CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHAB DISTRICT
Annual Meeting Minutes for August 25, 2007
Chair Jim Grier called the August 25, 2007 Annual Meeting to order at 10 a.m. at Moose Lodge, Siren. Board members present: Deb Schoepke, John Carlson, Bill Lang and Tom Stoffel; 61 property owners.
SECRETARY REPORT: Annual meeting minutes of August 2006 were read; motion made by Bill Lang to accept minutes; 2nd by John Carlson. Motion carried.
TREASURER REPORT: July 31, 2006 thru July 31, 2007; Audit Report was distributed to all in attendance. Questions were raised as to why interest earned was low, unemployment costs and insurance costs. After Tom explained each situation, a motion made by John Schoepke to accept audit report as printed; 2nd by Doris Knopik. Motion carried.
CHAIR REPORT: Chairman Grier reported lots of weeds on the small lake but they didn’t last too long. We were cutting on the big lake, not realizing we didn’t have a permit from the DNR to cut the big lake. The DNR requested we purchase a GPS unit; after doing so, we received our permit to cut on the big lake except for the area south of a line from Cumberland Point to the south landing. Much discussion was held regarding permit process and requirements for receiving harvesting permit in 2008.
FOREMAN REPORT: Rod Johnson gave a report of where the wild rice has been in the past. This year the rice is very sparse. He is checking around the lake on weed conditions and found very few weeds. The crew started pulling machines out of the lake early and did a lot of preventive maintenance. A question was asked if the weeds that have been cut but didn’t get picked up could be somehow checked for and be picked up at the end of the day. Rod will address this situation.
OLD BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: Members indicated they would like to have minutes and information about meetings more than once a year. Email was a suggestion; another suggestion was to post the minutes at a location available to all property owners.
Discussion was held regarding the possibility of reviving the Clam Lake Sportsman Club. General consensus was one lake organization was enough.
ELECTION: Election was held for two board member positions. Dwaine Persells nominated Tom Stoffel for secretary/treasurer; 2nd by Tom Knopik. Nomination for John Carlson as board member made by Tom Knopik; 2nd by Sue Nelson. No other nominations were made and white ballot was cast.
FLOOR: Discussion was held regarding our GPS purchased from Spooner Machine. Question has been raised if it is the appropriate GPS for our type of operation. The board feels that we will eventually be able to make it work for us with the help of the DNR at St. Croix Tribal.
BUDGET: Tom brought up we have enough money to pay off our cutter; which has three years remaining on the loan schedule. We will save approximately $1100 in interest by doing this. John Schoepke made a motion to leave it up to the board to make the decision on paying it off. Jim Lang 2nd motion. Motion carried.
Jim Grier suggested applying for a grant to purchase a new elevator to replace the oldest elevator, once the Lake Plan is in place, . Motion made by Dwaine Persells to table the idea until the cutter is paid off. 2nd by Bruce Stafford. Motion carried.
2008 Annual Meeting will be August 23, 2008 at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren at 10:00 a.m.
This date is different from our usual last Saturday in August meeting date because of Labor Day weekend.
Motion to adjourn made by Jim Lang; 2nd by Dave Clemens. Motion carried.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHAB DISTRICT
Annual Meeting Minutes for August 23, 2008
Chair Jim Grier called the August 23, 2008 Annual Meeting to order at 10 a.m. at Moose Lodge, Siren. Board members present: Deb Schoepke, John Carlson, Bill Lang, Tom Stoffel and 67 property owners.
Larry Damman, WI DNR Fisheries, presented the fishery data from past surveys done on Clam Lakes as well as the most current survey. He explained the difference of the growth rate of fish that were part of the past survey as opposed to the latest survey. His numbers based on the latest survey indicate the size of bass and numbers of bass haven’t changed in ten years. The blue gills in Clam Lakes adulthood are commonly eight to ten inches, which are up to two inches larger than other lakes in our area. There was a big change in the “year class” for walleyes in the 2004 survey.
Also in 2004, it was a huge “year class” for crappies. He said they should be about nine inches now. He answered questions regarding the number of bullheads in the lake, the reduction of weeds in relation to the cranberry bog, the wild rice situation, use of commercial spray to control individual land owners weeds, the number of carp in the lake, lamprey in the lake and how the draw down of the lake for the winter effects the lake. In regard to the draw down, he thought it was a good idea for our lake, especially with our wild rice.
SECRETARY/TREASURER/AUDIT REPORTS: Annual meeting minutes/treasurer/audit reports were distributed to all landowners present. Tom asked if there were any questions regarding either the secretary or treasurer’s reports. After questions were answered Jon Schoepke made a motion to accept secretary/treasurer’s reports as printed. Roger Durbahn 2nd motion. Motion carried.
CHAIR REPORT: Chairman Grier reported he had nothing to report.
FOREMAN REPORT: In the absence of Rod Johnson, Bob Gideo reported a couple problems with machines this year. One being an alternator went out on one of the machines and in another case we had a bearing go out on one of the wheels. Fortunately, in both instances, it happened after the first growth of weeds had been cut. He also reported we bought a new truck; this truck is a diesel with an automatic transmission. The new truck works very well by itself to pull machines out, as opposed to in past years, we have had to use two trucks hooked together to remove machines from the lake.
OLD BUSINESS: Tom reported:
Ø a website has been built using Homestead.com. We purchased five pages for content and have links to DNR sites. The website is www.clamlakeprd.com. Email address is email@example.com;
Ø post pertinent information, minutes, notices of meetings, etc on the bulletin board at the pulbic access on State Road 70;
Ø cutter has been paid off;
Ø board has authorized up to $1500 for the purchase of a computer, printer and necessary software.
NEW BUSINESS: Tom reported in 2009 we would be doing a lake plan required by the DNR. The cost of which will be covered by a grant written by the company that would do the plan on a 75/25 cost sharing basis.
BUDGET: Tom explained our financial position at this time. He indicated that it was possible that we could reduce our levy to the landowners by one third to one half. Question was asked in regard to the purchase of a new elevator as long as we have so much money on hand. Bill Verdick made motion to check on the purchase of a new elevator with a grant. Motion 2nd by Bill Peterson. Motion carried. Statement was made suggesting leaving the budget alone, “nothing wrong with having money in the bank”. More discussion was held in regard to expenses the last two years versus the amount of money on hand—why not reduce the levy? Jon Schoepke made motion to leave budget up to the board. Seconded by Dave Hauan. Motion carried.
ELECTION: Election was held for one board member position. John Miller nominated Keith Larson. Keith withdrew his name. Tom read a note from Mike Hendrickson that he would like to nominate Dave Clements. Mike was not able to attend meeting. Jim Lang nominated Bill Lang. Dave Clements was elected by a 24/18 ballot.
2009 Annual Meeting will be August 29, 2009 at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren at 10:00 a.m.
Motion made to adjourn and 2nd. Motion carried.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
Upper and Lower Clam Lakes
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHAB DISTRICT
ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES FOR AUGUST 29, 2009
Chair Jim Grier called the August 29, 2009 Annual Meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, Siren. Board members present: Deb Schoepke, Dave Clements, Tom Stoffel and 61 property owners.
SECRETARY/TREASURER/AUDIT REPORTS: Annual meeting minutes/treasurer/audit reports were distributed to all landowners present. Tom asked if there were any questions regarding either the secretary or treasurer's reports. After questions were answered, Mike ? made a motion to accept secretary report as printed; motion 2nd by Mike Moser. Motion carried. Jon Schoepke made motion to accept treasurer's report as printed, 2nd by Bob Gideo. Motion carried.
