IOWA COUNTY: Feasibility Study of Birch Lake Removal

Purpose

Birch Lake, located on Trout Creek is a Class 1 trout stream supporting brook trout. The water quality in Birch Lake is poor, and negatively impacting Trout Creek below the dam, as well as hindering fish migration up and downstream. Iowa County will hire an engineering firm to get a second opinion as to the feasibility and costs to remove the Birch Lake dam. Deliverables: A dam removal feasibility study, and cost estimates of removal will include dam removal, stability of sediment, stream restoration. The study will be shared with stakeholders and local units of government. Stakeholders include trout unlimited, town of Brigham, and the Village of Barneveld.

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Birch Lake, located on Trout Creek is a Class 1 trout stream supporting brook trout. The water quality in Birch Lake is poor, and negatively impacting Trout Creek below the dam, as well as hindering fish migration up and downstream. Iowa County will hire an engineering firm to get a second opinion as to the feasibility and costs to remove the Birch Lake dam. Deliverables: A dam removal feasibility study, and cost estimates of removal will include dam removal, stability of sediment, stream restoration. The study will be shared with stakeholders and local units of government. Stakeholders include trout unlimited, town of Brigham, and the Village of Barneveld.
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Birch Lake, located on Trout Creek is a Class 1 trout stream supporting brook trout. The water quality in Birch Lake is poor, and negatively impacting Trout Creek below the dam, as well as hindering fish migration up and downstream. Iowa County will hire an engineering firm to get a second opinion as to the feasibility and costs to remove the Birch Lake dam. Deliverables: A dam removal feasibility study, and cost estimates of removal will include dam removal, stability of sediment, stream restoration. The study will be shared with stakeholders and local units of government. Stakeholders include trout unlimited, town of Brigham, and the Village of Barneveld.
 
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