City gives green light for Lake Titloe subcommittees


In a continued effort to clean up the lake, the Lake Titloe Committee updated Gaylord’s City Council last week on its plan to form subcommittees.

Jim Swanson, a member of the Lake Titloe Committee, updated council members on the status of clean up project. He also discussed plans to form subcommittees to work on various tasks.

The subcommittees and main responsibilities include:

Committee for shoreline landscaping;
• Gather names and types of plants that can be purchased;
• Gather types of techniques that are recommended and can be applied to Lake Titloe;
• Gather ideas for landowner incentives to participate in shoreline landscaping;
• Distribute information to landowners;
• Hold a meeting/workshop for landowners to promote shoreline landscaping ideas;

Committee for island reclamation;
• Check with DNR in Hutchinson for approvals and regulations;
• Research other island reclamation projects;
• Locate sources of riprap or if vegetation would be a more viable option;
• Consider alternative ways to keep shorelines from eroding into the lake;

Committee for fund raising;
• Research funding sources such as – pull tabs, raffles, community events, grants;

Committee for restoring/rebuilding dam;
• Research how dam can be replaced;
• Dam structure option;
• Research funding for a restoration/rebuilding project;

All of the subcommittees would be required to go to the Lake Titlow Committee before any action would be taken, according to Swanson.

Gaylord’s Lake Titloe Committee was formed in 2001 with the goal of cleaning up and improving the condition of the lake.

In 2008, cleanup efforts received a boost when the City was awarded $475,000 in bonding money from the State. $300,000 of that money was allocated for rerouting storm water which had been running into the lake. It was rerouted to the City’s storm water pond. The remaining portion of the bonding money was allocated for preliminary design and research on how to improve the lake’s water quality.

Students and professors from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU), and Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) are working together on ways to improve Lake Titloe. Data is still being gathered, Swanson reported.