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 To improve and preserve water quality of the Jefferson-German Chain of Lakes, and advocate clean water for current and future generations.


  • Ongoing Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) controls & protection
  • Reduce nutrient run-off from all sources
  • Collaborate with agencies, organizations, programs, & local/state policy makers towards lakes preservation & clean water advocacy
  • Share information & regular communication with members


       Missed our May 28th Annual Meeting??          Here's the link to the Powerpoint.  Hope to see you next year at the Meeting to hear what's said "between the lines".         May 2022 Annual Meeting.pptx


Score Your Shore

Here's a free tool from the Minnesota DNR that will let you self-assess the habitat on

your lake shore. It's called Score Your Shore. You'll be able to assess the type, quantity and quality of your shoreland habitat. It was an eye opener to those of us who attended an Aquatic Invasive Species training recently. Check it out!



Spring 2022 Newsletter

Download to read it in booklet style. 

May2022_Newsletter booklet.pdf

Are you a Member of the Greater Jefferson-German Lakes Association?  If yes - THANK YOU for your support of our lakes!  If not, then why?  See the attached Invitation to join and the listing of current paid-up members as of May 12, 2022.

Membership Insert Spring '22.pdf

Thanksgiving 2021 Newsletter

Click here to download our Thanksgiving 2021 Newsletter

Thanksgiving 2021 Newsletter.pdf (wildapricot.org)

Spring 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Click here for a link to our Virtual meeting or


Spring 2021 Newsletter

Click here to download our Spring 2021 Newsletter



If you would like to receive our newsletter, however are not member yet, please send us an email at info@jgla.org and we will put you on our mailing list. We send out newsletters, 2-3 times a year. 



The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory has just completed research to better understand the characteristics of wakes and waves produced by recreational boats common on lakes and rivers. To see more about this Study, the following is the U of M's Press Release University of Minnesota researchers study waves created by recreational boats | University of Minnesota (umn.edu)  and a most informative, succinct FAQs: Boat-generated wake wave study.  FAQs-boat-generated wakes report.docx.pdf - Google Drive 


 Le Sueur County Environmental Services    Our Chain of Lakes residents have RAVE REVIEWS for the quarterly Newsletters - - chock-full of wonderful, interesting and informative news you can use; bravo Holly Kalbus for a great job!   Take a look at her recent Newsletters:

Environmental Services Newsletter July 2021.pdf

Environmental Services April 2022.pdf

Newsletter January 2022 Environmental Services.pdf

Environmental Services Oct 21 Newsletter.pdf

Environmental Services Newsletter July 2021.pdf

Newsletter-April-2021 (le-sueur.mn.us)

 Newsletter January 2021.pdf - Google Drive


Waterville Area Newsletter - News Reel

You will find lots of interesting information about fish stocking, lake highlights and more (even what a Northern Hogsucker is!) on these News Reel Newsletters:


Discover the University of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center !

The MAISRC comes out with great Newsletters every 3 months highlighting their work in AIS research and management.   Here's December's 2021 Newsletter and access to past and future Newsletters is easy on their website.

December 2021 newsletter | Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) (umn.edu)


Aquatic Weed Treatment in 2022

The 2021 GJGLA Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) treatment program was once again successfully conducted and we are gearing up for the 2022 season - - THINK SUMMER!  There appears to be an interest from a number of lake properties who have not participated in past treatment programs so we are inviting you to consider participation in 2022.

There are TWO SEPARATE treatment programs available, and the image below helps to explain the difference between Offshore weed treatment and Shoreline/Dockside weed treatment:

            1)         Offshore treatment requires participation from you and your neighbors. This program specifically targets treatment of the non-native invasive species of curly-leaf pondweed.  There must be at least 5 contiguous neighbors participating in this mid-spring program treating curly-leaf pondweed. In most areas, the treatment targets an approx. 50-foot linear path 100 feet from shore. Treatment generally occurs mid-May and is dependent on water temperature and weather conditions.  The cost in 2021 was $125 per 50/60 foot linear property lot, and 2022’s cost will not be known until probably March when the chemical market cost is determined.   NOTE:  the Offshore program for 2022 has been completed.

            2)         Shoreline/Dockside treatments are another option for managing weeds close to your shoreline and focuses around your shore and dock and extends 100 feet lakeward from the shoreline.  Homeowners have the option to participate in two seasonal treatments that typically occur in June and July.  This is a general herbicide treatment that targets weeds (native or invasive) and algae.  This program does NOT require neighbor participation. This is a separate program from the offshore program and is coordinated and managed by Lake Improvement Consulting. The cost in 2021 was approximately $220-$260 for the June treatment and $150-$175 for the July treatment (per 50/60 linear property lot).  Letters are typically sent out in March with specifics on pricing and treatment.