-discussion on carp and wild rice;
-discussed Aquatic Management Plan Phases 3 and 4;
-continuation of Clean Boat/Clean Water Program at the landings.
Budget: After discussing our financial position and a possible budget for 2010, John Miller made a motion that budget would be set at 1/2 mil which would turn out to be about $40,000, Bruce Stafford 2nd motion. Motion carried.
Election was held for two board member positions. Deb Schoepke's term expires and John Grier decided to retire plus position expires. Mike Moser nominated Dave Hauan, Barb Grueschow 2nd motion. Jon Schoepke nominated Bob Gideo, Steve Boyd 2nd motion. Bob Gideo nominated Deb Schoepke and Polly Foss 2nd motion. After no further nominations, Bob Gideo made a motion that nominations be closed, Steve Stafford 2nd motion. Motion carried. After ballots were cast, Dave Hauan was elected to the board and Deb Schoepke was re-elected to board. Tom Bergstrom asked that we acknowledge Jim Grier for his years of service and all acknowledged by a round of applause.
2010 Annual Meeting will be held August 28, 2010 at Moose Lodge, Siren at 10 a.m.
Mike Moser made a motion to adjourn. 2nd by Bob Gideo. Motion carried.
After a short break Dave Blumer of SEH Engineering (SEH) served wild rice soup, salad, dinner rolls and lemonade. Lunch was followed by a Lake Fair with presentations by John Haack, UW-Extension St. Croix Basin Educator; Dave Blumer, SEH Lakes Scientist and Peter David, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, all of which was very informative.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 28, 2010 at Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
Chair Debbie Schoepke called the August 28, 2010 meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren. Board members present were: Dave Clements, John Carlson, Dave Hauan and Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer. Also present were Rod Johnson, (working foreman), Bob Gideo, Dave Goranson and Jon Schoepke, (machine operators), Dave Blumer from SEH Engineering and Tony Havranek, Water Resource Manager, St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services. 73 landowners were also present.
Tony Havranek presented a slide presentation regarding rice monitoring and water quality since 2001. Because of the carp issue, the Tribe decided to “ramp up” the survey work for the rice and the water quality and the fish. To give a little background to the problem, there has been a significant decrease in the rice acreage and aquatic plants with the increase of the carp population. The mapping of the wild rice that was done in 2001 showed 290 acres of dense rice mainly in Lone Star Bay on the Upper Lake. In 2007 the same mapping showed 210 acres and in 2009 the rice in Lone Star Bay was basically gone. In years past the Clam Lakes has been a powerhouse for harvesting rice year after year. We do have wild rice in Clam Lakes and it’s a sizeable amount, the inlet river into the lake on south end of Upper Clam does have wild rice. Tony showed some slides of the scarcity now of wild rice in Upper Clam; he showed different points where they sampled even down into the sediment and there was virtually no rice. Dave Blumer indicated there is rice still in Clam Lakes so hopefully it will rebound; he also stated the rice in Clam Lake is some of the best rice in all of the State of Wisconsin. Tony stated we do want to reseed with Clam Lake seed because of the quality of the rice we currently have. The rice that was used in the exclosures was actually from Long Lake. Tony will collect the seed from the exclosures thereby keeping the rice in our lakes of the same quality.
In 2009 a carp survey was done on Clam Lakes; of 130 carp surveyed, 42% were of the four-year old class. These fish were spawned in 2005 and they returned in 2007 to spawn themselves. On April 5, 2010, with the assistance of a few volunteers from PRD, and the St. Croix Tribe installed three sets of exclosures on Upper Clam Lake. The first location was in Lone Star Bay, the 2nd was in the “south bay” and the third was adjacent to the river. Each set consisted of two approximately 12 x 12 fenced areas; two other approximately 12 x 12 areas marked but unfenced. One of the 12 x 12 fenced areas was planted with wild rice seed and the other fenced area was to protect the wild rice if it grew naturally. One of the 12 x 12 unfenced areas was seeded with wild rice. The other unfenced area was just marked. The purpose of the experiment was to determine if we protected the rice from the carp, if it would grow; if the rice that was there and was unprotected, if it would grow by itself. Tony Havranek showed slide pictures taken in May where rice could be seen just to the surface of the water; in July the results were dramatic the way the rice was growing in the protected exclosures. The net result of the experiment was that the carp were causing the damage to the rice and there was virtually no rice that regenerated itself. At this point Dave Blumer of SEH Engineering stated that as part of Phase II Turion Survey was done in the fall of 2009 for curly leaf pondweed. Because of the scarcity of curly leaf pondweed they decided to add a sampling of wild rice turion. As part of this sampling they went down to 30 centimeters to try and find the turion and there was a non-existent seed bank.
This spring, on May 19 and 20, the St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services, did a carp collection to determine the age of some carp. This was not a good year, they only got 132; last year they got 300 carp; in 2009 they conducted the collection three to four weeks earlier than this year and got the 300 carp. Question was asked how large a five-year carp is and Tony stated it was about 30 inches long. Tony indicated that 99% of the carp collected were five years old and they dominate the carp population. One of the important issues is they don’t see a lot of 3-4 year old carp coming behind the 5 year old carp class. A year old carp is 12-14 inches in length. Carp are 15-20 inches at the end of the first growing season. The key is to get the pan fish population back up because they feed on the carp fry and eggs.
The agencies involved in this study are: WI State DNR, DNR Spooner office, GLIFWC (Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission), Burnett County Land and Water Resources, SEH Engineering, and St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services.
As part of the process, a population estimate of carp has to be established. To do that Tony will be doing some telemetry work this fall to see what is out there; the telemetry work will consist of capturing approximately 10 carp and inserting transmitters in them. This fall they will seine the fish and tag them then come back in the winter and, based on how many of the recaptured fish have been previously tagged, they can estimate how many carp are in the lake.*** see footnote
If anybody has kept a record of fish caught in previous years, Tony would like to know. He would like to know fish caught this year (not what you keep) versus previous years. If you know of anyone with such recording please pass this info on to Tony at St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services.
Question was asked by landowner as to why we can’t get a commercial fisherman and just take the carp out. Tony explained the eventual goal is to find out what we are dealing with and get a sound management plan implemented to deal with the situation. If we go in and take out 75% of the carp population and the blue gill and crappie population is not back, then it could cause another huge vacuum thus an explosion of carp. We want to approach with a “step down” process; in other words take some carp out this year, the next year and do this in two-three years. We need to get a handle on what is out there and go from there.
Question asked by landowner if other communities have done all these studies before they took carp from lake. Tony indicated yes, they have.
Another landowner questioned how long are we going to do this survey before we take carp out of the lake? Are we going to wait five years because of all the damage a carp can do in this amount of time. Tony said no, we will do the telemetry then the recap and we will have our numbers then remove the carp next year.
Landowner question: How come the pan fish population didn’t take care of the carp in the first place? Tony explained that they don’t know but some event took place, whether a low oxygen in lake or affects from other fish that affected the pan fish and their population suffered. Many variables can happen with fish.
Dave Blumer stated in actuality the disappearance of the wild rice is the driving force behind the carp survey and the reduction of the fish population. Dave was hired to come in and do an aquatic management plan. This has turned into being more a carp study. Dave will still be doing the aquatic management plan.
The reason we are doing all these studies is to find out if it is more than just a cyclical event happening. Things are changing, is this first example and more complicated than just a cyclical event. Will these changes continue to happen?
In the fall of 2009 Dave Blumer, of SEH Engineering prepared a survey, PRD sent the survey to land owners/resort guests asking definite questions about Clam Lakes. Dave received 261 surveys back out of approximately 500 surveys mailed, with a large amount of information. Dave will go thru the surveys and come up with results and landowners will get the results when completed.
