To protect and enhance the aquatic ecosystem of Norway Lake, Norway Brook and adjacent waterways for the benefit of all who enjoy time on or near the water.
A record 50% of property owners on Norway Lake and Norway Brook chose to support the association with their dues and donations last year. That is twice the average membership rate for lake associations around the state. Together, we've accomplished much!
Membership dues fund the basic operations of the association, including the control of the invasive plant Curly-leaf pondweed which otherwise grows in dense mats that make parts of the lake inaccessible in late spring and early summer.
Donations are to the association what fish are to the lake - without fish, there's not much going on below the surface, and without your generous donation, the same would be true of the association. Your donations fund the maintenance and operation of the harvester to control nuisance native plants and keep the lake open for recreation all summer.
Some members prefer to manage aquatic plants along their shoreline by way of mechanical harvesting. The association provides this service through the volunteer efforts of those who maintain and operate the association's equipment, another reason that your donations are greatly needed.
Purchase private aquatic plant harvesting. The optimal time to harvest most aquatic plants is late June - early July, when the plants are prominent enough to cut, but not so overgrown that they quickly fill the bed of the harvester. This is particularly true of Wild Rice, which becomes very bulky by mid-late July. For this reason, later season harvesting may require additional fees.
In some cases, a permit from the DNR is required to harvest aquatic plants. Property owners are responsible for obtaining permits prior to harvesting. You'll find more information here and the permit application site here.
There have been some changes to the dam replacement project, primarily the elimination of the shallow wading area which was planned for the area adjacent to the existing concrete platform/steps. Here are some of the new plan details.
The project will continue into September or October, with some final cosmetic and fining tuning of the riffles next spring.
Look here for more information on the plan layout soon.
As called for in the association by-laws the annual membership meeting will be held on June 5, 2021. As called for by COVID concerns, the meeting will be virtual by email. Members will receive an email with meeting details in mid-May and the agenda will be posted here as well.