Aquatic Plant Update
After two years of excessive curly leaf pondweed (CLP) in many parts of Beaver Dam Lake, the spring and summer of 2017 had a significant drop in the problem. The “experts” are unable to predict when these occurrences will take place or why they are less some years than others. Either way many of the lake residents that were severely impacted the last two years were relieved to have a decrease in the problem this year. While some areas still had significant growth it was less wide spread than in the past two springs.
As we stated in the February newsletter we have been in contact with property owners in previously heavily infested areas and were ready to follow through with herbicide if we got financial support from these owners and we had another heavy infestation. Based on a review of the areas in late May it was decided not to move forward with any herbicide treatment this year because of the significant decrease in the infestation.
It is the opinion of many on the BDLIA board that it is almost impossible for an Association to carry out an aquatic plant control program for Beaver Dam Lake. It is very difficult and extremely time consuming to contact property owners and get adequate numbers of owners to financially support such programs. In almost all cases the only lakes that are able to carry out such programs are those that have a lake district.
BDLIA will continue to monitor the infestation of aquatic plant invasive species and work closely with the DNR on actions that can be taken to control and prevent these plants in our lake.
Accepting Healthy Lakes Grant Applications
BDLIA is completing its 11th Healthy Lakes project on Beaver Dam Lake and is accepting applications for 2018 grant requests. You can qualify for up to $1,000 in grant money for native gardens, rain gardens and other projects. Follow this link for Healthy Lakes project descriptions healthylakeswi.com/best-practices/.
For more information and an application, contact BDLIA.
UW Madison Project on Beaver Dam Lake
The 17 grad students are carrying out their work on Beaver Creek and Beaver Dam Lake. For complete information, go to the Lake Management Page.
Commercial Fishing on Beaver Dam Lake
The DNR has reported that the commercial fishermen have removed 1,009,200 lbs. of carp and buffalo between January 2017 and June 2017 from the lake. The breakdown is 777,200 lbs. carp and 232,000 lbs. of buffalo. We could be on track to set a new record for carp and buffalo removed this year. In 2014 a total of 1,703,750 lbs. of rough fish were removed.
Beaver Dam Lake Management Plan Implementation
A grant has been approved by the DNR to assess the curly leaf pondweed, the invasive species of aquatic plant which covered the majority of the lake in 2015. If the plant reappears this spring the grant will be sued to assess the growth and determine control and monitoring strategies that can be put into action.
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 kayak docks at Waterworks Park in 2016 and Derge Park in 2017.