Engineers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources inspected the Lake Sullivan dam on April 14, 2015. This dam is exempt from Dam Safety Regulations but is inspected about once every eight years because it is owned by DNR.
The present dam was built in 1935 for lake level control and to prevent carp from entering the lake from the Mississippi River. In 1950 the catwalk was removed and all piers were shortened. The dam had six stop log bays with each being 5.75 feet wide. The dam presently has a concrete weir about 15 inches above the sill.
The existing dam is in fair to poor condition but it is functional and fairly stable. The concrete is in fair condition with several areas of exposed rebar and other concrete deterioration due to weathering. The concrete also shows signs of structural distress as evidenced by large cracks and leaning abutments.
The earthen embankments flanking either side of the dam are 1 to 2 feet below the concrete abutments. Embankments are lowest adjacent to both abutments, likely the result of shifting of the abutments. The dikes are stable. Routine mowing or other measures are recommended to control the growth of vines and brush.
Due to water flowing over the concrete weir Dam Safety was unable to evaluate the condition of the weir. The weir was repaired in 2007 to reduce leakage through the dam. At the time of this inspection no debris was in the spillway that would obstruct the flow of water.
Dam Safety is currently monitoring the dam and is committed to make necessary repairs to maintain current lake levels until funding to repair the dam is obtained. The dam is maintaining water levels as intended. Dam Safety did not observe any structural deficiency requiring immediate attention to maintain the dam in its current state. Future repair should address the tilting concrete abutments, repairing deteriorated concrete and adding earth fill to the embankment.
The 2015 Lake Sullivan Association picnic was hosted at the Circle of the Pines in Hillman on July 19th. Many LSA members and their families enjoyed an afternoon filled with food, fun and festivities.
Games included three-legged race, turnaround sprints, shoe kick, water balloon toss, egg toss and more!
Thank you LSA Picnic Committee for putting on such a great event!
The Sullivan Lake Association will not host Trash Day in 2015. But that doesn’t mean that there are not other options to help make your yard and Lake Sullivan a cleaner place!
The Morrison County Solid Waste Management Facility is located near Little Falls Township and can take any solid waste including:
Household hazardous waste
Click here to visit the Morrison County landfill website for more information.
The Richardson Township Recycling Collection provides services to recycle:
Steel, aluminum and tin
Paperboard and cardboard
The recyclable materials are accepted at the Pulaski Township Hall located in Harding. These items must be separated according the above categories. Recycling is free and provided by the townships of Platte, Pulaski and Richardson.
Click here to view the recycling calendar, hours and recycling items.
Swimmer’s itch is a temporary skin rash that is caused by an allergic reaction to microscopic parasites that are carried by waterfowl, semi-aquatic mammals, and snails. As a part of their life cycle, these parasites are released by infected snails into the water, where they may come in contact with people and burrow into their skin.
Last summer only six members participated in the PLM Swimmers’ Itch Treatment Program and a decision was made to not offer that program again this year as it was not cost effective for PLM. However, should you be interested in treating your swimming area, individual lake home owners can apply for a permit for themselves and apply the copper sulfate themselves.The application fee is $4.00. Below is a link for the application form with instructions, as well as a list of vendors where you can purchase copper sulfate to treat your lake shore for swimmers’ itch. This treatment typically falls in the second week of July. If you have any further questions, please email Audrey Kuchinsky.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are threatening Minnesota waters including Lake Sullivan. These nonnative species have the potential to harm fish populations, water quality, and water recreation. The 2014 Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan for Morrison County outlines the efforts that Morrison County will undertake to help prevent the spread of harmful AIS within Minnesota.
AIS are an emerging issue within Morrison County. Few waters within the County are infested with invasive species at this time so the County has a unique opportunity to implement some prevention strategies to protect the waters within Morrison County. The Comprehensive Water Plan identifies efforts lake associations and lake improvement districts have made to treat invasives and the importance of that work. As the Water Plan is revised in 2015, AIS will undoubtedly have more of a presence within the plan.
The impetus of this plan has come from the 2014 allotment of the Aquatic Species Prevention Aid. These first steps into AIS prevention include ground level education of likely users of Morrison County’s water resources as well as a bolstering of the ongoing efforts many lake associations/improvement districts have already undertaken, as well as the inspections the Department of Natural Resources provides within Morrison County, and the services provided by the Permitted Lake Service Providers.
You’ve been meaning to do it for a long time… now is the time to go through your old family photo albums for your association. LSA is looking for old photos of Lake Sullivan for a couple of reasons:
1. We hope to find early historical photos of our lake prior to the DNR Platte River dam, which was built in the 1930’s, to help demonstrate the need to have the Platte River dam rebuilt.
2. We also want to build up our archive of historical photos of the lake and the families that have enjoyed it and share them on our new website.
If you have a scanner you can scan your photos and email them to LSA. If you don’t have a scanner, just let us know using the same link and we’ll arrange to pick them up, scan them, and return them to you.
More than 80 residents of the Lake Sullivan community responded to the 2015 LSA member survey. The survey asked residents opinions about a variety of subjects including donations, SLID, charitable gambling, aquatic invasive species, trash day and more.