What began as a shallow feeder lake for the Miami & Erie Canal in the 19th century, later turned into a popular resort park after the canal era ended in Ohio. Today, Indian Lake offers a variety of on-the-water recreational options including boating, fishing, jet skiing, and swimming. And, officials are dealing with an unprecedented
The water of Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, will hopefully be clearer once the city’s parks, recreation, and forestry division is done harvesting the aquatic vegetation. Due to the significant amount of floating weeds throughout the lake, the city and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are working together to solve the problem.
About 40 trailers full of vallisneria americana, or eelgrass, have been removed from a site on the river nearby the Hamburg Road bridge since Monday, and about another 30 truckloads will be removed by Friday, said Pat Hohl, township supervisor. A Professional Lake Management Inc. crew is using operator-run machinery to harvest, or chop, the
Wisconsin is the birthplace of modern aquatic plant harvesters. The industry has grown in response to what most Americans consider a problem: Too many plants interfering with the recreational use of our lakes and waterways. The first machine was built in response to fussy Chicago housewives! Around the turn of the century, ice was harvested
Bow fishing, as opposed to an environmental fish kill, is behind the recent culling of hundreds of carp in Paddock Lake, Wisconsin. Flooding led to a rush of runoff into the lake, which, in turn, reduced oxygen levels. This can lead to a natural fish kill, and some carp perished as a result. However, village
Summer is the peak season for activities on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin and crews are working hard to keep it maintained for swimmers and boaters. Mike Dusel (left) and Danny Caroll fork weeds along Lakefront Park onto a weed harvester piloted by Tom Krause. The number one priority is harvesting the aquatic plants along the
The Cazenovia Town Board’s first meeting of the new year — and with recently elected Councilor Jimmy Golub seated at the table — saw not only the making of annual organizational appointments for the town government, but also the announcement that the town is soliciting bids to potentially purchase a brand new lake weed harvester
Aquatic plant control always seems to be a controversial issue. Rock Lake located in Southeastern Wisconsin is no exception. Last year residents opposing harvesting formed a human barrier to keep the aquatic plant harvester from entering the water. This year the Rock Lake Restoration Association has once again applied and received a permit to harvest
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is aiming to reduce invasive plant species in Lake Whitehall in a plan that calls for herbicides and mechanical harvesting. The reservoir has extensive growth of “exotic nuisance aquatic vegetation,” including fanwort and variable-leaf milfoil, according to a report by ESS Group, a firmed hired by the state.