            1)         Offshore:  Contact Ryan Mattison at offshorelakejeffersonspraying@gmail.com (preferable) or at 612-418-3910.There will be further communication with you (email if you have it) in early March. Payment in full is required by May 1st in order to participate in this program. FYI: The former email that is no longer active was gjglaspraying@gmail.com

2)         Shoreline/Dockside:  Contact Paul@lakeimprovementconsulting.com (preferable) or call (952) 944-2565 to be included in the shoreline/dockside sign-up in the March mailing.  (**There is no need to contact them if you treated your shoreline last year as those who participated will automatically receive the March sign-up mailing.)                


Be a Watercraft Inspector! Earn $$!

WaterGuards is pleased to manage the Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection Program in Le Sueur County this summer. We have begun the hiring process for inspectors and would like to extend the job opportunity to your lakeshore owners (and their relatives/friends). We hope to be fully staffed by the end of March (DNR Training will be in April).


  • Work at a Lake this Summer as a Watercraft Inspector in Le Sueur County!
  • The job is great for 55+, teachers and students.
  • This position runs from May until September.
  • Pay is $14-17 per hour
  • Hours are from 10-24+ per week. You tell us how much you want to work!
  • You must be willing to work weekend and holiday shifts. Most shifts are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but other days are available at some lakes.

General description: Watercraft inspections are an effort to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species (zebra mussels, milfoil, etc.). Watercraft inspectors educate the public and help to conduct inspections at public water access sites on lakes and rivers from mid-May through Labor Day.

  • Educate the public on invasive species program and issues
  • Inspect boats and trailers for invasive species
  • Conduct a verbal survey & inspection inventory
  • Document and record watercraft inspection activities

For complete position description and to apply, go to:        www.WaterGuards.net/employment

Please let Stephanie (contact info below) know if you have any questions. 

Stephanie Johnson, WaterGuards, LLC, sjohnson@waterguards.netwww.WaterGuards.net 

(phone): 320.249.7550

(Posted January, 2022)


GJGLA is an association member of Minnesota Lakes & Rivers (MLR), Minnesota’s only advocacy group solely focused on protecting Minnesota's lake and river heritage for current and future generations by forging powerful links between lakes, lake advocates and policy makers. To learn about MLR’s successful endeavors at the Capitol along with their exciting initiatives, follow this yellow brick road and their link.:

 Minnesota Lakes & Rivers Advocates – Protecting Minnesota's lake and river heritage since 1994 (mnlakesandrivers.org)


* Water Patrol *


WELCOME to our new Le Sueur County Water 

Patrol Deputy - Austin Bachman !

Austin's a Le Sueur County native born and raised in 

New Prague, and a graduate from University of Wisconsin

-River Falls with a degree in Behavioral Sciences.  He then 

completed the Law Enforcement Skills Program at 

Rasmussen in 2019 and soon started working for 

Le Sueur County.  He was promoted to Deputy in February 

of 2020.

Austin and his wife Jessica and black lab Teddy reside in

New Prague, and in his free time he loves to hunt, fish, and 

spend time outdoors with Jessica and his dog Teddy.

Some of Austin's duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Boating and Water Safety Enforcement on Le Sueur County lakes
  • Educational programs/water safety presentations at various schools and events
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator with the Sheriff's Office

Any questions, or problems on the lake - - let him know - - he's happy to help !!!

Austin Bachman

Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office, Deputy #920

435 Derrynane St. Le Center, MN  56057

Land Line 507-4440 ext. 5326



cover thumbnail     Check out the Mn DNR's

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer

Every two months this absolutely beautiful and informative magazine is available. Consider a modest contribution to allow the DNR to continue this service.

March–April 2022 | Minnesota Conservation Volunteer | Minnesota DNR (state.mn.us)


Minnesota's Freshwater Mussels

Learn more about these bivalves and what they do for our lakes and rivers here. (Posted September 9, 2020)


Eurasian Watermilfoil Alert

Message from Holly Kalbus, Le Sueur County Environmental Services:

Le Sueur County has received news from the Minnesota DNR that there is a new infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil on Upper Sakatah Lake. It sounds like the patch is very small and seems to be congregated to one area on the south side of lake. The Minnesota DNR will be looking at Lower Sakatah Lake (located in Rice County) within the next week or so. The County’s response to this new infestation is to contact neighboring counties, any lake associations, and any other stakeholders to make them aware of the new infestation. We are also hoping to do some sort of press release to get the word out to the public. Our goal is to do some type of management this fall, and if necessary do a follow up management in the spring.

