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McDill Pond 2021 Spring Chemical Treatment Notice

Update:  Chemical Treatment planned for Wednesday June 2 or the first few days after Memorial day.

The McDill Inland Lake and Rehabilitation District (the District) proposes to assess and chemically treat up to 100 acres on McDill Pond to control the excessive growth of the exotic invasive aquatic plants, Curlyleaf pondweed (CLP) and Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM).   The District proposes to conduct an application of Reward or Tribune (liquid diquat) and ProcellaCOR EC (florpyrauxifen-benzyl) to be performed sometime in spring, 2021 by Clarke Aquatic Services, proceeding only after the District obtains a permit for the treatment from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Permit: 210422 McDill Pond 2021 Receipt State of Wisconsin – DNR – ePermiting 210422 McDill Pond 2021 Permit Application Package

Notification of the exact dates of treatment and water use restrictions associated with the use of Reward will be provided by the posting of shoreline in and adjacent to treatment areas, and public access points.

The water use restrictions associated with use of Reward are noted of: 5 Day Irrigation Restriction

Please plan for not using the water from McDill for irrigation for five days, and no boating the day of treatment. If you do not have a computer and would like a copy of the permit or map you can request one by writing McDill Lake District 3317 Della St Stevens Point WI 54481. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for mailing.  Anticipated Treatment Map:  210520 McDill Pond 2021 AIS Control Project   Reward Tribune Diquat Fact Sheet:  DiquatFactsheet (1)

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Notice of Special Lake District Meeting

Notice of McDill Lake District Special Voters Meeting

Monday June 28, 6:00 pm Koczikowski Park Shelter Area – bring a lawnchair


  1. Review of financing options available for fixed all years vs fixed five years from various lenders
  2. Review of funding options, discussion, and possible action to approve funding of dredging project via borrowing.
  3. Review, discussion and possible action to approve offer of early payment in full option to residents to bring interest costs down

Background:  McDill Lake District approved at the June 3rd meeting to move forward with a dredging project in 2021.  While the 1 Million project had the most votes for the size of dredge to approve, the 721,000 dredge also came in 2nd for votes.  The difference between the dredges is 64,000 cubic yards vs 39,000 cubic yards.  We are looking into finance options of both fixed rate for 5 years or fixed rate all of years loans, along with different loan timeframes.  This meeting will be to discuss and review the different options, and approve the option for financing via a vote by the lake district membership.  Please bring a lawnchair and pen for voting. 



PCI McDill Proposal 5.17.2021

WDNR IP Dredging Permit Application_DRAFT

Minutes of the McDill First Quarterly 2021 Meeting


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McDill Pond Plant Harvesting and Skimming maps

updated-harvest-map-122916 This is the updated revision completed by the Lake District and submitted to the Wisconsin DNR for use in 2017.  The harvesting map was updated to increase some areas on the southern half by the business 51 causeway, smooth out some corners for easier harvesting and connect one lane to another.  The skimming map will stay the same for 2017.  Skimming  is different than plant harvesting as it allows algae mats to be skimmed with the smaller harvester ONLY when the DNR is notified and approves 24 hours prior to skimming each time.  Please note the change in the cutting areas allowed vs previous years, as clear cutting is not allowed, and instead navigation channels will be cut.  Only 70% of the acreage of a waterbody may be harvested.


McDill Unsafe Ice Areas

The map is a compiled list of areas known to experience ice safety issues throughout the winter. Some areas are unsafe due to the river flow, others due to springs. Follow all DNR safety precautions when accessing the ice and keep monitoring for changing conditions. Ice depths vary throughout McDill during the winter, and no ice is safe ice, but the intent of the map is to help inform those accessing the ice where to avoid traveling.

Residential Fertilizer Restriction Passed at Annual Meeting

McDill Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District at its annual meeting passed a Resident Fertilizer Restriction that goes into effect immediately for its 176 residents. The general fertilizer restriction replaces the lake district’s former phosphate free fertilizer restriction since all fertilizers now sold in Wisconsin are phosphate free.  The restriction limits residents to twice a year fertilizing their yards, unless a soil test proves the need for additional fertilizing.  There is no limit on the amount of application of weed killers or other pesticides for nuisance control.   A water study conducted by the WI DNR over two years found high amounts of nitrogen entering McDill during the winter months from groundwater and spring runoff.  Due to the sandier soils around McDill, it is an important first step to control the amount of nitrogen entering McDill starting with the yards that have the greatest impact on McDill Pond.  The restriction is to be self regulating, and currently does not have any fines for violations of the restriction.  McDill Pond is also participating in efforts to promote healthy shorelands and work with local municipalities to address the high nitrogen levels entering McDill pond from various sources to mitigate the excess weed and algae growth in McDill Pond.      A copy of the restriction is below for reference.

Fertilization Restriction