New Plaque Commemorating the Installation of the New Warning Siren and the Organizations Contributing to the Project.
Gun Lake Stocking Proposal
Great Lakes strain muskellunge are native to Gun Lake. Historically there were many reports of large muskellunge caught in Gun Lake prior to stocking with fish up to 45 lbs taken through the ice by spearing during 1933-1965. Stocking of Northern strain muskellunge was conducted in 1957 and 1961-1963 and again in 1977-1983 to supplement the population and enhance the fishery. (The average number of muskellunge stocked per year during 1977-1983 was 2,159 fish.) Stocking was discontinued due to angler reports of reduced numbers of yellow perch. Surveys conducted during 1983 to 1989 did not show any negative effects of muskellunge on yellow perch abundance or size structure. Creel survey data from 1985 indicated that other than those reporting they were targeting all species, the largest proportion of anglers were targeting muskellunge. Thus, the stocking program created an attractive fishery. Natural recruitment of muskellunge continued to support a small fishery in Gun Lake into the early 2000s. However, recruitment was greatly limited by the extensive development along the lakeshore and the population gradually declined. The DNR evaluated the potential for muskellunge stocking and proposed to stock at a rate of 2/acre (5,360 fish) every other year beginning in 2013. Meetings were held to discuss the potential for muskellunge stocking in Gun Lake with the Gun Lake Protective Association, muskellunge angling groups, and the general public. Opinions were mixed, and the decision was made to postpone the stockings until Fisheries Division could conduct a thorough survey to determine if stocking was appropriate. Fisheries surveys were completed during 2015. The survey involved three phases. Phase 1 was completed during early to mid-April. Yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge were targeted using two types of nets and electrofishing gear. Phase 2 was completed during mid-May. Five different types of sampling gear were used to assess the overall fish community and the predator-prey ratio in the lake. Phase 3 was a water quality and shoreline habitat assessment completed on August 11. The results of the survey are summarized in a Status of the Fishery Resource Report. The following bullets are highlights from the report. • Zero muskellunge were captured or observed. • Predators made up 44% of the total weight during the May survey. The recommended maximum for predators is 50% of the total weight. • Relative to statewide guidelines, growth rates were average for bluegill, largemouth bass, and northern pike, above average for pumpkinseed and walleye, and slightly below average for yellow perch. • Largemouth bass catch rates during surveys have increased from 1983 through 2015. • Bluegill catch rates have been increasing since 1960 but are still low relative to many other lakes in southwest Michigan. • Yellow perch abundance has remained relatively steady over time. More perch larger than 10 inches were collected than in historic surveys. • Walleye catch rates were comparable to other lakes in southwest Michigan and lower than observed in large lakes in northern Michigan. There is little natural reproduction of walleye in Gun Lake and continued stocking is prescribed at the current level. • Northern pike catch rates were in the middle of the range for large lakes in Michigan. • Nearshore habitat in Gun Lake has been extensively altered and 75% of the shoreline is armored with seawalls or rock riprap. The muskellunge stocking proposal was reevaluated using the 2015 survey data, scientific literature, and DNR statewide management priorities. Restoration of historic muskellunge populations was identified as one of the objectives in the DNR’s Management Plan for Muskellunge in Michigan and is consistent with Fisheries Division’s Strategic Plan goal of creating diverse fishing opportunities. One of the major concerns expressed by people who have opposed muskellunge stocking in Gun Lake is potential effects on the yellow perch population. Surveys conducted on Gun Lake subsequent to the 1977-1983 stocking did not reveal any declines in yellow perch abundance. In an evaluation of 41 Minnesota lakes stocked with muskellunge, researchers found no negative trends in catch rates of perch or other sport fish species (Knapp et al. 2008). Despite the absence of documented effects of muskellunge on yellow perch, the DNR considers it prudent to reduce the proposed muskellunge stocking density for Gun Lake to 1,340 fish (0.5 fish/acre) every other year. This is a 75% reduction from the 2013 proposal. The revised plan is expected to create a low-density “trophy” fishery for muskellunge while keeping the overall predator-prey ratio in the lake at a sustainable level. The DNR is requesting stakeholder input on the revised muskellunge stocking proposal. Please indicate your level of support for
C. Do not support
The DEQ Public Comment period for the proposed Marsh Rd Marina Expansion (to 54 slips) will be open until Friday June 9th. If you didn't speak at the meeting, or were unable to attend and would like to voice your opinion - here's your chance!
Please mention the file #08-11925 Marsh Rd; and the DEQ submission #2NV-M2FV-ZZTZ
You can send a letter to:
State Of Mich DEQ, Water Resources Div 350 Ottawa Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
You can Phone: (616) 356-0500
You can email Audrie Kirk, DEQ Agent at: email@example.com
If you are tired of the lack of DEQ and Barry County Zoning oversight on this project, (I have an entire page of errors, omissions, and violations at the Friends of the Cuddy Drain Web Site)) you can complain to:
State Representative Julie Calley at: Michigan House of Representatives, N-1191 House Office Bldg, Lansing, MI 48933 Phone (517) 373-0842 Email: JulieCalley@house.mi.gov
State Senator Mike Nofs at: SEIU Michigan State Council, 100 North Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933 Phone (517) 373-2426
Governor Rick Snyder at: P.O.Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909. Phone (517) 373-3400
Thank you for your support!
