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The spring LOFA board meeting is coming up this Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 at Beavers Resort on Lake of the Falls Road. Everyone is welcome to attend! Bring your questions and concerns and get to know some of your neighbors around the lake.

 

Remember that Rice Lake’s Great Weed Pull is scheduled for 9 days between May 31 and June 7. Keeping the invasive Curly Leaf Pondweed contained upriver is a vital step in preventing its spread down the chain and into Lake of the Falls. Volunteers are still needed, so if you have a free day and want to do something pretty great for everyone on the Turtle River chain, follow this link to the Rice Lake Association’s website and sign up!

 

And Zach Wilson of the Iron County Department of Land and Water Conservation is leading river trips on the Turtle River the week of June 12-16 to identify and remove CLP growing between Pike Lake and Rice. Canoes, paddles and related supplies will be provided, so all we need are some willing paddlers. We’ve created a new Google Group to help coordinate this effort;

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Another post about Curly Leaf Pondweed

. . .and unfortunately it’s not good news. It seems that, in spite of all their efforts, the 15 families that make up the Rice Lake Association have lost their DNR grant to fight CLP in Rice Lake, and the whole Turtle River system downstream from Rice is at risk of infestation. Of course, that includes Lake of the Falls. Read this letter from the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance for the details, and here is the final letter from Christine Halbur of the WDNR informing the RLA that their grant has been closed.

 

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Science on Tap and the ICLRA

Science on Tap Minacqua is hosting a presentation called, “Using Science to Wrangle Aquatic Invasive Species,” featuring Michelle Nault of the Wisconsin DNR. It’s tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 5) at 6:30 pm, but will also be available live on YouTube. Here is all the info about it, including the YouTube link, for anyone who is interested.

 

The announcement about this came in an email from the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (ICLRA, of which LOFA is a member), in which association secretary Dick Thiede also said, “We desperately need people to take on leadership roles. Please contact us if you can serve as any of our officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer). We also need help with things like our email list.” The ICLRA does a lot of good things for our lakes! Anyone with a few spare minutes to help out can contact him at ironcountylakesandrivers@gmail.com. Thanks!

 

 

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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.

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