I just read an article in the paper from Dean, and I have been forwarded an email. I would like to comment on that.
Sean, Does this mean that The Dnr has backed off on lizard lake. I do not blame one person for not wanting to put his land in crp. I will not name him do to privacy. This person bought this land on a lake not a marsh. Will the state of Iowa compensate people for loss of value to property. Changing a Lake to a Marsh will have a huge econmic impact in that area.
I would go with shallow lake management, but there is no guarantee that Lizard Lake would ever fill back up.
Lizard Lake is the only lake I knew when I grew up. I want my son to be able to enjoy it, but not at the cost of tall reeds cat tails, and not being able to fish off of the shore.
I am not a hunter, I do not blame people for wanting to do shallow lake management for hunting.
Sean, I AM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. How do we go abouts getting Lizard Lake dredged and fully restored. I have heard there are over 300 people who would like Lizard Lake restored.
How many people do we need to get the state of Iowas full support.
In my e-mail I did not mean to imply that anyone was backing off on anything because it is actually a team effort to try an improve the terribly degraded water quality in Lizard Lake. If 300 people out of a population of 7600 in Pocahontas County is a good indicator of what should be done with the lake then I guess the people (3.9% of the population) have spoken. As far as the CRP it is to help keep sediment from going into the lake and the area I am talking about contributes up to 5 ton/acre of sediment to the lake a year, that is why I have targeted it. The lake will fill back up it has a constant tile flow of 1500 acres into it. The only way to get it dredged is to get $10,000,000-15,000,000. At this time the state has allocated money to do the structure, fish barrier, and fish kill. This is a start in the right direction to improve this lake that you grew up on or that you want your son to be able to enjoy. SHALLOW LAKE MGT is not just for hunting! It is to improve the water quality and the biodiversity of the lake just like it was in the 1950's when the Tebo study was done and the health and biodiversity was listed in the Masters Thesis. That is a on the lake, in the lake, around the lake accountability of what it was like by an educated scientist. I hope this answers your questions Andrew. If anyone has any questions about the watershed or what needs to be done in it, please get ahold of me. The watershed needs treated. The lake needs to be healthy. Thanks for your interest
So is it possible to use shallow lake management, and instead of dredging the lake, in the winter after the water is drained get bulldozers, bobcats, or whatever equipment needed to go out onto the lake, and pull some of the sediment off of the lake bottom. I think it is mirror lake they show a picture of in the dnr studies, and it appears as if a tractor could be driven onto it, and sediment pulled off. The only problem would be finding the acreage to deposit the sediment, I don't think it would be a problem for a farmer to let the dnr use the land, if they are compensated.
It is an alternative, and would help keep costs low like people want, but also help to make the lake a bit deeper, and remove some of the sediment from the lake. It would also help prevent the future problems that occur with shallows lakes, because not nearly as much sediment would be on the lake bottom to be stirred up. This would be a plus for both the dnr, and the landowner, and a feasible alternative to dredging.