bed exists in the "Little Hudson", intermixed with several protected species of plants. This requires a very special evaluation of how to treat that bed to minimize the damage to the good plants and maximize the removal of the EWM. The other 10 beds of EWM will most likely be sprayed with a herbicidal treatment, since they are entirely EWM.

The 2nd contractor, Jim Donahoe of Aquatic Weed Control, controls the EWM where it exists, using LARE approved herbicides in various forms. AWC and HLCA did apply and successfully obtained a IDNR (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) permit to treat the beds of EWM with a 4,2-D herbicide.

Two Important Items: 

1. HLCA annual membership fees have been waived since 2011. However, you will be notified when dues are needed to replenish our treasury. 

​2. If you and or a friend are willing to become the new HLCA President, please call me. Hudson Lake will be overrun with EWM, if it is not continually managed into the future.

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


Past Status Reporting