Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The following is correspondence with the Bayfield County Highway Commissioner Mr. Johanik. It is published here with his response first, followed by letters sent to him by Trish Bantle and Mary Hayes. The letter from Mr. Johanik , in my opinion, shows a complete and total disregard for the people who have property on Pigeon Lake.

Good Morning Mrs Bantle, thank you for your comments about the situation on and around County N and Pigion Lake area.The home owners due have a bad situation with the lake level down there. We also have a bad situation with our road that we have to correct before winter sets in. Our plan to rip rap both the slopes and raise the road 2 feet and install a culvert under County N , this will allow us to have two good dry lanes for winter without disturbing the lake level. I realize this does not help the property owners with their issues but the road is our priority. I have been in contact with the Wisconsin DNR and the Corp of Engineers, and both are in agreement with our plan.

-----Original Message-----

Subject: FW: Pigeon Lake and County N

Good Afternoon Mr. Johanik,

My name is Trish Bantle and I am the President of the Pigeon Lake Association.
I would like to echo the thoughts and ideas presented by board member Mary Hayes in her letter to you, below.

The riparian landowners on Pigeon Lake have been dealing with inaccessibility and damage to property and homes, from the Father's Day storm of 2018, since it occurred over 3 months ago.

We realize that there is no way for humans to control the water level in the Pigeon Lake watershed area. What folks can control though, are the way the roads surrounding Pigeon Lake are built and repaired. It is imperative that the solution used to repair County Road N road does not compound and/or exacerbate an already terrible situation.

A bridge near the boat landing where County Road N is experiencing the flooding, is a reasonable, safe, and long term solution. This bridge would allow the water to flow naturally to surrounding wetlands, while still maintaining an east-west travel corridor from highway 63 to highway 27. A bridge would not dam the water in the lake, thus also helping to alleviate the high water that is causing so many Pigeon Lake land owners significant damage and distress.

Please feel free to call me.
I did call your office today, but was not able to speak with anyone, or leave a message.

I would be grateful for any information you can share with me regarding the plans for County Road N.
Your attention to, and help in this matter is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,
Trish Bantle
President Pigeon Lake Association


Subject: Pigeon Lake and County N

Mr. Johanik,

I’m a member of the Pigeon Lake Association board. I’m writing to inquire on the plans for addressing rising lake water levels over County N. We obviously have a safety issue with the west bound lane now completely covered with lake water. While it’s water now, it will be ice in a few months which will not only pose a risk to motorists and truckers but will inevitably damage the road severely. That is the short term concern.

The longer term concern is what the county plans to do. It is our opinion that raising the road bed is not an option as it will create a greater “damming” affect on the lake which will flood out additional residences on the lake and create greater property losses. We already have a half dozen either uninhabitable or nearly so residences on the lake. Others are constantly pumping their basements.

Rising lake levels would also affect US Forest Service gravel pit access. The west end of Pigeon Lake road is already impassable. While the USFS can currently still reach their gravel pit from the east, an increase in lake levels will flood additional low elevation sections of the road east of their pit and completely cut it off. The damming affect from potentially raising the road bed would also create the potential for the lake to rise to the level of the new road bed thus making the expenditure worthless.

We’d like to suggest that the long term solution is to build a short height bridge or some other means to allow the water to flow to natural wetlands. This could mitigate the damming affect and insure the county’s expenditure is safe.

Mr. Johanik, we realize you’re quite busy given all the wide spread flooding across the county this year. That said, County N is one of only 3 east-west roads between highway 63 and 27 between Ashland and Hayward. It’s health and safety are important to the region economically. It also has a potential catastrophic impact on the homeowners on Pigeon Lake. We are anxious to hear what you and your team are considering and would appreciate any time you could spare to share that with us.

