PGOLID 25th Anniversary

We are a lake improvement district, which means we are a taxing entity through the county. PGOLID was formed to identify, quantify, study, and manage water resources as to preserve quality.

The Pelican Group of Lakes is located in Otter Tail County, approximately 13 miles south of Detroit Lakes, and encompasses four lakes: Pelican, Little Pelican, Bass, and Fish. ;xNLx;

1993-01-01 00:00:00

Water Level Monitoring

Water level (elevation) monitoring is being conducted for Pelican Lake by volunteers and reported to the DNR.

1993-08-07 00:00:00

Resolution to establish PGOLID

The Otter Tail County Board adopted a resolution of intent to establish the Pelican Group of Lakes Improvement District on August 7, 1993.

1993-08-28 00:00:00

Public Hearing for LID formation

PGOLID held a public hearing on August 28, 1993, within the proposed district regarding whether the district should be established.

1993-10-05 00:00:00

PGOLID Order Established

On October 5, 1993 , the PGOLID Board ordered that the proposed district be established effective June 6, 1994 .

1994-06-06 00:00:00

PGOLID Officially Established

PGOLID was officially established effective June 6, 1994.

1994-08-02 16:49:08

Start of Lake Monitoring

The board worked with Jack Fredrick from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to get volunteers in place to monitor the lake's water quality.

1994-08-20 00:00:00

Blybergs Point Development

There was a petition concerning the property on Bass Lake known as Blybergs point. An environmental impact study is required before the development of the property can take place.

1994-08-20 00:00:00

First PGOLID Meeting

The first PGOLID Meeting was held. The first Board was appointed by the Otter Tail County Commissioners, and the First PGOLID President was Kermit E. Bye.

1994-08-20 22:36:23

Mosquito Program Implemented

PGOLID funds the spraying of mosquitoes weekly during the summer.

1994-08-22 16:49:08

First PGOLID Concerns Discussed

The Minnesota Fish and Wildlife Officials stated that Flowering Rush, Eurasian Milfoil, and Purple Loose strife are the main concerns for PGOLID, as well as nutrient levels, lawn fertilizers, and septic tanks.

1997-07-26 00:00:00

Speed Limits

PGOLID contacted the sheriff's office in order to lower the speed limit on County Road 9 due to concerns about speeding.

2000-05-27 00:00:00

Walleye Watch

PGOLID contacted the DNR to erect signs to prevent fishermen from keeping undersized walleyes.

2000-05-27 00:00:00

Tent Caterpillars

Arial Spraying for tent Caterpillars was completed since worms have been sighted at several beaches.

2000-05-27 00:00:00

COLA Representation

Mike Ostbye was appointed to be the Otter Tail County COLA representative for Pelican Lake.

2000-08-12 00:00:00

Water Level Concerns

PGOLID budgets money to study the effect of lake level increase on shoreline properties.

2000-09-23 00:00:00

Sewer and Water Study

A preliminary study of sewer and water was completed for PGOLID.

2000-12-01 00:00:00

Waste Water Facility Plan

The preliminary Waste Water facility Plan was introduced. It includes a small pressure pump system for each homeowner. Water and sewer lines would be directionally bored to eliminate the need for trenching. The board also reviewed sites for possible disposal facilities and choose Rinke Noonan Law firm in St. Cloud to be a partner for this project.

2000-12-01 00:00:00

Flood Hazard Mitigation Grant

MN DNR approved a $15,000 Flood hazard Mitigation Grant to PGOLID.

2001-05-26 00:00:00

Water Levels

Water levels are checked every week on Cormorant and Pelican Lakes. Pelican Lake is over the ordinary high so Cormorant flows have been reduced to 17cfs.

2001-06-23 00:00:00

Lake Ida Outlet

Lake Ida is in the process of installing a larger culvert to discharge water during high water levels. Lake Ida's water flows into Spring Creek, which inlets to Pelican Lake by Zorbaz.

2001-06-23 00:00:00

Water Tower and Lagoon Sites

PGOLID is working to obtain land for the water tower and lagoon sites for waste water treatment. A marketing plan was put together for marketing the water and sewer project.

2001-08-18 00:00:00

Water Testing with RMB Labs

PGOLID's comprehensive water quality testing program begins with the acceptance of a proposal from RMB labs for water quality testing at 6 sites.

2001-08-25 05:41:38

Roald Lund is PGOLID President

Roald Lund becomes the second PGOLID President.

2001-09-20 05:41:38

PGOLID Website Established

The first website for PGOLID was established. It was used for disseminating information about PGOLID meetings and programs.

