Fall is quickly approaching and that means it's time for our Fall meeting which will be held at the Doty Town Hall on Saturday Sept. 2nd, 9:00 am. Please plan on attending, the agenda is as follows. Please invite any new lake owners to attend, there are several new owners on the lake and existing members need to encourage them to join and attend. Approval of the Spring meeting minutes. Treasurers report Initial findings in the lake of the Oconto County Lakes Plan survey Long range plan of the Oconto County Lakes program Lake shore erosion program provided by Oconto County Recruiting new members Open board positions Fish Fund Any new business08/25/2017
Oconto Lakes project update!!! Gordon Brushwyler assisted the DNR with the initial survey of the lake. Following is his recap. I helped Brenda Nordin and her crew of 5 others (3 boats total) on Wednesday (8/2/17) perform their Aquatic Plant Survey on our lake. It was an interesting time to see the thoroughness of the survey lasting a little over 6 hours not including the lunch break. They have our lake divided up into 500+ segments in order to record the data. We took samples of all those areas that were 30 feet deep or less. I was in the boat with Brenda and her father, Tom. We, actually Tom, took about a 100 samples. These samples taken with a pole rake or rope rake recorded the depth, bottom characteristic (sand, muck, rock), amount of plants retrieved (scored 0/1/2/3), and identification and amounts (1/2/3) of each species. A few were not clearly identifiable so were bagged and tagged for further analysis. No invasive plants were found at any sampled locations 30 feet and above. I was impressed with the knowledge of their ability to identify all the various species. I did not become any kind of an expert in plant identification during this survey! I just recorded the data so don't come to me asking me to identify any lake plants. 🤔 They also did a survey of all the downed trees touching the shoreline recording each location. The other boats sampled various locations for zebra mussels. One other function was additional topographical scan of some missing areas of the lake bottom. Brenda commented that this survey was much more intensive than the one we had a few years ago. We should get a detailed report in perhaps a few weeks. Gordon Brushwyler 08/14/2017
On June 17th a meeting was held with the DNR and representatives from UW Stevens Point. Ken Dolata from the DNR was the primary speaker with the presentation centering around the Oconto County Lakes project. He explained that the goal of the program is to create a lake management plan for every lake in Oconto County that has public access. The plan will provide a detailed document that can be referenced by all Government and private agencies to maintain a consistent goal for each lake. This type of plan, if provided by a private company, would cost up to $50,000 to prepare. It documents many aspects of the lake including water quality, invasive species and shoreline maintenance. Ken also discussed a cost share program provided by Oconto County through an environmental funding grant which provides lake property owners cost share funding for shoreline restoration projects. Under the program the County will provide direction on shoreline restoration and cover 75% of the cost up to $2,500 per land owner. If you're having problems with your shoreline eroding it's worth contacting them for input on how on to manage it. Here's Ken's contact information: Ken Dolata Oconto County Land Conservation firstname.lastname@example.org 920.834.715 Fall Meeting Notice - The Fall meeting is scheduled for Saturday Sept. 2nd, 9:00 am at the Doty Town Hall. Please mark your calendar and try to bring someone that hasn't been attending. The agenda will follow. We are raising money for a future stocking of the Lake and are asking for donations which can be dropped off at Wayne Wyngaard's 16400 John Lane Jay Van Thiels Dale Wery Thank you08/04/2017
Fall Meeting Notice - The Fall meeting is scheduled for Saturday Sept. 2nd, 9:00 am at the Doty Town Hall. Please mark your calendar and try to bring someone that hasn't been attending. The agenda will follow.07/09/2017
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