Regards,

Mary Hayes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PLA update

September 18, 2018
Trish Bantle, President
Pigeon Lake Association
Dear Ms. Bantle:
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) would like to thank the Pigeon Lake Association
(Association) for your time on Friday August 24th to discuss the ongoing water table issue in the Pigeon Lake
area. On Friday, August 31st, 2018, I personally viewed the surface water levels as I drove around the perimeter
of the lake. It is apparent there are significant water table challenges facing the Pigeon Lake watershed, as
evidence by the high levels observed on both sides of the roads in certain locations, flooded wooded areas and
the water encroaching on riparian private property. The WDNR recognizes this may cause significant hardships
on the riparian owners without an obvious solution.
As stated in the August 24th conference call, the WDNR stands ready as the regulatory agency to review any
proposed permits while considering surface water chemistry, aquatic plant and animal life, exceptional
resources, water control structures and other factors that may relate to a water diversion, if that is the chosen
approach.
Seepage lakes such as Pigeon Lake frequently experience level fluctuations, sometimes extreme in nature, such
as what is currently occurring in the Pigeon Lake area. Natural precipitation or dissipation is the most feasible
remedy to these variances in local water table levels. Elevated water tables are a reality for many watershed
areas statewide given the extreme rainfall amounts. The WDNR simply cannot commit its limited resources to
the numerous private property issues across the state.
As agreed upon during the August 24th conference call, the WDNR has provided information about the Shell Lake
Diversion, the contact information for UW/WI lakes program, high capacity well information, water use
reporting information and the WDNR’s surface water data viewer. The WDNR will continue to work closely with
our National Forest Service Partners and give prompt attention to future proposals presented by the
Association.
Sincerely,
James Yach
Secretary’s Director – Northern Wisconsin
cc: Representative Beth Meyers
Senator Janet Bewley
Paul Strong, CNNF Forest Supervisor, USFS – Rhinelander
Tom Aartila, Water Resources Basin Supervisor, DNR – Park Falls
Keith Patrick, Wetlands and Waterways Basin Supervisor, DNR - Rhinelander
Scott Walker, Governor
Daniel L. Meyer, Secretary
Telephone 608-266-2621
Toll Free 1-888-936-7463
TTY Access via relay - 711

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018
Trish Bantle, President
Pigeon Lake Association
Dear Ms. Bantle:
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) would like to thank the Pigeon Lake Association
(Association) for your time on Friday August 24th to discuss the ongoing water table issue in the Pigeon Lake
area. On Friday, August 31st, 2018, I personally viewed the surface water levels as I drove around the perimeter
of the lake. It is apparent there are significant water table challenges facing the Pigeon Lake watershed, as
evidence by the high levels observed on both sides of the roads in certain locations, flooded wooded areas and
the water encroaching on riparian private property. The WDNR recognizes this may cause significant hardships
on the riparian owners without an obvious solution.
As stated in the August 24th conference call, the WDNR stands ready as the regulatory agency to review any
proposed permits while considering surface water chemistry, aquatic plant and animal life, exceptional
resources, water control structures and other factors that may relate to a water diversion, if that is the chosen
approach.
Seepage lakes such as Pigeon Lake frequently experience level fluctuations, sometimes extreme in nature, such
as what is currently occurring in the Pigeon Lake area. Natural precipitation or dissipation is the most feasible
remedy to these variances in local water table levels. Elevated water tables are a reality for many watershed
areas statewide given the extreme rainfall amounts. The WDNR simply cannot commit its limited resources to
the numerous private property issues across the state.
As agreed upon during the August 24th conference call, the WDNR has provided information about the Shell Lake
Diversion, the contact information for UW/WI lakes program, high capacity well information, water use
reporting information and the WDNR’s surface water data viewer. The WDNR will continue to work closely with
our National Forest Service Partners and give prompt attention to future proposals presented by the
Association.
Sincerely,
James Yach
Secretary’s Director – Northern Wisconsin
cc: Representative Beth Meyers
Senator Janet Bewley
Paul Strong, CNNF Forest Supervisor, USFS – Rhinelander
Tom Aartila, Water Resources Basin Supervisor, DNR – Park Falls
Keith Patrick, Wetlands and Waterways Basin Supervisor, DNR - Rhinelander
Scott Walker, Governor
Daniel L. Meyer, Secretary
Telephone 608-266-2621
Toll Free 1-888-936-7463
TTY Access via relay - 711

Update of Pigeon Lake flood.

United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Supervisor's Office
500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
715-362-1300 TDD: 711 (National Relay System) Fax: 715-369-8859

