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NEW VIDEOS DOCUMENT 'EXTREME MAKEOVER' OF LAKE TOMAH

October 26, 2010

TOMAH, Wis. - The restocking of nearly 6,000 largemouth bass as part an ongoing "extreme makeover" of Lake Tomah is featured in one of two new videos on efforts to restore this Monroe County lake to its former glory.

Restocking Lake Tomah

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Restocking Lake Tomah [Length 2:10]

The video shows the lake being restocked earlier this month, a year after state and local partners chemically treated the lake to get rid of carp that had destroyed habitat, pushed out game fish, and left the lake carpeted in algae.

Protecting Lake Tomah

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Protecting Lake Tomah [Length 3:50]

A second video shows efforts by farmers on surrounding land to work with Monroe County Land Conservation Department staff to keep soil and manure from running off and into the lake, thus preserving the gains made in the last year in clean water and habitat.

"Everything so far has turned out well, very well," said Jordan Weeks, the Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist serving as project coordinator.

Tomah Mayor John Rusch said most of the city's hopes for the project have already been fulfilled: the carp have been eradicated, the water is much cleaner, and game fish are being stocked in Lake Tomah. "The lake is back to where it should be...My hope is five years from now I can catch one of those fish."

Work on the project continues, with Department of Natural Resources fisheries crews ready to stock about 75 adult largemouth bass in early November, assuming those fish pass health certification. Northern pike fingerlings will be stocked in 2011, and DNR staff will continue monitoring water quality and the fishery. The Monroe County Land Conservation Department will continue working with farmers on implementing their nutrient management plans.

The project partners include the City of Tomah, its Tomah Lake Committee, DNR, the Monroe County Land Conservation Department, and individual citizens and fishing club members. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funded the chemical treatment and a DNR Lake Protection grant paid for shoreline habitat restoration work. A separate DNR grant paid for farmers in the watershed to have their soils tested and to participate in workshops to develop their own nutrient management plans.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jordan Weeks (608) 785-9002

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 26, 2010




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