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‘Conservation on Tap’ talks Flambeau fishery

MERCER, Wis. – Those who fish the Turtle Flambeau Flowage should largely be pleased with the state of its fishery, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Zach Lawson.

Lawson provided an update on the health of the flowage’s fishery and the results of an extensive survey of the water’s fish populations at the Pines restaurant in Mercer Tuesday as latest talk in the annual “Conservation on Tap” lecture series.

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Volunteers Needed for our Annual Purple Loosestrife Survey

Volunteers are needed to do purple loosestrife surveys on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage and Trude lake. The survey needs to be done during the last two weeks of July. The DNR and County Conservation Department relies on us to do the hunting for Loosestrife because finding it is resource intensive. The Loosestrife should be in bloom during the time the Survey is conducted making it much easier to identify.

The entire Flowage needs to be surveyed …

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Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (ICLRA) Announces Summer Events

Dear ICLRA Members and Friends,

Wow! This has been a tough year for Wisconsin waters. We lost local control of our shoreland zoning.

The Wisconsin DNR has been further crippled:

Most of the good people in the Solid Waste Management Division are gone.
Most of the good people in the department which permits and inspects concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO’s) are gone.
DNR Employees are forbidden to express the facts of climate change.

The Wisconsin Legislature and Governor have passed laws …

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Member Road Signs Now Available

Good news, folks, our member road signs have now been made and they look great! We will make them available to all members at no cost. BUT, we would really appreciate it if you could make an additional, one time $15 contribution with your annual membership renewal to help defray our cost of the signs. We will have them available for pick up at our annual meeting. If you aren’t able to attend the meeting, …

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2017 Conversation on Tap Series Schedule

The Iron County Land and Waters Conservation Department has released the 2017 schedule for their “Conservation on Tap” series, which is presented at the Pines beer garden in Mercer.

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TFF Water Level and Discharge Information

Members have been reporting problems getting current data when using the link to Xcel Energy for TFF elevation and discharge.  Depending on search engine and/or web browser used, results from several different dates come up.  We have reported this issue to Xcel and they are working on it, unsuccessfully to date. 

To get the most recent TFF elevation and discharge data, we have found these steps work best:

 Go to the “BING” search engine (not …

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TFF Water Level Graph 2016

The top graph shows the water level of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage for the prior and current years, Maximum Drawdown and functional Utilization Level on a weekly basis. The lower graph shows the trend of the Flowage Discharge Rate in cubic feet per second for the prior and current years and the mandated minimum discharge rate. Although we were disappointed with the rapid drawdown of the Flowage in July and August, 2015, Xcel energy was …

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