You have until May 30, 2019 to let the DNR know how you feel
DNR has released a draft of a proposed order which would delay the second stage Lake Koshkonong water level increase scheduled for this summer. Under the current order the maximum summer level would increase from 776.55 feet to 776.75, MSL this June 15, subject to DNR determining that the first stage water level increase that took effect in 2017 did not cause severe adverse impacts to wetlands. In order to make that determination DNR conducted a “baseline evaluation” of wetland sites in 2017.
The District has proven time and again with scientific evidence that the increase in water levels do not impact wetlands around the lake. The Water Level Order from July 2017 states that if by June 1, 2019 DNR has determined that the initial increase from 2017 has resulted in or significantly contributed to severe adverse impacts to wetlands the levels for 2019 are not authorized. RKLD has not received any such documents.
Additionally, at RKLD’s request the Department has also considered deferring the annual winter drawdown. Under the current order the seasonal lake level drawdown commences on September 28 each year. Under the revised order proposed by DNR the winter drawdown would begin each October 15.
Written statements on the draft water level order for Lake Koshkonong will have the same weight and effect as oral statements that were presented at the hearing and may be submitted by May 30 by email to: Robert.Davis@Wisconsin.gov or writing to Wisconsin DNR, ATTN: Rob Davis, 3911 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711.
This is your opportunity to speak out!! Act now – Send by May 30, 2019
Steve Proud, Chairman
Rock Koshkonong Lake District
Board of Commissioners