Date: September 17, 2018
Trish Bantle President, Pigeon Lake Association
Dear Ms. Bantle:
I want to follow up on the telephone conversation on Friday, August 24, regarding the ongoing issues for home and cabin owners on Pigeon Lake resulting from the 2018 Father’s Day rain event and subsequent precipitation over the summer. While there are no formal monitoring stations established by the federal government or state government, there is no doubt that Pigeon Lake has reached levels not seen in many years. The effects on private landowners and their buildings and other improvements (septic systems, wells, driveways, trees, etc.) is regrettable.
While the USDA Forest Service (USFS) owns riparian land and some improvements (boat launch site) around the lake, the high water levels are not affecting these resources similarly to what is occurring on private lands. The USFS owns land around many natural lakes within the boundaries of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and accepts the natural fluctuations and their consequences to adjacent forests. The one USFS improvement associated with Pigeon Lake that is affected by the high water levels and which has caused us concern is the road known as West Pigeon Lake Road or FR 394. This road, like many on the National Forest, is cooperatively managed by the USFS and the town in which they are located, in this case the Town of Drummond.
Immediately following the June rain event, FR394 was overtopped by rising water and the two low areas on the north side of the road (see enclosed map) were inundated and rose to essentially the same level as the lake. Soon afterwards, The Town and the USFS worked together to raise the road bed to allow commercial trucks to haul stone from the Eureka gravel pit on the north side of Pigeon Lake to fix road issues from the flood elsewhere in the Delta/Drummond area. The construction materials used rock versus gravel base to lift the road so that water could flow more easily through it if the lake levels remained high. This is occurring as seepage through the road and two low lying areas to the north on the National Forest are receiving this water. The water levels on the north side of the road have recently dropped to a foot or so lower than the levels on the lake and the seepage continues.
We have considered the idea introduced on the August 24 call to consider hastening the flow of water from the lake to those lower lying areas. My engineering supervisor has worked with the Town of Drummond and has spoken with Mr. Lance Ritchie from your Association regarding drainage across FR394. We have discovered a crushed culvert just east of the gravel pit and will be replacing it with our Heavy Equipment Operator crew later this month. I am also willing to invest additional USFS resources to install a culvert further west of the gravel pit on FR394 which would further inundate National Forest lands in the associated low area. Because the “overflow areas” on the north side of the road are not large (approximately 8 and 14 acres), already hold water, and like
Trish Bantle 2
the lake are subject to groundwater movement, we do not expect a significant drop in water levels on the lake from the installation of the culverts. That said, they should help a little.
Our professional hydrologists and soil scientists have also used high resolution imagery, information we already had access to regarding groundwater movement, and their professional judgement to evaluate the situation you are encountering. In summary, Pigeon Lake is a “seepage lake” with no inlets or outlets. Water comes into the lake from precipitation and groundwater movement. The roughly 250 acre lake gets groundwater input from an approximately 5,000 acre area and the lake essentially reflects the water table in this 5,000 acre area. The lake itself sits at one of the lowest elevations within this area (see accompanying high resolution map images) further exacerbating the effects of any increases in water in the overall system. At very high lake levels, a few areas on the west end of the lake also take on water from both lake overflow and groundwater movement (the two areas I referenced above). However, the lay of the land around most of the lake limits where water can go when lake levels are high. I am providing you with several images produced from LIDAR (a surveying technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light from a low flying aircraft) data which has been collected by Bayfield County over the past decade. My staff have further interpreted and displayed the data to highlight the fine scale topographical situation for Pigeon Lake and the immediate surrounding area.
Based in part on discussions which occurred at the July 31 meeting your Lake Association organized and at which some of my staff were present, as well as discussions at other times, my understanding is that the Association wants to lower the lake level as soon as possible to reduce the effects on the private lands and their improvements. Several proposals along this line were discussed on the August 24 telephone call which included Lake Association members, me and some of my staff, and staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). On that call, we and the WDNR provided you preliminary feedback to your ideas based on our mutual discussion of them.
The USFS and WDNR are in agreement that to lower the lake level sufficiently to reduce effects on private lands, there would have to be removal of large amounts of water not just from the lake, but from the groundwater area as well, because water removed from the lake would be replaced at least in part by groundwater moving laterally from adjacent lands. To effect a lake level change, removed water would have to be transported outside the 5000 acre area because water deposited in the same area would eventually move back toward the lake. It is important to note here that we do not have a complete understanding of how groundwater moves in this system. We have the benefit of some reasonably recent groundwater studies in the area which inform our professionals, but any conclusions are based on professional judgment given best available information.
As the USFS and WDNR explained on the August 24 call, your proposal to move water out of the lake and deposit it into a stream and wetland area within the National Forest south of Pigeon Lake has numerous logistical, financial, regulatory, and timing complications. The USFS is not a regulatory agency regarding water, but would have to determine if a required Special Use Permit to allow for such an action would be issued for the Lake Association to use National Forest lands by having pipes and associated equipment (pumps, etc.) to transport water. Additionally, if National Forest lands were to be affected by the deposition of removed water, there would have to be analysis and public involvement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process would take considerable time (months). Cost Recovery regulations associated with the analysis and the permitting, if we decided to proceed, would also apply. As I stated on the August
Trish Bantle 3
24 call, solutions not involving National Forest lands would be less complicated. Additionally, I would not begin evaluation of a permit proposal or required environmental analysis unless a proposal had a high probability of success, could be financed, and had specifics about timing and duration. I cannot speak on behalf of the WDNR, but they explained other complications from a regulatory standpoint based on state statutes and their legal authority over state waters.
On the August 24 call, I said I would make contact with other entities who have far more expertise and their own network of contacts regarding situations like this. James Yach from the WDNR and I spoke with Mr. Pat Goggin from the University of Wisconsin – Extension who works with lake associations as part of the Wisconsin Lake Partnership. I believe he has been in touch with you and hopefully has information and further contacts who might be able to assist your Association in options you have.
My engineering, hydrology, and soils staff have spent considerable time in the last few months assessing this situation including a number of field visits. At this point in time, the USFS does not intend to take additional actions at Pigeon Lake other than completing culvert work on FR394.
If and when there is a feasible and fundable proposal by the Lake Association to pump groundwater and/or lake water and National Forest lands are part of such proposal, we will give it due consideration quickly, and will also inform the Lake Association about reasonable time lines, costs, etc. associated with required permitting, environmental analysis, etc. As a reminder, there is a plant - Fassett’s Locoweed - found at Pigeon Lake which is on the federal endangered species list with a status of “threatened.” Any action associated with human caused water fluctuation and involving the USFS would require formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Depending on the nature of a proposal, other state, federal, or local government agencies may have authorities which would need their involvement as well. The Wisconsin Lake Partnership would be a good source of this kind of information.
Again, I am empathetic to the situation you and other property owners on the lake are enduring with the excessively high water. I hope the work of my staff to interpret information about the hydrology and topography of the area is useful and that culvert replacement and new installation on FR394 to allow some water to flow more quickly to natural overflow basins is helpful.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 715-362-1323 or by email at pstrong@fs.fed.us.
Sincerely,
/s/Paul I. V. Strong PAUL I. V. STRONG Forest Supervisor
Enclosures (3)
cc: Jamie Davidson, Brad Turberville

