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.
Promote and strive to continually upgrade the quality of conservation and recreation of Hudson Lake, Indiana
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