Twin Lakes Lake Commissioners approve weed treatment funds after discussion

Eurasian water-milfoil

Eurasian water-milfoil

The Twin Lakes Lake Rehabilitation District Commissioners have approved $15,000 for lake weed treatment for 2017.

Some discussion about the scope and the need for treatment took place among the commissioners, who are the same individuals as the Village Board, at the commissioners meeting Monday.

Before approval, Commissioner Kevin Fitzgerald raised the question of how much treatment might be needed this year.

“I don’t know if anyone knows where the bad areas are anymore,” said Fitzgerald.  He said he would like to see new mapping of the lake to determine where the current bad spots are on both Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth. Fitzgerald and village administrator Jennifer Pollitt participated in the last mapping two seasons ago.

Frederick made the case that the mapping data on hand was probably sufficient to check the traditional problem areas. Then the presence of Eurasian water-milfoil growth would be confirmed before any treatment is done.

“We know the hot spots from previous years,” Frederick said.

President Howard Skinner suggested the commissioners approve the budgeted $15,000, but not spend it all if the condition of the lake warrants less treatment.

Fitzgerald also asked whether treatment this fall would be feasible.

“I think we could easily make it through the summer,” Fitzgerald said. “Could we treat in the fall?”

Frederick said she has explored the idea of every other year treatment with Lakes Steering Committee lead Tony Migon, who was not opposed to considering it.

About $2,100 of the treatment estimate submitted by Wisconsin Lake and Pond Resource LLC was for opening up a navigable channel at Hickory Point. All commissioners appeared to agree that work should proceed regardless of what was discovered about the need for treatment elsewhere on the lakes.

The $15,000 for treatment ultimately was approved unanimously.


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