Please spread the word! We do not want Eurasian Watermilfoil to spread to any other lakes within the County or to neighboring Counties! (Posted August 21, 2020)

Le Sueur Co. Broadband Initiative:

Le Sueur County has received a grant from the Blandin Foundation, and is working on a countywide broadband initiative. Now that some of the early planning meetings are complete, they're asking all county residents to vote on how to spend those grant funds; voting closes on June 29. To learn more about the initiative -- and to access the vote link -- please visit their website (and feel free to share widely with other Le Sueur Co. residents). (Posted June 22, 2020)

Membership News:

To make things easier to remember, and effective beginning in 2020, the GJGLA Board has decided to move to an April 30th dues expiration date. What that means is this: all dues will be good for one year (May 1-April 30, unless you're a Lifetime Member). If you've typically been renewing around the time of the spring meeting, now we'll ask you for your dues a month earlier. Conversely, if you're someone who's been paying your dues other times in the year, your new due date will be different (and consistent from year to year). If you're not due now but send your annual renewal anyway (see rate options below), it's good until *April 30, 2021*!

Also new this year: you now have the option to buy a Lifetime Membership at a one-time cost of $500! Lifetime dues never expire. The other resident member options are also still on offer, renewed annually, and include $25 (Regular), $50 (Guarantor), or $100 (Benefactor).

Your membership buys continued efforts and stewardship on behalf of the Jefferson-German chain of lakes and its watershed, improving lakes water quality, education, collaborative efforts with area agencies, and ongoing communication and information-sharing.

As always, dues payments can be made via credit card here on the website (use the membership application tab), or by sending your check to P.O. Box 286, Cleveland MN 56017. (Posted October, 2019).

2019 Shoreland Restoration Cost-Share Opportunity:

    News and Articles

    Safety and Boating Rule Reminders:

    See this KARE-11 news item for safety warnings shared by a local firefighter, and a story for us all to learn by/remember (i.e. bow-riding on pontoons is illegal! And adhere to no-wake rules!).

    "Perfect" lawns are not perfect for your lake - try natural landscaping.

    "Perfect" smooth green lawns require frequent mowing, watering, fertilizers and pesticides. When it rains, fertilizers and pesticides can run off into your lake and harm its quality. Consider decreasing the size of your lakeside lawn by planting native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and shrubs to provide lakeshore wildlife habitat, stabilize shorelines, and reduce the need for irrigation, pesticides and fertilizers. Learn more about natural landscaping at the Homeowners - GreenScaping: The Easy Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard web site

    Lighten up on lawn chemicals, for your lake's sake.

    Fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers we apply on our lawns can wash into our lakes when it rains. Nutrients in fertilizers can lead to algae blooms and lower oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals; pesticides and weed killers can be toxic to people, pets, beneficial insects, fish and wildlife. Protect your lake by minimizing or eliminating use of fertilizers and other yard chemicals. Learn more about environmentally beneficial landscaping at GreenScapes: Environmentally Beneficial Landscaping - Save Time and Money and Have a Greener, Healthier Yard! (PDF) (29 pp, 1.6MB) and Six Easy Steps to a Safe and Healty Lawn for Kids and Pets Web site

    Natural lakeshores are picture perfect.

    Studies show that most of us come to lakes simply to enjoy their natural beauty. Natural lakeshores are beautiful; they also contribute to improved water quality, which can help increase the value of lakefront property. Keep your lake "picture perfect" by protecting its natural shoreline. Learn more about the economic value of high quality lakes at the Bureau of Land & Water Quality Web site

    Get involved! Protect your lake's natural shoreline.

    Begin by being an example to others and ensure that your lakeshore property is as lake friendly as it can be. Educate your neighbors and friends about natural landscaping, native plants, living shorelines, and the importance of lakeshore buffers in protecting the quality of your lake. Get involved with your local lake association or visit the EPA's Adopt Your Watershed Web site to find a volunteer group near you that is involved in protecting lakes and their watersheds.


    Another year invites another season of invasive curly-leaf pondweed treatment. To accommodate those who participated last year, we are starting now to make sure everyone on the Jefferson-German chain of lakes with an interest in the program has time to sign up.

    All NEW requests to participate will require DNR approval. If you meet all the requirements, we’ll set you up this year. If not, we will work with the DNR for the required permit(s) to have you signed up for 2023.

    Your increased support from previous years has proven that curly-leaf pondweed control is a priority for you. So, we ask that you invite your neighbors to participate. Remember, this treatment controls weeds at a point from 100 feet to 150 feet from shore. Minimum requirement is 5 properties adjacent to one another.

