Remember, almost everyone that is opposing shallow lake management at Lizard Lake is opposed to lowering the depth of the lake by one foot, creating an unnatural marsh, vs a natural shallow lake. No one is disagreeing that Lizard Lake is a Shallow Lake, the disagreement is the DNR and DU lowering the water level and turning a Lake into a Marsh.
Based on your arguments, and the meetings that you say you have been to, I am thinking that you are somehow associated with the DNR. Maybe as a project coordinator around lakes, or even with DU. I honestly do not care who you associate with, I like some of the comments you make, and some of the insight, and sarcasm that you share. I also hope that if you are with the DNR, and DU you invite more of your members to this site to help answer questions, and share their insight to shallow lake management, and Lizard Lake. Seeing as you are on this sight, have you asked anyone that you have talked to to join this site and add insight to it? I know I do.
Last Edit: Aug 21, 2009 12:19:14 GMT -6 by wschac1
Yes lets all go for it. For people who were at the meeting here are some corrections. The dam was built 1923 not the 1930's. It was blown up to stop farmers fields from flooding in the 1950's. The map that was given out at the meeting throw it out. The DNR gave a old map out the new one was posted last Friday.
On another note, does any one actually know when this program will start. We were not told that last night.
I also found out that The Director of the DNR is a member of the DU.
hello was at lizzard jan 30 there was a dnr guy there i asked about the draining of the lake he said they were going to start draining the lake this winter yet / let it dry this summer and try too compact it this fall then let it fill back up anybody else hear anything about that ?? if so what a waste / leave the lake the way it is /. i was there for the first time back in the early 70 s i was like 10 or so then / try to take my kids there every summer at least 3 times a month/ if they are not going to dredge it then leave it along
harry 1900, Yes, that is their plan. Drain the lake and let it sit dry until fall of 2012. We keep trying to get them to dredge it but they insist on turning it into a wetland. Draining it and putting in a fish barrier will help with the carp problem. But, they plan on keeping the water level about a foot lower than it is now. What worries me is the amount of cattails that will grow out into the lake eliminating any type of boating or any fishing from shore. There may also be more frequent fish kills. I would like to see the water level kept where it is at the top of the dam.
Seems to me everyones problem is the lake being 1ft lower. Do you not realize that draining of the lake and allowing it to sit will allow the bottom to compact nearly 1ft, leaving it with depths similar to what it is now
We've heard that from the DNR before, but they fail to prove it. The lake has been completely dry a couple of times in the past many years ago. Didn't seem to be any compaction of the sediment then. It did not make the lake any deeper. The bottom sediment simply re-hydrated when water came back into the lake. The real solution is to remove the sediment.