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Najas Marina in Lake Maloney Update.
Najas Marina - (Spiney Moss)
This subject is getting to be very serious among
many of the Lake Maloney Property Owners.
A professor from Chadron State College,
Dr. Stephen Rolfsmeier, was a guest speaker
at the LMPOA annual meeting the first year
that it showed up at Lake Maloney in 2016.
Dr. Rolfsmeier had some great information, but since it was an annual, it was a “wait and see what happens next year”, well a few years have passed and we now know what can happen, it can spread. What was concentrated in one area has made its way towards the shorelines across the Lake. As Rolfsmeier explained, Spiny Naiad is an ecological threat because in forms dense mats of submerged vegetation that chokes out other aquatic plants and is a big problem for boaters and fisherman. Spiny naiad is eaten by geese and ducks and the seeds of the plan can germinate after digestion. Lastly, the seeds live in the seed bank, which means that short times of drawdown or low water are unlikely to be effective in removing this plant. The one good thing about this plant is it makes a great habitat for fish.
So the question remains for the LMPOA and NPPD is how to eliminate spiny naiad. This year, the LMPOA purchased an aquatic mower which is a motorized lake weed cutter that is in the picture to the right, but the naiad showed up too late and wasn’t able to be used, but hopefully, next year, members of the
Board can try it to see if it will help. The next method of trying to control this
is chemicals, but that will have to be worked out with NPPD to see if that will even be allowed. The next method of trying to control this is chemicals, but that will have to be worked out with NPPD to see if that will even be allowed. The Board will continue to monitor this topic and hopefully, it can be eliminated before it causes some major problems.
Draw Down of the Lake
Covid-19 has made it so the lake has been down more than usual this summer, approximately an average of six inches below normal, but Covid-19 has taught us all that we have to make some sacrifices so giving up some water in the Lake was just another one of those sacrifices. Next Fall around October 1st, the water will be
lowered again for the FERC
(Federal Emergency Regulatory Commission) Inspection that happens every five years.
FERC licenses and inspects private and municipal, hydroelectric projects. Following the inspection, which requires the canal system to be dewatered; flows are anticipated to be returned back into the canal by mid-November. This is a major drawn down which will gives property owners a chance to work on sea wall projects. Now is the time to plan, but during your planning process, don’t forget to get approval from NPPD.
IF you are planning on a project, contact Brian Hope at NPPD to complete a construction application for approval before construction begins.