residents become concerned about water quality impacts from a large
duck farm located at what is now Harbor Point.
commissioned a Wisconsin Chemical Firm to spray the lake for control
of weeds and algae growth.
||Spring Lake Algae Control Committee was formed
||The Spring Lake Improvement Association
(SLIA) was formed.
The purpose was to obtain donations from lakefront property owners to
pay for algae treatments. It
functioned until 1990 when the Michigan DNR instituted a rule requiring 80%
of the lakefront property owners to annually approve lake treatments.
With over 750 lakefront property owners, this ruling was too
difficult for the SLIA volunteers.
||The Spring Lake Area Residents Association
(SLARA) began. SLARA's primary concerns were identified as water safety
and water quality.
||SLARA concentrated its efforts on water safety
||SLARA hosted a Spring Lake Water Quality Seminar.
Later the same year, the Ottawa County MSU Extension Office held a
lake landscape informational meeting.
||SLARA organized a petition drive to establish a Spring Lake-Lake
Board. Three months later, over
two-thirds of the lakefront property owners had signed the petition. The lake board was authorized by resolution of riparian
||In March, the Spring Lake-Lake Board held its first meeting.