Rush Lake Improvement Association

RLIA Membership Meetings – 3rd Saturday of the month (except December).

ou are invited to attend the monthly RLIA membership meetings, at the Nessel Town Hall, 49205 Acacia Trail, Stanchfield, MN. Prior to the general membership meeting, join us for the Board Election for updates on projects, guest presentations, and more. Free Coffee and rolls are served. Door opens at 8:00 a.m., meeting will commence at 8:30. Click Here for the current meeting reminder postcard. A map of the Nessel Town Hall is HERE.


Rush Lake Iron Filings Project Summary Report. (Apr 2018) For a summary report on research conducted in both East and West Rush Lake, follow this link:

2017 Grant Allen Scholarship Recipients Announced

Two Grant Allen Scholarships, based on essays on "What Rush Lake Means To Me", have been awarded to Brooke Stangret, Blaine High School and Kaylie Paitl, Braham High School. Congratulations to both from the Rush Lake Improvement Association!

2017 Curlyleaf Pondweed treatment areas announced.

Annually, the RLIA facilitates the treatment of Curlyleaf Pondweed in a number of "zones" throughout both East and West Rush Lake. CLICK HERE for a map showing the treatment zones for 2017

Rush Lake Water Sampling Project

Here is a short video about the Rush City High School Intro. to Environmental Science class, led by instructor, Eric Telander, testing the water quality entering Rush Lake. The project was funded by an RLIA grant.

Rush Lake water sampling from RON ROGO on Vimeo.

2015 On Shore Weed Spraying Cost Sharing for 100 RLIA Members

In keeping with our Mission of improving the lake, the Rush Lake Improvement Association is offering its members a beneficial program for the 2015 β€œOn Shore Weed Spraying.” To help defray the cost of spraying, RLIA will contribute $100.00 to each of the first 100 members to sign up with Lake Restoration for on shore spraying. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SIGN UP! RLIA and Lake Restoration will handle the details and the contribution will be reflected on your billing. Information from Lake Restoration will be coming soon! WORKING TOGETHER WE IMPROVE OUR LAKE!

Phosphorus Sampling

On January 15, 2015, the RLIA and U of M civil engineer professors took samples from the West Rush Lake bed in the RLIA's ongoing effort to reduce/sequestor the lake's phosphorus. CLICK HERE formore details and photos.

MN DNR Releases 2012 Rush Lake Curlyleaf Report

This summer (2013), the MN DNR released its curlyleaf report on Rush Lake that it had conducted in the summer of 2012. You can download and read the entire report by clicking HERE.

2013 DNR Letter & Rules On Zebra Mussels and Other Aquatic Invasive Species

In October 2013, the Minnesota DNR contacted the RLIA with information on preventing the spread of Zebra Mussels and other Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). While they noted that no Zebra Mussels have been found in Rush Lake thus far, other AIS are a threat and they want to remind all lake residents and users of the quidelines and regulations regarding the removal of boats, docks, etc. from Minnesota waters. CLICK HERE to read the 2013 DNR letter and access the guidelines.

How To Help Halt The Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

The Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations (MN COLA) has published a flyer detailing how the public can help prevent the spread of aquatic Invasive species (AIS). RLIA members and all lake residents and website visitors are encouraged to read the flyer and assist in preventing liake-to-ale weed transfers. CLICK HERE to download the pdf.

Lessons Learned From the 2012 Ice Fishing Season

The Minnesota DNR has published some interesting and thought-provoking thoughts on ice fishing in Minnesota based on observations of the 2012 ice fishing season. CLICK HERE to download the article in PDF format.

RLIA Board Elections in June

RLIA Board Elections will be at the June meeting. If you've been thinking about sharing  your time  and  talents, consider a  position on the RLIA Board! Nominations accepted at meetings, by mail to our PO Box, by phoning Sue at 320-358-4145 or by email to Term is for 2 years.

MN DNR Proposes dramatic Increase in Permit Fees

The Minnesota DNR has introduced legislation that would dramatically increase the permit fee for aquatic vegetation management (lake weed spraying) from $35 to $90 per homeowner. CLICK HERE to read the letter Lake Restoration, Inc. is sending to its customers, including those on Rush Lake. Note: The letter includes information on how and who residents can contact regarding this fee increase!

Grant Allen Scholarship Award

The RLIA awards an essay-based $600 post-secondaryscholarship annually in the name of Grant Allen Jestus who, at the age of 5, accidentally drowned in West Rush Lake on May 24, 2003. For scholarship details, CLICK HERE.

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