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Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases
Ticks pass on diseases by biting people so checking for ticks after outside activity is a priority. A tick must be attached for at least 24 hours before it can transit Lyme disease, but Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis may be transmitted in less than 24 hours after tick attachment. The blacklegged tick (deer tick), Ixodes scapularis, the vector that transmits these diseases is found in Sunfish Lake and throughout Minnesota. A number of our neighbors and their pets have contracted Lyme disease within the city limits of Sunfish Lake.
The City of Sunfish Lake is unique in a lot of ways. The large lots, rural feel, and lack of public sewer and water in a community surrounded by city’s with more urban settings and infrastructure makes Sunfish Lake a special place. With every home in the city on an individual well system, it is more important for our city’s citizens than for the other communities around us to protect and conserve our water resources. At the time of this writing, the region is entering into what are considered “drought” conditions, which puts even more stress on the local water resources and supplies of water in the ground that each of our wells draws from. It is strongly encouraged that you consider implementing the water conservation practices outlined below:
Lower Mississippi River Water Management Organization Survey
Are you interested in your local water resources? LMRWMO is Seeking Public Input. See this link:
Water Pumping From City Lakes and Wetlands
Many residents may not know that pumping from lakes and wetlands within the City requires a permit. The SFL City Council first passed an ordinance in 1989 to prohibit pumping from the City’s lakes and wetlands without an approved City Permit. City Ordinance requires issuance of an Interim Use Permit for pumping of any lake, stream, wetland or natural or man-made pond water. You can find the specifics of the ordinance in this link: https://www.sunfishlake.org/ordinances/article-xi-protection-of-the-environment/1107-water-use-permit/?template=protostar&print=1&layout=default