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  • The Crystal Lake & Watershed Association
    is a nonprofit (501c3) organization of concerned citizens committed to protecting the beauty and water quality of Crystal Lake and its surrounding environment. It engages in monitoring, education, and advocacy on behalf of the broad community for whom Crystal Lake is a vital economic, recreational, and aesthetic resource.
  • CLWA News Highlights

    Come wash your boat and fight invasive species on Crystal Lake

    On Saturday July 1, from noon to 3:00 p.m., the CLWA will host a community event at the Crystal Lake Public Access Site (boat launch) at Mollineaux Road and M-115. Volunteers will be on hand to wash your boat and demonstrate how important it is to prevent ...

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    Swimmer's itch? Merganser sightings? Report them here

    CLWA has contracted with Swimmer's Itch Solutions LLC to conduct swimmer's itch control activities on Crystal Lake this summer. You can assist the success of this program by reporting sightings of merganser broods and swimmer's itch cases to th...

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    Michigan Lake and Stream Associations names CLWA "Lake Association of the Year"

    The CLWA received the Michigan Lake and Stream Associations' "Lake Association of the Year" award at the MLSA's 2017 annual conference, held at Crystal Mountain Resort on April 21-22.The citation recognized the CLWA for its "outstanding leader...

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    SICON LLC Reports on 2016 Swimmer's Itch Research Program

    During the summer of 2016, CLWA contracted with SICON LLC to implement a multi-faceted pilot program of swimmer's itch research and assessment on Crystal Lake. In September they submitted a report to the CLWA on their season's work, which includes ...

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    Swimmer's Itch Data from Congregational Assembly Beach 2016

    The Congregational Summer Assembly beach, on the southwest corner of Crystal Lake, has been producing the most complete and accurate data on the occurrence of swimmer's itch since 2013. The latest statistics, from the 2016 season, have now been analyze...

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    Approved Watershed Plan Points the Way to Future Protection of Crystal Lake

    The never-ending work of protecting northwest Michigan’s water received a major boost in September with federal approval of the Betsie River/Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan. The document calls for investing more than $17 million in projects to...

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    The CLWA held its annual members meeting on July 23.

    The CLWA held its annual members meeting on July 23. Attendees heard reports from the leaders of the two swimmer's itch research projects being sponsored by the CLWA this summer on Crystal Lake, which are being conducted by Oakland University Departmen...

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    CLWA Completes First Phase of Aquatic Weed Survey

    In early August a team from the Water Quality committee of the CLWA began a new survey of Crystal Lake to update information on established native submerged plants, monitor invasives like Eurasian watermilfoil that are already present, and look for any new...

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    Water Quality Testing Results for 2016 Now Available

    As part of the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, the CLWA sponsors comprehensive scientific testing of Crystal Lake’s water. Monitoring provides advance warning, so that early action can be taken to protect Crystal Lake. The latest resul...

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