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11/20/2012 5:13:00 AM

To the Editor:

So our DNR, following an extensive environmental assessment, is bent upon making operational changes at the Rest Lake Dam, thereby altering historic water levels in the Manitowish Chain which have been in affect since 1939.

The reason: “The current operation of the dam creates water levels and flows that are substantially different compared to the annual pattern levels and flows on Northern Wisconsin lakes, rivers and wetlands.” In other words, the Department’s goal is to replicate to whatever extent possible, the natural hydrology (fluctuations and flows) that would occur were this structure not in place.

How noble. Yet, less than three miles to the south, the Department itself is manipulating water within the Powell Marsh, using an extensive system of water control structures and 14 miles of dikes and ditches, to “create water levels and flows that are substantially different compared to the (natural) annual pattern levels and flows of Northern Wisconsin wetlands.” And they refuse to even consider citizen pleas, as well as science-based recommendations, to restore this watershed to its natural state.

Hypocrisy is advocating one thing for the other guy while you do the opposite yourself. In this case, “What’s good for the goose is, apparently, not even applicable for the gander.” Sound familiar?

Hopefully the Chain’s Defense Fund will confront the Department with this contradiction and demand that they abide by their philosophy of “naturalizing” any altered environments within their own operations before imposing this policy upon over a thousand property owners within the Chain. 

Gale Wolf
Water Chairman
Dead Pike Lake Association

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