Prior to the meeting the Secretary/Treasurer Reports were made available to all present at the meeting. Chairman Schoepke asked for questions regarding the Secretary’s Report; having none, a motion was made by Jon Schoepke to accept the report as printed and was 2nd by Bob Gideo. Motion carried. Chairman Schoepke asked for questions regarding the Treasurer’s Report; having none, a motion was made by Jim Grier to accept the Treasurer’s Report as printed and 2nd by Jon Schoepke. Motion carried.
Foreman’s Report: Rod Johnson reported that again this year we had a short year of harvesting because of the lack of weeds. Machines were all running fine; he also reported that when they have been cutting in shallow water close to docks they aren’t seeing many fish like they have in past years. The carp are in the shallow areas tearing up the lake bottom.
Old Business: Dave Hauan, who with his wife Jean, are in charge of the Clean Water-Clean Boats Program; they have asked for volunteers to put in time at the landings; if anyone has volunteered Jean and Dave need to know when and how many hours they worked so PRD can get credit toward the grant for the time worked. The credit goes towards our grant for our lake management plan. They also need your email addresses. If you don’t have email give Dave a phone number and he will call each of you.
Dave Blumer from SEH Engineering reported Phase One and Phase Two were done last year; Phase One and Two were collecting water quality and more water quality, aquatic plant surveys and the user survey land owners received. Phase 3, which includes the shoreline survey and more information regarding the carp and Phase Four, which includes writing a Five Year Aquatic Plant Management Plan. PRD is going to request an extension to the end of the two-year time frame because of the situation with the carp that has arisen. This involves writing a letter.
Carp Exclosures: on April 6, 2010 about 6 PRD members spent about 6-8 hours helping Tony with installing the exclosures.
Question by land owner: he would like to see an expert come in and see what is wrong with the lake and fish and what it would take to fix it as opposed to the wild rice. Why don’t we just spend some of our money to do what it takes to make the fishing better as opposed to just bringing back the wild rice? Tom explained the St. Croix Tribe is responsible for the work being done on the wild rice. Dave Blumer explained that whoever that person would be will still have to get all the permits from the DNR; in order to do the work, that person is to deal with the carp situation is still yet to come somewhere down the line. The carp population affects the plants, and the plants affects the other fish but the wild rice is the driving force right now because it is such a highly protected species that makes the state and the tribe very interested in managing the system and trying to improve this system. These are two of the biggest partners that you need to have on board to be able to move forward in just what we were talking about.
Question by landowner: Who is the lake association contact with the DNR? Tom explained that he is. Two years ago the DNR would not give the PRD a permit to harvest weeds until they updated the lake plan for Clam Lakes. It was at that time SEH was hired to help PRD come up with a new management plan.
Bob Gideo, questioned that if we have so much money maybe we should consider getting a new building as the current building is crowded and falling apart. All the work is done outside and everything sits out. We could probably do the work ourselves. Chair Schoepke said the board will look into constructing its own facility. Jon Schoepke made a motion the board, foreman and possible weed cutters get together and discuss. Jim Grier 2nd motion. Motion carried.
Landowner asked if we could also have a meeting earlier in the summer to find out what is going on with the carp issues. We would still need the annual meeting in August. Information can be done on web site and emails.
Question by landowner: who puts the buoys in and who controls them? Buoys and no wake areas are controlled by the DNR. Weed cutters put the buoys in/out each year. Question: does DNR tell you where to put the buoys? Weed cutters put them on the corners of the river and river access. Rod reported one of the buoys was stolen last year. Jet skis and boats are racing the river. What can be done? Contact the DNR. Paul Marten is our Warden.
Budget: Tom Stoffel: This past year in the minutes, a motion was made to set a mil rate of ½; we operated nicely on that amount this current year. We did need to tap our reserve a small amount. I suggest we do a ½ mil rate again this year. Question was asked if we could do no mils? How many man-hours were worked this summer? Jim Grier made a motion we retain the ½ mil rate. Motion 2nd by Jon Schoepke. 1 opposed. Motion carried. Mil rate will remain at ½ mil.
Elections: Positions up this year are secretary/treasurer and 2 board members. Jim Grier nominated Tom Stoffel, John Carlson and Dave Clements to stay on the board. 2nd by Tom Knopik. Motion carried. Jon Schoepke made a motion to close nomination and Jim, Grier 2nd motion. Motion carried.
August 27, 2011 is date for annual meeting next year. Jim Grier made motion to adjourn. Tom Knopik 2nd motion. Motion carried.
St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services hired J.R. Commercial Fisheries Company to start the process of evaluating how many carp are in Upper Clam Lake. On October 29/30 and November 4/5 St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services, GLIFWC, DNR, PRD and other volunteers conducted five “pulls”. Each “pull” consisted of putting a 2000-foot net from the shore, out into the lake and back to the shore again. During the process one end of the net is pulled back into the boat working back towards the stationery end. At that point the two ends of the net are choked off forcing all the fish into a “bag” out in the lake. The process is continued by removing all the fish from the “bag”, the game fish returned to the lake, the carp put onto the boats where teams cut one of the pectoral fins off, threw back into the lake and counted. Over the course of the four days and five “pulls”, 1,445 carp were captured, tagged and released back to the lake. Almost all of the carp were between 8 - 25 pounds. On one of the pulls, four sturgeons were included in the process, the largest being 61 inches. They were measured, tagged, chipped and released back to the lake. This January or February, when the ice is conducive to removal, J.R. Commercial Fisheries will return and the process will continue with the carp being removed. The number that will be removed will be based on a sampling of “recaps” in the net.
As part of the on-going process toward carp removal a meeting was held on December 6, 2010 at the St. Croix Tribal Center. Attendees included the St. Croix Environmental group, the WI DNR, GLIFWC, SHE Engineering, Burnett County, University of Minnesota, UW Extension, Dr. Peter Sorenson from the University of Minnesota and Tom Stoffel of the PRD Board.
One of the ideas discussed at this meeting was to fence off the entire south bay of Upper Clam Lake to protect what rice is there from the carp in an effort to help the wild rice to regenerate. Dave Ferris from Burnett County indicated that some concrete work will be done this spring as part of a reconstruction effort on the dam. Consequently the lake may be lower, for a little longer in the early spring. This may make the process of fencing off the south bay a little easier with the lower water level.
Tony with the St. Croix Tribal Environmental team has indicated in 2011 they will be working on rice mapping and density count, carp survey, carp marking, blue gill assessment and blue gill habitat. In 2012 they will continue blue gill assessment, carp assessment, wild rice assessment, possible waterfowl survey and a whole lake plant survey.
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 27, 2011 at Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
Chair Deb Schoepke called the August 27, 2011 Annual Meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren. Board members present were: Dave Clements, John Carlson, Dave Hauan and Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer. Deb introduced machine operators, Bob Gideo, Dave Goranson and Jon Schoepke. Also present was Tony Havranek, Biologist for St. Croix Tribal and Environmental Services. Sixty land owners were present.
Tony gave a recap of the late fall and winter activities in relation to the carp removal.
***FOOT NOTE FROM AUGUST 28, 2010 ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES.***“St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services hired J.R. Commercial Fisheries Company to start the process of evaluating how many carp are in Upper Clam Lake.
