Monthly Archive For January 9, 2022

Curly Leaf Pondweed and Rice Lake’s DNR grant, part 1

LOFA members, please take a look at this letter from Bob Kary of the Rice Lake Association with an update on the status of their DNR grant, which is in support of their effort to control the Curly Leaf Pondweed infestation that has taken over Rice Lake. The grant is in jeopardy because of a SNAFU over the DNR’s requirement of a public boat landing on the lake. For further clarification of the problem, this letter written by Dick Thiede outlines what has happened, and the current status of the grant.


The gist of all this is that the Rice Lake Association’s DNR grant is dependent on putting a public boat ramp on their lake. They have an existing space for public access, but it was previously not titled to the Town of Mercer, who is supposed to be responsible for public boat landings.  Now it is, though, and last February the town board committed to improving the ramp. But the latest is that someone from the DNR  has decided that there is no suitable place on Rice Lake for a public boat ramp,

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Curly Leaf Pondweed and Rice Lake’s DNR grant, part 2

It bears repeating that the presence of Curly Leaf Pondweed upriver is a direct threat to our way of life and our property values on Lake of the Falls. Take a look at this video that was taken last summer in Rice Lake. We do NOT want this happening in our lake!


The members of the Rice Lake Association are requesting financial assistance and volunteer help from the other lake associations in the Turtle River watershed. We did send 2 volunteers last year to pull weeds in the river, and we have several more people committed to volunteering in 2022. In the Spring we will post volunteer information here on the website for those who want to help out.


The folks on Rice Lake have put a huge amount of time and effort into trying to get this problem under control. If they fail, it’s going to be our problem in another few years. We can’t let this happen! They need our help.


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