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.

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.

Curly Leaf Pondweed update

Volunteers have stopped pulling CLP on Rice Lake, Pike Lake, and the Turtle River for this year, as the plants have started growing their reproductive parts and disturbing them would only spread them more. But great progress was made, and the effort to keep these aggressive invasives under control will continue next year. Read Zach Wilson’s report on the work that has been done here, on Pike Lake’s website. As always, if you notice any invasives growing around Lake of the Falls, please let us know so we can inform Zach.

Zach Wilson’s Curly Leaf Pondweed Training

Here is the Power Point that Zach presented to volunteers at his training last week. Volunteers pulled weeds in Rice Lake over the weekend and are going to pull between Rice and Pike Lake on the Turtle River this week. Let’s hope for good weather!