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.)

Groundwater and Lakes

This month’s webinar sponsored by the Citizen’s Lake Monitoring Network is titled Groundwater and Lakes. Something I would like to know more about! The December topic was A Trip to the Bog and it was fascinating. I’m going to be sure to find a local bog and go in June when the flowers are in bloom!

Anyone interested in learning about our groundwater can sign up here to attend the webinar (link expired) live this Wednesday, January 27 at 3:00 pm CST, or you can access all of the CLMN webinars on their YouTube page.

And coming March 8-12 is Wisconsin Water Week, a week of presentations, panel discussions, interactive conversations with experts, and more on the full range of water topics, and all taking place online. This is the reincarnation of the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention which was held annually in Stevens Point, and which had to go virtual at the last minute in 2020 because of the pandemic. Because of that I was able to attend, and it was time well-spent. It should be even better this year!

Autumn

This week on Lake of the Falls and First Black Lake.

Pictures from a beautiful year

With the season winding down Di Sino has sent some lovely photos to share, starting with a great shot of that spectacular rainbow we had back in June. She takes good pictures! Click ONCE on any photo to start a slide show. Enjoy!

Wildlife on the lake

We haven’t seen a lot of people this summer, but the wildlife has been better than usual with a noisy pair of loons, breeding mergansers, the occasional otter, and our family of eagles in the First Black channel. The eagle parents have been observed teaching their offspring how to fish this week. And here are the results of the July bat survey – an impressive five species were detected on the night of July 23, including threatened little brown bats in several different locations.

We’re also participating in the Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program and have identified seven species of native clams in Lake of the Falls and up the river since June. Clam species have great names like Wabash Pigtoe, Fatmucket, and Spike, and their presence in our waters is a good indication of a healthy lake.

Have any good wildlife photos? Send them to lofassociation@gmail.com and share them with everyone!