Rush Lake Improvement Association

RLIA Membership Meetings – 3rd Saturday of the month (except December).

ou are invited to attend the monthly RLIA membership meetings, at the Nessel Town Hall, 49205 Acacia Trail, Stanchfield, MN. Prior to the general membership meeting, join us for the Board Election for updates on projects, guest presentations, and more. Free Coffee and rolls are served. Door opens at 8:00 a.m., meeting will commence at 8:30. Click Here for the current meeting reminder postcard. A map of the Nessel Town Hall is HERE.


2017 Grant Allen Scholarship Recipients Announced

Two Grant Allen Scholarships, based on essays on "What Rush Lake Means To Me", have been awarded to Brooke Stangret, Blaine High School and Kaylie Paitl, Braham High School. Congratulations to both from the Rush Lake Improvement Association!

2017 Curlyleaf Pondweed treatment areas announced.

Annually, the RLIA facilitates the treatment of Curlyleaf Pondweed in a number of "zones" throughout both East and West Rush Lake. CLICK HERE for a map showing the treatment zones for 2017

Rush Lake Water Sampling Project

Here is a short video about the Rush City High School Intro. to Environmental Science class, led by instructor, Eric Telander, testing the water quality entering Rush Lake. The project was funded by an RLIA grant.

Rush Lake water sampling from RON ROGO on Vimeo.

2015 On Shore Weed Spraying Cost Sharing for 100 RLIA Members

In keeping with our Mission of improving the lake, the Rush Lake Improvement Association is offering its members a beneficial program for the 2015 “On Shore Weed Spraying.” To help defray the cost of spraying, RLIA will contribute $100.00 to each of the first 100 members to sign up with Lake Restoration for on shore spraying. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SIGN UP! RLIA and Lake Restoration will handle the details and the contribution will be reflected on your billing. Information from Lake Restoration will be coming soon! WORKING TOGETHER WE IMPROVE OUR LAKE!

Phosphorus Sampling

On January 15, 2015, the RLIA and U of M civil engineer professors took samples from the West Rush Lake bed in the RLIA's ongoing effort to reduce/sequestor the lake's phosphorus. CLICK HERE formore details and photos.

Rush Lake Clean Up Day 2014

Saturday, March 8 is the TENTATIVE date for the annual Rush Lake Ice Clean-up Day. The annual Ice Clean-up Day is a partnership between the RLIA & the MN DNR Adopt-A-River Program. Volunteers are needed!

All volunteers: please meet us at 10:00 A.M. at either Flickabirds on East or the Public Access on West for registration and distribution of trash collection bags. Please bring your own tools to chop objects out of the ice. If you have questions, contact Jackie Flom at (612) 414-9142 or Sue Griffin at We hope to see you on March 8, 2014. If weather or other circumstances requires a change of date, check back on this website for updated information. Thank you!

MN DNR Releases 2012 Rush Lake Curlyleaf Report

This summer (2013), the MN DNR released its curlyleaf report on Rush Lake that it had conducted in the summer of 2012. You can download and read the entire report by clicking HERE.

2013 DNR Letter & Rules On Zebra Mussels and Other Aquatic Invasive Species

In October 2013, the Minnesota DNR contacted the RLIA with information on preventing the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). While they noted that no Zebra Mussels have been found in Rush Lake thus far, other AIS are a threat and they want to remind all lake residents and users of the quidelines and regulations regarding the removal of boats, docks, etc. from Minnesota waters. CLICK HERE to read the 2013 DNR letter and access the guidelines.

2013 Rush Report Now Available Online!

The summer 2013 issue of the RLIA's Rush Report Newsletter is now available on this website. CLICK HERE to go to the Newsletter page where you can download and read the current and past issues.

How To Help Halt The Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

The Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) has published a flyer detailing how the public can help prevent the spread of aquatic Invasive species (AIS). RLIA members and all lake residents and website visitors are encouraged to read the flyer and assist in preventing liake-to-ale weed transfers. CLICK HERE to download the pdf.

UPDATE: 2013 Curlyleaf Pondweed Spraying Program

RLIA has partnered with Lake Restoration for more than 10 years for the purpose of reducing Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLPW) in the "Common Water Ways" of Rush Lake. Lake Restoration was initially chosen from the other herbicide applicators because they provided the lowest cost estimate.

