Bass Lakes Area Environmental Partnership Welcomes You

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Our Mission: 

Our mission is to promote public awareness, forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals, and foster the protection of the lakes' ecosystems for today and for  generations to come.

About Us:

The Bass Lakes Area Environmental Partnership was created in 2021 by riparians from Big Bass and Little Bass Lakes in Irons, Michigan committed to education and the control and prevention of aquatic invasive species through innovation and cutting-edge science. Designation as a 501(c)3 organization enables us to apply for grants and solicit donations for financial resources to meet our mission. We are starting out small, but hope to expand in the future to include other waters within our watershed. 

The founding principles of the Bass Lakes Area Environmental Partnership are:

  • Providing education about the lake and shoreline ecosystems

  • Preventing and combatting the spread of invasive species in the lake and shoreline ecosystems

  • Soliciting grants and donations in order to take actions to prevent the spread of invasive species and to pay for educational program

  • Other charitable efforts related to lake and shoreline ecosystem health in the area

Order a Bass Lakes t-shirt

Big Bass Lake Family Fish Outings2022 

2021 Annual Report

2022 Events

Link to Communications by Year
2021
2022

Projects: Current, Planned and Completed

 

Board of Directors:

President:

Lisa Adams

231-729-3355

sciencechick01@yahoo.com

Vice President:

Tom Shear

757-652-5885

Tashear2@aol.com

Treasurer:

Ruthanne Gilbert

231-598-4418

basslakesaep@gmail.com

Secretary:

Heidi Haskins

703-475-6530

Heidi_haskins@yahoo.com

Directors:

Linda Irmscher

lgirm46@hotmail.com

 

Jeanne Kavanagh

jeannekav@gmail.com

Committees:

Fishing and Fish Habitat Improvement

Tom Stinson

stinsonproducts@gmail.com

Useful Links:

BBLB Lake Association Website

DASH: What is DASH and Why Do it?

Do's & Don'ts

EGLE (Environment Great Lakes Energy - formerly DEQ)

EGLE YouTube Channel

Friends of BBLB Lakes Facebook

MISIN (Midwest Invasive Species Network)

MI Natural Shoreline Partnership

MLSA (MI Lakes & Streams Association)

PLM

Septic Systems

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Wake Boats

Your Lake & You

How You Can Help Us In Our Mission: 

(or what's in it for you)

 

Should you decide to help us keep our lakes healthy and beautiful to maintain your property value and provide a terrific environment for enjoyment, your objective should be to learn about what is happening in many area lakes and what could happen in your lake. Most of the lakes in our geographic area and watershed are infested with at least one aquatic invasive species and are subjected to herbicidal treatments. Long-term effects of continuous herbicidal treatment on the ecosystems of the lakes and shorelines are uncertain. Once the dire and costly nature of this problem is understood, hopefully you will partner with our efforts through volunteering time and/or money to help abate the issues.

Under 'Useful Links' you will find links describing aquatic invasive species, what they are, and what they can do to ruin our once pristine waters. No one can help us but ourselves because state and local government are either not able or not willing to financially assist riparians with this issue. We are a grassroots effort that seeks to actually accomplish goals, not to make flashy web pages and engage in platitudes.

Even in its infancy, our organization partnered with  Trout Unlimited and the US Forest Service to initiate a 2020 Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) pilot study to determine if this method could help abate the Eurasian watermilfoil infestation in Big Bass Lake and decrease the use of chemical treatments. We want people to realize that they can make a difference in their environment and through partnering with us, learning how to leverage the tools available in the most effective and least damaging way. We view chemical treatment as a stop gap measure, not the solution.

Our ultimate goal is to educate others on how they can take charge of efforts to control and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species problems in their lake, expand these learnings to other lakes in the area, and preserve the health and beauty of the unique aquatic ecosystems in Northern Michigan.

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Contact Us:

Bass Lakes Area Environmental Partnership

Bass Lakes AEP

PO Box 15

Irons, MI 49644

basslakes.aep@yahoo.com

Or contact any member of the Board of Directors

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