How a lake turns into a marsh. "When plant matter decomposes, it leaves behind sediment, or, a layer of "muck". This natural process is necessary so that waste matter doesn't accumulate and smother living material. As the lake becomes shallower, the emersed plants that grow along the shoreline start to grow towards the center of the lake, creating a marsh-like waterbody. These plants eventually die and decompose, creating more sediment buildup, creating a shallower waterbody, and allowing trees to start growing. A swamp now exists where there once was a lake. " In my opinion, this process will be accelerated in Lizard Lake by the 'Shallow Lakes Management" plan.
Lizard Lake is included in Ducks Unlimiteds "Living Lakes Initiative" which is another name for "Shallow Lakes Management". Below is a completed project in Minnesota called Lake Maria. The lake is now two-thirds covered by vegetation. If this same plan is implemented at 280 acre Lizard Lake, the lake would be reduced to only 93 acres of open water. They call that restoration?
Post by gorestorationgo on Aug 3, 2010 9:37:14 GMT -6
I would say that both projects at Big Wall and Lake Maria were OUTSTANDING successes. They have improved water quality and wildlife in the area. Taking rough fish shallow lakes with very poor water quality and turing it into something that is beneficial to the environment with increased water quality, that doesn't happen very often this day in age. I applaud the efforts of all involved in these projects.
To me it is selfish to try and stop these projects.
I have been to Big wall lake and was not inpressed . it is 800 acers of cat tails. Lets just say I was to go hunting there. How would I acsses the lake? From what I saw I would have to take my weedeater along and cut my own path. Maybe I could just use the Paths cut already by the DU cabin owners on the East side . How do you think that would go over?
Lizard Lake is big enough for all to enjoy. I agree tha that something needs to be done. I hope that after the water level has been droped the DNR will see that some of the silt needs to be removed and take some sort of action to keep this lake in good shape for all to use all year long.