Monday, September 17, 2018


United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Supervisor's Office
500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Date: September 17, 2018
Trish Bantle President, Pigeon Lake Association
Dear Ms. Bantle:
I want to follow up on the telephone conversation on Friday, August 24, regarding the ongoing issues for home and cabin owners on Pigeon Lake resulting from the 2018 Father’s Day rain event and subsequent precipitation over the summer. While there are no formal monitoring stations established by the federal government or state government, there is no doubt that Pigeon Lake has reached levels not seen in many years. The effects on private landowners and their buildings and other improvements (septic systems, wells, driveways, trees, etc.) is regrettable.
While the USDA Forest Service (USFS) owns riparian land and some improvements (boat launch site) around the lake, the high water levels are not affecting these resources similarly to what is occurring on private lands. The USFS owns land around many natural lakes within the boundaries of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and accepts the natural fluctuations and their consequences to adjacent forests. The one USFS improvement associated with Pigeon Lake that is affected by the high water levels and which has caused us concern is the road known as West Pigeon Lake Road or FR 394. This road, like many on the National Forest, is cooperatively managed by the USFS and the town in which they are located, in this case the Town of Drummond.
Immediately following the June rain event, FR394 was overtopped by rising water and the two low areas on the north side of the road (see enclosed map) were inundated and rose to essentially the same level as the lake. Soon afterwards, The Town and the USFS worked together to raise the road bed to allow commercial trucks to haul stone from the Eureka gravel pit on the north side of Pigeon Lake to fix road issues from the flood elsewhere in the Delta/Drummond area. The construction materials used rock versus gravel base to lift the road so that water could flow more easily through it if the lake levels remained high. This is occurring as seepage through the road and two low lying areas to the north on the National Forest are receiving this water. The water levels on the north side of the road have recently dropped to a foot or so lower than the levels on the lake and the seepage continues.
We have considered the idea introduced on the August 24 call to consider hastening the flow of water from the lake to those lower lying areas. My engineering supervisor has worked with the Town of Drummond and has spoken with Mr. Lance Ritchie from your Association regarding drainage across FR394. We have discovered a crushed culvert just east of the gravel pit and will be replacing it with our Heavy Equipment Operator crew later this month. I am also willing to invest additional USFS resources to install a culvert further west of the gravel pit on FR394 which would further inundate National Forest lands in the associated low area. Because the “overflow areas” on the north side of the road are not large (approximately 8 and 14 acres), already hold water, and like
Trish Bantle 2
the lake are subject to groundwater movement, we do not expect a significant drop in water levels on the lake from the installation of the culverts. That said, they should help a little.
Our professional hydrologists and soil scientists have also used high resolution imagery, information we already had access to regarding groundwater movement, and their professional judgement to evaluate the situation you are encountering. In summary, Pigeon Lake is a “seepage lake” with no inlets or outlets. Water comes into the lake from precipitation and groundwater movement. The roughly 250 acre lake gets groundwater input from an approximately 5,000 acre area and the lake essentially reflects the water table in this 5,000 acre area. The lake itself sits at one of the lowest elevations within this area (see accompanying high resolution map images) further exacerbating the effects of any increases in water in the overall system. At very high lake levels, a few areas on the west end of the lake also take on water from both lake overflow and groundwater movement (the two areas I referenced above). However, the lay of the land around most of the lake limits where water can go when lake levels are high. I am providing you with several images produced from LIDAR (a surveying technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light from a low flying aircraft) data which has been collected by Bayfield County over the past decade. My staff have further interpreted and displayed the data to highlight the fine scale topographical situation for Pigeon Lake and the immediate surrounding area.
Based in part on discussions which occurred at the July 31 meeting your Lake Association organized and at which some of my staff were present, as well as discussions at other times, my understanding is that the Association wants to lower the lake level as soon as possible to reduce the effects on the private lands and their improvements. Several proposals along this line were discussed on the August 24 telephone call which included Lake Association members, me and some of my staff, and staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). On that call, we and the WDNR provided you preliminary feedback to your ideas based on our mutual discussion of them.
