This update has been prepared by the AIS Committee of the Star Lake Property Owners Association Board. The update is meant to provide an accurate AIS status (as of April 2022) for the waters of Star Lake and provide property owners with critical knowledge, language, and actionable steps to manage existing AIS and prevent (or prolong) the introduction of additional AIS into our waters
We regret to inform you that adult zebra mussels have been confirmed to be residing in Star Lake, as of July 4th, 2020, their presence was officially confirmed. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no effective defense or action to prevent the further spread of this invasive species.
Star Lake property owners may have encountered zebra mussels on their docks or lifts. In some cases, they were found under steps or in shaded areas away from direct sunlight.
Certified Lake Service Providers (LSPs): It is crucial to hire professionals who are certified "Lake Service Providers" when installing or removing your dock and lifts. This is a state law requirement. Always ask to see their LSP Certification Card. LSPs should also display a window sticker on the lower left side of their vehicle windshield.
Transport Permits: If you need to transport water-based equipment or motorcraft that have invasive species attached, you are required to obtain a permit from the OTC (Other Transfers of Control) that authorizes the transport of such equipment or motorcraft.
General Permits: Owners of boats or equipment needing transport to a location away from water access for cleaning, repair, or storage may use one of the following general permits. These permits are for non-commercial use only, authorize one-way transport, and are valid for one day.
Cleaning Zebra Mussels: At the end of the season, to clean zebra mussels from your equipment, let them dry for several days and then gently brush them off.
Remove Objects from Water: Whenever possible, avoid leaving anything in the water for an extended period. Zebra mussels attach to hard surfaces, occasionally to plants, and tend not to move once attached, or if they do, only cover a short distance.
Raise Boat Motors: When leaving boats on lifts, raise the motor out of the water to reduce the risk of zebra mussel attachment.
Practice CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY, DISPOSE: Always follow the principles of clean, drain, dry, and dispose to prevent the spread of invasive species.
Discourage "Lake Jumping": While it may not be a popular suggestion, if you visit another lake, plan to leave your boat on the trailer and allow it to dry for a minimum of five consecutive "dry days" before relaunching in Star Lake or any other body of water.
We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to preserving the ecological health of Star Lake. By following these guidelines, we can work together to protect our beautiful lake for future generations.