UWSP Center for Watershed Science and Education recently completed a depth mapping of McDill Pond. The following is the preliminary map:
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.
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: Coming soon as the plants are up. Reward Tribune Diquat Fact Sheet: DiquatFactsheet (1)
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.