    Those of you supporting the program from past years will received a reduced rate due to those years of support and grant dollars the association applied for and received.

    The Cost this season is $100.00 for long time supporter’s and $125.00 for those we can add in this year, 2022.

    Please let me know, and, contact your neighbors to email me at:


    Mail your check in the amt of $100.00 or $125.00 to GJGLA, C/O Ryan Mattison 26063 Island Road, Cleveland, MN 56017. These checks will be held in a safe deposit box until the treatment date is scheduled. In addition, there is a Signature Waiver notice that you need to read and understand.  2022 Waiver letter.docx

    For more information on the AIS Treatment Program, see the expanded description below 


    Membership has its privileges:

    An update on the by-laws language vote: Thanks to the 22 online and 6 phone votes from 22% of the overall paid-members' votes, which is a quorum representing the remaining members, our by-laws verbiage has passed unanimously (from "will/shall" to "may" - please see Feb. 11 post immediately below for details). The by-laws language is changed. Thank you! (Posted March 2, 2021)GJGLA Members: if you are in our records as 'dues paid up,' please check your email (including any spam or promotion folders) for a message about an Association by-laws language vote. If you did not get that email and want to get paid up for the year, please visit the "Membership - Member Application" tab (above on this website) to do so! (Posted February 11, 2021)

    Comments, questions, opinions and concerns expressed before during and after the February 10, 2015 Informational Meeting:

    We need to what is best for the people around the lakes now and for future generations.  We can’t go into infinity with individual systems.

    If we do sewer, aren’t Cleveland and Mankato also options.  Wenck response:  Those were considered, but Cleveland doesn’t have the capacity and the cost to expand is too high.  The pipe from Lake Washington to Mankato doesn’t have the capacity to handle our lakes.

    Do I have to pay to have someone tell me I am non-compliant?  Can’t I just “surrender” and be considered non-compliant?  County response:  That is under consideration.

    Is the cost of removing old systems built into the cost of the sewer option?  Wenck response: Yes.

    On site systems pollute less than city sewer systems.

    Even if working onsite systems are more effective, we have 50% of them non-compliant now.  Onsite systems have a limited lifespan.

    Do we really want to send sewage to St. Peter?  They keep raising their rates?

    I have already put in 5 systems so I don’t want to pay for city sewer.

    I am on my 4th system and I want a permanent solution so I don’t have to keep updating.

    I pump my tank every year.  Why am I not compliant?

    East Jefferson was the clearest ever this year.  I believe it was due to the low rainfall and little run-off from farm fields.  Why aren’t we going after agriculture? 

    There are things we can control and things that we can’t.  No study or government official has claimed improved septic treatment will clear up the lakes.  We do know that non-compliant systems can affect the lakes and also groundwater.  We do know that every little bit helps. So we do what we can do.  This is something we can control.  We can’t directly control farming practices.

    The cost of a city sewer may price young people and seniors out of lake property.  County response: The cost of sewer can be spread out over up to 20 years at today’s historically low interest rates.  There are also other grants that are being pursued.

    Compliance standards are changing too fast.

    We must address where the pollution is coming from.

    Clusters are way cheaper than the Wenck analysis. Wenck response:  Yes, they can be.  Our assumption is based on the County doing the cluster systems.  They must use engineers, pay prevailing wages, and pay for legal documents to set up and manage the systems.  They must also find land to purchase and purchase enough land so there is room when the cluster reaches life expectancy.  You may be able to get a deal on land and get cheaper labor and find volunteers to do much of the work. You must also deal with enforceability issues with your agreement and with dealing with your system after it has met its life expectancy.

    What is the service life of a pipe?  Will there be additional assessments in the future or has that expense been calculated into the current proposal?

    Who pays for the grinders when they fail?  Wenck response:  That expense is covered by warranty in the early years.  The cost for future repairs has already been figured into the current monthly cost.


    What if the sewer system fails in the future?  Is there any by-pass or contingency plan?

    My system works just fine right now.  There is no reason for it to be inspected.  I refuse to pay for an inspection.

    In our neighborhood we have room for our own cluster system and that is what we plan to do.

    What is the life expectancy of a cluster system?  Wenck response: 20-25 years.

    I have heard rumors that some of the existing cluster systems around the lakes are having problems?  Is that true?

    Our Sewer Board has done nothing.  Our lakes are already the cleanest around.   From the 2013 TMDL study of the lakes:  In 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) listed the Jefferson-German Lake Chain (JGC) as impaired for aquatic recreation due to excess nutrients under section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.  The goal of this (2013) TMDL analysis is to quantify the nutrient reduction that will be required to meet the water quality standards established for lakes in the NCHF eco-region. Furthermore, this study identified the largest sources of nutrients (phosphorus) to the JGC and complements existing studies to provide reduction strategies for source areas in accordance with section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.