The USFS and WDNR are in agreement that to lower the lake level sufficiently to reduce effects on private lands, there would have to be removal of large amounts of water not just from the lake, but from the groundwater area as well, because water removed from the lake would be replaced at least in part by groundwater moving laterally from adjacent lands. To effect a lake level change, removed water would have to be transported outside the 5000 acre area because water deposited in the same area would eventually move back toward the lake. It is important to note here that we do not have a complete understanding of how groundwater moves in this system. We have the benefit of some reasonably recent groundwater studies in the area which inform our professionals, but any conclusions are based on professional judgment given best available information.
As the USFS and WDNR explained on the August 24 call, your proposal to move water out of the lake and deposit it into a stream and wetland area within the National Forest south of Pigeon Lake has numerous logistical, financial, regulatory, and timing complications. The USFS is not a regulatory agency regarding water, but would have to determine if a required Special Use Permit to allow for such an action would be issued for the Lake Association to use National Forest lands by having pipes and associated equipment (pumps, etc.) to transport water. Additionally, if National Forest lands were to be affected by the deposition of removed water, there would have to be analysis and public involvement as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process would take considerable time (months). Cost Recovery regulations associated with the analysis and the permitting, if we decided to proceed, would also apply. As I stated on the August
Trish Bantle 3
24 call, solutions not involving National Forest lands would be less complicated. Additionally, I would not begin evaluation of a permit proposal or required environmental analysis unless a proposal had a high probability of success, could be financed, and had specifics about timing and duration. I cannot speak on behalf of the WDNR, but they explained other complications from a regulatory standpoint based on state statutes and their legal authority over state waters.
On the August 24 call, I said I would make contact with other entities who have far more expertise and their own network of contacts regarding situations like this. James Yach from the WDNR and I spoke with Mr. Pat Goggin from the University of Wisconsin – Extension who works with lake associations as part of the Wisconsin Lake Partnership. I believe he has been in touch with you and hopefully has information and further contacts who might be able to assist your Association in options you have.
My engineering, hydrology, and soils staff have spent considerable time in the last few months assessing this situation including a number of field visits. At this point in time, the USFS does not intend to take additional actions at Pigeon Lake other than completing culvert work on FR394.
If and when there is a feasible and fundable proposal by the Lake Association to pump groundwater and/or lake water and National Forest lands are part of such proposal, we will give it due consideration quickly, and will also inform the Lake Association about reasonable time lines, costs, etc. associated with required permitting, environmental analysis, etc. As a reminder, there is a plant - Fassett’s Locoweed - found at Pigeon Lake which is on the federal endangered species list with a status of “threatened.” Any action associated with human caused water fluctuation and involving the USFS would require formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Depending on the nature of a proposal, other state, federal, or local government agencies may have authorities which would need their involvement as well. The Wisconsin Lake Partnership would be a good source of this kind of information.
Again, I am empathetic to the situation you and other property owners on the lake are enduring with the excessively high water. I hope the work of my staff to interpret information about the hydrology and topography of the area is useful and that culvert replacement and new installation on FR394 to allow some water to flow more quickly to natural overflow basins is helpful.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 715-362-1323 or by email at pstrong@fs.fed.us.
Sincerely,
/s/Paul I. V. Strong PAUL I. V. STRONG Forest Supervisor
Enclosures (3)
cc: Jamie Davidson, Brad Turberville

Friday, September 14, 2018


Jan Victorson of Bayfield County Emergency Services shared the following information with me:

Two points of contact:
1.           Red Cross - for disaster or emergency assistance
              1.800-236-8680 Option #9.
                             This is the 24/7 disaster number for the Western Wisconsin Chapter.
2.           Salvation Army - Tom Bremer. Service Field Representative
               tom_bremer@usc.salvationarmy.org
                             (715) 554-0177
Tom from Salvation Army was able to provide some assistance to a primary home owner earlier this week.
The Red Cross stated they do have disaster mental health volunteers who could be available for emotional support.
 Jan said she would also try to be a conduit of accurate information for us regarding roads and other pertinent information.

