WEED TREATMENT DATES (weather permitting):
May 21 – Eurasian Milfoil (selected areas)
June 11 – Shoreline & Channels
Webster Lake Conservation Association (WLCA), founded in 1950, is a non-profit organization serving residents of Webster Lake. Our Board of Directors and Committees work closely with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), The Watershed Foundation, and independent vendors to monitor water quality and aquatic plant life and to address elements in our watershed that could endanger the quality of our lake. In addition, WLCA sponsors social, recreational, and educational activities for all lake residents.
WLCA's mission is to represent and cultivate the best interests of its membership and property owners by assisting in controlling the inlet and outlet of Webster Lake; endeavoring to keep the lake clean and safe for fishing, swimming, and boating; and encouraging the property owners and members to work together for the improvement of the lake. WLCA's purpose is to make the region healthful, restful, and attractive in the belief that doing so will help to enhance enjoyment of the lake and maintain and/or increase lake property values as well as benefit local businesses and the community as a whole.
The WLCA maintains the dam to control the lake's water level according to DNR regulations. Our volunteers maintain a database documenting the water level at the dam.
WLCA performs multiple water quality tests and secci dip clarity tests each year. These tests monitor oxygen, dissolved oxygen, phosphorous, nitrogen, pH, E. coli, and temperature. These efforts have been vital in decisions made by the DNR relating to our lakes. WLCA also employs an independent contractor to provide aquatic plant studies to meet DNR requirements for weed treatment permits and to participate with the WLCA in discussing and advocating these matters with the DNR. WLCA has taken aggressive action to eradicate the notorious exotic Eurasian milfoil vegetation that has created havoc in many Indiana lakes.
October 2017: Year-End Weed Report and Funding Request distributed to Webster Lake residents in October 2017 via e-mail or U.S. regular mail.
September 11, 2017: Here is a slide-show presentation prepared by Aquatic Control for the WLCA September 11 Board of Directors meeting. Please note the color-coded map of Webster Lake prepared from data collected in 2015. This data influenced the decisions made in 2016 relative to weed treatment permits and LARE grants. Data collected in 2017 has been submitted to the IDNR for their consideration regarding treatment of Webster Lake in 2018.
August 2017: Volunteer WLCA officers and directors spent approximately three days during August 2017 mapping the lake with a Lowrance sonar unit in preparation of an annually required IDNR aquatic vegetation report. See Entry at May 2017 below for a more detailed description.
June 22, 2017: A non-selective weed and algae treatment of the shoreline and channels of Webster Lake was completed by our weed management contractor at a cost of $24,604.
May 10, 2017: A selective treatment was applied to the remaining 60 acres (down from 155 acres the prior year) of the invasive weed Eurasian watermilfoil throughout Webster Lake. 80% of the treatment for watermilfoil was reimbursed by a LARE Grant, leaving WLCA a balance due of $2,884. Also, the shoreline and channels in the Miller's Landing area of Webster Lake received a special treatment for invasive curly-leaf pondweed that was growing in abundance. The curly-leaf treatment was paid in full by the WLCA at $4,800.
May 2017: Volunteer WLCA officers and directors spent approximately three days during May 2017 mapping the lake with a Lowrance sonar unit in preparation of an annually required IDNR aquatic vegetation report. The initial cost of the Lowrance unit was $1,700, including mounting brackets. Annually, WLCA pays a licensing fee of approximately $900 which allows the uploading of the data collected and the creation of a map showing the location, growth, and volume of vegetation in the Lake. Previously, the mapping was done by an outside contractor at an annual cost that exceeded the purchase price of the equipment and licensing fee.
September 13, 2016: Here is a slide-show presentation prepared by Aquatic Control for the LARE Grant Public Hearing held 09-08-2016. Please note the color-coded map of Webster Lake prepared from data collected in 2015. This data influenced the decisions made in 2016 relative to weed treatment permits and LARE grants.
June 10, 2016: The Mail-Journal, June 1, 2016. DNR allowing more weed control at Lake Webster.
The Safety Committee places buoys to mark idle zones and potentially hazardous areas around the lake according to DNR regulations and directives. They also work with the fireworks vendor to ensure safety at the annual Fourth of July Fireworks display.