Aquatic plants will be among the topics discussed when the Friends of Mirror and Shadow Lakes holds a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Holly History and Genealogy Center.
Nancy Turyk, a water resources scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will share information about the aquatic plants in Mirror and Shadow lakes, including discussion about the healthy native aquatic plant communities present in the lakes and recommendations for management of the aquatic invasive species.
Aquatic plants play many roles in aquatic ecosystems, including providing habitat for aquatic and semi-aquatic organisms; food for fish, waterfowl and other animals; use of nutrients that would otherwise be used by algae; and modifying/cooling water temperatures on hot days.
The committee, professionals present and interested citizens will spend the remainder of the meeting outlining goals, objections and action items related to management of the aquatic plants in the Mirror and Shadow Lakes Management Plan.
Creating management strategies for aquatic plants in Mirror and Shadow lakes allows the Friends of Mirror and Shadow Lakes and the planning committee to take proactive steps to sustain and/or improve the plant communities in the lakes for the health of the ecosystem.
The committee will also review and discuss the Mirror and Shadow Lakes Draft Lake Management Plan. A copy of the plan can be found at the city’s website.
Interested citizens are encouraged to participate in the management planning process. Those interested in serving on the planning committee should contact Carol Elvery at firstname.lastname@example.org.