Small Scale Lake Planning
In the summer of 2002, Al Snyder, representing the interests of the Apple River Flowage P&R District, and Harvey Stower, Mayor of Amery, requested technical assistance with aquatic plant management issues. A current assessment and characterization of existing conditions was needed as a basis for decision making. In an attempt to facilitate this, the Polk County LWRD and the DNR entered into a partnership to conduct two detailed aquatic plant surveys. The first survey was conducted in the first two weeks of June 2003 to characterize and assess the current distribution and density of curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus). The second survey was conducted during the last week of July and the first week of August 2003 to assess the current native aquatic plant species density and distribution at peak growth form. The information will be used to develop the requested aquatic plant management strategy. Management strategies will need to balance the needs for recreational access with those of habitat protection, water quality, and overall ecological health.
Information and Education
The Polk County Land and Water Resources Department, in cooperation with the Apple River Protection & Rehabilitation District, will conduct an Aquatic Macrophyte Plant Survey, and conduct a public education workshop, and develop an Aquatic Macrophyte Management Plan on and for the Apple River Flowage in Polk County.
Activities involved with this project include; two aquatic plant distribution surveys during the summer of 2003, an aquatic plant education workshop, an on-going information and education program, and a project report including a plant management plan.
Aquatic Plant Monitoring or Survey