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Meeting Reminder

The Fall quarterly lake district meeting will be held on Thursday September 15 at 6:30 pm at Ben Franklin Junior High. The meeting agenda includes:

Review of Summer 2016

Review of Silt trap dredge project

Presentation of initial budget for 2016-17 with feedback session

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McDill Pond Plant Harvesting and Skimming maps

Harvesting-Permit-McDill-2016-Draft This is the final revision completed by the Wisconsin DNR and lake district that is set for use in 2016.  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_SkimMap_DRAFT McDill_HarvestMap_DRAFTMcDill_SkimHarvestMapMarch 2016

McDill Paddling for the Pond Poker Run set for August 27

McDill Pond will be hosting a paddle poker run from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday August 27.  Anything that can be paddled is welcome.  Launch from any boat landing, or from the harvester landing at 4001 Patch St.  Cards are $10 per person, or purchase additional cards at 3 for $25.  Proceeds benefit McDill Pond projects for nesting boxes and fighting AIS. McDill will be slow no wake all day.  Poker stop sites map:  Poker Run Stops

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