6 Area Lakes’ Public Planning Sessions

Six public planning sessions developing lake management plans are set for Leigh Flowage, Machickanee Flowage, Maiden Lake, Oconto Falls Pond, Paya Lake, and Rost Lake this August 23rd, 24th, and 25th.

Thursday the 23rd

Machickanee Flowage – 5:00 p.m.

Oconto Falls Pond – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Oconto Falls Senior Center, 512 Caldwell Avenue, Oconto Falls, WI. 54154

Friday the 24th

Leigh Lake – 5:00 p.m.

Rost Lake – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Town of Bagley Town Hall, 9812 Cty. Rd. Z, Pound, WI 54161

Saturday the 25th

 Maiden Lake – 8:30 a.m.

Paya Lake – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Town of Lakewood Community Center, 17258 North Road, Lakewood, WI 54138

All who visit and enjoy these lakes are invited to attend and participate.

The Oconto County Lakes Project, a multi-year partnership between the community, Oconto County Land Conservation, UW-Extension, UW-Stevens Point, Oconto County Lakes & Waterways Association (OCLAWA) and various lake organizations. This project is led by Ken Dolata of the Land Conservation Department along with Dale Mohr of the University Wisconsin – Extension. Within the first research phase of the project, each of these waterbodies were studied over a 24 month period. At the planning sessions data will be presented as participants learn about the lakes, identify factors important to lake residents and users, and develop goals and objectives for each lake. As a part of phase two, professionals will provide guidance and technical assistance in the development of the lake management plans.

This two year process will then conclude with the publication of management plans that will provide guidance about how to achieve participants’ visions, and goals that they have identified. Common topics covered in planning sessions include water quality and clarity, aquatic plants inventory (invasive, shoreland, and in-lake), fish and wildlife inventory and numbers, shoreland habitat type, community communication and organizational support, as well as lake water levels and dissolved oxygen levels gathered throughout the year. Local fisheries and aquatic plant biologists will be present to discuss study data and lake features specific to each. Online planning tools will also be provided.

In order to obtain as much public feedback as possible, an online survey has been developed. This survey will be open throughout the planning process (the next few weeks) as a way to document and analyze resident perceptions and ideas. Everyone who visits and enjoys these lakes is encouraged to participate in the survey whether able to attend the planning sessions or not.

The link to the online surveys for each is https://goo.gl/DGUvLz.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of a specific survey, please contact Oconto County Extension agent Dale Mohr at dale.mohr@co.oconto.wi.us or by calling (920) 834-6845.

Everyone is welcome at these planning sessions. Information on the planning sessions and plan drafts can be found at the Oconto County website as they are developed: https://goo.gl/DGUvLz.

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