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 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.

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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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