On October 29/30 and November 4/5 St. Croix Tribal Environmental Services, GLIFWC, DNR, PRD and other volunteers conducted five “pulls”. Each “pull” consisted of putting a 2000-foot net from the shore, out into the lake and back to the shore again. During the process one end of the net is pulled back into the boat working back towards the stationery end. At that point the two ends of the net are choked off forcing all the fish into a “bag” out in the lake. The process is continued by removing all the fish from the “bag”, the game fish returned to the lake, the carp put onto the boats where teams cut one of the pectoral fins off, threw back into the lake and counted. Over the course of the four days and five “pulls”, 1,445 carp were captured, tagged and released back to the lake. Almost all of the carp were between 8 - 25 pounds.
In late January an attempt was made to removal a large number of carp from the Clam Lakes. Based on telemetry information from the tags of the carp that had been previously tagged, the fish were found to be in Sun Fish Bay. The nets were put in the lake and brought back to the take out hole; the whole process was aborted when the commercial fisherman realized they could not pull the nets out of the lake. He thought the nets had hit an obstruction or possibly even the net was being pulled through the muck on the bottom. He said this has never happened before and he would build a new net to be used the winter of 2012. We only netted 54 fish and 3 were recaps. Tony continued to track the carp until April when most of the batteries in the tagged fish went dead.
Just before the ice went out in April, the commercial fisherman again came over and did another pull on April 12 with 2,344 carp being netted; of those 480 were again marked and returned to the lake. 1,844 carp were removed for a total of 12,880 pounds. 43 of the 2,344 were recaps (previously marked carp). Based on these numbers he figures the carp population is very large. They also did shocking on the southeast shoreline of Upper Clam; they found catfish to be the 2nd most to carp.
In spring and early summer, Tony spent a week and a half on the lakes; at that point they found the carp to be concentrated in Lower Clam in the bay east of the landing and the west shoreline. At that time they shocked and marked an additional 1,300 carp in those areas. Tony stated we have 2,773 marked carp in Clam Lakes. This puts us close to the goal of 5,000 marked carp. We want to come back this fall and mark an additional 2,000 carp so when we come back this winter to capture the carp we could get a good estimate. Tony hopes to have the recaps be in the 5-10 percent of the total carp captured. Tony, DNR, and GLIFWC feel this is going to be an ongoing process with the carp. Tony gave a rough estimate of 250,000 carp in the lakes.
This summer they put "a cut off net" on the south end of Upper Clam. They had to use a really small mesh net so game fish wouldn't get in and die in the net. Shortly after Tony installed the nets they went into the area and used their shocker to see what kind of game fish or carp had been cut off and found very few of either.
The purpose of the net was to exclude the carp from the area to see if any wild rice or aquatic plants would come back and he thought they had. Tony plans on continuing to put the cut off net in the new few summers.
The DNR did some fisheries assessment this year in conjunction with this project. They were doing their shocking runs for the game fish, walleyes, northerns, bluegills and crappies. In relation to the fisheries assessment when we did the carp removal on the southeast side of the lake where the river comes in the species we caught the most of was catfish.
In late spring when the WI DNR had their fyke nets in Clam Lake they did catch a number of adult bluegills in our lakes. Two weeks before the meeting Tony talked with the DNR in regard if they had accessed the spawning this past spring, the DNR indicated it was a good run, they got a lot of "young of the year" fish; now the question is if they survived from spawn until fall and are they able to make it to adulthood. We will be back this fall to do some water assessment to see if the fish make it thru the summer. DNR indicated there has been an increase in the walleye population and the black crappies are doing well. Bluegills are the focus of this study because they're the key to controlling the carp population. The carp spawn and frye are the food of choice for the bluegills. Tony wants to do "tree drops" along the shoreline this winter; this would amount to a recently felled tree being brought in and anchored on your shoreline, with the top of the tree remaining in the shallow water. The purpose of this would be to provide shelter and habitat for young fish. If you want to be involved, a signup sheet will be in the back of the room.
Waterfowl count on Clam Lakes and Long Lake was conducted this spring; the population count on Long Lake was 20 times that of Clam. Clam is 4 times the size of Long Lake so it gives you an idea of our lack of water fowl.
We still have 4 carp with tracking devices in our lakes. The DNR plane has been flying over once a week to track the carp to see if they go to other areas, the river to spawn and come back but that doesn't seem to be the case.
The game plan is to put tags in 20-25 more carp this summer and constantly tracking the tagged carp. Right now there is no specific plan beyond the winter nettings. Tony is completing a proposed plan for funds with the Fish and Wildlife Commission for 2012-2014. We will take an approach of continually to hammer these carp, removal and to check and see if what we are doing is working. Are we going to see a decrease in the population of the carp and continue to do population estimates for the bluegills to see if habitat restoration is working? In 2014 look back to see what we have done and look for more funding to keep it up. Tony feels we need to do this annually. “
At this point Tony took questions from land owners.
1st question: should we be looking at stocking bluegills? We have a decent number of bluegills in the lake now so our main focus should be on habitat restoration to allow the population to grow on its own.
2nd question: does the DNR or the St. Croix Chippewa have any control of the dam to prohibit fish from moving up from the St. Croix River up river into the lake? Tony's plan is to tag fish within the system, the river, Clam, Bashaw, etc., to see if they move between water bodies. Something happened in 2005 to cause the imbalance that was not documented. Once this is corrected he feels the sunfish population will again be able to control the carp population.
3rd question: do we need to worry about Asian carp in Clam Lakes? Tony explained that we have enough barriers to prevent the carp from making it to Clam Lakes.
4th question: how is the carp and wild rice program related: The aquatic plants, decrease population, increase in the carp and the disappearance of the wild rice are all intertwined.
5th question: if we are going to have weeds are their better weeds to have than others? The plan is to first of all get rid of the carp, hopefully have an increase in the native plants that may still be in the lakes, introduce other native plants in the shallows to increase our water quality. When the carp are dislodging the weeds on the bottom of the lake it creates a situation where the light is prevented from penetrating to the bottom of the lake to promote weed growth.
6th question: what eradicated the weeds and why aren't we cutting the weeds? The combination of the carp and water quality.
7th question: what is the DNR doing and are they involved? The DNR has been a very good partner and they have allowed the tribe to take the lead.
8th question: would it be advantageous not to lower the lake if we have a problem with the water depth for netting in the winter? Yes.
9th question: does the commercial fisherman utilize the carp that are brought in? Yes, different times of the year they go to different markets.
10th question: are you planning to put tree drops in both lakes? Yes, contact Tony. Any species of tree will work. You may have to get a DNR permit. Add your name to the list in back of room.
11th question: we know the carp are affecting the blue gills, are they also affecting the black crappies? Tony responded the crappies are doing very well. When we get cover back into the lake to protect the young of the year blue gills, their population will increase.
Tony asked that if anyone happens to catch one of the 6 carp still in the lake with a transmitter in it, please make sure he gets the transmitter back.
12th question: is anybody checking the water quality? The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe tests the water monthly as part of their water quality program. They are also going to now start doing winter sampling also.
Tony stated for the winter netting the carp are very spooky so please stay away from the netting area, especially with vehicles.
Before the meeting copies of the Secretary/Treasurer Reports were available for land owners. Tom Bergstrom made a motion to accept the Secretary Report as printed and John Carlson 2nd motion. Motion carried. Question in regard to the Treasurer Report: question regarding the dollars spent for the plant management, Tom responded the expense was for SEH Engineering, the company that is working with us for our Plant Management Program. Another question regarding treasurer report was the $5000 expense for the commercial fisherman. Tom explained it was for the work done so the carp could be “marked” and returned to the lake in October/November 2010. Also the carp netting failed attempt in January of 2011.
No further discussion on Treasurer Report. Jon Schoepke made a motion to accept Treasurer Report as printed. Bill Johnson 2nd motion. Motion carried.