For a detailed description of the hearing go to this Web Site at the Hastings Banner - http://hastingsbanner.com/index87.htm
April 17, 2017
State of Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality
Water Resources Division
Grand Rapids District Office
State Office Building, Fifth Floor, 350 Ottawa Ave. NW, Unit 10
Grand Rapids, MI. 49503-2316
Subject: Marina Expansion Application Submission Number 2NV-M2FV-ZZTZ
Site Name: 08-11925 Marsh Rd-Shelbyville
Dear DEQ Official:
The Gun Lake Protective Association (GLPA) is opposed to the proposed Marina Expansion submitted by Lucas Spoor at 08-11925 Marsh Road-Shelbyville. The GLPA opposes the proposed Marina Expansion for the following reasons:
In summary, the GLPA opposes the proposed Marina expansion and requests the DEQ “deny” the request in Submission Number: 2NV-M2FV-ZZTZ. We further request that the DEQ schedule a public hearing on this matter so that the views of the general public and lake residents can be hear before taking any action to approve this request.
We appreciate the DEQ taking the opportunity to consider our comments. Attached is a complete copy of the “Recreational Carrying Capacity Study Gun Lake Barry and Allegan Counties, Michigan” conducted by Progressive AE referenced above.
Chairman, Gun Lake Protective Association
Enclosure – Recreational Carrying Capacity Study Gun Lake by Progressive AE .
Cc: Yankee Springs Township
Public Hearing for Fracking Disposal Well
Posted on April 8, 2017 by Friends of the Cuddy Drain Blogger Deb Masselink
I would like to invite everyone to attend this meeting at the Hastings Public Library Community Room on Wednesday April 19th from 6 to 9 PM. The EPA is offering public comment on Arbor Drilling (Traverse City, MI) seeking a permit to turn an existing well into a Disposal Well for drilling brine. The proposed well is less than 13 miles from Gun Lake.
Why should we care?:
Drilling Brine, usually produced in the course of Fracking an oil or gas well, isn’t always as harmless as advertised. It’s often used for dust control on rural roads, and there have been “accidents” when more toxic/corrosive components from fracking have been applied to roads with bad results. At best, local farmers have complained about the corrosiveness being harmful to farm machinery. More and more townships (the entity in charge of dust control) have banned the use of brine in their areas
I remember talking to Mike Shelton, a well inspector from the State’s Oil/Gas/Mineral department, and he said that the shale in lower Michigan, is difficult to frack because it’s too porous. If it’s too porous to frack, then in MY opinion, it’s too leaky to contain drilling brine.
But here’s the biggie: if we start allowing disposal wells in our area, are we creating another situation like Oklahoma? Seismologists/geologists have finally accepted that disposal wells are the cause of earthquake swarms in OK. https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/tag/earthquakes/
Basically, wastewater from drilling, when injected deep in the ground, lubricates underground fault lines and allows them to slip past each other more easily. Michigan DOES have fault lines, as evidenced by the 4.2M earthquake experienced two years ago, along a fault line that runs from Coldwater to Kalamazoo and beyond? We have zero proof, but I and many other Gun Lake residents feel strongly that that earthquake was responsible three weeks later, for the breach of the Gun Lake Dam. Even if the breach wasn’t caused by the earthquake, my house, and MANY others in the Gun Lake area, are built over layers of peat. Let’s face it, Barry County is mostly swamp and our homes are built on the equivalent of “Jello”. Nothing in Michigan is built to Earthquake Standards – we can NOT risk creating earthquakes due to a Traverse City company’s need for more disposal sites.
Deb Masselink conducted an updated sampling of water in those areas that previously (June 16 sampling) read high. These samples were from inflow areas so all numbers would be greatly reduced (read the water is safe) after entering the main body of Gun Lake.
Deb reported the following:
4th North - 100 CFUs
M-179 - 700 (I still suspect we're getting runoff from Oetman's feedlot)
Timber Creek Cuddy - 800 (continuation from M-179)
Timber Creek Boot - 200
1st St (the point I test is combined Boot, Cuddy, and Tawsley drains) - 1000
Patterson Bridge - 400
Rich's house - 300 (at the culvert immediately under Patterson Road)
Deb’s barn on W Joy - 100
Gray barn on Lynden - 0
Blue Lagoon @ bridge - 0
So Gun Ho is back to squeaky-clean; the Cuddy Channel is safe; I expect the numbers upstream to continue to drop, especially as that area gets opened up with reconstruction.”
Please note that these results were NOT affected by a recent rain which impacted our readings on June 16 with recent run off. Good news for all using the lake areas and canals. Unless you are wading way upstream – you should be just fine. Thanks again Deb for your work in helping us make Gun Lake a safe and great recreational spot for us all!
New E-Coli Testing Results for Selected Locations Around Gun Lake
The E-coli results below come from the water samples collected on June 16, 2016. We will be going back to test some high locations since the collections were taken the day after a very heavy rainstorm, and probably read high due to run off (especially the Cuddy Drain). Deb Masselink points out that these numbers would have dropped fairly quickly after a few days exposure to the sun.
E-coli levels above 300 mean you should not be swimming in the water in that area. We will post the new results from testing this coming week (week of June 20, 2016) when they are available.
E-Coli results measured in colonies per 100 ml of water:
Allegan Park - 0
England Point Park - 300
Bay Pointe - 0
Fawn Lake Outlet - 300
Roosevelt Pavilion - 0
State Park Main - 300
Campground Beach - 0
Payne Lake outlet - 500
Cuddy at Robbins Bay - 1000
Cuddy @ Condo boat ramp - 3300
Cuddy @ Rich's (inflow area from culvert under Patterson) - 3400
Shady Shores - 100
Gun Ho @ 4177 – 700
Thanks to GLPA Board Chair Rob Heethuis for driving us around on his pontoon to collect the samples, Deb Masselink (GLPA Environmentalist) for doing the collecting and lab work, and Greg Purcell Web Site Scribe for this report.