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.
The old dam/Highway 84 bridge combination is a thing of the past. You may recall that there were some late changes to the riffle dam design. Here are some of the new plan details.
This spring and summer, work on the riffle dam will conclude with some additional riprap/boulder work along the shoreline. The performance of the dam, i.e., its effectiveness and passively controlling the flow of water downstream, will be monitored this summer. If the flow rate is higher than expected, additional small rocks may be added to further restrict the flow.
It's important to note that as was the case with the past gate-controlled flow, some movement of water downstream is essential for the health of downstream ecosystems.
As called for in the association by-laws the annual membership meeting will be held on June 4, 2022. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude not later than 10:30 a.m. Members will receive an email with meeting details in mid-May.