Dave Clements stated our water quality hasn’t changed in 3 years with clarity being 2 feet 6 inches. Jon Schoepke and Dave Clements have been doing the testing for three years and are looking for volunteer help to assist them. All volunteer hours help in that they get counted as time towards money for our grant. See Dave or Jon if you are willing to help.
At last years’ meeting the idea of building a new shed was proposed. The board has discussed this, the total for the shed was estimated at about $30,000; at this time the board has tabled the building of a new shed.
Chair Deb has asked if anyone has spent any hours toward lake monitoring, whether checking for weeds or working at the boat landing, be sure and submit these hours to her.
As part of our partnership with the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe the board voted last year to authorize an expenditure of $5000 for the nettings that have and are taking place regarding the carp removal from Clam Lakes.
We received a letter from Tony Havranek, Biologist for the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe, requesting PRD to continue this partnership. The letter will be sent to Native American Liaison Fish and Wildlife Service indicating we will continue our partnership.
Jean Brown-Hauan made a motion to continue our $5000 yearly commitment to 2014. Bruce Stafford 2nd motion. Motion carried.
BUDGET: Tom stated our budget is currently at ½ mil; discussion held in regard to the mil rate to levy for 2012. Statement made we should just spend some of the money we have to get rid of the carp ourselves. Dave Blumer from SEH Engineering said we would still have to go through the process of getting permits and buy sunfish to restock the lake. We would be better off doing what we are doing and save the money. Jon Schoepke made a motion to leave the mil rate at ½ percent. Motion 2nd by Tom Wallace. Motion made to change to ¼ mil by unidentified person. Motion 2nd by Carol Bihner. Hands were counted and motion to change to a ¼ mil prevailed, 28 to 27.
Elections: Bob Gideo made motion to nominate Dave Hauan and Deb Schoepke to remain on the board. Bruce Stafford 2nd motion. Barb Grueschow made a motion that a white ballot be cast. Motion carried.
2012 meeting will be held August 25.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
ANNUAL MEETING, AUGUST 25, 2012
10 a.m Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
Chair Deb Schoepke called the August 25, 2012 Annual Meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren. Board members present were: John Carlson, Dave Hauan and Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer. Deb introduced machine operators, Bob Gideo and Jon Schoepke. Also present was Tony Havranek, Biologist for St. Croix Tribal and Environmental Services. Sixty-eight land owners were present.
The minutes for the 2011 meeting and the financial report for the last year were available for all in attendance. Chair Deb Schoepke asked if there were any questions about the minutes from the last meeting, none being voiced, Jon Schoepke made a motion to accept the minutes as printed. Motion seconded by Dennis Krieger and carried.
Secretary/Treasurer stated for everybody’s information, Chair Schoepke and he were only taking one half their salary for the past year.
Treasurer Report: Chairman Schoepke asked if any questions about the financial report. None being heard, Bruce Stafford made a motion to accept the financial report as written. Don Martin seconded motion. Motion carried.
Bob Gideo gave a report on the condition of the harvesters. No weed harvesting was done in 2012. He and Jon Schoepke have been working on the harvesters lately. All have been run and the oil has been changed, chains have been lubricated so when we resume cutting they will be in working order.
A long discussion was held on whether the harvesters should just all be sold and we buy new harvesters if and when we resume cutting again. A land owner said the harvesters are deteriorating as they sit. Tom stated the last new harvester we bought about 12 years ago cost $150,000 and it is very likely that a new harvester now would probably cost in the vicinity of $200,000. After further discussion, Jon Schoepke made a motion we sell our small harvester, elevator and trailer. Bill Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The board has discussed in the past the possibility of putting a building up on the Lion’s property. The Lion’s really do not want a building the size we would need that big on their property. Board member Dave Hauan has recently bought a piece of property directly across from the landing on the east shore on the south end of the Upper Clam. He proposed that he would do all necessary dirt work, put up a 47 x 72 x 14 foot high building and sell it to the PRD for $100,000. Discussion was held on this proposal and the general consensus was it is too much money not knowing what the future would bring. Question was asked what the timeline was if we decided to buy new equipment, thought to be about six months. Question asked what we pay Lions for rent, answer $750 per year. Question was asked and discussion was held about possibly shrink wrapping harvesters. General feeling was that it could be done but not really air tight and since they are parked on class five gravel, they will still rust. If harvesters were shrink wrapped it would make a good place for rodents to live. Tom Bergstrom made a motion to have a spring meeting to consider proposals for a new building. Don Martin seconded motion. Motion carried. In regard to shrink wrapping harvesters, David Thiets made a motion to check into shrink wrapping harvesters. Jim Lang seconded motion. Further discussion was held regarding a dollar amount to be spent. Don Martin amended Dave Thiets motion by putting a $5000 amount to be spent on shrink wrapping. Dave Thiets withdrew his original motion to check into shrink wrapping harvesters and seconded Don Martins motion for a $5000 cap to be spent. Motion carried.
Tony gave a recap of the late fall and winter activities in relation to the carp removal. The highlights were radio tagging, marking, Fishing Assessment Report, removal in winter and spring, modified design of experimental exclosures from 2010, plant survey to determine future plan for weed harvesting, catfish and game fish surveys, continue to cut off the southern most bay to protect the last wild rice remaining and put together a population estimate for the carp.
Radio tagging: 18 new tags were placed in fish in the fall of 2011. 2 additional radio tags were put into Clam Flowage downstream, which serve Bashaw, Long and Spencer Lakes. The purpose being to see how or if the fish are moving into Clam Lake system. This winter Tony plans to fly the lake twice a week, takes about two hours to double check the location to determine where to attempt to harvest the carp. The fish tend to stay in the deep water in the center of the lake. A large number of fish were taken in Sun Fish Bay in the winter. Spring netting.took place on the northern shore on Lower Clam. There are no carp inside the cutoff net area on the very south bay of Upper Clam.
Marking: At the start of 2011, 1445 carp had been marked. Tony stated that he felt that was not enough carp. Each time marking is done by clipping a different fin. For the last year we have taken out just under 3000 carp with only a 5-6 percent recap. Tony would like to see that percentage around 10%. So far we have taken out 189,000 pounds between April 12, 2011 and April 12, 2012.
DNR Fisheries Report: The catch rate for bluegills greater than 3 inches was 262 per mile in 1995. In 2011 it was 80 per mile. The catch rate for blue gills greater than 6 inches in 1995 was 163 per mile. In 2011 it was 7 per mile. For trout in 1995 it was 148 per mile and 2011 it was 0 per mile. Black crappies do not seem to have the same effect on the carp larvae as sunfish, the black crappie population stayed relatively the same. Question was asked about putting more sunfish into the lake. Tony stated he would rather take a “wait and see approach”. Yes, we need the sunfish to keep the carp population in check but we also need vegetation to protect the fish. Tony is anxious to see if we have an improvement in the population next spring of the bluegills. Question was asked about keeping the dam closed longer into the fall so it would be easier for the commercial fisherman to do the netting. Tony stated the commercial fisherman has modified the net used and the results were a big improvement in getting the net out of the lake which was filled with carp. Question was asked when the dam is pulled to lower the lake and general consensus was October 30. Question was asked could the draw down be postponed until after a netting attempt in January so there would be more water in Sun Fish Bay? General consensus was it would create a dangerous situation relative to the ice. Question was asked what percentage of carp did the 189,000 pounds represent? Tony thought about 30%. Tony reported the carp catch rates: .9 in 1995 and 15.3 in 2011.
