LOWER TURTLE LAKE MGT DISTRICT: LMI-Turtle Lake Watershed 5 Yr Education & Best Management Practices Incentives/Cost-sharing Program


Lower Turtle Lake Mgt. District, in partnership with Upper and Lower Turtle Lake Associations and Barron Co. SWCD, will sponsor a project to reduce erosion, improve habitat and water quality, continue monitoring efforts, and expand information and education outreach in the Turtle Lakes watershed. Activities include: 1) initiate farmer incentive program for \201Cno till\201D and other agricultural BMPs; 2) restore shorelines and implement residential BMPs ; 3) complete whole-lake, point-intercept aquatic plant surveys and management plans on both lakes; 4) monitor tributary and lake water quality and quantity; 5) expand outreach efforts, including annual lake fairs and farm progress events. Deliverables include: a report summarizing project activities, accomplishments and challenges; list and locations of landowners enrolled in incentive program; final shoreline restoration plans/maps, pre/post photos for sites where implementation is funded by the Department; list of property owners and parcels committed to restrictive covenants or copies of signed covenants; water quality monitoring results; aquatic plant survey results/report including associated spreadsheets, GIS files and management plans; educational materials developed. Special condition: Project design plans and landowner contracts need approval before project begins, and applicable water regulation permits must be issued before construction activities commence. This scope summarizes the application project scope and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, reports, and educational materials, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional lake coordinator.

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Lakes Grant
Lake Protection Grant
Reports and Documents
The purpose of this addendum to the existing Lower Turtle Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan is to review changes in the aquatic plant community that have occurred in the last 5 years and to modify aquatic plant management recommendations in the existing plan accordingly, particularly as they pertain to management of native aquatic plants
Comprehensive summary of lake protection efforts for Upper and Lower Turtle Lakes from 2010-2015.
End of Year Summary 2014
Curly-leaf pondweed Bed Mapping Survey, showing where CLP beds are located in red.
First appendix connecting to Lower Turtle Lake Management Plan
Map showing sample navigation and open water access channels; also shows where plant surveys were performed, sensitive areas, and shallow water flats.
Lower Turtle Lake needs to re-establish and enhance its native plant community. Native aquatic plants are not abundant in the lake and their diversity and distribution is poor (Berg, 2008). The native species with the largest populations include coontail, flat-stem pondweed, and northern water milfoil. The presence of dense beds of CLP is likely an important factor in the poor distribution and affects the diversity of the plant community. Early growing season removal of the densest areas of CLP in the north and south bays, which are also Sensitive Areas, may enable more of the desirable native plants species already present to flourish. The removal of CLP would also eliminate a source of phosphorous to the lake.
Activities & Recommendations
Grant Awarded
Habitat Restoration - Shoreland
Habitat Restoration - Shoreland
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Partnership Project
ATTAINS Protection Project with associated plan