Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association, Inc.

(920) 356-1200

Healthy Lakes Lake Shore Owners Information

Healthy Lakes Lake Shore Owners Information

Healthy Lakes is a DNR initiative that provides funds to individual shoreline property owners for simple projects that improve habitat and water quality. These projects include planting native gardens along shorelines to prevent dirt runoff from entering the lake and as well as creating beauty and habitat for frogs, butterflies, etc.; installing fish sticks (bundled trees) in the lake to improve habitat; and building berms, rain gardens and infiltration pits to help to divert, clean and filter runoff.

The DNR will pay 75% of approved projects up to $1,000. The property owner is responsible for 25%. The owner share can include the property owners’ labor billed at $12 per hour.

For more information on this initiative, go to The Beaver Dam Lake program is administered through BDLIA. Call 920-356-1200 or email with questions and assistance to complete the required paperwork.

BDLIA is pleased that there are 11 Healthy Lakes Projects on Beaver Dam Lake. Applications are now being accepted for 2018 grants. The deadline for filing with BDLIA is January 15, 2018.

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Healthy Lakes Initiative Grants

Healthy Lakes Initiative Grants

Improve habitat and water quality with simple and inexpensive projects for your lakeshore property.
Grants are available for up to $1,000 for the following projects:

1. FISH STICKS - Create fish and wildlife habitat.
Fish Sticks are feeding, breeding, and nesting areas for all sorts of critters – from fish to song birds. They can also prevent bank erosion – protecting lakeshore properties and your lake.

2. NATIVE PLANTINGS - Improve wildlife habitat, natural beauty and privacy, and slow runoff.
Native Plantings include grasses and wildflowers with shrubs and trees. Choose a template based on your property and interests – from bird/butterfly habitat to a low-growing garden showcasing your lake view.

3. DIVERSION - Prevent runoff from getting into your lake.
Diversion Practices move water to areas where it can soak into the ground instead. Depending on your property, multiple diversions may be necessary.

4. ROCK INFILTRATION - Capture and clean runoff.
Rock Infiltration practices fit in nicely along roof drip lines and driveways and provide space for runoff to filter itself. They work best if your soil is sandy or loamy.

5. RAIN GARDEN - Create wildlife habitat and natural beauty while capturing and cleaning runoff. Rain Gardens multi-task – they improve habitat and filter runoff while providing a naturally beautiful view.

Check out the fact sheets, example documents, and FAQs available on the website to find out how to install a Healthy Lakes practice in your backyard ( Additional information and application documents are available at BDLIA.

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The UW Water Resource Program has arrived at Beaver Dam

The UW Water Resource Program has arrived at Beaver Dam

They are a group of graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Water Resources Management program, Nelson School for Environmental Science. Their cohort research project this year is to work with the Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association and communities in the watershed to assess stream and lake quality and to develop strategies for improving water quality in Beaver Dam Lake.

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Beaver Dam Lake Management Plan Implementation

A DNR grant was approved in 2015 to assess Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP), the invasive species of aquatic plant that infested the majority of the lake in 2015. The study took place in 2016 and it found that the lake, though less infest in 2016 than 2015, still had 53% of the lake covered by CLP. The report stated that due to the size of the lake and the extent of infestation lake-wide control would not be feasible. In 2017 BDLIA was in contact with property owners and we were ready to proceed with herbicide treatment if adequate financial support was received from the owners. In late May 2017 it was decided not to move forward with treatment because of significant decrease in infestation of CLP in 2017. BDLIA will continue to monitor CLP and work closely with the DNR on actions that can be taken to control and prevent invasive species in our lake.

A new contract has been let by the DNR for continued commercial fishing of carp in the lake which is a major factor in carp management.

A review and study of carp barriers to the major bays is also underway as another step in carp management and improvement of game and pan fish habitat.

Development of additional recreational use of the lake with the installation of the kayak dock and launch at Waterworks Park.

[Final Management Plan]



Dredging by Lakeshore Property Owners

The DNR recently changed it permitting process for small scale dredging projects in lakes and rivers. The new general permit outlines standards and conditions for dredging that have to be met in order to be covered under a general permit. This replaces the current small-scale dredging general permit. The new permit allows waterfront property owners the ability to remove small volume amounts of bed material for the purpose of improving navigation or recreation. For information about the waterway general permit for small-scale dredging go the and type in dredging in the search area.



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