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Meeting Reminder

The next lake district meeting is January 11 at 5:30 pm at Ben Franklin Junior High. The meeting agenda includes:
Minutes from Q4 2017 Meeting
Treasurers Report
Presentation by GEI Consultants on McDill Dredging and Lake Management Plan

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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 Pond 2017 Spring Chemical Treatment Notice

CHEMICAL TREATMENT WILL BE APPLIED THURSDAY 5/11.  Treatment map:  McDill Pond 2017 Final EWM Treatment Areas   Please note that area D will not be treated (Spring Slough) due to being an ANSRI area.  The McDill Inland Lake and Rehabilitation District (the District) with support from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and Clean Lakes, Inc. (CLI) proposes to assess and chemically treat up to 60 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 Aquastrike (liquid endothall + liquid diquat) and/or Reward (liquid diquat) targeting the CLP and EWM to be performed by CLI. We anticipate the treatment to occur sometime in spring, 2017 and will proceed 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 Aquathol K and/or Aquastrike 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 the above Aquathol K and Aquastrike are: 5 Day Irrigation Restriction. Additional details regarding the proposed treatment including a copy of the permit application and the WDNR aquatic herbicide fact sheets are here:  McDill Pond Fall BioBase Survey and Rake Samples    McDill Pond 2017 Permit ApplicationEWM

For questions about the treatment, please contact:
Krista Olson, McDill Inland Lake and Rehabilitation District
McDillPond@charter.net (715) 347-8901

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.

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