Aqweed Harvesting

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The GLSD aqweed crew begins harvesting aquatic plants in the beginning of June and continues to operate throughout the Summer until Labor Day weekend. Generally speaking, the intensity of the aqweed operations for a given Summer depends on the weather. In hot, muggy, sunny Summers, the lake produces more aquatic plants and that correlates to higher property owner demand for more frequent aquatic plant harvesting. Close to one-half of the property owners on the lake take advantage of this service (there are approximately 1,000 waterfront residential property owners on the lake and 500+ are currently signed up for harvesting).

Once again, we will be using pink fluorescent tape to make properties visible from the lake for owners who want their shoreline cut. If you want your shoreline cut, please contact our office at (920) 295-4488 or send an email with your request to paulettej@glakesd.com. As with past years, we will not cut any properties that are not marked with a pink ribbon (the ribbon needs to be tied on the end of the pier).

Please remember that the DNR limits each riparian property to a cutting width of 30 feet. Requests for cutting of greater than 30 feet must be made by the property owner directly to the DNR.

As part of the GLSD’s Lake Management Plan (LMP), the District wrote a grant for the purchase of a second harvester in 2013. The DNR Wisconsin Waterways Grant was approved in August of 2013 and the GLSD used the Grant ($62,219) to purchase a second harvester in the Fall of 2013 at a cost of close to $150,000. The second harvester began operating on the lake in June of 2014.