Clean Boats Clean Waters Schedule
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Gilbert Lake CBCW Goal
We believe that a CBCW program can assist in our efforts to control further infiltration of Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM). While we have been diligent in our efforts to remove EWM from our lake, until 2022 we had not initiated a program to assure that EWM is not being reintroduced, and we need to make sure that we are not contributing to EWM issues on other lakes. Additionally, by demonstrating our willingness to control further EWM introduction, we can enhance the possibility of obtaining additional DNR funding to remove our existing EWM beds. If we don’t obtain enough volunteers, we would need to hire people to police our landing or give back the financial support from the grant. Either would impact our ability to keep EWM from continuing to spread.
EWM is the primary Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) that we are focused on. Two other AIS threats are Zebra Mussels and Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS). While looking for EWM on inbound trailers, we also need to be watchful for Zebra Mussels and VHS.
Our goal is to provide 250 hours of AIS monitoring from Friday May 27 through Sunday September 11.
Lake Monitoring Steward Responsibilities
As boats enter our lake at the Public Boat Landing, Lake Monitoring Stewards will explain our intent and politely inquire as to the boater’s knowledge of CBCW. Most people will have experienced a CBCW inspection at Long Lake.
A lock box will be kept at the landing with handout materials including AIS information literature and a First Aid Kit. Lock combinations will be handed out once available.
Visual inspections for EWM and Zebra Mussels should be conducted. Boat bilges should be emptied
Lake Monitoring Time Slots and Scheduling
Lake monitoring will occur on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays falling on Mondays.
Primary time slots will be 6-8 AM, 8-10 AM, 2-4 PM and 4-6 PM, but other times can be scheduled. Time slots will be added or deleted as visitor traffic suggests. A one-page form will be completed for each shift indicating visitor volume.
Individuals interested in serving as Lake Stewards are to email John Collins with their preference for preferred days and times. Scheduling consistent times, (i.e. every other Sunday 2-4 PM) makes the scheduling process easier to create and execute.
John Collins will maintain the schedule, and email the current and upcoming two weeks to all scheduled Lake Stewards. Once scheduled, Stewards should notify John if any changes need to be made.
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If you are signed up for lake monitoring and haven’t yet been able to attend a training, please contact John Collins.
CBCW Captains will go through multiple training sessions. These are your contacts for last minute scheduling changes, one-on-one training or to assist Stewards in answering visitor questions: Rich Dittle. Bud Kolich, Phil Vogt, John Collins.
Provided we meet our goal of conducting 250 hours monitoring for AIS, we will have a celebration for all of our Lake Stewards. Details as to time and place will be developed. Each shift a Steward works will qualify for a ticket in our raffle. The more shifts worked, the better your chances of winning a gift of Gilbert Lake swag.
We see this program as having great benefit to our lake, surrounding lakes and the community. Should you have any additional questions please feel free to contact John Collins or Karen Reynolds.
Thanks in advance for your support.