Annual Meeting PFAS Presentation

Annual Meeting PFAS Presentation

A highlight of the 2024 GLQO Annual Meeting was a presentation by Erica Bays, from Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy on the work they are doing to monitor PFAS levels around Gull Lake. She provided a number of very detailed maps and charts that demonstrated where PFAS levels are above detection limits in and around the area to the south and east of Gull Lake; most of this associated with contamination from the plastics plant.  The source of PFAS contamination in the Idlewild neighborhood is not clear but given the…continue reading →
Update: Ross Township Anti-Noise Ordinance

Update: Ross Township Anti-Noise Ordinance

Some folks have recently been asking about any rules/laws/ordinances around excessive noise on our lakes. Ross Township Supervisor Christina Hutchings recently shared with the GLQO the updated Ross Township Anti-Noise Ordinance, which was updated and put into effect last month. Of particular note: With respect to on-the-water activities Section II(B) mentions (note: these are paraphrased - see the Ordinance itself for the complete list and exact wording): In general: "...unreasonable or unnecessarily loud noise or disturbance, injurious ot the health, peace or quiet of hte residents and property owners of the Township. Playing…continue reading →
Lunch & Learn 2024

Lunch & Learn 2024

The Gull Lake Quality Organization (GLQO) is thrilled to announce our upcoming "Natural Shoreline Workshop," a Lunch & Learn event scheduled for July 11, 2024. This workshop, prompted by popular demand from our members, aims to delve deeper into shoreline landscaping options—building on the knowledge shared by our speakers at the 2023 and 2022 Fall Fling events. The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kellogg Biological Station's Carriage House. This comprehensive program is designed for lakefront property owners who are interested in enhancing their shoreline while preserving…continue reading →
US Sets PFAs Limits

US Sets PFAs Limits

On 10 April, the Federal Government, for the first time, set limits on PFAS for drinking water: - 4 parts per trillion for PFAS and PFOS - 10 parts per trillion for PFHxS, PFNA and HFPO-DA These limits apply to public drinking water systems, and will be phased in, with monitoring capabilities to be put in place by 2027, and compliance being required by 2029. Key points to note: - Private water sources, such as private wells, are not required to meet these standards - While these limits are stricter than the State…continue reading →
2024 Memberships: MI Riparian Discount

2024 Memberships: MI Riparian Discount

A reminder! If you renew or join the GLQO for 2024 by the end of this month (February), you can receive a discounted subscription to the Michigan Riparian ($14 vs. $25 for regular membership). Hurry, only 13 days left!!The membership renewal form can be found here, and you can also join online here. Dues and donations from GLQO members help us continue our work to protect the waters of Gull Lake and the surrounding watershed .. Keeping it Clean is our motto!continue reading →
Michigan DNR Final Report on Wake Boats

Michigan DNR Final Report on Wake Boats

After previewing a draft of the report last Fall, the Michigan DNR Fisheries Division has just published its final report on Wake Boats, and it's even more comprehensive in this final form. The basic recommendations of the report are as follows: Boats operating in wake-surfing mode or wake-boarding mode, during which boat speed, wave shapers, and/or ballast are used to increase wave height, are recommended to operate at least 500 feet from docks or the shoreline, regardless of water depth. Boats operating in wake-surfing or wake-boarding modes are recommended to operate in water…continue reading →
Announcing the 2023 MiCorps Conference

Announcing the 2023 MiCorps Conference

The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps), a network of volunteer monitoring programs that collect and share surface water quality data statewide, is holding its 2023 Annual Conference at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan, on Oct. 20, 2023. Those traveling to the conference have the option to spend the night at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station on Oct. 19, 2023, and participate in an afternoon workshop and evening reception. Registration is now open for the 2023 MiCorps Conference. The agenda includes sessions on stream macroinvertebrate identification, freshwater mussel monitoring, volunteer…continue reading →
Upcoming PFAS Public Meeting

Upcoming PFAS Public Meeting

On Monday, October 30th, from 6:00-8:00PM, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) will host a public meeting about the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) investigation associated with the North 34th Street (Richland) site. A MPART representative will share information about MPART and an overview of PFAS, which are a large group of human-made substances used in manufacturing, firefighting, and consumer products. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will provide information about possible health effects related to PFAS exposure. A representative from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy…continue reading →