URGENT ACTION REQUESTED FOR THE HEALTH OF
BIG, MIDDLE AND LOWER MCKENZIE LAKES
October 11, 2019
Dear MLA Members:
MLA NEEDS YOUR HELP AS A VOLUNTEER OR PAID BOAT INSPECTOR.
At the last MLA meeting the participants voted to proceed with applying for a DNR Clean Boats/Clean Waters Grant to support boat inspections at the landings on all three McKenzie Lakes. Acquiring grant dollars is a crucial objective that will help advance our goal of clean boats and clean waters. To that end we are requesting you to participate in conducting boat inspections.
Our experience has shown face to face interaction, educating boaters on the methods to battle the spread of invasive species, goes a long way. Without boat inspections we are creating a large gap in our efforts to control the spread of invasive species.
Your intention to commit to serve as a paid or volunteer boat inspector is needed TODAY. Please indicate your degree of participation on the form included with this correspondence and return to Sandy Swanson via email or postal mail, NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15.
Here is what else you need to know:
- Paid inspectors are hired as contract employees and work at least one 4 or 5-hour shift per weekend. Pay is $12 per hour.
- All inspectors, paid or volunteer, will be provided a brief training session.
- The goals are to protect the health of our lakes and to educate boaters on the dangers of spreading aquatic invasive species.
- Members and non-members are eligible to help in our efforts. HOWEVER, a broad membership base will provide a solid foundation for a sustained volunteer program of inspectors.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY. FILL OUT AND RETURN THE FOLLOWING FORM INDICATING YOUR INTENTION TO COMMIT TO THIS URGENT NEED – FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR LAKES. THANK YOU.
McKenzie Lakes Association Aquatic Invasive Species Committee