Mission Statement - To promote and to operate as a community of common interest to protect and enhance the water quality, water safety, land values, enjoyment of property and social relations at Lake Cora, Van Buren County, Michigan. To buy, sell, hold, lease and control real or personal property as may be incidental to the foregoing purposes but not for profit.
History - Prior to 1972, some small groups made attempts to form some kind of lake homeowners' association, but it wasn't until 1972 that the corporation as we know it took shape. At that meeting, the group set six specific goals: to promote social activities, the general welfare of the lake, regulations on boats and non-residents as needed, historical interest, conservation and pollution control, the organization to air any suggestions beneficial to the lake.
Residents pay a yearly fee to cover the costs of maintaining water quality and other expenses as they occur.
Lake bottom is fibrous peat, pulpy peat and sand
Public Access site off West St. and Hill Drive with parking and toilets. Ramp is hard surfaced. Limited water depth may make launching and retrieving larger boats difficult.
Lake Cora water samples were taken in four locations on June 7th--North, West, South and East. All tests came back negative for E.Coli & Coliform according to the 48hr commercial test kit--Aquavial. Testing will be repeated in early July.
Water Update May 21st, 2019
Water update: As we promised at our meeting on Saturday, Tony Thompson met with the Van Buren County Drain Commissioner Joe Parman. He is well aware of our high-water situation.
As to the possibilities of adding a drain to Lake Cora, he strongly recommends against it. The reason being is that there are very limited options to move the water away from the lake. We can't just pump it into Reynolds Lake as they are dealing with their own high-water levels and the topography coupled with a lack of an outlet stream would require a significant investment in piping, easements and environmental assessments.
Environmental consequences downstream from where the water might be pumped is a major consideration. And, with the natural water table being at historic levels this could prevent any significant amount being pumped. Additionally, the process is very long and involved with multiple governmental agencies . Mr. Parman indicated that the process would most likely be multi-year in a best-case scenario. He indicated that Three-Mile Lake has pursued a drain nine times since the 1950’s and in each case it was ultimately denied.
Another issue would be the cost. While we don't know what the actual cost would be to the individual homeowner, an example cost of just the necessary filter at Eagle Lake in Mattawan was $350,000. The costs for the easements, piping, pumps and electricity are unknown.
We are all impacted by this situation but as the Drain Commissioner said, it is just Mother Nature and the lake will go down. We just hope it's soon.
A hot dry summer would be highly welcomed. In the meantime, Lake residents are encouraged to pursue measures that will protect erosion and private property damage.
Please feel free to direct any comments or questions to any board member.
Special Lake Cora Board Meeting May 18th, 2019
Present: Tony Thompson, Greg Nitzel, Kent Schwiingendorf, Sharon Vliek, Mike Kralovec, Jim Hartwell, and Ed Liebenthal Absent: Craig Elam, Ken Schafer Call to order- 1:00 PM Approximately 45 Lake Cora Residents in attendance Tony Thompson opened the meeting welcoming everyone and stated the purpose of the meeting was to answer questions and concerns on the Boards decision to request a No Wake/ Slow Wake policy due to the historically high water levels on Lake Cora. Tony had been given some questions prior to the meeting and addressed these questions. 1. Who voted on requesting Lake Cora become No Wake? The Lake Cora Association Board voted on The No Wake at their April meeting due to a number of residence expressing concern over the high water levels affecting their homes and property. The Board realizes they have no legal authority to enforce this request and that it is completely voluntary. 2. How long will it be in effect? As long as the lake is historically high. The best months for evaporation are September-February. The high levels are conducive of a 30 year cycle. The lake will eventually go down. 3. What exactly is the No Wake/ Slow Wake policy? The Board is asking that all watercraft proceed at a slow no wake speed. About the speed of a Pontoon. 4. Which properties are impacted? All properties are impacted, around 12 homes, and an unknown number of septic systems have the potential for failure. 5. What about pumping the lake down? The cost for pumping a lake is very costly and would be paid for by the property owners. There is a question of where the water would even be pumped to since everyone is having high water levels. It is also a very slow process. It would potentially take a year to pump what a good evaporation day could do in 2 days. 6. What kind of signage will be post? A banner is going to be posted at the public access. The DNR has been informed. There will 50 signs made similar in size to a political sign. Tony will post online when they are in and residence wishing to display them in their yard, on their pier or raft may request one from him. 7. Concerns with Septic System Failure? Please have your systems pumped and inspected by a licensed professional. Special Lake Cora Board Meeting May 18th, 2019 Greg Niztel has done some research on the Great Lakes Water patterns and they seem to be in line with with water levels Lake Cora has historically experienced. Greg will post his findings on the website. Kent Schwiingendorf has expressed concern for residence that may have electrical outlets/power down by the water. It is asked if you any kind of electrical that may be submerged or has the potential to become submerged that you remove the breaker and shut off the power. This could be a devastating accident if the electricity reaches the water. It was asked if the lake will be tested for eColi due to the potential Septic Failures from the high water levels. The Board stated it was tested last year.After some discussion it was agreed the Board will look into who does the testing for eColi. It was also asked that residence comply with using lake friendly fertilizer etc. Resident Chris Plachta addressed that he has had both the DEQ and the Drain Commissioner to his property on Woodman Dr. The Drain Commissioner was surprised at the water levels on the lake. The Drain Commissioner had indicated he would reach out to the Board about the water issues. No one from the Board has heard from him to date. Tony Thompson expressed he has talked with the Township, the Sheriff, and the DNR. The Board will reach out to the Drain Commissioner. The dock will not be installed this year at the boat launch. The DNR is not able to secure it to the concrete. They will be installing it at the Reynolds lake access. The Lake Cora Association Board realizes the No Wake/ Slow Wake is entirely voluntary but ask that we all be considerate of our neighbors who may be experiencing damage to their homes, etc. If anyone does chose to water ski, jet ski, etc it is asked that you stay toward the middle of the lake to reduce the wave impact on the shoreline. It was requested to post information on the website, as well as, the facebook page. A signup sheet for email address was also provided. Meeting Adjourned at 1:35 PM Respectfully submitted by Sharon Vliek
At our member meeting on May 18 there were questions concerning testing the lake water for e-coli bacteria since there may be some septic tanks in trouble due to the high water. Van Buren County Health Department does not provide this service. However, there is a local provider. Foune Well Drilling in Paw Paw can help you do your own testing. Mrs. Foune used to run the lab for the county but now runs herm own lab. You can research their services at www.founewelldrilling.com or contact them at 269-628-2700. They will provide you with the equipment and directions to gather your samples.
2017 Weed Treatment and Water Update In May the lake was treated for the invasive weed Milfoil. The chemical we used was 24-D, the same approved chemical we have been using for a number of years. As we have stated in the past, we are in good shape with the small amount in our lake and we continue to hold our own. Dennis Tebout, and others successfully applied the chemicals. Thank You! During this past winter, with little ice coverage, we had a very limited fish kill. However, with so little ice we did not have the winter kill of the weeds we normally have.