Jan Victorson, Director
Bayfield County Emergency Management
117 E Sixth Street – PO Box 423
Washburn WI 54891
715.373.6113
Make a Plan. Get a Kit. Be Informed.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Drummond Town Board Meeting

Thank you Les Watters for attending the meeting and sharing the information.
Karen and I attended the 11 September 2018 Drummond Town Board Meeting and have the following information:
Claude Riglemon – municipal assessor.  Riglemon Appraisal Service, 21716 Aspen Avenue, Warrens, WI 54666.  608-378-3003.
CLAUDER@CENTURYTEL.NET.  WWW.RIGLEMONAPPRAISAL.COM.
PIGEON LAKE LAND OWNERS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING WATER PROBLEMS AND WISH TO DISCUSS TAX LEVEES FOR 2019 SHOULD ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING:
Name – fire number – extent of damage – has the damage been repaired – will the damage be repaired.  All discussion must be entered into before 15 October 2018 as that is the termination date for assessment business transacted for the 2019 season.
 Les Watters

Thank you Les Watters for sharing this information.
Karen and I attended the 11 September 2018 Drummond Town Board Meeting and have the following information:
Claude Riglemon – municipal assessor.  Riglemon Appraisal Service, 21716 Aspen Avenue, Warrens, WI 54666.  608-378-3003.
PIGEON LAKE LAND OWNERS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING WATER PROBLEMS AND WISH TO DISCUSS TAX LEVEES FOR 2019 SHOULD ADDRESS THE FOLLOWING:
Name – fire number – extent of damage – has the damage been repaired – will the damage be repaired.  All discussion must be entered into before 15 October 2018 as that is the termination date for assessment business transacted for the 2019 season.  Les Watters

Monday, September 10, 2018


Greetings! The Board of Bayfield County Lakes Forum (BCLF) cordially invites you to our Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct 13th, 10 am at the Drummond Community Center. Sign in starting at 9:30 am for coffee, donuts, and discussion with friends! 

Agenda is forthcoming but please feel free to share ideas about what you might like to discuss - as this is your forum!  Some possible discussion ideas: aquatic invasive species update, zoning: flooding and erosion, Pigeon Lake - once too low but now too high, wake boats. You name it because there is so much to discuss! 

Please share with your lakes and water friends! 
Hope to see you there! 
Bayfield County Lakes Forum Board
Jim Brakken - Cable Lake
Ellen Lafans - Crystal Lake/Cable
Trish Bantle -  Pigeon Lake
Beth Kolling - Iron Lake
John Lang - Crystal Lake/ Cable

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Pigeon Lake Association Meeting   Saturday, September 1, 2018
Attendance - 26 PL owners, 3 family members and 2 guests.

Moment of Silence: In remembrance of Frank Samp, a steward of our lake and community, who passed away April 20, 2018.

2018 minutes: Approved. 
Open Secretary Position: Mary Hayes nominated & unanimously elected. 

Treasurer’s Report:  $1,645.97 current balance. Full report on file.
Tax Update: Susan Ritchie
2018 assessments stand.  2019 will be reassessed.  Property owners can email photos and description of property damage for tax reduction consideration to: clauder@centurytel.net.

2019 PLA Annual Meeting & Picnic:  Hayes Family will host on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, August 31, 2019. Time to be set. 

Membership: 2018-19 and sign up for Facebook and Blog encouraged.

Loon Watch: Gary Harms and Trish Bantle are monitors. Loon pair was in residence but no live births were sited.

1000 Year Rain: June 16-17, 2018 18 inch rain storm

Great effort by Trish Bantle, Lance and Susan Ritchie and Doug Hayes was expended following the June rainstorm including meetings, phone calls and endless emails.  7 known lake properties suffered serious damage.  All properties experienced shoreline damage including loss of trees.  Since storm Doug Hayes drafted 3 proposals to reduce lake water levels without success.  Pigeon Lake is officially part of St. Croix River Watershed.  We are the low spot in a 1 square mile area.  Surrounding area continues to be saturated and at water table levels.  

