WHAT WE DO

INFO-GRAPHIC OF GCOLA ACTIVITIES AND SPENDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aquatic Invasive Species Committee (AIS)

 • Coordinates with the City of Lake Shore Police Department to provide water craft inspections for invasive species at the County Road 77 boat landing. 

• Conducts two inspections at 24 locations to look for AIS. 

• Donates annually to the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) for zebra mussel research.

 • Fulfills AIS prevention needs including establishing a boat power wash station at the Gull Lake Recreation Area public access ramp managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. 

Communications Committee 

• Maintains a website (www.gcola.org), a member group email service and a Facebook page (@GullLakeChain) to provide timely communication. 

• Issues four newsletters per year to keep members informed about association programs and important issues affecting the Gull Lake Chain. 

 

Environmental Committee 

• Monitors water quality of our lakes and stream inlets through quantitative chemical analysis. Samples are collected by GCOLA volunteers and analysis completed by a licensed environmental laboratory. 

• Measures water quality during the summer by secchi disk readings taken by GCOLA volunteers. 

• Promotes star gazing and northern lights viewing through educational initiatives on light pollution.

Finance/Audit Committee 

• Oversees the Gull Chain Preservation Endowment Fund and AIS Contingency Fund which provides long term funding for stewardship activities.

• Manages budgeting process

• Supervises financial statements and audit process.

Fisheries Committee 

• Attends annual Avid Angler discussion led by DNR and local fishing guides and outdoor media. 

• Stays informed on fishery-related research from the University of Minnesota AIS Research Center. 

• Reports findings in GCOLA newsletter.
 

Gala Committee 

• Plans and executes annual fundraising Gala, including silent auction, trip raffle, and event sponsorship.

 

Government Relations Committee

• Works with state legislators the DNR, state agencies and local government units on lake issues and concerns. 

Lake Steward Committee

• Invites all lakeshore owners to Take the Quiz and receive the Lake Steward Award for managing shoreland to promote lake water quality.

• Provides funding for approved shoreland naturalization projects.

• Conducts a Tree Giveaway each spring to promote naturalization of shoreland to protect water quality.
 

Loon Preservation Committee

• Conducts a yearly loon count in the spring and late summer.

• Educates boaters on loon-safe boating practices

• Promotes the Get the Lead Out loon safe-fishing program.

• Supports loon reproduction activities including loon nesting platforms.

Membership Committee 

• Conducts membership development programs to recruit and retain individual, family, and business memberships. 

• Recruits new members through the Lake Ambassador program.

 

Safety & Recreation Committee 

• Purchases, installs and maintains one of the premier navigational buoy systems (90 buoys) in the State of Minnesota. We also install the no wake enforcement buoys for the sheriff ’s department. 

• Provides free maps, with boating rules and regulation, at three public landings. 

• Partners with Cass and Crow Wing county sheriffs to provides free boat safety training for approximately 75 youth per year. 

• Works with county sheriffs on safety and enforcement issues including donations for night vision equipment, a range finder, and life jackets.


 

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