DNR reviewing court decision
10:34 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Rest Lake Dam Hearings Postponed

Rest Lake Dam
Credit manitowishchaindefense.org

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....

"....they want to raise the water level(on Koshkongong) rather than manage it a different way as we propose on Rest Lake. But that had a lot of issues related to it, and we need to evaluate how that decision affects what we're proposing to do at Rest Lake. We want to be very careful we meet the Supreme Court requirements..."

Spangenberg says after the DNR gets a better idea on how the Lake Koshkonong decision affects statewide lake levels, the Rest Lake public hearings will be rescheduled. Spangenberg says more information on the Rest Lake proposals is available on the DNR website under Rest Lake Dam. At that webpage you can also subscribe to email updates.