After the first two days of “The Great Weed Pull” volunteers on Rice Lake have harvested over 6000 lbs of Curly Leaf Pondweed from the north shore of the lake. That’s 6000 lbs in two 8-hour days, and it’s just a drop in the bucket. On Wednesday there were about 15 people representing several lakes (including Rice, Lake of the Falls, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and Long Lake) in 8 boats hauling the weeds in with long rakes and packing them into mesh bags which were then taken to the Hadley brush pit. It’s hard work, but really worth it to see how CLP is impacting Rice Lake, and trying to imagine what that would be like here on Lake of the Falls.
The good news is that the Rice Lake Association has received their permit from the DNR to install a public boat landing, so it seems that their grant is safe and the project can continue to go ahead as planned. They’re still recruiting volunteers, so if you have some free time next week, visit RiceLakeAssociation.org and offer to help!