Monthly Archive For Iron County

“Lake Plants You Should Know”

, , , is a field guide published by UW-Extension Lakes, the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network, and Clean Boats Clean Waters that features LIFE-SIZE photos of many of the aquatic plants we find in our lakes, plus a few we hope never to find. And it’s waterproof, so you can take it out in your boat and use it to get to  know your plants. And now the Lake of the Falls Association has it’s own copy, which you can borrow by sending a note to lofassociation@gmail.com. Take this book out for a paddle and get it dirty! Get to know what’s growing in your water!

 

And don’t forget Conservation on Tap this Thursday evening, June 9th, at 6:00 at The Pines, where Zach Wilson will present on everyone’s favorite topic, invasive species and what we’re doing to stop them. See you on Thursday!

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Zach Wilson to speak at the May board meeting

Join Iron County Land and Water Conservation Specialist Zach Wilson on Sunday, May 29 at 11:00 (after the board meeting) at Beaver’s Resort to learn about Water Quality and Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring. Zach will be discussing the latest information on the Turtle River curly leaf pondweed occurrences and spread, as well as proper monitoring techniques for Lake of the Falls.

 

This is a good chance to get your questions answered by someone who knows the situation inside-out. Hope to see a lot of LOFA members there.

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Proposed change to Iron County shoreland zoning ordinance

Edit: The Iron County zoning commission met on Tuesday and agreed to leaving the zoning ordinance as-is. Seems like we’re in good shape on this front.

LOFA members, we received this email from Jeffrey Malison of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and Trude Lake Property Owners’ Association yesterday outlining a proposed change to Iron County’s shoreland zoning ordinance to allow for increased development at the request of Gateway Lodge. The developer is seeking to build 4 additional rental houses (one already on the parcel) on a 75′ wide, 1-acre shoreland parcel on the Flowage and he has asked the County to change the ordinance in a way that would allow the development. The change would impact all lake and riverfront properties throughout Iron County. Read the entire email here for the details.

 

Contact information for the Iron County Zoning committee members and the Zoning Administrator are in the email, and the next Iron County Zoning Committee meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, March 15 in Hurley. Residents’ input can be very important in the decision-making process, and LOFA members are encouraged to write,

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Turtle River Watershed Management Plan

In response to concern about environmental threats to our waterways in Iron County, the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (of which LOFA is a member) has been working with the State of Wisconsin to create a new model for assessing and improving the health of our lakes and rivers. ICLRA secretary Dick Thiede’s letter, sent by LOFA treasurer Jack Schuett to LOFA members last Tuesday, goes into a lot of detail about the reasons for this effort and is worth the time it takes to read. The upshot is the creation of the Turtle River Watershed Management Plan, a cooperative effort to address specific problems in the river system that can potentially affect everyone, such as the aquatic invasive species which are already present in some upriver lakes. The ICLRA is hosting a “kickoff” conference on Wednesday, January 29 to start the ball rolling on this important initiative. Time and place are still TBD and will be posted here. As Jack stated in his email to LOFA members on Tuesday,

While this is not an ideal time for many of you to attend, it is imperative to get the “ball rolling”

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