BDLIA Develops Habitat Along Shoreline
In January, BDLIA took advantage of the 15 inches of ice and three days of moderate weather to place five fish sticks/coarse woody habitat on the west shore of the lake. Dave Uttech was kind enough to allow us to anchor this beneficial habitat tree clusters to the shoreline. The WDNR recommends fish stick projects to promote, ‘woody habitat as one indicator of a healthy lake. Fish sticks are one of many activities to protect/or restore the lake’s health.’
The planning process began over a year ago with guidance provided by Laura Stremich-Thompson at the Horicon WDNR office. Locations were selected with low fetch/wind impact, which would match up with other parameters for this practice. Lisa Reas prepared the required permit requests and verified the various regulations we needed to comply with.
The project began with Jon and Mike from Root Down clearing white ash trees from the BD city tree lot. Jon then surveyed the shoreline for tree placement and identified and felled ash trees that would die off in the very near future.
The next step relied on Dean and Collin from Washkovich Excavating to place the tree bundles at the designated locations. Ken Schmidt and Bill Foley anchored the trees to the shore with 3/8 in wire rope followed by lashing the bundles together. The branches are then feathered out to form a woody cover area.
Once the ice is off the lake this spring, the fish sticks will sink into the bay and begin the role as a habitat area. After a few weeks, game fish will find this cover and make use of this protected area. As the season moves on, our migrating waterfowl visitors will find these as a good place for a snack on their way north. Finally, our resident birds will use the shore line cover for their nesting and perch on the branches awaiting a meal.
Over the next year, BDLIA will monitor and observe these fish sticks to identify the benefit of this habitat and how it will improve the health of our lake. If this practice is as beneficial as we anticipate, we will identify other locations for future placement.
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 healthylakeswi.com. The Beaver Dam Lake program is administered through BDLIA. Call 920-356-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and assistance to complete the required paperwork.
BDLIA is pleased that there are 11 Healthy Lakes Projects on Beaver Dam Lake and we received 2 more applications for 2018.
If you are interested in filing a grant application for 2019, please contact us. The deadline for filing with BDLIA will be in January 2019.
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 dnr.wi.gov and type in dredging in the search area.