DNR sets stipulations
Lake drawdown begins Sept. 4
By Bert Lehman
The Wisconsin Department of Natural resources authorized the city of Clintonville to drain Pigeon Lake in order to repair the Pigeon River Dam.
Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland told the Clintonville Streets Committee on Aug. 9 that the city gained approval by the DNR to conduct the drawdown of Pigeon Lake.
The approval includes several stipulations, she said.
Clintonville Public Works Director Kray Brown said the drawdown must be completed by Oct. 1.
Eveland said the city intends to start the drawdown Sept. 4, the Tuesday after Labor Day.
“That should give us plenty of time to get to the levels for the dam [repairs],” Brown said.
Eveland said another stipulation is the city cannot refill Pigeon Lake until after May 15, 2019.
There are also stipulations as to how many inches per day the lake can be drawn down and filled back up.
The city has been in contact with the DNR regarding a plan to restock the fish after the water is replenished in Pigeon Lake, Eveland said.
Property owners who will be affected by the drawdown live outside the city of Clintonville, Eveland said. She added that she has relayed information about the drawdown to the clerk of the township of Larrabee.
“Our plan is to fill the lake as soon as repairs are completed or as early as the DNR will permit, which is May 15,” Eveland said. “We have no intentions of having the lake drawn down any longer than it takes to get the dam repairs done.”