Crystal Lake Mixing Project http://wxpr.org en Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake http://wxpr.org/post/mixing-experiment-helps-remove-ninety-percent-invasive-smelt-crystal-lake <p>A new way of combating invasive smelt is meeting with mixed success – literally – at the end of a two-year study. &nbsp;The&nbsp;Crystal Lake Mixing Project was able to get rid of most of the smelt in Crystal Lake…but not all of it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mixing project began two years ago at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Trout Lake Station.&nbsp; Its main goal was to stir up the layers of Crystal Lake, warming the bottom and making it inhospitable for cold-water-loving smelt, which were harming native populations of walleye and yellow perch.</span></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20981 at http://wxpr.org Mixing Experiment Helps Remove Ninety Percent of Invasive Smelt From Crystal Lake How to Mix a Lake http://wxpr.org/post/how-mix-lake <p>If you frequent lakes in the Northwoods, you know that invasive species are a big problem.&nbsp; Take rainbow smelt – the tiny fish are known for outcompeting native fish and devouring their young.&nbsp; Once rainbow smelt get into a lake, it can be all but impossible to get rid of.&nbsp; Some approaches rely on chemicals that wipe out all fish species.&nbsp; But one project out of UW’s Trout Lake Research Station is experimenting with a new technique that could have many fewer side effects than the chemical method. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 5546 at http://wxpr.org How to Mix a Lake