EWM treatment on the Flowage
The long-awaited herbicide treatment on the rapidly growing areas of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) took place in early October. After three years of complications, which included meetings with key organizations, agreement on a plan, acquiring funding and most importantly, setting a date that might not be compromised by the weather, the treatment plan was implemented. Fall was the time chosen as spring rains are more unpredictable and are can quickly affect water levels. The organizations involved with the Gordon/St. Croix Flowage are Douglas County, the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, GLIFWC, the Wisconsin DNR, and the Flowage Association, all of whom were required to agree upon a plan of action. Contributors who assisted with the funding are Douglas County, the Town of Gordon, and most importantly the Wisconsin DNR. The herbicide treatment done this fall was a liquid chemical instead of the more commonly used pellet form of herbicide. Dye was dispersed along with the herbicide in order to measure the rapidity of contact with the plants and how quickly it moved down through the river. The entire treatment was measured and documented with careful reporting. It was the largest treatment of AIS ever done the Flowage, and another will not be attempted for at least three years. The groups and individuals involved hope that this major treatment will greatly diminish the amount of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) and prevent its spread to other areas of the Flowage.
Pancake Breakfast in January
The second GSCFA Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, at the North Shore Resort from 8 am to 11 am. There was a good attendance last year and the food was great. This year we have added scrambled eggs to the menu. Come out on a cool January morning to a warm pancake breakfast. If you want to help, let Brad DeColon at the North Shore know.
Summer Fishing Report
Fishing was good!
Especially for largemouth bass, many weighing 5-7 pounds. Some good-size northerns were also caught, at least one measuring 40 ½ inches.
How much of the world’s water is fresh water?
70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 2.5% of that is fresh water. 97.5% of the earth’s water is salt water. More importantly, only 1% of that fresh water is available for human use. This is water from lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and underground sources. Only this amount is renewed by rain and snowfall, and therefore is available on a sustainable basis. Think about that! We are fortunate to live in a place that has such a good share of this valuable resource.