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  •  Big balloon release on my lake (10+ / 0-)

    this past weekend in as a memorial to kids killed in a jet ski - tubing accident.  I fail to see how releasing balloons over a lake nearby the accident scene lake does anything to help the parents of the deceased children and I was less than thrilled over the ribbon or string landing either in the lake, nearby lakes or woods around here.  The accident was a sad reminder that it is important to always follow water craft safety laws. I live in SE MI and we don't need more waste landing in the water or woods.  I have raked out cans, glass and plastic bottles, cigarette buts, plastic, etc from my little piece of beach on a private lake.  This is the crap my neighbors put in the lake from their pontoons, speed boats and jet skis.  I have seen a bald eagle swoop down and get duck from this lake.  We have bass, pike and perch among other species of fish.  There are heron and egrets as well as geese, ducks and swans (there are now white swans on all the lakes around here - some idiot thought it would be a good idea to import a foreign water fowl.  Like we don't have enough indigenous water fowl.  This lake is a stopping point in the spring for loons and some other migratory birds.  

    •  sigh.... hope it gets better for you. (8+ / 0-)

      our nasty issue is trespassers coming over from the state park 2 lots away. We don't mind them walking the beach; everyone does that. It's when they plop down or swim over or play with our stuff. Some are belligerent "you don't own the water" - but we do, shore to 200 feet out.

      I play the angry old geezer - it's not a hard role....

      "You are what you write, not what you look like."

      by PHScott on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:01:15 PM PDT

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      •  i guess it could be worse (9+ / 0-)

        But what I don't understand is that it's their lake too.  They live, swim and fish in it.  Where do they think the garbage goes?  We have a strong home owners association which puts out email blasts and a newsletter.  I have seen emails regarding the trash in the lake.  It's to no avail.  Don't get me started on the failing septic systems.  We do have sewers to hook up to but people don't want to pay to do so.  It was the first thing I did she I bought this house.

        •  ignorance, often deliberate. (3+ / 0-)
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          salmo, Polly Syllabic, RiveroftheWest

          We don't drink the water here. Fecal coliform is an issue. This old leveled-off sanddune we sit on is a great filter but the well is not that deep. Before upgrading our septic, it was a steel barrel, a couple of them, leach field long collapsed. Folks in early 60s built here as occasional summer camps using cheap material, often reused. Now it's these 2 story multi-season McCottages

          "You are what you write, not what you look like."

          by PHScott on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 05:06:41 AM PDT

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