Nuisance Plants, Algae and Muck
Wolverine Lake Nuisance Plants, Algae and Muck

Nuisance Plants, Algae and Muck

Nuisance Plants, Algae and Muck

Wolverine Lake has many different types of nuisance plants, algae and muck that left unmanaged could negatively affect the fish, waterfowl, water quality and water sports activities. The Village has contracted a professional ​water resource management company - ProgessiveAE - to assist in controlling all these issues in a balanced manner. Leveraging their team of aquatic professionals ProgressiveAE provides recommendations for chemical applications and mechanical harvesting to manage nuisance plants, algae and muck. The use of a professional water resource management company ensures all DNR/DEQ regulations are followed and also gives the Water Board a knowledgeable resource when making recommendations to Council.

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Algae                                                          Phragmites Control                         Invasive Water Plant Information

Harmful Algae Blooms and Muck                   Purple Loosestrife                           Clean Boats, Clean Water

Sediment (Muck) Reduction Initiatives            Starry Stonewort                             Muck -- A Beginners Guide


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 Chemical Treatment

ChemicalNuisance aquatic plant control and algae in Wolverine Lake has been a long-term challenge. With its shallow depth and rich organic sediments Wolverine Lake naturally supports abundant aquatic vegetation and algae. One tool used to address the nuisance aquatic weeds and algae is the application of chemicals using a small boat that sprays them on the surface of the water. Determining what, where and when to apply chemicals is a very complex task so the Village has hired a water resource management company - ProgressiveAE - to make recommendations. Wolverine Lake has numerous types of nuisance plants and algae that vary around the lake and the chemicals used to treat them are all different. To optimize the application of chemicals ProgressiveAE regularly surveys the types of nuisance plants and algae, the records their location using a GPS. ProgressiveAE then provides the chemical application contractor GPS maps with specific chemicals to be applied. This targeted method of application reduces the amount of chemicals used and optimizes their effectiveness.

 Harvesting

HarvestingNuisance aquatic plant control in Wolverine Lake has been a long-term challenge. With its shallow depth and rich organic sediments Wolverine Lake naturally supports abundant aquatic vegetation. One tool used to address nuisance aquatic weeds is the use of a mechanical harvester. The mechanical harvester is a floating machine that cuts the nuisance plants below the water line, pulls the cuttings up to a storage bin then transports the cuttings to a temporary shoreline storage site for pick-up and disposal. In 2014 the Village purchased a new harvester at a cost of $193,065.00 that is parked at the public access site during the summer. the harvester is maintained by the DPW and operated by a seasonal part time employee. Not all nuisance plants should be mechanically harvested and in some cases harvesting them can make the situation worse so the Village has hired a water resource management company, ProgressiveAE, to make harvesting recommendations to the Water Board that must be approved by Village Council.

       Temporary shoreline storage sites

                  DNR Access Site
                   Mallow Beach
                  Shankin Tube

       Harvester Schedule - The harvester normally runs weekdays from
             June to August. The number of days each week depends on
             the water resource management company's recommendations and
             need.