Aquatic Plant Control
News May 26, 2020:
Notice to property owners:
Please click here to view information regarding "Proposed Chemical Treatment for Euroasian water-milfoil, Townsend Lakes, Oconto County, Wisconsin"
The Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) invasive plant is a continually growing problem in the flowage and surrounding lakes and waterways. A lake study detailing the problem and potential solutions was prepared by Cason & Associates of Berlin, WI. The study identifies the weeds, water clarity, water temperature, oxygen levels and other points. The most recent lake study shows that in general, the lake is healthier than it has been in years past. This is due a combination of the controls and regulatory aspects of the use of phosphorus, septic tanks, etc. improvements have had a positive impact.
Another lake study needs to be performed in 2020 to be able to qualify for a new weed harvesting permit. Each year a portion of the budget is reserved to enable the lake study to be performed.
The use of herbicides in the Townsend Flowage may not be effective due to the continually moving water and is very expensive.
Additinally, the DNR will not be issuing any permits to use herbicide treatment unless a bathymetry study is performed, which is estimated to be in excess of $100,000.
The most effective method of controlling invasive weeds is by pulling the weeds in a proper manner. Briefly described, the process includes pulling the plant up by the root, putting it into the boat, and disposing of it in a proper manner. The most important part of the method is to get the root.
Oconto County Healthy Lakes Cost Share Program
There is approximately $340,000 available from the Oconto County Healthy Lakes Cost Share Program to provide financial assistance to communities to enhance, protect and restore water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, tourism and recreational values.
Successful applicants will be eligible for funds up to 10% of the total project cost if applicant is receiving other state or federal grants, or up to 50% if the applicant is not receiving state or federal grants. A maximum cost share cap will be 10%/50% or $7,000 limited to whichever cap is reached first. The annual funding pool will be set at $35,000 unless otherwise approved by the Oconto County Land Conservation Committee.
Applications will be accepted from January 2nd to September 15th of each year. The Land Conservation Committee will make final awards by November 30th of that year.
Healthy Lake Grants are available for individual property owners who wish to make improvements such as rain gardens, rock infiltration, fish sticks, native planting and diversion. These grants must be applied for by the TFPD for multiple lakeshore owners. The grants provide up to $1,000 per Best Practice and up to $25,000 for an eligible applicant applying on behalf of multiple property owners. More information can be found at http://healthylakeswi.com.