Large Scale Lake Planning
The objective of this project was to identify the key issues limiting habitat and public use of Decatur Lake, and develop a range of short- and long-term planning strategies for meeting the DLMRA’s stated management objectives. These objectives include improving public access, fishing, waterfowl habitat, paddling, and motor boating conditions. This report documents existing conditions in the lake and assesses the feasibility of several potential lake management options, with a focus on identifying feasible, fundable projects that the DLMRA feels will encourage public usage of the lake and encourage more people to be part of a larger future vision for Decatur Lake and the Sugar River watershed.
Decatur Lake and Mill Race Association plans to conduct an objective assessment to identify lake planning options for improving water quality, habitat and recreational uses of Decatur Lake, located on the Sugar River. The project will include public information and education, gathering of public input, and scientific and engineering analysis of management alternatives. They will examine water quality, watershed and hydrology data. Volunteers will collect lake bathymetric data and supplement existing water quality data to help with sediment transport and nutrient cycling analyses. The project will also evaluate carp control options. This information will be compiled and analyzed to determine how the lake and it\2019s habitat can be improved. The final report will be shared with partners via local newspaper, websites and social media.