    The county should require buffer strips along all waters flowing into our chain of lakes.  County response:  They intend to start enforcing the requirements along two of the ditches.


    We can’t just keep postponing these decisions. We can’t just think about the short run.   We need a permanent solution where everyone is 100% compliant 100% of the time.

    How will the County make a decision on this?  County response:  Based on the inputs received at the neighborhood meetings (These will occur starting in April) the County will vote to either do a sewer system for all of part of the chain of lakes or to let each neighborhood solve the problem in their own way.

    MINNESOTA DNR NEWS #11                                                                                           Feb. 12, 2015
    All news releases are available in the DNR’s website newsroom at


    Officers find too many cases of ice anglers leaving trash behind

    Recent weekly activity reports from conservation officers (COs) with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are full of evidence of various types of refuse being discarded along frozen waterways.

    “Once again, the most common complaint dealt with while on patrol involved anglers leaving their trash behind,” said CO Bret Grundmeier of Hinckley.

    Grundmeier spends hours each ice fishing season checking anglers and encouraging them to clean up after themselves and remove garbage from lakes. “It is disappointing to find so much trash left on our lakes,” Grundmeier said. “Anglers are urged to police themselves and others.”

    Minnesota’s fish house removal deadlines are March 2 in the southern part of the state and March 16 in the north.

    Conservation officers make a concerted effort this time of the year to monitor and identify possible problem areas.  “I’ve already warned a couple of fish house owners about the litter accumulating outside of their house, which they agreed to clean up,” said Paul Kuske, a conservation officer based in Pierz.  “I always tell people the area outside their fish house is not their front yard, it is public waters,” he said.

    Conservation officers see everything from wooden fish house blocking materials on lakes to empty propane cylinders, plastic bottles, pop cans, and even bags of human waste. All of these materials constitute litter. Littering is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000.

    Used materials should be disposed of with local refuse haulers or at a local landfill. Litter tarnishes nature’s beauty, destroys wildlife habitats and ruins many opportunities for recreation.

    Conservation officers also use technology to catch litterbugs, including digital pictures and GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates.

    Excuses like, “I was going to go get that later,” will not work and anyone who leaves garbage on the ice will receive a citation for littering.

    Conservation officers also have solid waste civil citation authority. These civil citations are “by the pound” or “by the cubic foot” penalties, and since they are not criminal charges, they don’t require proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The person suspected of littering must pay the penalty and clean up the mess.  

    The DNR offers the following tips to keep Minnesota waterways clean:

    • Set an example for others, especially children, by not littering.
    • Properly dispose of any materials that could trap or injure wildlife.
    • Check with a local refuse provider or landfill for disposal of items.
    • Keep a litter bag or trash container with you when traveling or outdoors.
    • Secure trash container covers to prevent wind or animals from spreading litter.
    • Cover and secure any vehicle, truck, or trailer carrying refuse.
    • When visiting any recreation area, make sure to leave the area clean for the next person to enjoy.

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    Le Sueur County Environmental Services has a NEW Spring Newsletter.  Check it out:

    Environmental Svs Newsletter July 2022.pdf

    More newsletters can be found in the main page.

    WELCOME to our new Le Sueur County WATER PATROL Deputy Austin Bachman!  See his bio and more info in the main section of this page.

    The U. of MN just released it's Report: “A Field Study of Maximum Wave Height, Total Wave Energy, and Maximum Wave Power Produced by Four Recreational Boats on a Freshwater Lake" For further information see the links following the AIS weed treatment graphics.

    Be an AIS Watercraft Inspector and EARN $$.  See the article on the main page about the upcoming 2022 season.

    CHECK OUT the MN DNR's bimonthly Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazines.  "They're beautiful and informative" !     March–April 2022 | Minnesota Conservation Volunteer | Minnesota DNR (state.mn.us)

    Archived Items:

    Annual and Fall Meeting presentations can be seen from the Resources tab - Presentations from Meetings

    Minutes from Annual Membership meetings along with Board of Director meetings can be seen from the Minutes tab.  

    Newsletters: Visit our Newsletter page with newsletters from our Association and from Conservation Minnesota - Click here for our newsletters

    Become a Watershed Specialist with the Univesity of Minnesota - Click here for more info


    We're in the news!

    Check out this great press release about the Jefferson-German-Koppleman phosphorous reduction project that YOU helped make happen! Thank you, GJGLA Members! See also the published version of this release in the St. Peter Herald here(Posted December 28, 2020).


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