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 chemically treat up to 100 acres of McDill Pond to control excessive growth of exotic invasive aquatic plants. Clean Lakes, Inc. will conduct an application of the aquatic herbicide Reward (diquat) to infestations. It is anticipated that the treatment will occur in late May 2018 and will proceed only after the District obtains a permit for the treatment from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
The water use restrictions for diquat are as follows:
There are no swimming or fishing restrictions. Do not use water from treated areas for irrigation purposes for 5 days after treatment.
The District will hold a public informational meeting on the proposed treatments if five or more individuals, organizations, special units of government, or local units of government request one in writing. The person or entity requesting the meeting shall state a specific agenda of topics including problems and alternatives to be discussed. The request for a public informational meeting must be sent in writing to the McDill Inland Lake and Rehabilitation District, 3317 Della Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481 and to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 473 Griffith Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 within 5 days after the public notice is published.
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. Treatment Map: McDill 2018 Proposed Treatment Areas Treatment Permit: 180329 McDill Pond 2018 Permit Application Diquat Fact Sheet: DiquatFactsheet
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.
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.
Contacts for McDill Lake District:
Board President Krista Olson 715-347-8901
Treasurer Marv Van KeKerix 715-347-8501
Board Member Gary Hurm 715-544-1385
Board Member Dave Enerson 715-341-7717
Board Secretary Joe Blonigen 715-341-5566