Township Meeting:  June18, 2018 resulted in temporary Slow/No Wake Ordinance on Pigeon Lake effective immediately, posted at boat landing and enforceable by law.  Jeff Kistner, Recreation Officer, will respond to complaints (715) 373-6300. Consensus at PLA Annual Meeting was that Ordinance must be continued until lake levels drop. 

Public Meeting: Drummond Civic Center July 31 2018 with 30 people in attendance. Outcome: “draft a proposal” which Doug Hayes did.

Phone Conference:  August 24, 2018 with DNR, Lance Ritchie, Forest Service and Town of Drummond. Agreement on ownership of Pigeon Lake Road & maintenance of road was under discussion with no consensus. Outcome: names and contact info for more folks to call and get involved from UWSP and UW EXT.
Engineer came to look at PL Road, but do not know what they recommend.

Information Shared:  US Army Corp of Engineers completed study and proposes a plan to riprap N shoreline by boat landing. 
Town of Drummond received 0 FEMA dollars. 

Follow Up:  Trish Bantle will prepare a list of organizations, government agencies and elected officials for PLA Association members and friends to contact and lobby regarding lake level issues. She will make a list of recommended talking points to touch on in communications.

WI Lake Association:  Motion made and seconded to rejoin; membership expired August 2018.

DNR AIS Grant:  written & approved for aquatic plant survey was completed 8/31/18.  No invasive plants were found. Native species were found to depth of 31 ft. but fewer plants existed.  Recent Secchi disc reading shows water clarity to be currently at 10.5 feet.   This is a 5 foot improvement over July reading, so the sediment is settling down.

Smart weed now abounds -  two types (land and water) both in lake.  This is not an invasive species. Can pull plants 30ft wide area around docks contiguous, only manual removal and no mechanical raking ... root depth of 16 ft.  Positives of plant: reducing wake and erosion impact to shoreline and providing good structural habitat for fish.

2018 Citizen Lake Monitoring: 3 summer month water samples & secchi disc readings were done by Trish Bantle and Gary Harms to establish a
base line. Lake temperature, phosphorous and chlorophyll sampled and information sent in to State. Report available after November.

Zoning: New high water set back is based on current water levels.

PL Field Station:  Doug Hayes shared that Station has been marketed for 2 years without success.  Camp land is owned by Bureau of Public Lands and buildings by UW River Falls. It appears that UWRF has given up and even dropped insurance.  Because of restrictions on land use, only options moving forward would be a sale for educational use. 

Next PLA Steps: Mary Hayes proposed that PLA Board meet asap, set an agenda, contact WI Lake Association & specifically address compromised septic systems. 

Respectfully submitted by Sandy MacLaughlin, PLA Secretary


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Picnic update:
Please plan to bring your own beverages to the picnic on Saturday,
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Pigeon Lake Picnic

PICNIC REMINDER!!!!!

PIGEON LAKE ASSOCIATION PICNIC*

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
"a social gathering"

Hosted by: Hayes Family 10465 Whispering Pine

3:00 PM for conversation (1000 year rain perhaps?) & short meeting.  Potluck and a bonfire will follow.
Meat, beverages, plates and utensils will be provided.
             Please bring side dish, salad or dessert and a chair.

Come rain or shine. Family and guests are very welcome.  
*2018 PLA Membership Form attached
PICNIC REMINDER!!!!



PIGEON LAKE ASSOCIATION PICNIC*

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
"a social gathering"

Hosted by: Hayes Family 10465 Whispering Pine

3:00 PM for conversation (1000 year rain perhaps?) & short meeting.  Potluck and a bonfire will follow.
Meat, beverages, plates and utensils will be provided.
             Please bring side dish, salad or dessert and a chair.

Come rain or shine. Family and guests are very welcome. 
  *2018 PLA Membership form attached  

PIGEON LAKE ASSOCIATION PICNIC*

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
"a social gathering"

Hosted by: Hayes Family 10465 Whispering Pine

3:00 PM for conversation (1000 year rain perhaps?) & short meeting.  Potluck and a bonfire will follow.
Meat, beverages, plates and utensils will be provided.
             Please bring side dish, salad or dessert and a chair.

Come rain or shine. Family and guests are very welcome.  
*2018 PLA Membership Form attached

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Federal Funding.

Good Morning Ms. Bantle -

My coworker Jon let me know that you were interested in learning more
about federal funding to see if there were any grants available to help
with the pumping of excess water from a lake.  Below and attached are
some resources I hope you find helpful.  Please feel free to reach out
should you have additional questions!

