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It's About Dam Time - A Celebration of the Return of McDill Pond
The Friends of McDill invite the public to join them in a celebration of the return of McDill Pond on Saturday Jun 15 at Koziczikowski Park on McDill Pond. The event will start at 11 am with a dedication of the donation given by the family of Tracy Westfahl in her memory to purchase the dam. Mayor Halverson, County Executive Patty Dreier, Village President Paul Stroik, and Lake District President Jack Negaard will give the dedication of the dam, dredging projects, and new Koziczikowski park beach that will then kick off a day of fun events for the whole family. There will be free kids activities by UW Extension Lakes, Golden Sands RC&D, and Nature Treks, along with guided pontoon tours given of McDill. McDill Pond will be slow no wake all day. The Bob Brown Blues Band will be playing from noon to 3 pm, and food will be available for purchase from Michele’s Catering. The Friends of McDill are also sponsoring a dam duck race, with the ducks being dropped into the dam at 3:30 pm, and the cash pot being split for the top placing ducks. Ducks are available for purchase for $20 at Penzoil or the Insurance Counselor on Church St in Stevens Point. The day will conclude with a Lighted Lake Night, with homeowners lighting up their shorelines for an enjoyable evening boat cruise.
McDill Lake District Meeting Sept 10, 2013
The next Lake District meeting is set for September 10 6:30 pm at Ben Franklin Junior High. Topics include a review of the summer and budget preview.
Stevens Point Operation and Management Agreement
The Final Draft of the Operation and Management Agreement between the City of Stevens Point and McDill Lake District for the Operation of the McDill Dam is available at: McDill Dam Operation and Maintenance Agreement
2010 Shoreline Buffer Map for all of McDill
Is your lot in the Good Green Zone? The 2010 map of all shorelines on McDill and how much Shoreline buffer they have is available: 2010 Shoreline Buffers Any shoreline buffer is better than none, as buffers help absorb nutrient runoff from rain, watering yards, etc and keep the excess nutrients out of McDill. High levels of nutrients in the water create the excess aquatic plant growth and algae. Shoreline Buffers also provide homes for the wildlife, with 90 percent of all life on a waterbody starting at the shoreline.
Shoreline Restoration Grants available through County Extension office
The Portage County Land Conservation Office would like to help homeowners on McDill with restoring the shorelines back to natural habitat by assisting with the DNR available grants for Shoreline Restoration. There are two sets of grants available to help homeowners with shoreline restorations, and they can help fund up to 70 or 75% of the costs for the homeowner. The best part is the Portage County Land Conservation office will assist you through the whole process, from evaluating your needs and making recommendations, applying for the grant, recommending resources for the work and supplies, and answering questions. To have the highest chance for a grant, it is best for a lake district to submit a grant for a group of homeowners vs having homeowners submit the grants individually. The grant deadline is May 1st and November 1st of each year. If you have questions or just need advice on your lot, you can also have the Land Conservation Office assist you with planning. Their services are free, contact Randy Slagg at 346-1334 to find out how they can help you.
Top 12 picks for plants for restoring your shoreline
Wanting to restore your shoreline back, but wanting more than a wild look? These plants provide lots of color for a formal landscaping look, but are native plants that will adapt to your shoreline. Print the page out before visiting nurseries or plant sales. Plants for Naturalizing Shorelines
Lake District Meeting Minutes
If you are unable to attend meetings you can keep up by the meeting minutes for previous meetings below:
2010-2013 Meeting Minutes