Dane County Land & Water Resources Department Announces December 13 Public Information Meeting Regarding Lake Wingra Aquatic Plant Management

November 29, 2012
Sue Jones, 608-224-3764 Darren Marsh, 608-224-3766
Land & Water Resources

(Madison, WI) The Dane County Land & Water Resources Department has scheduled a public meeting to gather input for the County’s upcoming revisions to the Lake Wingra Aquatic Plant Management Plan.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­in Washburn Heritage Room, located in Regina Hall, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive in Madison. Free parking is available on campus, and the best place to park will be in the lot in front of Regina or DeRicci Halls.  A campus map is attached.

 

Aquatic plant management plans provide an inventory of existing plants in a lake or stream, and describe how the vegetation, especially native plants, will be protected for their role as the foundation of healthy lake ecosystems, while controlling nuisance non-native species and providing access for recreational use of the waters. These plans are required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for renewal of Dane County’s five-year permits to mechanically harvest aquatic vegetation.

 

At the December 13 meeting, Dane County staff will provide an overview of the ecological value of aquatic plants, describe the results of the plant survey and harvesting conducted on Lake Wingra in 2012, and invite public questions and comments as the County works to update the 2007 Lake Wingra Aquatic Plant Management Plan.

 

More information on Aquatic Plant Management in Dane County, and a downloadable copy of the existing Lake Wingra Plan is available at the Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds’ web site:  http://danewaters.com/management/AquaticPlantManagement.aspx

 

Dane County will continue to gather public input on the plant survey results and harvesting priorities for Lake Wingra, through January 11, sent to lakes@countyofdane.com, or to Lake Wingra Aquatic Plants, c/o Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds, Room 234, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI  53718.

 

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