Tree drops: Last year at the annual meeting Tony’s initial plan was to put tree drops on land owners properties who volunteered to have them done to create natural habitat for “young of the year” fish. Tony has rethought the process based on the fact of how shallow our shores are and how much of the tree would be in the lake. He has applied for a fish and wildlife grant to do modified exclosures in shallow water so that bluegills could get in but carp could not. Email Tony firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with me via email email@example.com .
Exclosures: Tony has modified the experimental exclosures. This year he just built two, one being a closed, seeded exclosure and the other being an open, seeded plot. He planned on checking next week for the results.
Question was asked whether the wild rice germinates every year. Tony stated he does not know. There are a lot of variables that go into germination of wild rice. He does see an improvement in the amount of wild rice in the lake, he attributes this to the 189,000 thousand pounds of carp that were removed.
A plant survey was done again this year, the final report will be out in the next two weeks. Preliminary indications show that there is additional decline in the density of plants from the 2009-2011 surveys. Tony wants to identify specific areas to try and increase the density of plants after the 2012 survey is completed.
After the carp removal this past year, Tony looked at the mark and recapture numbers. He estimates that we have about 80,000 carp in the lake which results in about 640,000 pounds of carp; Tony estimates that would result in 275 pounds per acre. Our goal is 100 pounds per acre. After the removal of the 189,000 pounds of carp, he estimates we have about 254 pounds per acre, so we are working in the right direction.
Question was asked “you are funded through 2014”. “What happens when you go away”? Tony stated that Clam Lake has a special meaning to him. His intention is to keep being involved. Tony explained the process involved with working with the commercial fisherman. It costs the PRD and the Tribe in the fall and spring for marking the carp, his cost is about $2000 per day. In the winter his costs are subsidized by the carp the commercial fisherman removes from the lake. The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe has a vested interest in the controlling of the carp because of the wild rice. We need to keep doing the shocking and surveys and ficht netting to keep track of the carp population so we keep it under control.
Question ”would the DNR do anything in the future if we ended up with high water situation in the spring allowing the carp to swim right over the dam and up the river into the lakes and we would end up with the same problem potentially”, Tony would like to continue putting radio tags into the carp to verify where they came from. Tony also thinks something happened to the sunfish population to prohibit the sunfish from continuing to control the carp population by feeding on the spawn and larvae.
Question: “should we consider banning catching sunfish?” In a report there was a point about reviewing current guidelines. All he said there is a whole new process for that to take place and it takes 4 years.
Comments were made about the number of catfish in the lake. The increase in their population happened the same time as the increase in the carp population.
Question: “What is the reason for the green algae in the lake this summer and is it hazardous to the people that use the lake”. Tony really didn’t know but he referred people to a couple of websites with Polk County Health Department and the Land and Water Department in Polk County. He didn’t have information about Burnett County.
NEW BUSINESS: Long term storage in regard to the hydraulics systems to the machines, a land owner recommended to overfill the systems to eliminate air in the system. Jon Schoepke explained we do not have regular hydraulic fluid in our machines, but vegetable grade hydraulic fluid.
ELECTIONS: Three positions on the board are up for election. Secretary/Treasurer, and 2 board members. Dave Clements being one of the board members, he chose not to run, the other board member being John Carlson. Jon Schoepke nominated Bob Gideo to the board, 2nd by Don Martin. Jon Schoepke motioned a white ballot be placed for Tom Stoffel, John Carlson and Bob Gideo. Motion carried.
Question was asked about no wake zone on the river. Land owner stated that the DNR will not enforce the no wake zone. The PRD put the buoys in, we have to take care of the enforcement. Tom stated maybe the county sheriff would be willing to do it.
BUDGET: After a short discussion period, motion was made by Jon Schoepke to keep the mil rate at one quarter of a mil and was seconded by Jim Lang. Motion carried.
Motion was made to adjourn by Tim Morehead and seconded by Carol Bihner. Motion carried.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 24, 2013, 10 a.m. at Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
Chair Deb Schoepke called the August 24, 2013 Clam Lake PRD Annual Meeting to order at 10a.m. at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren. Board members present were: John Carlson, Dave Hauan, Bob Gideo and Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer. Sixty-two land owners were present.
Tom Stoffel explained that Tony Hvranek, Biologist with St. Croix Chippewa Tribe, would normally be here to recap activities for the past year and give us ormation regarding water quality testing, fish assessment report, update on wild rice and future efforts in the netting of the carp. Tom went on to relate information in relation to carp for the previous year and explain that Tony had informed him that he would send info regarding this but as of meeting date info had not been received.
Secretary/Treasurer reports from 2012 annual meeting were available to landowners uponarrival at this meeting. Motion was made by Bruce Stafford to accept Secretary’s Report as printed, 2nd by Tom Bergstrom. Motion to accept Treasurers Report made by Doris Knopik, 2nd by Bob Grueschow, motion passed.
OLD BUSINESS: At 2012 Annual Meeting discussion was held regarding selling one of our older machines, no action taken so far. Also discussed was the possibility of shrink wrapping the machines but it was determined that was not a good idea because of all the sharp edges on machines and condensation under the shrink wrap. Bob Gideo gave a report on estimated cost of material for a 10 x 32 x 36 pole barn for $9000 from Johnson Lumber. He estimated the same size building from Menards would be $9400. Question was asked regarding the old shed, could it be scrapped to save cost of demolition, could it be used and moved to a new location? Answer to both questions is yes. Dave Hauan has a piece of property right across from the landing at the south end of the Upper Clam, he would put up a 40 x 72 x 14 building with crushed concrete floor big enough for machines and equipment for $117,000. The size of Dave’s property is 3 ½ acres. Discussion was held considering the location, building size, selling all our equipment, buying new equipment when weeds came back. Motion was made by Bill Johnson to table the discussion of building a new building/rental, 2nd by Jane Wilkerson; a motion was made by Barb Grueschow to amend Bill’s motion that a committee should be formed to determine the pros/cons of a new building location. Bill Johnson accepted the amendment. Amended motion carried. Decision of the committee will be made within the next three months. Committee was made up of: Barb Grueschow, Jim Lang, Bruce Stafford, Craig Dittel, and Jim (?), Bob Gideo will represent the board. Special meeting will be called to vote on new building. Land owner expressed his concern of all the downed trees in the river. We have no jurisdiction regarding downed trees, anyone can clear the river for navigation. Comment was made from a land owner regarding the operation of the dam in relation to how the water is drained too quickly and is creating erosion problems, the county has control over the dam. Also, another land owner has a concern about the no-wake zone being enforced in the river. We need to find out if Meenon Township, the county sheriff as to who is responsible to enforce the no-wake zone. A land owner questioned if we can prevent the carp from ever getting to the dam and up the river? Suggestion was made to check into putting a net across the river downstream of the dam to prevent carp from getting up the river. Austin Reed volunteered to check into it.
BUDGET: Tom explained our financial situation and possible future expenditures including a new building. Our current mil rate is ¼ of a mil. Bill Johnson made a motion to maintain our current levy rate, Mike Moser 2nd. Motion carried.
Elections: Motion was made by Tom Bergstrom to nominate current board members for reelection. 2nd by Bob Grueschow. Barb Grueschow cast a white ballot for elections. Motion was made to adjourn by Bob Gideo, 2nd by Jim Lang. Motion carried.
2014 meeting will be held August 23.
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 23, 2014, 10a.m. at Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
Chair Deb Schoepke called the August 23, 2014 Clam Lake PRD Annual Meeting to order at 10 a.m. at the Moose Lodge on State Road 70, Siren. Board members present were: Bob Gideo and Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer. 58 land owners were present.
