Howard Lake Community Guide 2016-17 - Page 22

22 h oward Lake GUIDEBOOK 2016-2017 projects include creating vegetation buffer zone areas, installing french drains, and constructing raingardens. Volunteers also collect water samples, which are sent to Wright Soil & Water Conservation District monthly between May and September, to record water quality and phosphate levels. A secchi disk is used to record water clarity levels for the MPCA. A few years ago, the association was awarded a $2,000 grant to participate in the Minnesota Healthy Lakes and Rivers Partnership program, sponsored by the McKnight Foundation. The association created a lake plan during the process, and was awarded a grant for a “Point Intercept Map” project in 2010. The point intercept map was completed by PLM Lakes and Land Management Corporation in September 2011. PLM used GPS technology to study and “map” the underwater vegetation growth in Lake Mary, which helps the association better understand the vegetative health of Lake Mary and guides future projects to improve Lake Mary’s water quality. For membership information, contact association chairman Mike Ollig at 10932 Grunwald Avenue SW, Howard Lake, MN 55349;; or (320) 485-4242. HLWW High School After Prom Party The HLWW After Prom Party organization was formed in fall 1988, to provide a safe form of entertainment for Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School juniors and seniors and their dates on prom night. The first after-prom party was in 1989, and has seen a steady increase in attendance every year since then. The students enjoy an all-night party with food, fun, wonderful prizes, and entertainment. Thank You . . . We are proud to be part of Munson Lakes Nutrition Howard Lake This is a volunteer group that hosts many annual fundraisers, which include bingo during Good Neighbor Days, bake sales at the Howard Lake annual craft and art expo in November and the Business Expo in the spring, a concession stand at home football games, and an annual fall garage sale. We welcome anyone who is interested in helping. For more information about meetings or other information, visit www. Meetings take place in the commons area at the HLWW High School. Lake Ann Improvement Association The Lake Ann Improvement Association was originally incorporated in 1984. In 2003, it was newly incorporated and reorganized with new by-laws and board members. The objectives of the association are to protect, restore, and preserve the water quality of the lake and its watershed, thereby enhancing the watershed community. Lake Ann is located between Howard Lake and Winsted, east of Wright County Road 6. There are 74 property owners who own land surrounding the lakeshore. In its efforts to preserve and restore the lake, the original association succeeded in establishing a public landing and the stocking of walleye in the lake. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Lake Ann Improvement Association alternate stocking the lake with walleye. In 1996, the association participated in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency-sponsored Lake Assessment Program (LAP), which refocused the association’s lake management activities. As part of the LAP study, the association has been successful at bringing septic systems around the lake into Quality Feed and Merchandise for Country Lifestyes The Country Store Horse & Pet Food “Quality Livestock Feeds” Howard Lake, MN (320) 543-2561 800-245-7717 E Hwy 12, Howard Lake • (320) 543-3517