Last Saturday, the 13th, the Kelly Lake Advancement Association, in concert with the Kelly Lake Sportsman’s Club, have taken the first step to create a “Lake Management Planning Project” committee. Representatives Tim Hoyman and Todd Hanke from Onterra LLC presented the plan which will utilize all resources to fight and eradicate the Eurasian water milfoil found in our lake about four years ago—water milfoil is an aggressive aquatic plant that can take over a lake, limit fishing, swimming and boating in general, not to mention the effects it presents to our property values. The introduction of zebra mussels to our lake recently was also a subject of discussion.
A grant of approximately $20,000 was obtained two years ago; already applied to the herbicide treatment and “hand pulling”. Two herbicides have been used; 24D and Dequat (the latter shown little or no effect on the large concentration of milfoil between our house and Ulrichs; 24D will be tried here again next spring).
Why create a lake management plan?
—To create a better understanding of the lake’s positive and negative attributes.
—To discover ways to minimize the negative attributes and maximize the positive attitudes.
—To foster realistic expectations and dispel myths.
—To create a snapshot of the lake for future reference and planning.
—WDNR strongly recommends lakes conducting active management update aspects of the plan every 5 years.
—Having current and approved plan makes the sponsor eligible for WDNR grants that implement and action.
—Conducting large-scale management requires a current and approved plan.
* Water analysis
* Watershed assessment
*Aquatic plant surveys
*Fisheries data integration
* Shoreline & CWH assessment
* Stakeholder survey
Speaking for myself, I, and I know others, were disappointed with the lack of turn-out for this informative meeting, albeit not everyone already involved and volunteering was there. I hope the lack of effort to attend doesn’t represent the lack of interest in this—what’s going to be—a continuing campaign to combat and keep Kelly Lake alive and well, healthy and free of AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species), or at least controlled, contained and manageable. With that said, and I know you are concerned[!], take a step, too, and volunteer. It’s easy to help meet our obligation to qualify for these grants…
Call Rebecca Fabry (262.853.6309 or email [email protected]) to volunteer an hour—or more—to inform boaters, coming and going at the landings, that their boats need to be free of weeds which might be milfoil. It’s easy, helpful, needed and you feel you’ve done your part to control Eurasian water milfoil.
Cards will be sent out requesting some information; please don’t dismiss them and discard them.
Call Rebecca Fabry (262.853.6309 or email [email protected]).