2002-06-02 06:43:45

Aquatic Vegetation

Large amounts of aquatic vegetation were found deposited on the west end of Big Pelican as well as in other areas of PGOLID. There are concerns about aquatic invasive plants.

2002-06-24 04:36:07

Buoy Program

As of now volunteers have been placing safety buoys on the lake in the spring. PGOLID would rather hire this job out than use volunteers.

2002-07-13 04:36:07

Lake Study

PGOLID accepted a proposal from Blue Water Science in St. Paul, MN to conduct a lake study and present solutions to problems identified in the study.

2002-07-13 04:36:07

DNR Permit for Plant Treatment

PGOLID requested a permit from the DNR to spray nuisance weeds in Little Pelican Lake.

2002-10-19 04:36:07

Echo Bay Development

The owner of the Echo Bay development on Fish Lake hired planners to come up with a low impact development plan for the property.

2003-01-01 00:00:00

Aquatic Plant Survey

Blue water science was hired to survey aquatic plants in the PGOLID lakes. This transect showed moderate aquatic plant diversity and the presence of curly-leaf pond weed, an invasive aquatic plant.

2003-03-29 04:36:07

Echo Bay Development

Water Quality Consultants suggest that the PGOLID should monitor the development of Echo Bay, which could cause water quality problems.

2003-03-29 04:36:07

Website Contacts

The board members were requested to be accessible through the website.

2003-05-31 04:36:07

Garbage Disposal Stations

PGOLID will provide garbage disposal stations at the two public accesses on Pelican Lake.

2003-05-31 04:36:07

Curly Leaf Pondweed

PGOLID requested an estimate from Steve McComas, of Blue Water Science to spray invasive curly leaf pondweed with herbicide.

2003-05-31 04:36:07

Dam Repair Preparation

Jim Morken, whose company owns the land on the south side of the Fish Lake Dam, advised PGOLID that they would allow access to the dam for repair.

2003-05-31 04:36:07

Buoy Program

PGOLID owns 14 bouys and 8 more are needed. Stickers were created to mark the buoys owned by the PGOLID.

2003-08-16 04:36:07

LID Bylaws

Dan Crothers was appointed to develop a set of bylaws for PGOLID.

2003-09-20 04:36:07

Well Water Testing

Arsenic was found to be prevalent in the area groundwater. PGOLID educated that individuals should test their wells for Arsenic.

2003-09-20 04:36:07

Mailing Address

An official mailing address was established for PGOLID. A PO Box in Pelican Rapids was set up for a central location. PO Box 336 Pelican Rapids, MN 56572-0336.

2003-09-20 04:36:07

Buoy Program

A total of 22 buoys are now owned by PGOLID.

2004-01-01 00:00:00

Shoreland Inventory

Blue Water Science was hired to conduct a shore land inventory to determine the state of the shoreline for lake protection. 40% of properties met the 50% vegetation along a shoreline in a strip of at least 15 feet deep.

2004-01-01 11:13:33

Soil Suitability Survey

Blue Water Science was hired for a soil suitability survey: 71 soil types were found in the 0.25 mile zone around the lake shorelines. Soils were classified and noted as to their effectiveness for septic system drain fields.

2004-08-01 00:00:00

Mike Ostbye is PGOLID President

Mike Ostbye serves as President of PGOLID from 2004 - 2010.

2005-01-01 11:13:33

Curly-Leaf Pondweed Program Begins

As a result of a plant survey by Blue Water Science in 2003, PGOLID decided to start a curly-leaf pondweed treatment program. This program's goal is to reduce the density and spread of the invasive plant.

2005-04-16 10:08:31

Dr. Mac Traynor Passes

There was acknowledgement at the PGOLID Board meeting of Dr. Mac Traynor, a strong advocate for Pelican Lake, passing away.

2005-04-16 21:00:55

First Lake Management Plan

Blue Water Science wrote a Lake Management Plan that stated, "PGOLID is in Protection Mode". Also stated that at this time the curly-leaf pondweed is a recreation and navigational problem in some areas, not a water quality problem.

2005-04-16 21:00:55

Bill HF0496

Rep. Paul Marquart introduced a bill at the state legislature to limit the abilities of LIDs, namely for funding mosquito spraying programs. If the bill passes it would eliminate the mosquito spraying for Pelican Lake.

2005-04-16 21:51:29

Monitoring of Pelican Lake Inlets

Bob Borash of RMB Labs identified inlets into Pelican Lake that will be monitored for water quality issues.

2005-05-07 21:00:55

Joining COLA

PGOLID joined the Otter Tail Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA).

2005-11-03 18:22:16

Tent Caterpillar

Airborne Custom Spraying was contracted for spraying of tent caterpillars in 2006.

PGOLID 25th Anniversary

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