This letter, from Crawling Stone Lake Association (CSLA) was sent Feb. 20, to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). In it, CSLA strongly opposes the easing of a "General Dredging Permit," that would lower the current standards for shoreline dredging in Wisconsin lakes and lead to the destruction of fragile shoreline habitat.
The Board of Crawling Stone Lakes Association (CSLA) is strongly opposed to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources consideration of a general permit easing the standards for obtaining authorization to dredge near the shorelines of Wisconsin inland lakes.
We all are riparian owners of property in Lac du Flambeau and we have spent many years and countless hours volunteering in the protection of our lakes and their shorelines and fisheries. We have partnered with the WDNR on water chemistry readings, landing monitoring, and other partner projects over many years.
We are dismayed by a proposal that lacks a science base, contains no oversight by a biologist, gives no adequate notice to neighbors, ignores the potential adverse effect of dredging on adjacent properties and makes no provision regarding protection from invasive species. It is completely incompatible with the WDNRs own programs - Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW), the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network and efforts targeting shoreline restoration. Additionally:
A recent Canadian publication stated: "Shorelines are among the most productive environments on earth ... In fact, 90 percent of all lake life is born, raised and fed here ... Keeping shorelines natural is also the easiest way to protect water quality..."
Sound natural resource policy should be driven by science and professional oversight of resource professionals.
Jean Rutkowski, president, Crawling Stone Lake Ass.
Board members Renee Hill, Mary Laub, John Laub, Ralph Kerler, Paul Koziar, and Norman R. Wetzel
Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Over the past 29 years, I have watched the lake my parents' live on change quite a bit, and it is not anything related to dredging or human interference.
Rather, the lake (a private lake, only being 35 acres) is being consumed by swamp. No, this doesn't mean the lake is dropping in level (actually, it is about as high as it can get). Rather, sections of the bottom are floating up from the methane gasses being trapped underneath.
In fact, there are some very good fishing spots (well, they used to be) that are completely gone now, covered over by floating bog.
Over the past five years, the rate has definitely accelerated. Areas that were shoreline a few years ago are no longer shoreline. The lake is being consumed. One can even use Google Earth to see the major change in the past 25 years, and the lake has shrunk.
So, we can let nature take its course and devour the lake, and the shoreline to boot, or we can help the habitat out. But alas, nothing can be done unless changes are made to the laws.
A word of advice... The sky is not falling! Stop acting like it is!!!