Water treatment & Dredging update – part II

Evergreen Shores Neighbors -The ESHA board wants to share two important update.

  1. The two treatment plan from Lake Restoration has been completed for the season. The feedback has been very positive. The change to a different herbicide product has been very effective, and allowed us to treat prior to June 1. As the weeds die and turn brown, it’s important that we do our best to remove the dead plants. This will help reduce the amount of weeds and organic material in the ponds. We’re awaiting a DNR site visit over the next month to determine the amount of water lilies that can be treated for the August (one time) treatment specifically for this plant. Please note that it’s important for everyone to have their docks/watercraft visible and in good shape for the DNR site visit to demonstrate how we use the water as “recreation”. This is our best case to receive permit approval to treat water lilies.
  2. Regarding the upcoming channel sediment removal (dredging) project, the channels were surveyed by an engineering firm, and the approximate amount of sediment to be removed was identified in the specified areas. The next steps are to have an environmental engineering firm collect and test sediment samples per MPCA standards, and start the process with the DNR for permitting. The city of Shoreview plans to get that process going by the last week in July. We’re still hopeful for a dredging project to begin as early as this Fall. Rest assured, the ESHA Board is doing everything they can to keep the process moving forward.

Thanks for all of the support and positive feedback this year. We greatly appreciate those neighbors we’ve seen actively cleaning and maintaining their shorelines. Don’t forget to clean the street gutters and storm drains too so we keep that debris out of the ponds!

ESHA Board

Dredging & Water Treatment Update

Everyone – Two quick updates:

Dredging – The sediment survey was completed last week. The engineering firm has the data and will provide the report back to the city. We do not know yet when the city will start the dredging project. We’ll keep you posted.

Lake Restoration will start the first treatment today. If you have any issues or questions please call LR @ 763-428-9777.

Thank you!

Important Annual Update

Dear Evergreen Shores Homeowners – In the next few days you should receive a letter from the ESHA board. The letter will include a return envelope for the 2021 dues payment and the DNR form.

The letter covers a number of important topics:

  • 2021 dues which is $105 again this year
  • 2021 pond treatment plan and DNR form (which is required if you want your water treated)
  • 2021 Board Changes – We have two board members leaving and need to vote in 2 more. We need a Secretary and Treasurer

Please use the return envelope to send your dues and completed DNR form. Copies of both are included in the bottom of this post.

The DNR form can be a little confusing. To make things easier, I’ve created a screenshot of what needs to be completed on the form. You only need to complete the top section with your name, address, & phone # and then sign and date. There is a 2nd form on the page which can be discarded or saved for next year.

Sediment Testing

Some people will be accessing our pond systems in the coming weeks for sediment testing, which is a preliminary step in the City of Shoreview led sediment removal project.


Keep working on maintaining your shorelines if you are capable, every little bit of effort helps our pond quality.

2nd Treatment Starts 7/30

The first half of the second Algaecide Treatment is scheduled to take place this Thursday, 7/30.  We can expect the second half and last treatment to occur about two weeks after that (mid-August).

You may also remove any dead weeds with a rake to avoid feeding our ponds more nutrients.  Please help us continue to act and maintain our shoreline so we can enjoy our ponds to the fullest.

Algaecide Treatment & Water testing

Everyone – A few updates as we head into a holiday weekend:

a. Lake Restoration will perform the other 1/2 algaecide treatment next week (likely the later half of the week depending on weather).

b. We’ve had some reports of swimmers itch. The algaecide chemical being used (copper sulfate) for our treatments is at the maximum amount allowed.  Copper sulfate can kill snails if they’re hit with a high enough dose, which will help with the swimmer’s itch problem.  But, it’s safe to say the snails will never be eradicated from the ponds (nor will all of the ducks and geese).  Below is a link from the MN DNR website about swimmer’s itch.https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/swimming/swimmersitch.html

c. Our ponds is not a designated swimming beaches by the state, county or the city. However, some homeowners choose to swim in the ponds. A team took the initiative to test the water for E coli bacteria. The state guidelines can be found here: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/bacteria

MN states that swimming beaches should not exceed more than 88 per 100 mL in any one sample. Our sample areas were:        

– 47.1 (Evergreen Ponds by Bucher Park),        

– 56.1 (Sherwood Ponds – middle of the water),        

– 326 (Sherwood Ponds – at the inlet next to Sherwood). We’re talking to the city about what they can do to address this one.       

– 44.1 (Western part of Evergreen Ponds)

Again, our ponds are not designated swimming beaches and thus any decision to swim in the ponds is the decision of the individual homeowner.

 

First Water Treatment – June 16 / 17th

Everyone the first water treatment will be June 16-17 (weather permitting) for those homeowners who provided the required DNR signature form by the deadline to participate in this season’s chemical treatments. Please note that the treatment company is targeting to be out on Tuesday, June 16 and the crew will probably be out for two days.  During treatments, if you have any questions or feedback at all, please call Lake Restoration directly at (763)428-9777 and ask to speak with Chad Hadler