LIA Membership Meeting

10:00 a.m. June 1, 2019 Celina Moose Lodge


Nick Rentz welcomed everyone to the members meeting and stood for the pledge of allegiance.

Ted Bertke gave the treasurers report.

Nick Rentz talked about the recent weather in the area. He spoke about the tornados which his Celina and expressed thoughts toward those affected. He also spoke about rain fall and its effect on the lake. Nick noted the rainfall picks up nutrients from the fields which eventually deposits into the lake. The nutrients act as food for the algae. A lot of things have to line up for a major outbreak Nick said, however, it doesn’t necessarily transition into a bad year for the lake. Nick also commented on a recent spill from a Southside farm which deposited fertilizer into the lake. The cleanup effort was as effective as it could be learning the information later than the ideal timeline.

David Faler gave the ODNR report. David said rainfall for the year is at 29”, which is much higher than previous seasons which caused flooding throughout the area. Dave said due to the rainfall the camp grounds had about 30 sites under water. He said crews worked to get sites campable and water under control.

Nick Rentz gave a report for the Summer Kickoff to be held on June 22, 2019. Jeff said the event features a 5K fun run and a festival afterwards which includes corn hole and beer pong tournaments. Bands that will be featured at the event will Lauren Jean Shroeder, Clare Caywood, Fleetwood 2 the Max, Exploit, Free Rider, and One Eyed Show to complete the theme of Bringing Back Local Legends”.

Nick Rentz gave a report on the proposed changes from ODA to the watershed. He said there haven’t been any changes since the last meeting but he will update membership if anything changes.

Nick Rentz talked about 2019 Membership Drive. Nick noted memberships are in great standing and asked for members to renew for the coming year. Nick mentioned a snafu with members who had sent in their renewals getting reminders to join. Nick said if you have already renewed to disregard the renewal notice.

Nick Rentz gave the LRC update for Kip Wright. Nick showed pictures of the work to be completed at the littoral wetlands.

Tom Grabow gave the dredge report. Tom spoke about the West Beach Project where the Hoe Dag has completed dredging. He said the beach is next on the list after the ground is extended on the east side. He also noted on the weather and his crews’ efforts into the cleanup.

Theresa Dirksen gave the Ag Solutions report. Theresa updated the membership on projects around the lake. Theresa said she had meetings with two companies with manure digesters in the coming weeks however she is skeptical on their feasibility. She talked about wetland location options and the possibility of growing barley during the winter in the watershed. Theresa showed photos of the machinery and processes that she is looking into. She also commented on farmer’s crop insurance and the recent weather.


Arial Hine spoke briefly for Soil and Water. She talked about a local coloring contest for Stewardship Week at local schools where the winners are put on placemats and distributed to local restaurants. She also asked the membership to fill out a priority survey.

Dr. Steven Jacquemin with Wright State University spoke about the recent flooding. He said due the flooding, extraordinarily high levels of nitrogen and nutrients have flowed into lake tributaries and will end up in the lake. Once the data is in, he plans to report on it for next month’s meeting. Dr. Jacquemin then reported on the treatment trains which were turned on this past month, he said they are working at above 75% efficiency to date and noted that every gallon counts. He looks forward to receiving funds from the new state budget which will be used in the watershed and around grand lake. He and Nick then answered questions regarding the wetlands from the membership.

Nick Rentz invited folks to the Grand Lake Rec Clubs bicycle Poker run and the Carp Derby. He spoke about the Carp Derby and the history of rough fish in Grand Lake. He then opened the floor for questions.

Jeff Vossler read the 50/50 winner.

The membership meeting concluded.

Submitted by,

Eric Morris


Lake Improvement Association