The Minnesota DNR's Eagle Cam is up and running with interesting action to watch. There is already one egg in the nest and there should be more over the next few days. It is quite early for the female to lay the eggs, but these are experienced eagle parents and hopefully all will go well. This is the link where you can watch the nest: Minnesota DNR Eagle Webcam This is the same link that can be found in the "Webcams" box on our sidebar to the right. ⇒
For more information about these eagles check out the DNR's EagleCam blog page: EagleCam FAQ.html
Long Lake is well into the winter season, but your Lake Association is still hard at work. This week we updated the Lake Management Plan. You can find the full plan by clicking on the Lake Management tab above or by clicking here.
We also have updated the graph that shows Ice In Data for 2014. The official Ice In day was December 24, 2014. Most of Long Lake had frozen over earlier, but the deepest spot was just barely covered and we had a December thaw. The cold temperatures hit again just before Christmas to officially freeze the entire lake. Click here to go to the Ice Data page.
So far there does not seem to be much action on the ice yet - a few ice fisherman and a snowmobile or two. Maybe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday will bring people out to play.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has just announced public hearings on whether there is a NEED for the first of the proposed oil pipelines, called Sandpiper (black line in map). Members of the public can ask questions and comment at hearings scheduled for the week Jan 5-9, to be held in St Paul, Duluth, Bemidji, Crookston, and St. Cloud. The PUC has the final say on this matter.
Friends of the Headwaters (FOH) is now represented by the legal team at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA). The Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations agrees with FOH on the importance of relocating the Sandpiper Pipeline Route away from our lake country's natural resources.
Each year, those of us that stay at the lake for the winter, watch and wait to declare the specific date that Long Lake is completely frozen over. As you know we still cannot declare ice in since the lake was only frozen over about three days starting December 5th. Because of the variations in temperatures and rain instead of snow during December, the deep areas of the lake opened up again.
The Park Rapids Enterprise is warning everyone with headlines such as "Water Gaps Developing on Area Lakes; Use Caution" and it mentioned Long Lake specifically in the short article.
The DNR is also posting warnings and safety guides to being on the ice:
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.