Aquathol K, the EPA approved herbicide for CLPW, is a "contact herbicide" which means it must stay in contact with the plant for a specific length of time. Treatment can start when the water temperature reaches 50 degrees but must be stopped when the water temperature reaches 60 degrees. Ideally, winds should be calm and boat traffic minimal in the areas that are to be sprayed. MN DNR regulations require that the spraying equipment maintain a minimum distance of 150 feet from shore. This is called "off-shore" spraying while “on shore” spraying (less than 100 feet) is for individual property owners.

Over the years, the Lake Restoration has sprayed between 30 and 70 acres each year, using "Aquathol K" at 1 ppm (parts per million) and the total acreage that was sprayed usually depended on the availability of funds within the RLIA. Over the years, the CLPW that was sprayed in some areas worked very well while other areas did not work well at all.

In early April 2013, three members from RLIA met with staff from Lake Restoration to discuss the past performance of Aquathol K for controlling CLPW and the discussion quickly turned to the Aquathol K concentration used for the spraying. Lake Restoration and the RLIA members at the last meeting jointly agreed that the 1 ppm application rate from past years was probably the reason for the poor performance in certain areas. It was then decided to change the application rate from 1 ppm to 3 ppm in order to have better control of the CLPW.

However, when the Aquathol K concentration is changed from 1 ppm to 3 ppm, the total cost per acre will also increase because of the 3x greater concentration of Aquathol K. At 1 ppm the rate was $330 per acre while the 3 ppm rate is $756 per acre. Because of budgetary limitations within the RLIA, it was therefore necessary to reduce the number of acres to be sprayed in 2013 to 35. We also removed one of the zones we've sprayed in previous years and reduced the acreage to the seven remaining acres to 5 acres each. Click to see the "CLPW 2013 Map" for the treatment zones that will be sprayed this year.

Lessons Learned From the 2012 Ice Fishing Season

The Minnesota DNR has published some interesting and thought-provoking thoughts on ice fishing in Minnesota based on observations of the 2012 ice fishing season. CLICK HERE to download the article in PDF format.

RLIA Board Elections in June

RLIA Board Elections will be at the June meeting. If you've been thinking about sharing  your time  and  talents, consider a  position on the RLIA Board! Nominations accepted at meetings, by mail to our PO Box, by phoning Sue at 320-358-4145 or by email to Term is for 2 years.

MN DNR Proposes dramatic Increase in Permit Fees

The Minnesota DNR has introduced legislation that would dramatically increase the permit fee for aquatic vegetation management (lake weed spraying) from $35 to $90 per homeowner. CLICK HERE to read the letter Lake Restoration, Inc. is sending to its customers, including those on Rush Lake. Note: The letter includes information on how and who residents can contact regarding this fee increase!

Grant Allen Scholarship Award

The RLIA awards an essay-based $600 post-secondaryscholarship annually in the name of Grant Allen Jestus who, at the age of 5, accidentally drowned in West Rush Lake on May 24, 2003. For scholarship details, CLICK HERE.

RLIA Announces New Pull-Tab Location

We are pleased to announce that Pull-Tabs benefiting the RLIA are now available at the new Grumpy Minnow Restaurant & Pub on West Rush Lake. For more information on the Grumpy Minnow, visit their website. In addition to the Grumpy Minnow, RLIA pull-tab locations include Rush Hour Bar-Bulrush Golf Club (info), Rush Lake Resort on East Rush (info) and Sidelines Sports Grill in Cambridge (info).

RLIA Launches New Website

If you are reading this you are already aware that the RLIA website has been completely redesigned. This new site makes it much easier to navigate the various sections and find information about the RLIA and Rush Lake. Of particular importance is the "Documents" page where you can access many public documents related to our work, information about Rush Lake from other sources, and document access for RLIA members only. In addition, there is a new Forum where RLIA members and public are invited to discuss our projects, life on Rush Lake and even upload their scenic lake pictures! Comments about the new website and/or any navigation problems you encounter, are welcomed. Email the RLIA webmaster, Bob Shaw HERE

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