Duane (Duke) Krebs, dam keeper gave some history and facts about the dam. The lake level was established by the Wisconsin DNR. The gauge is at the narrows and he checks it every day.There are three dams, one at Clam Falls, Clam Lake and downstream at Clam Flowage. The operators of the three dams communicate between themselves regarding the levels of the three dams. We can’t get rid of the water in our lakes as fast as we receive water from Clam Falls. The dam was built in 1936, it holds back about 8 feet of water. A question was asked about the possibility of the dam at Clam Falls being abandoned or destroyed. He indicated there would be no change in our lakes. When does he lower the lake level? He lowers lake level after the muskrat season, the earliest being end of October. Question: do any of the dams produce electricity, at one time the dam at Clam Falls did produce electricity.
Tony Hvranek, previously Biologist with St. Croix Chippewa Tribe, now employed at WSB & Associates, Inc., gave a quick update since 2009 on what happened to wild rice and the estimate of carp in our lakes. He stated there was a lot of partners in this project including the PRD, State DNR, BIA, Burnett County, US Fish and Wildlife and SEH. His new company has been contracted by the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe for Tony to continue working on this project. The project is now funded thru 2018. He described this project as being a “long haul” project. To date we have taken out approximately 400,000 pounds of carp. The original population was estimated at 70,000 fish and about 640,000 pounds. We had some initial success and removed 150,000 pounds. Our goal is to reach 100 pounds of carp per acre of water on Clam Lakes. Last year we installed a “cut off” net on the south bay of Upper Clam, we saw significant gain in the amount of wild rice that was protected by the net. We harvested almost 300 pounds of wild rice to be used for reseeding at a later date. Another thing we are watching is recruitment of bluegills. Bluegills are the main predator of carp spawn and larvae. We are looking for year old bluegills and finding very little. We were limited this past winter of removal of carp because of poor ice conditions. The St. Croix Tribe is in the process of building their own net so in the future they won’t have to be limited by the availability of the commercial fisherman. Question regarding how the dam is involved of the carp getting in the lake during high water. There is no “head” so the carp can get over the dam and into the river. In regard to the dam at Clam Flowage tests indicate those carp never left Clam Flowage to go upstream into our lakes. No carp other than Clam Lake carp affect the carp population in our two lakes. One of the questions involved in all this is what actually happened to the bluegill population? The St. Croix Tribe has installed “four fish sticks”. They are located behind Big Mike’s, DNR land and Tribal land, all on Upper Clam. Water quality is important to deter the carp. Water quality can be improved by shoreline management and improve septic systems. Question was asked about stocking bluegills to expedite the control of the carp. The reason we won’t is because the Clam Lakes are so large the number of bluegills needed would not be feasible. Question: Why not put a ban on bluegills and make them strictly catch and release. Tony stated the issue with that is the DNR has changed how they enact new regulations, I’s a long process and takes a year cycle to enact it and would be a two to three years to enforce it and would be four to five years before it is over. Question was asked how much damage the gulls do to the fisheries and Tony didn’t know the answer to this. Question was asked how did you get the carp out of the area protected by the net? Tony said they installed the net in the spring when the water was very cold which is not conducive to the carp being in there.
SECRETARY/TREASURER REPORTS: 2013 annual meeting minutes were available to landowners upon arrival at this meeting. The motion was made by Jon Schoepke and seconded by Tom Warner to accept the minutes as printed. Motion passed. Motion was made by Roger Durbahan and seconded by Jon Schoepke to accept the Treasurer’s Report, motion OLD BUSINESS: Bob Gideo was going to talk about the new building but he had to leave for a family function. Jon Schoepke said the plan for the new building is to house all our trucks and have a place to work on the machines inside when needed. Sale of the new machine: one person called Deb Schoepke interested in the purchase of the machine with a rent to own option. They emailed back and forth about the possibilities and the possible buyer just stopped communication. Tom Stoffel talked to Randy at Spooner Machine about selling our machine and Randy said they are working with a broker to sell machines when an organization buys a new one from Spooner Machine. His name is Rick Knauf. Rick had been over to look at our machine, trailer and conveyor and estimated the value at $20,000 as a package. Discussion was held and we still want to sell the small machine (it has a steel hull as opposed to stainless steel hull on other machines), question was asked about possibly taking our machines to other lakes to get some use out of them and generate a little income. The board has discussed this and felt the benefit doesn’t exceed the liability. Jon Schoepke made a motion to leave the sale of the machines at the discretion of the board. 2nd by Craig Dittel. Discussion was held, motion
NEW BUSINESS: A land owner that lives close to the dam reported there is new black top road down to the dam. There is a sign that says “no fires”. What is the purpose of the sign if there are no reperucussions. People build fires right on the road.
BUDGET: Motion by Jon Schoepke to have the budget remain at a ¼ of a mil, 2nd by Bill Johnson. Motion passed.
ELECTIONS: Bob Gideo, John Carlson and Tom Stoffel are up for reelection. Jon Schoepke made a motion a white ballot be cast for all three board members, Jim Lincoln 2nd motion. Motion passed. Motion was made to adjourn by Bob Grueschow , 2nd by Barb Grueschow. Motion carried. 2015 PRD Annual Meeting will be held August 29.
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 29, 2015 at Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Deb Schoepke, members present: John Carlson, Bob Gideo, Tom Stoffel and Dave Hauan. Chairman Schoepke explained before the meeting would start that we would hear from Tony Havranek, formerly with the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe and Jeremy Bloomquist, new Land and Water Resources Manager for the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe. Tony gave a short recap of the work that has been done the past few years and answered a number of questions. He indicated the crappie population and the catch rate has stayed remained relatively stable, the bass, northern and especially walleye have improved. With regard to fishing pressure, when sun fish population rebounds, question comes up, because of the growth rate so high, should we think about changing the limit regulations? Tony explained that would be a process that would take many years.
The net will be again put across the south bay of Upper Clam Lake. Please be cautious of the net if going into the bay. This area will act as the supply of wild rice when it is reseeded into the lakes. At this point there is no wild rice in Lower Clam.
Chris Sybers, Meenon Town Chairman, talked about high speed of boat/jet ski traffic down river. In 1977 the Meenon Town Board actually passed an ordinance to control the speed. There are now signs posted on the Pike Bend Bridge and the shoreline to the dam. Sybers stated it seems to be working. He indicated people could take pictures and/or videos on their phones and send them to him.
SECRETARY REPORT: was distributed to all land owners attending meeting, motion was made by Rod Sterbein, 2nd by Jon Schoepke, motion passed.
TREASURER REPORT: Motion was made by Bob Grueschow, 2nd by Roger Durbahn, motion passed to accept Treasurer Report as printed.
OLD BUSINESS: Bob Gideo gave an update on the new building and the equipment. Jon Schoepke and Bob Gideo have been working on general maintenance and starting and running of the equipment. One of the members recommended that we junk our diesel truck, Bob Gideo thought the truck was worth keeping as it was the only truck that could get the machines out of the lake by itself.
NEW BUSINESS: Tony Havranek recommended that Matt Berg do another weed assessment on the two lakes to determine change in weed density this summer.
A number of land owners on south end, east shore of Upper Clam said they were having a hard time even getting to their docks. Deb stated in the past few years the DNR hasn’t issued PRD a permit to harvest the weeds. Another problem is the lake depth with our machines even able to get into the problem area.
BUDGET: Our budget right now is ¼ of a mil. Jon Schoepke made a motion to retain this mil rate, Bob Grueschow 2nd motion, motion carried.
ELECTIONS: Deb Schoepke decided she would no longer be on the board. Jon Schoepke nominated Jim Lang, Dave Clements nominated Craig Diettel, Bob Gideo nominated Jon Schoepke and Marge Traun nominated Bill Johnson. The four land owners nominated gave a brief biography of themselves and lake experience. A vote was taken and Jim Lang and Jon Schoepke were elected to the board.
