Wind Lake Improvement Plan Dredging Project Wind Lake, Wisconsin

by Robert W. Carr, RUST Environment &, Infrastructure, Milwaukee, United States,
Kathy Aron, RUST Environment &, Infrastructure, Milwaukee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


Dredging has been used historically to improve navigation, however, it usefulness as a water quality improvement tool has not been widely proclaimed. Although costly to undertake, dredging can effectively improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality. Since 1987, the Wind Lake Management District (WLMD) enlisted federal, state, and local agencies to conduct a diagnostic and feasibility study of Wind Lake. This study included the analysis of water quality, sediment characteristics, existing water uses, shoreline conditions, biological conditions, nonpoint source pollution loadings and recreational concerns. These studies resulted in a lake management plan that includes both watershed and in-lake management components. The lake management included the dredging of five navigational channels. These channels improved lake access for users while reducing the disruption of sediments and nutrients by boat traffic.

Subject Headings: Wind engineering | Lakes | Water pollution | Water-based recreation | Dredging | Project management | Water quality | Fish management | Wisconsin | United States

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