By Brad Marion
Greetings from Lake Louise and all the best to neighbors
across Fox Point as we approach the holidays!
A few observations from the Lake Committee, both looking
back and forward.
1) This year, we switched vendors helping us with water
treatment and algae control for Lake Louise. While there
was a bad stretch in late July and early August, the water
conditions in Lake Louise were generally better than recent
years due to the cool weather (thanks: Jan Romenesko). That
said, we know that we have work to do.
2) Lake County conducted a water quality survey of Lake
Louise in 2008. When comparing that data with information
from 1998 and 2003, it confirms what many residents would
suggest: Water quality in Lake Louise has gone downhill
over the last 10 years.
3) As you can imagine, there are a lot of factors that
influence water quality in Lake Louise, some of which are
outside of Fox Point control. The Lake Committee is talking
with several area consultants who specialize in lake
management, with the intent of gaining their experience and
counsel to develop a 3-5 year lake management plan for Lake
Louise. This will address water quality, fishery,
sedimentation, island erosion, algae control, and other
So, in the meantime, what can each of you do that will
*As we finish the Fall and approach Winter, please try to
keep leaves and grass clippings out of gutters and away
from the lake and Flint Creek. Everything that washes into
the storm sewers around Fox Point ends up in Lake Louise.
Also, please be moderate with you use of salt during winter
months and remember that salt is most effective when
applied at warmer temperatures (25'-35'), so when the
thermometer plummets, please hold off. All this salt runs
into Lake Louise as well, and diminishes water quality.
*As we look ahead to Spring, use of non-phosphorus
fertilizers is crucial.
*We will likely try some aeration this year, as well as
selective planting of aquatic vegetation (water lillies),
both of which should help water quality. We will likely
organize a carp-derby, as a recent fish survey by the
Illinois EPA confirms what many suspected: we do have a
*We may even start encouraging homeowners along the lake to
begin considering a more natural shoreline (versus
manicured) and for those homeowners with electricity and
pumps along the lake, selective irrigation with Lake Louise
waters. Both initiatives have positive water quality
implications for Lake Louise.
*Finally, for those of you with an interest in Lake Louise,
happy to have your assistance. Please let me know if you
have an interest. As we complete the lake management plan,
we anticipate that there will multiple initiatives underway
over the coming years, which undoubtedly will require some
And, even though winter lies ahead, please enjoy the lake.
With Tom Slager's predictable efforts, we have wonderful
ice-skating right around the corner (thanks Tom).
But: please be careful of ice-thickness and make sure you
have several inches of ice before venturing out.
Green offers a phosphorus-free fertiziler at a very
Point home owners want to take advantage of a group
purchase price of
$52.95 per visit by Spring Green they should call Rick
directly. I would ask everyone to see what they are paying
Here is a way for people to save some money and save our