The Entire Lake No-Wake restriction has been removed as of 8:00am on Tuesday October 11 by order of the governing Cities. Water levels are receding from recent flood levels but many docks and shorelines remain impacted. Please be considerate of these areas and watch for floating debris when navigating.
LAKE SARAH NEWS
Last Updated October 20, 2016
Public Access Improvements
Old concrete landing planks after removal
8 New 5' x 12' concrete planks installed 9/21-23/16. photos by Brad Spencer
The new larger concrete panels form a longer, smoother boat launching ramp
In addition to the new signage added to our public access in Spring 2016 by Hennepin County, the in water concrete boat launching ramp was replaced during a short access closure on September 21-23, 2016. The original concrete planks were installed in September 1988 and then repaired and relayed in 1997. After 28 years of service they were in need of updating. The 8 much larger new concrete panels which are approximately 5' x 12' each were supplied by the Minnesota DNR and installed jointly with the City of Greenfield who owns and maintains the public access. The newly refreshed Kohnen Memorial Landing should serve lake Sarah residents and visitors for many years to come.
Thank you to the City of Greenfield and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources!
Rake up your leaves
5 bags of unraked leaves creates 1,000 pounds of algae in the lakes
Fall is a magical time of transformation as mornings turn crisp and the brilliant leaves flutter down to find their way to the…street? In natural landscapes, leaves blanket the forest floor and eventually become rich soil. But as we have interrupted the natural cycle with our homes and other “people spaces,” much of the land is covered by impervious surfaces like streets, parking lots and roofs. And instead of water and nutrients making their way in to the soil, storm drains provide an expedient and direct route for pollutants - in this case leaves - on streets to flow into our waters.
How could leaves be considered a pollutant? After all, they are natural! Although leaves have valuable nutrients that can be turned into rich compost and be reused by plants, these nutrients are not natural to lakes and create excess algae. One pound of phosphorous contained in organic matter such as leaves creates about five hundred pounds of algae. Raking up leaves and grass clippings is critical to keeping our lakes swimmable and fishable for us to enjoy.
Although cities sweep the streets, cities can’t possibly time it perfectly to capture all of the leaves. The help of local residents is important. Some citizens have started “Community Clean Up” events, days where residents get together to rake and bag leaves off the street. There are free toolkits available for hosting such events through the Freshwater Society. Visit http://freshwater.org/community-clean-ups-for-water-quality/ to get started with a small chore that can make a big impact.
This fall, residents are encouraged to do their parts and rake up and compost leaves. Jumping in them beforehand is encouraged—followed by a nice cup of cider. Since most land in Minnesota (about 78%) is privately owned, the way individuals manage their own resources makes all the difference on our collective public resources.
Community Conversation on Implementing Water Quality Initiatives
Wednesday, November 2, 2016. 6:00-8:30 p.m. Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90
Over the past three years, eight lakes and four streams in the watershed have been studied to gain a better understanding of water quality, sources of pollution, and the pollution reductions needed to improve water quality. Many of the lakes have been listed as “impaired” for phosphorus and all of the streams have been listed for E. coli. These impairments can lead to health risks for humans and animals, habitat loss for fish and other wildlife, and declining property values due to loss of aesthetic appeal. Join us to learn more about planned projects to protect unimpaired waters, restore impaired waters, and learn about pollution prevention and the new buffer laws. Pie and coffee will be served. Click here to view event flyer
Registration is requested by Wednesday, October 26 To register contact: Kerstin Harelson at 763-553-1144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Highway 12 / Long Lake Bypass traffic advisory!
The Hwy 12 closure date has been confirmed. Hwy 12 between County Road 6 and County Road 112 west of Wayzata will close on Monday, October 17 for installation of the new center median and will remain closed for approximately three weeks for barrier installation. During the closure, traffic will be detoured onto County Road 112 through Long Lake and Orono. This will be a full closure (day & night).
Motorists should expect significant delays and plan on extra time when traveling through the area. Residents/Businesses in Long Lake and Orono should expect heavier volumes of traffic in their area.
The most recent water level reading was 980.35' (east bay) on October 19, 2016
This can be compared to the FEMA 100 Year Flood elevation of 981.20', the final reading last fall on November 28, 2015 of 979.71' and the Ordinary High Water Level for Sarah of 979.90'. Thank you to Cindy Keating (west bay) and Fred Lang (east bay) who continue to volunteer their time to monitor our lakes’ water levels for the MN DNR, LSIA, and our website for yet another year!
Water level data, info and records from previous years can be found on the Water Levels page on this website
Dock & Equipment removal time = Check for Zebra Mussels
Boat lifts focus of 2 new zebra mussel reports Docks and boat lifts must be out of water 21 days before use in another lake
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Sybil Lake in Otter Tail County and Maud Lake in adjacent Becker County in northwest Minnesota. In both cases, the zebra mussels were found on boat lifts when they were removed from the water.
According to the DNR, both incidents serve as good reminders for citizens to check equipment as they remove it each season.
DNR invasive species staff confirmed live zebra mussels on a boat lift removed from Sybil Lake. The DNR appreciates the assistance of the property owner who made the initial report and the lake service provider business that removed the boat lift from the lake in late September. DNR invasive species staff did not find any other zebra mussels in the lake or on other nearby equipment. They will conduct more extensive follow-up searches.
A vigilant lake service provider business reported finding two zebra mussels attached to a boat lift they were removing from Maud Lake. In a follow-up search, DNR invasive species staff found and removed one additional zebra mussel about a half-mile from the area where the boat lift was removed.
“Minnesota law requires docks and boat lifts to be out of the water for at least 21 days before putting them in another body of water,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor. “This requirement is one of the most important tools for preventing the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. Lake service provider businesses receive specific training about this law, but it’s essential for everyone to follow it, even when the lake a dock or lift comes out of is not listed as infested.”
Calling all history buffs! The newly formed Greenfield Historical Society is looking for history specific to Greenfield / Greenwood area of western Hennepin County www.greenfieldhs.com. They have started building a website and are meeting monthly, contact any member via their website if you wish to participate or have old memories or memorabilia to share!
Many of the questions emailed to this site regard illegal or inconsiderate snowmobile, atv, boat or pwc operation or fishing/hunting violation questions. To report illegal vehicular activity you should contactHennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol (612)596-9880, or West Hennepin Public Safety (763)479-0500, The Water Patrol will not issue a citation for offenses they do not witness. They may issue a citation if the witness agrees sign the complaint (much like a citizens arrest). If you plan on filing charges against an individual you should make note of the date, time, vehicle description and license number, identity or good description of the operator. A side note; If the offender wishes to appear in court you may be required to appear as witness / accuser. To report hunting or fishing violations call DNR area Conservation Officer Tony Salzer at (763) 432-0833, DNR Enforcement (651)582-1502, ororTIP (turn in poachers) toll free hotline 800-652-9093.Click the blue text for a copy of the 2015-16 Minnesota Snowmobile Regs , Personal Watercraft Regs , 2016 MN Boating Guide , ATV/OHV Regs, or the 2016 MN Fishing Regulations , in Adobe Acrobat Reader format (.pdf).
Lake Sarah (MN DNR #27-0191) is located in sections 1 and 2, township 118, range 24; and in sections 34 and 35, township 119, range 24, Hennepin County, Minnesota. GPS 45°4'19"N 93°41'24"W surrounded by the Minnesota cities of Independence, Greenfield, Loretto, Medina, and Rockford. Click here to view a Google hybrid map of lake Sarah. Suggestions for content and services to be provided by this site are always welcome!E-mail this websitewith your feedback, suggestions, comments or ideas.