Please find the lineup of our Program plans for 2020 below. All of our members can participate in and accelerate progress in ou Programs by:
- Post questions and opinions and be part of the conversation on Facebook
- Providing financial support at the DONATIONS page of the website. This page allows you to contribute either to an individual Program or to the General Fund that is shared among the greatest needs of all of our Programs. Note that the BLPS diligently pursues grant money for matching funds for our projects.
- Periodically visit the website to gain a deeper understanding of our Programs, to keep your membership current, to check on our calendar of events, and to learn of opportunities for volunteering
- Volunteer on a team to learn new things and meet new people. You can help to identify and eradicate purple loosestrife with the Invasive Species Prevention Program or gather water samples or be a videographer in the Swimmer's Itch Program.
- If you have an idea, would like to volunteer, or you'd just like to meet one on one or with a group of friends and neighbors with one or more of the BLPS Directors, go to the CONTACT page and let us know how we can help you.
- Do some self directed learning by signing up for the MSU Extension Course on Lakes Ecology or take the Shoreland Stewards Self Assessment Survey of your habits and decisions with your Black Lake Property. Learn more HERE.
Here's the lineup for 2020!
Lake Level Management
Invasive Species Prevention
Our goal is to modify Alverno Dam operating rules to improve compliance with the circuit court ordered lake levels for summer and winter. By doing so, we hope to reduce shoreline and property damage during the lake level rise in the spring.
Water Quality Monitoring
Our goal is to supplement standard water quality measurements to validate or diagnose concerns about things like weed growth, toxic algae, changes to the lake bottom, or other matters that arise.
Marine Life Studies
Our goal is to acquire and disseminate information about changes in the food chain and ecosystem in the lake. Are zebra mussels expanding or are they in decline? Are there more minnows or less and why? What changes are taking place in the numbers of various fish and mollusk species and why?
Our goal is to prevent introduction and slow the spread of invasive marine species and upland plants that could harm watershed functions of habitat provision, nutrient removal, and visual appeal.
Our goal is to identify the parasites present in our lake that cause swimmer's itch, to understand their location and carrier species and to break the chains that create this nuisance.
Local Government Interface
Our goal is to evaluate the need for the various protections that are recommended to Michigan Lake Associations like ours by a consortium partially funded by the EPA. What practices have been followed by lake associations that have been successful in maintaining the quality of their watershed as development pressures have challenged them.
Our goals are to give property owners an understanding of how their decisions and habits affect our lake, and to offer them tools to enable them to execute a long term, practical plan of improvements.
Septic System Health
Our goal is to give the knowledge and tools to property owners to help them use and maintain their septic systems in a manner to minimize impact on the overall health of our lake
Land Trust Development
Our goal is to ensure lasting protection of nature’s own healing mechanisms (e.g. large trees, wetlands, marsh vegetation, and native filter feeders) and create showcase natural assets in our area for use by the public through charitable conservation gifts and easements.