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Mission

 

To be a responsible advocate of reality, truth and vigilance, with a focus on the continued quality of Clam Lake and the safe public and private use of this wonderful treasure in the Chain-of-Lakes.

 

Goals

 

Protection of the water quality, safety, environment, wildlife and quality of life of all who live and/or play on Clam Lake through the dissemination of information and taking action on issues which impact Clam Lake.

 

 

A Message To All Who Enjoy Clam Lake

 

The above goals are not a lofty dream or some political year promises.  This is what the Friends of Clam Lake (FoCL) is all about.  The organization is open to all who care about Clam Lake.  Please take a few minutes to learn more, and then consider joining our journey for Clam Lake. 



2018 FoCL Annual Meeting

Saturday August 11

at 10 a.m. (coffee at 9:30)

Alden United Methodist Church

 





Friends of Clam Lake (FoCL)

11th Anniversary

Check Us Out!

The only organization dedicated to Clam Lake!



Clam Lake is certainly a unique body of water:

-  A destination for family and friends to enjoy

-  The only safe haven when the winds or storms suddenly pick up on Torch Lake

-  A waterway to reach the beautiful Grass River Natural Area or get to the July 4th fireworks

-  Your dreams come true if you’re looking for one of the best “fishin’ holes” around

-  The place where you learned to water ski or taught your kids or grandkids to tube

-  Home, or at least your second home: Up North!


If you are a new owner or a long-time resident on Clam Lake, please consider joining the Friends of Clam Lake (FoCL), the only organization with a Mission and Goals focused solely on Clam Lake:


Mission

To be a responsible advocate of reality, truth and vigilance, with a focus on the continued quality of Clam Lake and the safe public and private use of this wonderful treasure in the Chain-of-Lakes.

Goals

Protection of the water quality, safety, environment, wildlife and quality of life of all who live and/or play on Clam Lake through the dissemination of information and taking action on issues which impact Clam Lake.
 

What do these words mean in practice?


Do you believe in the safe and unencumbered navigation of our waterways?

-  From its inception, when development that would extend over a significant area of Clam Lake’s surface waters was proposed, FoCL stood with lake property owners and users to insure boat navigation would not be overly impacted.

-  FoCL was the only group to put action behind those words and that effort continues.


Did you teach your kids to ski on Clam Lake, where it’s relatively calm and safe, and

now you can’t wait until the grandkids are old enough?

-  You may know the best boating practices but how about the other guy? 

Each year, FoCL helps sponsor the sheriff’s “Boat Smart - Boat Safe - Boat Legal” initiative for training of youth to get their Boating Safety Certificates.


Do your family and friends marvel at how clear our waters are?

-  When wetland areas were put at risk of being filled, FoCL called for the proper delineation and preservation of habitats critical to maintaining water quality.

-  Since the Grass River flows into Clam Lake, FoCL actively supports all efforts at maintaining its water quality through projects like the Sedimentation Study, Large Woody Debris, and “Slow No-Wake” signage.


If the view of the lake from your house or dock was blocked, what would you do?

-  When permits were being considered in 2013 and 2017 for construction of new, large structures immediately along the shoreline and extending into the waters of the lake, FoCL promoted aesthetic and environmental preservation and helped riparian property owners keep lake views unobstructed.

Our vigilance of future potential threats continues as we advocate for your property rights, home values, and the natural resources associated with Clam Lake.


What’s your choice: large mouth bass, perch or bluegill?

-  A FoCL board member coordinated and wrote the five DEQ permit applications for fish shelters to be placed at 80 sites in the Chain-of-Lakes, with 9 of those in Clam Lake.

-  Another board member hosted the building of fish shelters for over 50 of those sites.

-  And, don’t forget the northern pike, rock bass, crappie, small mouth bass, muskie and pumpkin seed sunfish.


Did you hear the “call” of loons last night or have you seen two loon chicks resting on its mother’s back?

- This is “Mother Nature” at her best, with a little help of artificial nesting platforms and protective navigation buoys from FoCL and its members.


Do you remember how difficult it was to launch a boat at the DNR site?

-  FoCL identified problems with storm runoff and difficultly in maneuvering trailers.  Working with the DNR and County Road Commission, these issues were resolved.


If a body of water like Lake Tahoe can become overrun with invasive species, imagine what could happen to Clam Lake if no action was taken.  Check the images from a Google search on “eurasian milfoil at lake tahoe”.

-  FoCL, along with other regional and local organizations, continues to monitor and take action for the eradication or minimization of invasive plant species like Eurasian Milfoil, Purple Loosestrife, and Phragmites.


How’s your shoreline doing this year?  Not well?

-  While we can’t prevent excessive rains or stop the boat wakes, there are resources available to property owners that want to protect their shorelines against erosion while also taking advantage of deep rooted natural plants which help filter storm water runoff from and improve lake water quality. Check with FoCL (friendsofclamlake@hotmail.com) for some possible solutions.

-  In 2008/2009, FoCL conducted an aerial survey and wrote a shoreline greenbelt report to establish a baseline of then current conditions for almost every property on Clam Lake.  Contact FoCL (friendsofclamlake@hotmail.com) if you’d like to see what your property was like 10 years ago.


What would Clam Lake be like if boating traffic doubled or tripled on those beautiful, balmy, summer weekends?

-  FoCL takes action when this treasure of Clam Lake is threatened.  FoCL works with our two townships, Antrim County and the State of Michigan to ensure good, logical ordinances for road ends, “funneling” avoidance, and anything else that could be detrimental to Clam Lake.

-  For the last 10 years, FoCL has conducted a research project monitoring the boating capacity of Clam Lake. If issues arise, we have hard data on the increasing activity.


Vigilance, Information, Action - Friends of Clam Lake continues its focus on only one thing: Clam Lake!


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Website: www.friendsofclamlake.com

We invite you to become a new member for this year.  Click here for membership application.  Check us out!





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