We are looking forward to another season of providing you with a healthy environment for all your aquatic recreational needs. Like all companies, we are continuously re-evaluating our practices in-accordance with CDC, State of Michigan and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). We wanted to highlight some changes and concerns that we see in the upcoming year:
1. Covid-19 Safety- We will abide by all CDC recommendations, executive orders as issued by Gov. Whitmer, MDHHS guidance and any other relevant instructions to protect our staff, our customers and the public during this outbreak. We will take every situation on a case to case basis and prioritize health over any other factor.
2. High Water Conditions on the Great Lakes- We have recently been in a very rainy part of the weather cycle. All lake levels have been at or above normal. A lot of water is standing in yards and fields will limited ability to flow through the system to the great lakes. We take precautions to limit damage to grass, trees and any other objects of value, also to prevent the loss of treatments from water exchange. These precautions may be increased during high-water conditions. We will communicate with you as we implement these, so that you may inform your lake residents. https://www.mlive.com/news/2020/03/great-lakes-high-water-is-going-to-affect-everyone-in-michigan.html
3. Regulatory changes- Late last year EGLE sent out new directives on the treatment of lakes and ponds within the State of Michigan. In most cases these changes will not alter our normal best management practices. Where limited changes will have to be made, we will work with your group and the EGLE to find an outcome that is suitable to all parties. Part of our service is to act as your voice with the EGLE staff, if at anytime you have questions about any regulatory issues, never hesitate to contact us.
4. New Products, Use Patterns and Invasive Species- For the 2020 season we continue to explore various new control products and uses for Eurasian Milfoil, Eel Grass and Starry Stonewort. Over the last few years we have made great strides to adopt various “containment and control” strategies when dealing with Eurasian Milfoil. These methods have produced mixed results with those showing greater results being adopted into our standard treatments. Every situation is different, and as such we approach every lake / pond as an individual with various traits not found in other systems. We work with lake managers, chemical manufacturers, the State of Michigan and various universities / non-profits to produce the best possible outcomes for all our customers.