A new Dane County (Wisconsin) lakes ecological restoration proposal from County Board Chairman Scott McDonnell proposes to remove carp, reduce sediment loads, and fund a variety of efforts to help protect the water quality of the Yahara lakes and their tributaries. (See full story from the online Wisconsin State Journal, here: Dane County Board announces $27M initiative to clean up Dane County’s lakes.)
Called the Clean Lakes Initiative, the proposal would focus on land preservation, retrofitting of outdated storm drains, and other long-term pollution prevention measures that would lead to improved water quality in the Four Lakes area. Some proposed steps, such as carp removal, are are based on a promising demonstration project in Lake Wingra in which a carp exclosure lead to a decrease in non-native lake weeds, an increase in native aquatic plants, and improved water clarity.
Carp removal in McDonell’s proposal would first focus on Cherokee Marsh (Lake Mendota) and Mud Lake; later efforts would look toward lakes Kegonsa and Waubesa.
The County Board budget has included $5.4 million for 2012. Stay tuned for more details and progress reports on initial implementation efforts.