Mission Lakes Assn
management plans
Water Quality
Our objective is to create or maintain conditions that will minimize, halt or reverse the degradation of water quality in Mission Lake. Water quality is a term used to describe the condition of a water body in relation to human needs or values. Quality is not an absolute; the terms “good” or “poor” water quality only have meaning relative to the use of the water and the attitude of the user. A lake might have good water quality for swimming but be considered poor water quality for bass fishing. To most of us, water quality is synonymous with water clarity.

Water Quality - What we have done:

Some of the things your lake association has done to protect your lake:

  • Provide educational materials to our property owners through distribution of BMP’s (best management practices) handouts, Landowners Guides to Lake Stewerdship, Newsletters.
  • In 1990-91 we hired AW Research Labs to record and analyze, through infrared and visual photography, the entire shoreline of our lakes. This was followed by a closer investigation of the areas of concern and individual contact with landowners to recommend preventative and corrective action in areas of concern.
  • Developed, through the Crow Wing County Water Planner, a plan to upgrade all non-complying septic systems on Mission Lake. This became a pilot project that was later adopted and used by several other lake associations in our county. (see summary following)
  • Worked closely with the Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance to establish a ban on fertilizers containing phosphorus in Crow Wing County.
  • Hired a trapper to trap beaver that were damming Mission Creek and worked with the DNR to keep the creek clear and flowing.
  • Protected the creek flowing into Upper Mission from possible contamination by purchasing the property adjoining the creek to protect it from development.
    • Protected a sensitive piece of lakeshore on Upper Mission by purchasing it in conjunction with the DNR and protecting it from development
  • Purchased and placed buoys to mark the channel between the lakes to minimize disturbance of the lake bottom and destruction of the natural aquatic vegetation.
  • Review all requests for variances and building projects within the shoreland area.

Secchi Readings & Water Sampling

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