Sharon Natzel, Hubbard County COLA
In July 2017, our Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) steering team met for our regular monthly gathering. On the way to the meeting, I had stopped at the post office to check our COLA post office box, but didn't take time to look at anything. I just packed it into my meeting bag.
This time of year, as some aquatic vegetation recedes with daylight changes, an invasive algae called Starry Stonewort can stand out as it has a much longer growing season. Last Saturday, the annual Starry Trek engaged more than 200 volunteers checking public accesses across the state looking for Starry Stonewort. The event was spearheaded by the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota AIS Research Center and DNR.
This month many visitors, residents and businesses alike have experienced the joyfulness our healthy lakes provide. The weather cooperated, with the exception of the early morning rainstorm affecting some area flotillas on the Fourth of July. Our Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) program, called "Eyes on the Water for Healthy Lakes," provides educational opportunities and a suggested toolset to help protect and enhance the quality of our lakes and rivers.
Our volunteers from the Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) have been busy collaborating with our community partners. Our mutual goals center around sharing knowledge and practicing skills aimed at maintaining our healthy lakes and rivers. Our personal commitment to our own behavior changes in cleaning and draining our water-related equipment helps our entire area thrive.
Doing a search in Google for "New Year's Resolution" brought up all kinds of ideas and quotes too. A quote attributed to Carl Bard especially relates to the mission of protecting our Hubbard County lakes and rivers: "Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."