By Stephanie Saypannha
As we anticipate the upcoming lake season at Sandy Pines, it is important to keep the health and safety of our lake in mind. We are fortunate to have a lake that has something to offer for nearly everyone whether it is fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, sunset cruising, floating, tubing, skiing or surfing, most of us use and enjoy the lake. That means that no matter what our favorite activity we can all play our part in keeping the lake happy and healthy. If you are a boater, it is important to remember that invasive hitchhikers are a very real threat to our lake. Currently, we have three types of invasive aquatic plants: Hybrid Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed and Giant Reed. Our lake management company has a focused plan to eradicate these invasive species, but we can also do our part to make sure that we are not introducing more to our lake. Washing your vessel, all live wells and ballast tanks in between different lakes is the best way to ensure that your boat is not bringing in invasive species. Milfoil was found to cover 31 acres of our 214 acre lake during our lake study that took place in June of 2019. Milfoil is our biggest ecosystem threat as it creates dense canopies which inhibit growth of our natural vegetation needed for fish habitats. The boat ramp has signage with more information on the dangers of invasive species and if you really want to broaden your knowledge you can go to https://www.michigan.gov/invasives/.