April 27th, 2011 Newsletter

It’s time to welcome in a new boating season…once the rain stops. Get your boat cleaned up, wipe the cobwebs of the skis/boards, and get your fishing license. Remember the 84 degree temperature we had in March? It seems like Mother Nature temps us each year to start the season earlier.

So, what has been going on with Morse Waterways Association this year?

Our next MWA public meeting will be held on May 5th at Red Bridge Park Community Building beginning at 7:00pm. The results from the Morse Reservoir/Cicero Water Quality Study will be presented. Get an update on algae situation/issues and learn about other future grant efforts. Please come and take part in this meeting. This is our lake and we need to preserve this vital resource. In addition, our local DNR Conservation Officer will be on hand to present and answer all your questions on safety and boating.

Our new Board of Directors took office in January. We expanded the Board to 14 members this year to help with our activities. Here is list of our chair persons for our committees:

Safety Awareness Days June 4, 5: Andy Sheets
Fundraiser June 24: Kim Wert and Margie Schwier
Flotilla July 16: Mat Clarke
Lake Cleanup July 30: Chuck McCarley

Amanda Sheets has taken on our marketing, communications and public relations responsibility. She has created our new web site and is sending out all our email communications.

Roger Goings, Andy Sheets and Detlef Rathmann oiled over 200 goose eggs on the island last month. This oil process prevents hatching of the eggs and hopefully will keep the geese from returning the following year.  Morse Waterways representatives have attended DNR classes and have a permit for this process.

Check out all the Morse Lake spring and summer events on our new web site www.morseh2o.org.

If you have any topics you would us to address or have any information you want us to share regarding the lake, please send us an email at:  MWA@morseh2o.org

Donations are always needed. Our annual insurance invoices ($950) are due and we recently paid our dues to the Upper White River Watershed Alliance which has assisted us with our grant funding and water quality. If everyone contributed just $10 or $20, we will have sufficient funds for our 2011 expenses. Your contribution is tax deductable, since we are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Send donations to Jim Schneider, 2460 Cape Henry Ct., Cicero, IN 46034 or use the PayPal link on our web site.

Jim Schneider
President, Morse Waterways Association