May 2019 Minutes

Minutes of the May 25, 2019 McKenzie Lakes Association

The meeting was called to order by Sandy Swanson, President, MLA at 9:00 am


Sandy welcomed everyone to the meeting.  There were 37 people present.


Minutes & Treasurer’s report:

The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed.  There were no additions or corrections to the minutes. The minutes were approved.


Jeff Larson, Treasurer of MLA, presented the treasurer’s report. He reported our total income for 2018/19 to date of $9,662.78 and the year to date expenses of $4,565.51 for a year to date net income of $5,097.27.


Seechi Disk readings:  Lower McKenzie was 12.5 ft.  and Middle McKenzie was 12 ft.  There was no reading for Big McKenzie by the time of the meeting.


Committee Reports:


Roadside Clean-up:

Roadside Clean-up occurred on April 27 with Rooney and Lipsett Lake Associations participating.  This year we asked volunteers to separate the aluminum cans and any recyclables in separate bags.  The cans were donated to the Senior Center at A&H.  This year we also used our own trailer to haul the trash to the dump, saving the cost of the dumpster as well as depositing the trash. Thanks to all the volunteers, George for hosting the event, the Town of Scott, Mike Carson for the use of his trailer and Fred Baltrusis for organizing the event.



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Becky Swanson has taken over the apparel from Rich and LeeAnn Borseth.  We appreciate all the years that they handled the apparel sales for the Association.  If there are any different items that you think should be offered, please contact Becky at



Sandy Swanson presented a program for covering all address on the lake to sign-up new members.  Sandy is looking for volunteers to act as captains to cover certain roads around the lakes.  If interested in helping recruit new members contact Sandy Swanson at

Remember when renewing your membership, fill-out the membership form to make sure we have the correct information.  The form is included at the end of this document.




  • NW Wisconsin Lakes Conference: Friday, June 21, at the Hayward Middle School. Register on-line at St. Croix River Association web site, under “Events”.  Doors open at 8 am with the conference starting at 9 am.  Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • Middle McKenzie fish survey report will be presented by DNR Fish Biologist Craig Roberts at our July 27th meeting. He will also have preliminary survey results from Big McKenzie.  Craig will present at the beginning of the meeting starting at 9am.  Other interested people from the surrounding area have been invited to attend Craig’s presentation

Old Business:

DNR Grants:

Rapid Response Grant:

We are in final year of the three year grant with enough money to support paid Boat Inspectors for Big McKenzie:  We have met our matching requirements for the entire grant therefore we do not have to track volunteer hours.

Big McKenzie Boat Inspections:

In the first 3 weekends from the fishing opener we had 33 Boats Entering/Leaving the lake with 112 people contacted. Boat inspection Volunteer Hours 12, Paid hours, 8.5 (Washburn County has a paid inspector who are not included in this grant).  We do track hours, both volunteer and paid on the DNR, SWIMS database.

Clean Boats Clean Water Grant (CB/CW):

MLA was awarded a CB/CW grant for Middle McKenzie.  This is a one year grant to hire boat Inspectors and educate the public on the prevention of all Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  We are required to match 25% of the grant with volunteer hours or in kind money.  If we utilize the full amount, we will require approximately 110 hours of volunteer time.  Paid inspectors have been contracted through Burnett County Conservation Department and will bill MLA for their time.  We have received a partial payment from the DNR with the final payment at the end of the year after we submit our final report and supporting documents.  All data from boat Inspections will be entered into the SWIMS database.

Middle McKenzie Boat Inspections:

In the first three weekends of boat inspections we had 24 Boats Entering/Leaving the lake and 64 people contacted.  Boat inspection volunteer hours were 12 and paid hours were 44.  So far we have spent approximately $836 of the grant ($716 + $120 for T-shirts and supplies). Our CB/CW Grant requires a minimum of 200 hours of boat inspections. So far we have posted 56 hours or 28% of the minimum for the first 3 weekends.


ZM Update

  • MN AIS Institute finalized the genetic testing of the ZM from Big McKenzie wher they compared BM ZM to the populations from MN and from lakes in WI. The results are that BM ZM are more aligned with populations found in WI lakes, thus the origin of the BM population more than likely came from a WI lake.
  • Monitoring will continue on the McKenzie Lakes using plate samplers, veliger tows and eDNA testing. The WI State Lab at the department of Health has set up the eDNA test and has received funding to do the tests for our lakes as well as other lakes in the area that are considered susceptible to ZM.
  • An email went out to all previous volunteers who have placed ZM plate samplers. Sampler plates should be placed in a shady area near or under their docks and to check them periodically throughout the summer.  It is recommend not to remove any ZM found until the end of the monitoring period so that we can get an accurate count.  In 2017, sampler plates averaged 10/sq ft and in 2018 56/sq ft on samplers from BM.
  • On Middle McKenzie there were 3 locations where ZM were found on plate samplers. Density was measured at 0.22/sq ft.
  • No ZM were been found on sampler plates in Lower McKenzie.
  • Burnett County Conservation Department received a DNR grant to help establish decon stations in Burnett and Washburn counties. A number of Lake Associations have received this support and placed decon stations at their public landings.

We still need volunteers to help with boat inspections as well as maintaining the bleach at the decon stations.  If interested even for a weekend or so, call Mike Schollmeyer at 612-719-9280; every little bit helps.

 New Business:

Booya.  A sign-up sheet to donate food items was presented and passed around.  Ann Powers is requesting a volunteer to take over the responsibilities of food ingredient procurement and preparation.   If you want to volunteer to assist or to sign-up to donate some food items, contact her at 612-710-7664 or  Booya cash donations to help defray expenses are always welcome.

Up-coming events:

June 29th Annual Meeting: 9am McKenzie Landing

July 4th Boat Parade:  Starts at 1 PM

Big McKenzie Starts at West Point

Middle McKenzie:  Starts at Public Landing

July 27th: 3rd meeting of the year 9 AM McKenzie Landing

August 3- Booya Set-up 8am- Serving starts at 12 Noon, McKenzie Landing

August 31 4th Meeting of the year, 9 am McKenzie Landing

Other business 

Loon Watch:

The Loon watch on Big McKenzie has been taken over by Gary and Mary Peterson from Iler Anderson.


Paul Sperling/Beth Squires have taken over the responsibilities for the  buoys on Big McKenzie.  The buoys were placed on 5/25.

 Meeting was adjourned at 9:50




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