Fishermen in Necedah may soon have more accurate information on the lake.

The Village Board of Necedah heard a presentation by Sara Hatleli of Aquatic Plant and Habitat Services, on Dec. 4.

In 2014, there were concerns about the Necedah pond having too much vegetation. Hatleli was contacted and applied for a grant. In 2015, the improvement plan “was broadened it from just a discussion about the pond, to Lake Necedah as well,” Hatleli said. “So we did an aquatic survey of the lake.”

The results of the survey found that “about 50 percent of the points that were surveyed had vegetation.”

The Aquatic Plant Management Plan is scheduled to be conducted during Spring 2018.

Hatleli said the map they had produced would also be useful to fisherman. Necedah Village President Scott Carter said if lake maps where to be sold he was “sure residents would buy them.”

Aquatic invasive species management is a core goal of the plan. The plan will include watercraft inspections in order to “make sure no invasive species are being brought in or leaving the lake,” Hatleli said.

The survey did find Eurasian watermilfoil in the lake. “It doesn’t seem to be behaving badly in Lake Necedah though,” Hatleli said. “It just doesn’t seem to be posing a huge impairment to the lake. So for now it’s kind of monitor and watch thing.”

Hatleli said the Eurasian watermilfoil was mostly present in areas of the lake that had no other plant life present.

Hatleli said the survey also found the presence of weevils in the lake. “They’re native to Wisconsin, they’re naturally occurring, nobody put them here,” Hatleli said. Hatleli thinks the weevils might be keeping the watermilfoil from dominating the lake.

The management plan also includes a fish survey. Hatleli estimates that there hasn’t been a fish survey in Lake Necedah in about 20 years. The fish data will be available in late 2018.

Other Business

  • Necedah Police Officer Tony Heiss said he had assisted as a member of the drug force for Juneau County in November that resulted in three arrests relating to methamphetamine. Heiss assisted the Elroy Police Department in the case. “We kind of work together. We can’t all do it one department at a time,” Heiss said.
  • The Necedah Village Board unanimously voted to approve the 2018 G.O. Budget for the village.
  • The Village Board is scheduled to meet again on Jan. 8.

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