Read our most recent newsletter here: March/April 2017 Gem Lake News
- Wednesday, April 26, 2017, is our next recycling day. Remember to put your container out the night before. Thank you!
- “Did you know that one teaspoon of rock salt is enough to pollute 5 gallons of water? Once salt is introduced into our lakes and wetlands, it’s stuck there. This changes the aquatic environment and harms our water resources over time.This winter, join us in keeping our surfaces safe but limiting excess, keeping our lakes and wetlands on a “low-salt diet.”A bit of planning and attention goes a long way. You can help by using tools first, dispersing salt evenly without piles, not applying to dry pavement, and sweeping up extra salt or sand when it’s no longer needed. No salt is safe in terms of water, despite how it’s marketed. Since there’s always a drawback with any type of de-icer, proper application is the best solution.So how much is ok to use? The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency encourages us to apply about 2 lbs. of salt per 500 ft2. A 12 oz. coffee cup is about 1 lb. of salt. With an average driveway being about 600 sq. ft., two cups or less should do. Spot-treatment can reduce salt use even more while still being effective. Interested in measuring your salt usage this winter? Stop into City Hall and pick up a free salt dispersal cup for winter de-icing! These cups are provided by VLAWMO to support local water quality.
- Clean Water Practices Winter 2016
- Seasonal Road Restrictions
- 2017 City of Gem Lake meeting schedule
- City of Gem Lake City Council Workshop, Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
- City of Gem Lake City Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
- City of Gem Lake Planning Commission Meeting, May 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.