Rice Lake Curly Leaf Pondweed Removal Project

The Rice Lake Association of Mercer, WI, has received a grant to remove curly leaf pondweed from the lake in order to prevent/minimize downstream contamination in the Turtle River Watershed. If this invasive weed is not controlled it will ultimately infest the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.  This year’s project is tentatively set to start around May 24th.  It focuses on hand pulling of the plant.  There are 20 paid positions at $15/hour for 80 hours available. Complete the application form if you, your friends or family can help.

They also need support staff, and other non-paid volunteers.

The grant is for three years with a total of $127,000.  The Rice Lake Association is responsible for 25% of that total or $31,750.  That’s a big amount for a small lake association with just 16 members.  Donations of money or equipment or lunches for the volunteers would be greatly appreciated.  The Rice Lake Association is not a 501c3 organization, so if you wish your donation to be tax deductible send it to:

Rice Lake Pondweed Pull Fund
Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Inc. (a 501c3 organization)
7812N Quill Point Road,
Mercer, WI 54547


Robert Kary,
President Rice Lake Association, Inc.
PO Box 134
Mercer, WI 54547

For more information call:

Dick Thiede (ICLRA)
715 476 2881

Bob Kary (RLA)
217 369 3855