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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

    Swimmer's Itch Data from Congregational Assembly Beach 2017

    Swimmer's Itch Data from Congregational Assembly Beach 2017 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. T...

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    Final report on swimmer's itch control for summer 2017

    CLWA contracted with Swimmer's Itch Solutions LLC to conduct swimmer's itch control activities on Crystal Lake during summer of 2017. It concentrated on trapping merganser broods and moving them to other waters where the swimmer's itch parasite...

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    Benzie area students experience 25th annual Walkabout in the watershed

    On October 5 the CLWA conducted its 25th annual experiential educational project for middle school students, the Crystal Lake Walkabout. Classes from Benzie Central and Frankfort/Elberta public schools visited locations around Crystal Lake to learn about t...

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    CLWA completes second phase of aquatic weed survey

    In August 2017 a team from the Water Quality committee of the CLWA completed the second phase of its comprehensive survey of Crystal Lake to update information on established native submerged plants, monitor invasives like Eurasian watermilfoil that are al...

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    CLWA annual members meeting held on July 22

    The CLWA's annual members meeting took place on July 22. There was a brief survey of the CLWA's ongoing projects to prevent invasive species, control swimmer's itch, monitor the quality of Crystal Lake's water, and protect the shoreline. Cu...

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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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    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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    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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