Rice Lake gets the grant

The Rice Lake Association has received a three year, $127,000 Aquatic Invasive Species grant from the Wisconsin DNR to aid in removal of the invasive Curly Leaf Pondweed from their lake. That’s good news for them and for us, but there is still a lot of work to be done to prevent this nasty weed from spreading downriver to Pike Lake and Lake of the Falls. Click here to read the article that appeared in this week’s Iron County Miner and stay tuned for ways you can help when the time comes.

Things to do while we’re waiting for Spring

Two virtual conferences are coming up in March which may be of interest:

Wisconsin Water Week, March 8-12. Replacing the in-person Lakes and Rivers Convention that was held yearly in Stevens Point, this online event will feature presentations, panel discussions, and interactive conversations with experts  on the full range of water topics, opportunities to network with fellow participants through messaging and chat functions, and exposure to a wide range of service providers and non-profit organizations working on water and water conservation. The presentations on March 8 and 9 look especially interesting, and at just $20 a day it’s really affordable.

Canoecopia, March 12-14. This annual paddlesports extravaganza usually takes place in Madison, but this year is completely virtual and includes three days of presentations and exhibits that make outdoors-people like me really happy. This one’s cheap, too! Only $15 for all three days.

Won’t be long before the ice melts and we’ll all be back on the lake.

Iron County’s 2021 Native Plant Sale

Click here for the order form for this year’s annual native plant sale. It’s a good chance to purchase trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses that will improve your property and benefit county conservation programs at the same time. Last year we had great success with the wildflowers we ordered. Our hummingbirds were very pleased!

The order deadline is February 26. By the time the plants arrive, all this snow will be gone! Well, probably.

Support for Rice Lake from the Mercer Town Board

We received this email from the ICLRA on Friday evening:

Thank you all for your support.

Today we received notice from the DNR that the Rice Lake grant had  gained high scores in the DNR grant ranking.  At about 5:50 PM the Mercer Town Board voted unanimously to send a letter of intentation to build a boat landing on Rice Lake as required by the Wisconsin DNR in order to approve the Rice Lake grant.

We and the people on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, Lake of the Falls and the Turtle-Flambeau thank you for your actions in support of the program to eliminate the Curly Leaf Pondweed from Rice Lake.

Best Regards

Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Inc.

(Thanks to everyone who expressed support for this.)

Curly Leaf Pondweed threatens Lake of the Falls: how you can help

LOFA members, please read this letter from Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance secretary Dick Thiede which updates us on the efforts being made by the Rice Lake Association to get their infestation of Curly Leaf Pondweed (an aquatic invasive species) under control. After hitting lots of roadblocks in the last couple of years, they have a grant application submitted to the DNR that could provide critical funding in their effort, but have hit another snag in that they need a public boat launch on their lake in order for the grant to be considered for approval. The Mercer town board is meeting tomorrow (February 4th) at 5:30 to consider committing to the construction of a boat launch on Rice Lake. It’s necessary that they vote in favor of this for the grant to even be considered. The last paragraph of Dick’s letter has the contact information needed for us to either attend the meeting via Zoom or send an email in support of the landing.

Several patches of CLP were discovered in the Turtle River and in Pike Lake, just downriver from Rice Lake, last year and were hand-pulled by volunteers. Try to image just how much Curly Leaf Pondweed will enjoy living in Lake of the Falls if it manages to get downriver to us. Once it gains a toehold, it will be with us forever. We can support the Rice Lake Association in their efforts to get it under control before this happens!

Please do what you can to support Rice Lake.