Saturday, December 6, 2014

LLAA's December Email from Arthur Howe

Second Oil Pipeline Sought near Long Lake

Approval for a second oil pipeline near Long Lake is being sought.  This would carry tar sands from Alberta, Canada (top map) and continue in the US (bottom map) near Park Rapids.  It is known as Line 3 Replacement.  This second pipeline would run alongside the proposed Sandpiper line intended for North Dakota oil.  Canadian tar sands have been pumped by the applicant company, Enbridge, for many years but in 2010 large quantities of Canadian tar sands were spilled from a ruptured Enbridge pipe near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Source: Enbridge:

On the map above are the dates when Enbridge Energy Partners are holding open houses.  Wednesday, December 10th, at the American Legion in Park Rapids.

Be sure to check out the following links for more information on this proposed pipeline:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Important December Dates for Long Lakers

Four Very Important Opportunities in December for Building our Knowledge to Enable us to Share and Protect our Long Lake Waters…  Plus Zorbaz, Saturday, 12/6 at 6 PM!

1)  Tuesday, Dec 2nd, 6:30 to 8 PM - Educational Water Program on our Local Hydrology at Northwoods Bank Community Room, Park Rapids, MN

  • The Park Rapids Lakes Area has earned a reputation based on our extraordinary clean waters.  These waters provide the base for our tourism and agriculture industries. In 2013 we hosted the Governor's Fishing Opener.  In 2014, the MN Department of Natural Resources developed the Straight River Pilot Groundwater Management Area (GWMAs ) planning project with the purpose to learn how to effectively create and establish GWMAs in other places facing groundwater management challenges.  Park Rapids League of Women Voters (LWVPR) will devote several educational programs related to the surface and groundwater of the region this year.
  • Darrin Hoverson, MN DNR Area Hydrologist-Ecological and Water Resources, will be the speaker for the first foundational program. This foundation program is Tuesday, December 2, from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Northwoods Bank Community Room (handicap accessible).  Darrin will share the uniqueness of our local hydrology.  This will give us all a better understanding of the permeability of the soils, the availability of the waters and special challenges.  He will also illustrate the replenishment cycle and how we affect the cycle. Building our knowledge can help us better plan to share and protect our waters from the groundwater to the surface waters.  We invite and encourage all to come to this free program. Light refreshments will be served.

2)  Wednesday, Dec 10th, 10 AM to 1 PM,  Open House for Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project at the American Legion, Park Rapids, MN

  • This Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project is proposed to go 25 feet from the Sandpiper Pipeline in the Pipeline Corridor proposed through Hubbard County to Superior, WI.  A Sandpiper route alternative RA-15 proposed by MPCA due to Twin Lakes area constraints  comes about ½ mile from west side of Long Lake by 87 & a leak could threaten our groundwater & aquifer.  Comment Period expected to be announced in mid-December yet on Sandpiper Certificate of Need 13-473 & the Hearings scheduled for 1/5-9/15.

3) Thursday, Dec 18, 9 AM to Noon, DNR Straight River Pilot Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) Planning Project Open for the Public – Long Lake is in this area.  To be held at the Park Rapids Library, Lower Level Conference Room (handicap accessible).

4) OPEN NOW for Public Comment until Thursday, 12/11/14 at 4:30 PM – MPCA Watershed Restoration And Protection Strategy document for the Crow Wing Watershed which Long Lake is in.
Comments submitted to:  Bonnie Finnerty 218-316-3897 for questions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

LLAA's November 2014 Email from Arthur Howe

Photo by Marilyn Gainzband

What grand fish dinners Long Lake provides this loon family and our fishing community!

Photo by Marilyn Gaizband

See more Long Lake photos by Marilyn Gaizband:

Doug Kingsley, DNR Area Fisheries Manager (Park Rapids), has provided us with the preliminary results of the 2014 Fisheries Survey of Long Lake conducted on July 7-16, 2014.
・ Compared to 5 years ago the number of walleye, northern pike, and bass are stable.
・The sizes of northern pike and bass have increased slightly while the size of walleye is stable.
・There are more crappie and bluegill with crappie exhibiting smaller sizes.
View the report at:  LongLakeLiving.org_Lake Management

9 pound 9 ounce, 30 inch walleye
caught by Neil H. Stock on 7/4/13
Member Photo

Monday, October 6, 2014

Loon Migration

With the following link we refer you back to our 2011 blog post about an ongoing study of loon migration.  The links in the article take you to current information including the tracking of this year's (2014) loons.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Colors Near Peak

Morning, 09/25/07

The leaves in our area are nearing the peak of fall color for this year.  Following are links from the MN DNR to the state's "Fall Color Finder" map and a current fall color report for Itasca State Park:

Minnesota DNR Fall Color Finder
Fall Color Detail - Itasca State Park