Aquatic Plant Management

Committee Members Committee Documents
Cmr. Chad Buchaklian (Chair)
Steve Larry (Treatments)
Dan Schultz (DASH)
Gary Bluemel (Harvesting)
2019 Herbicidal Treatment Permit
2019 AIS Areas
2019 Navigational Lanes/Herbicidal Treatment Areas
2019 DASH Areas
2019 Mechanical Harvesting Lanes
2018 EWM Survey Results

The Aquatic Plant Management (APM) Committee is responsible for managing the aquatic plant growth, both invasive and indigenous, throughout the waterway. We will clearly communicate to the WWMD board and owners through monthly board meetings, regular reports and updates to this website. Click here to see the latest meeting minutes, which include committee reports.

Aquatic plant conditions change on a continuous basis. Effects of the seasons, floods, droughts, heat waves and dam levels affect the aquatic plant population in different ways. It is the role of this committee to explore, recommend and implement the use of all appropriate approaches possible to manage these changing conditions in a cost effective manner.

Summer Aquatic Plant Management

May 29, 2020 – There will be herbicidal treatment for Navigational Lanes between June 3 and June 5 weather permitting. This will be the first treatment in the 2020 boating season, with more treatments to follow as conditions dictate. Notices will be left on all piers in treated areas.

Mechanical Harvesting will begin sometime the week of June 15.

D.A.S.H. (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting) will begin June 15 and continue until all areas are done.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Chad Buchaklian at 262-957-0437 or cbuchaklian@gmail.com.

APM Committee News Update

April 4, 2020 – As we move into 2020 the Aquatic Plant Management Committee has undergone some changes. The previous commissioner Steve Larry has stepped down from the Commissioner position and is going to serve the district in a supervisory role monitoring the progress of Herbicide application. He will also provide support to our new Commissioner Chad Buchaklian.

While we are all doing our best to stay isolated and slow the spread of COVID-19, the APM Committee is busy working to ensure that we stay on top of any Aquatic Plant issues and we are working to have everything organized for the upcoming season. We spent the winter soliciting bids for Aquatic Invasive Species control (AIS), Navigational Lane Application, Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH), and Weed Harvesting. After a very thorough vetting and bidding process we have agreements with vendors for all of the above projects.

Wisconsin Lake and Pond Resource will continue to be our vendor for AIS and Navigational Lane herbicide application. They are the company we have been using, and they ended up being the most competitive bid again this year. They come to the District with a plethora of experience and first hand knowledge of the lake and the problem areas. Informational post cards have been sent out regarding the treatments, and we will post updates on the web page with the timing of applications, and they will post notices on piers when they have treated the area. Permit applications have been submitted to the DNR and we plan to begin treatments for AIS in April and Navigational lanes shortly thereafter. Please note, if you do not wish to have the area around your pier treated please contact Chad Buchaklian at 262-957-0437 or cbuchaklian@gmail.com to opt out of the applications.

Riese Aquatics will be doing the D.A.S.H. (Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting) program this summer. Riese comes to the district with a very long list of highly satisfied clients and they are very eager to get to work. They also went through a stringent vetting process and provided the District with the most competitive bid. We look forward to working with Brandon and the team at Riese this year.

Finally, the District has a new vendor for our harvesting program. Midwest Aquatics also provided us with the most competitive bid and provided the District with a great referral list as well as a high recommendation from the DNR. Midwest Aquatics has two harvesters, both of which are larger than the previous vendors harvester. They will be able to cut and remove weeds at more than twice the speed of the previous vendor saving riparian owner money and increasing the efficiency with which we get the project completed. We look forward to working with Dave at Midwest Aquatics this year.

While we have all been in a bit of a lockdown, the committee has been busy and we plan on moving ahead just like any other year. We anticipate a great season on the lake and we look forward to seeing all of you out on the water. If any riparian owner have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to Chad Buchaklian at 262-957-0437 or cbuchaklian@gmail.com and he will be sure to address the issue at hand. Stay safe, healthy, and we will see you all on the lake.

Starry Stonewort

A new invasive species, Starry Stonewort, has been detected in some local lakes. This species has been known to cause nuisance conditions in Michigan, New York and Indiana but is new to Wisconsin. Our waterway has been surveyed and none has been detected. Our Clean Boats/Clean Water program is checking boats at the Library Launch and we have no reports of any being found.

The information we have received from the WI DNR clarifies that Starry Stonewort does not kill fish and the lake will not ‘die’ if this plant becomes established. However, it can affect the aquatic plant community and alter the aquatic habitat in the waterway. We will include Starry Stonewort in our pre- and post-season surveys and if it were to be found it will be included in our Lake Management plans.

Flowering Rush Found in Our Waterway

During the herbicidal treatment done on June 2nd, 2016 we identified a new Invasive Species in our waterway. The WDNR was with our treatment provider and confirmed that we have a small amount of Flowering Rush growing in some areas of the shore line. When caught early, this is easy to remove with hand pulling. Wisconsin Lake and Ponds Resource (WL&PR) is recommending a full survey with hand pulling being done at the same time. This work is covered by a WDNR Rapid Response grant. Attached here is the grant application.

Archived Aquatic Plant Management Committee News

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015 and 2015 Update
2014

The committee will continue to explore new approaches and adjust how we implement the current techniques. We are always open to input and feedback, if you have heard of other tactics, please feel free to let us know.