As you may know, federal assistance is available in a variety of forms
and includes federal grants, loans, and certain types of contracts.
Senator Baldwin and her staff work with and oversee federal agencies on
a wide variety of topics, including federal funding assistance for
non-profit organizations, institutes of higher education, and local
governments.  Although some resources are accessible to individuals and
businesses, federal funding is most commonly available to eligible
public or non-profit entities that serve a public purpose. I have
attached two Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports titled
_Resources for Grantseekers_ and _How to Develop a Grant Proposal_ to
this email, which contain helpful information about federal grant
eligibility and various sources of funding.

All federal grant opportunities are posted on the website www.grants.gov
[1]. This website also includes a search function and guidelines for
interested applicants on how to apply for federal funding. You can
access a Grants.gov user guide for additional guidance on how to
register your organization and navigate this website here [2].

In addition to Grants.gov, the Foundation Center [3], a non-governmental
organization established in 1956, remains a leading source of
information about private philanthropy worldwide. Seven Wisconsin
libraries belong to the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network,
a nation-wide network of nearly 500 collections that provide information
about foundation and corporate giving. Each of the seven Funding
Information Network locations throughout Wisconsin [4] provide _free
on-site access_ to an online database of foundation grants, as well as
print materials. In addition, a recording of the Foundation Center's
_Introduction to Proposal Writing_ webinar is available online here [5].
This video goes over the basics of proposal writing and includes tips
and best practices.

I am also including some information for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture - Rural Development's Programs & Services [6].

More information and links to additional resources that may be of
interest to you are available on the Senator's website,
https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/help/grants [7].

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I apologize and forgot to include the venue in the original blogpost.

The meeting On Tuesday, July 31st, at 1:00 will be at the Drummond Civic Center which is right across the street from the library.
Hope to see everyone there.
Trish

Pigeon Lake Aftermath

Hello,
Thank you to everyone who is helping and communicating regarding Pigeon Lake and the aftermath effects of the June 16-17 storm.

In order to find out how to best deal with the current situation, to plan for the future and to share information regarding personal property issues of those who have lake cabins and homes,  a meeting has been scheduled.

This meeting will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00pm.
Representatives of many agencies have been invited and hopefully will make their best efforts to attend.

Come to share your concerns and ideas. Please pass this information and invitation on to any you think would be interested.

Thank you,
Trish Bantle
President
Pigeon Lake Association
Hello,
Thank you to everyone who is helping and communicating regarding Pigeon Lake and the aftermath effects of the June 16-17 storm.

In order to find out how to best deal with the current situation, to plan for the future and to share information regarding personal property issues of those who have lake cabins and homes,  a meeting has been scheduled.

This meeting will be on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00pm.
Representatives of many agencies have been invited and hopefully will make their best efforts to attend.

Please come to share your concerns and ideas.

Thank you,
Trish Bantle
President
Pigeon Lake Association

Sunday, July 1, 2018

PIGEON LAKE ASSO. PICNIC



PIGEON LAKE ASSOCIATION PICNIC*

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
"a social gathering"

Hosted by: Hayes Family 10465 Whispering Pine

3:00 PM for conversation (1000 year rain perhaps?) & short meeting.  Potluck and a bonfire will follow.
Meat, beverages, plates and utensils will be provided.
             Please bring side dish, salad or dessert and a chair.

Come rain or shine. Family and guests are very welcome. 
  *2018 PLA Membership form attached  

PIGEON LAKE ASSOCIATION PICNIC*


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
"a social gathering"


  
Pigeon Lake Association
Bayfield County, Wisconsin
2018 Membership Application

Mission Statement:  
"To Protect & Preserve Pigeon Lake, its watersheds and ecosystems"

 PLEASE FILL OUT COMPLETELY

Names:__________________________________________________________
Mailing Address: (permanent) ______________________________________
______________________________________________________  Lake Address: ___________________________________________________
Emails: _________________________________________________________
Phone #'s: (Lake) _______________________  (Home) __________________
               (Cells) ___________________________________________

Where would you like your mail sent?

_____ Pigeon Lake during months of ________________________________
_____ Permanent home during months of ____________________________

Annual Dues:  $10.00  (extra donations welcome)
Your dues support: water quality studies, education and workshops, membership in County and State Lake organizations, annual meeting & picnic.

Make check payable to:  Pigeon Lake Association
Mail to:  Susan Ritchie, PLA Treasurer, PO Box 41, Haugen, WI 54841

Connect with your Lake & Neighbors year around: 
Blog:  Pigeonlakedrummond.blogspot.com
Facebook:  Pigeon Lake Drummond, WI
                                                                             


                                                                                    
     Historic 1000 Year Rain   June 15-16, 2018