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We were scheduled to have a treatment today June 18th on parts of the lake to control curly leaf pondweed and eurasian water milfoil. The treatment area map is attached. When the time came it was too windy on the lake for it to be effective. It will happen next week sometime. We will send out an email and post it on the web site to let you know one day ahead. If you are in the treatment area there will be a yellow sign posted on your property near the water.
The permit from the DNR was granted to treat small areas of Elkhart Lake for two invasive weeds, Eurasian water milfoil and Curly leaf pondweed. The treatment will occur Thursday June 18, 2015 if the weather permits. The areas that are being treated will be posted from the lake side. The bays are known locally by the names of Boat landing bay, Sheboygan Bay and Nuces Bay. Nuces Bay is on the South side of the lake where Waibel Creek flows into the lake. The posting includes a caution about watering plants with water from the area and an advice not to swim in the treated area for 24 hours.
The Elkhart lake Improvement Association is applying for a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to apply herbicides for the control of the aquatic plant species, Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed for the 2015 season. We did not apply herbicides in 2014.
This is just one important method of controlling the spread of invasive plants. If left alone, invasive plants can negatively impact the fish and native plant population in the lake.
Only problem areas, where hand pulling is not feasible, will be considered for treatment
Any questions that you may have can be directed to: Nancy Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org
This notice is required under Chapter NR 107 of the WI Administration code.
Elkhart Lake Improvement Association PO Box 725 Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association intends to apply for a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to treat up to 23 acres of water in Elkhart Lake with aquatic herbicides to control Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curlyleaf Pondweed. The proposed treatment would occur between April 8 and October 1, 2014.
The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association will conduct a public informational meeting on the proposed treatment if five or more individuals, organizations, special units of government, or local units of government request one. The meeting would give interested parties a chance to learn more about the proposed treatment from the permit applicant. The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association is not required to, but may, change the proposed treatment based on information provided by citizens attending the meeting.
Any request for a public meeting on this proposed treatment must be made within five (5) days after this notice is published. The request must specify the topics to be discussed at the meeting, including the problems and alternatives, and must be sent in writing to Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (insert address) and to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 9531 Rayne Rd., Suite IV, Sturtevant, WI 53177.
This Public Notice is required by Chapter NR107, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Elkhart Lake Improvement Association
The permit application is below, or a direct link can be found here.
A Wisconsin DNR Fisheries Research crew will be on Elkhart Lake next week using vertical gill nets to sample for cisco as part of a statewide status survey. Cisco are a species of whitefish that live in the deep cold areas of about 175 Wisconsin lakes, including Elkhart Lake.
They are interested in Cisco because they play a key role in consuming zoo plankton, which are an important food for many small fish and which in turn can influence algae dynamics in lakes. Cisco are also a preferred prey for large walleye, musky, northern pike, and lake trout. They are delicious smoked and have small sport fisheries of their own in some lakes. Cisco require cold, well-oxygenated water, and are sensitive to poor water quality, so their presence indicates relatively good environmental conditions.
But we don’t know much about Cisco in most waters, including Elkhart Lake, which has never before been adequately surveyed for this species. In part this is because Cisco inhabit mid-water areas in the middle of deep lakes and are hard to collect with most of our standard sampling gear.
Vertical gill nets, which are rectangular panels of fine-mesh nets that extend from the surface to the bottom out in the middle of the lake, are specially designed to catch Cisco and work quite well for them while not catching many other fish. What people will see out on the lake will be a gang of floating rollers to which the vertical gill nets are attached. Each gang is about 60-ft long and consists of five 12-ft long X 1-ft diameter orange foam rollers. The rollers are anchored to the bottom and well-marked with flags and lights.