Thirty years of scientific study on a Vilas County lake will come to an end on Monday.
Scientists are removing a barrier that has divided Little Rock Lake in two since 1984. Researchers installed the barrier to conduct a landmark study on the effects of acid rain. Carl Watras is a research scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources. He's been involved with the Little Rock project since the beginning. Watras says at the time there was speculation about the effect of acid rain on lakes, but there was no definitive evidence.
If you frequent lakes in the Northwoods, you know that invasive species are a big problem. Take rainbow smelt – the tiny fish are known for outcompeting native fish and devouring their young. Once rainbow smelt get into a lake, it can be all but impossible to get rid of. Some approaches rely on chemicals that wipe out all fish species. 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.
A $3.9 million renovation project will begin at the rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility on the Aspirus Pleasant View campus in Phillips later this year.
The project is expected to begin in November and last about nine months. When enhancements are completed, the facility will feature updated patient rooms and facilities, new phone and fire alarm systems and larger commo areas.
There were a couple of "firsts" at the Vilas County board of supervisors meeting Tuesday night. For the first time, their regular board meeting was held at the Arbor Vitae town hall. And for the first time, they participated in a special information gathering session.
Nancy Anne Miller, head of UW-extension in Vilas county, facilitated the process, passing the microphone from one supervisor to the next to hear their feedback on goals for upcoming budgets.
After the meeting, Jason Hilger, Vilas county finance director, said it was a worthwhile exercise:
The DNR is postponing public information hearings for the operation of the Rest Lake Dam near Manitowish Waters.
There has been considerable debate over several years as citizens have wanted to maintain the current water levels, while the DNR has asked to change them.
The DNR's John Spangenberg says the hearings, which had been set for August 9 and 10, will be postponed due to a recent state Supreme Court ruling. The court ruled the DNR had not looked at the economic impacts of water levels on the lake near Fort Atkinson....
Winners have been announced for the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.
The 26 winning works chosen by the judge hail from 17 states, and five are from Wisconsin. The winners will take home a total of $8500 in prize money. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski met with competition judge and visual artist James Pace to hear about his selection process for the exhibition.
Prize-winning works and the rest of the nearly 90 pieces in the juried exhibition will be on display at the Nicolet College gallery through September 6th.