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10/28/2013 4:19:00 PM
Listening session Tuesday night on future of Powell Marsh

The state Department of Natural Resources will hold a listening session Tuesday, Oct. 29, to gather public comment on the future of the Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area.

The listening session will be held 6:30-9 p.m. at the town hall in Manitowish Waters. 

The event is open to the public.

The meeting was previously scheduled for the Manitowish Waters Town Hall, was changed to the library but later rescheduled for the town hall.

The DNR is in the process of revising the master plan for the 4,800-acre wildlife area, and has already accepted written comments about the plan.

Part of that plan entails how to address iron floc seeping into Dead Pike Lake, which is connected to the marsh. Some of those who live on the lake claim the floc has caused biological and aesthetic damage, and that a DNR ditch and dike system is largely to blame.

But Michele Woodford, Powell Marsh State Wildlife Area manager, said that iron floc can be found in both man-made and natural settings. The DNR has also improved the water quality in Dead Pike Lake, she said.

Gale Wolf of the Dead Pike Lake Association said he intends to speak at the listening session, along with other members of the lake association.

Wolf said he expects two officials from the state’s Natural Resources Board to be in attendance.

“We’re looking at the opportunity to making a strong appeal to them,” Wolf said.

The DNR is proposing four management alternatives for the marsh that range in focus and degree of intervention. 

Those alternatives are found at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/MasterPlanning/PowellMarsh/

Jonathan Anderson may be reached at janderson@lakelandtimes.com

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