Tom Warner made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Sandy Albrecht 2nd motion, motion carried.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 27, 2016 at Moose Lodge, Siren, WI
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Jon Schoepke, Board members present: John Carlson, Jim Lang, and Tom Stoffel.
SECRETARY REPORT: was distributed to all landowners attending meeting, motion was made and seconded to accept Secretary Report as printed.
TREASURER REPORT: Motion was made and seconded to accept Treasurer Report as printed.
Long discussion pertaining to the weeds and carp removal: (comments and discussion)
-are we going to have weeds like we have previously? Only time will tell.
-is the lake going to return to be a predominantly fishing lake? It is going to be a fishing and recreational lake.
-the no-wake zone on the river was again discussed.
-someone brought up the violations in the no-wake zone on the rivers. Chairman Schoepke explained that the lake association doesn’t have any control over that. It is the responsibility of the State and County Water Patrol.
-A point was made that the dam operators have done a good job this year on maintaining the water level.
-A landowner spoke about the comeback of the weeds. She was concerned about the recreational versus fishing aspect of the lake in relation to the removal of the carp that lead to the comeback of the weeds. It was explained that the reason for the carp removal was solely because of the destruction of the wild rice by the carp.
It was the action of the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe that lead to the removal of the carp and future reintroduction of the wild rice beds.
-Question was asked when do they lower the level of the lake. At the end of October after duck hunting.
-Question was asked how deep we cut weeds. Chairman Schoepke explained we go up to 2 ½ feet deep.
-Chairman Schoepke explained that the south bay behind the island has been netted off for a number of years for the purpose of wild rice growth. The seeds have been harvested each year and will be used to reestablish the wild rice beds in the south end of the lake when the St. Croix Chippewa Tribe determines when the lake is ready for planting.
Chairman Schoepke stated the board is interested in buying a new harvester. Does the membership want us to write a check or finance a new machine? The board will address that issue. Motion was made to sell the two machines if possible and buy one new machine.
Chairman Schoepke explained that we could really use 8 new buoys for the river and motion was made and seconded to buy 8 new buoys.
ELECTIONS: Up for election is John Carlson, Bob Gideo and Tom Stoffel. Nomination was made and seconded for Bill Johnson as Secretary/Treasurer, no other nominations were made. A hand vote was taken between Tom and Bill, Tom Stoffel was reelected. Motion was made to cast a white ballot for John Carlson and Bob Gideo. Motion carried.
BUDGET: We now have a budget of ¼ of a mil, landowner made a motion to change it to 1/8 of a mil, it did not receive a second. Motion was made and seconded for the levy to remain at 1/4. Motion passed.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn the meeting, motion carried.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer
CLAM LAKE PROTECTION AND REHABILITATION DISTRICT
August 26, 2017 Government Center, Room 165, Siren, WI
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Jon Schoepke, Board members present: John Carlson, Bob Gideo, Jim Lang, and Tom Stoffel.
SECRETARY REPORT: was distributed to all landowners attending meeting, motion was made by David Thiets and seconded by Barb Grueschow to accept Secretary Report as printed. Motion carried.
TREASURER REPORT: was distributed to all landowners attending the meeting, motion was made by Roger Durbahn and seconded by John Hager to accept Treasurer Report as printed. Motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS: Last year at the annual meeting it was discussed if we bought a new harvester would we buy it with funds we have or finance it. In regard to replacing one of our cutters it was determined in discussions with Spooner Machine that the best approach would be to keep our current cutter and rebuild it from the barge up. The reason for this decision was it would cost approximately $174,000 for a new cutter and $100,000 to rebuild current cutter. Board member Jim Lang has been working on a grant from the DNR to offset some of that cost. We are eligible for a grant of up to 35% of cost. As part of the grant we need to have a resolution that we have the ability to pay for our project. After a short discussion on future handling of harvesting it was decided to table the resolution for later in the meeting. The machine would be ready for spring.
Chair Schoepke stated it’s been determined by the DNR that Clam Lakes will be “fishery lakes”. This decision was made due to the Lake Management Plan that was completed a few years ago by SEH. The St. Croix Chippewa Tribe is constantly working on the lakes to stay aware of what is happening in regard to fish population and water quality.
Long discussion was held regarding the weeds and the process to get the permit and where to harvest. The decision on where to harvest is made in a cooperative effort between the DNR and the St. Croix Tribe.
A decision was made to also have a spring meeting. The meeting will be held the last Saturday of April, which is April 28, 2018, so everybody is able to stay current with matters pertaining to the lakes. As the discussion continued it was determined that we need to have better communication with the DNR, whether we deal with Mark Sundeen or somebody above him. It was also suggested that we build up the relationship with the St. Croix Tribe because they seem to have a big influence with the DNR concerning lakes issues.
An important point was brought up regarding the retrofit cutter. In years past we had a cutter called “Big Red”, the cutting head had been modified so that the angle of the cutting head could be adjusted. This important modification could hopefully be used on the southeast shoreline which is so hard to cut due to the type of the grassy weed in that area. This modification will be added to the current design of the new cutter.
Statement was made by Chair Schoepke that board members want to be on the watercraft with Mark Sundeen and Jeremy Blomquist when it goes out on the lake to look at potential cutting areas.
Motion by Roger Durbahn to go ahead with the grant for the remodel of our current cutter with the modified cutting head. Seconded by David Thiets. Motion passed.
Question was asked should we retrofit our older machine in the near future so both machines have the adjustable cutting head, landowners agreed.
The plan is to cut the areas on the two lakes that we just received permission from Mark Sundeen to cut. We will cut the areas in Upper Clam where the cutter and conveyor are located now; move the cutter and conveyor to Lower Clam and cut those two areas and take the cutter and conveyor out of the lakes.
Short discussion was held regarding the purchase of a newer truck that we are badly in need of. A truck has been located that will serve our purposes at Blue Collar in Siren. Purchase price is $5000, motion made by Bill Johnson to purchase and seconded by Roger Durbahn. Motion carried.
Electricity at the shed was discussed. The estimate from Polk Burnett to bring a line from the street to our shed is approximately $6000. Landowner said we could rent a ditch witch and put in ourselves. Landowner (??) said he would do the work. WOULD THIS LAND OWNER PLEASE CALL 715-349-5725. After a short discussion a motion was made by Roger Burbahn, seconded by Barb Grueschow to use this approach. Motion carried.
Back to resolution that was tabled earlier in meeting: Jim Lang represented the resolution discussed earlier in meeting. Motion was made by Mike Moser to go ahead with the resolution, seconded by Tom Bergstrom, motion carried.
BUDGET: For the last number of years our budget has been based on a levy of ¼ of a mil. Some discussion was held whether we needed to raise the levy because of the cost of the retrofit of the cutter, the purchase of the truck, and the electricity to the shed along with the payroll expense for employees cutting next summer. Tom offered that in addition to the monies we have now we will be getting payments from the two townships for our taxes paid on July 31st and the taxes we will pay in January 2018. Tom suggested that the levy continue at ¼ of a mil unless our grant request is rejected. If that would happen he suggested we go to a ½ mil with the boards recommendation. A motion to that affect was made by Mike Moser and seconded by Tom Bergstrom, motion carried.
No elections were held this year.
MEETINGS IN 2018:
April 28, 2018 – location to be determined
August 25, 2018 - location to be determined
Craig Dittel made a motion to adjourn and seconded by all present to adjourn the meeting, motion carried.
Tom Stoffel, Secretary/Treasurer