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Sandstone Lake Association Holds election of Officers

The spring meeting and luncheon of the Sandstone Lakes Association was held at Lynda’s Supper Club in Crivitz on Sunday, May 25 with 26 members present. Officers elected were co-presidents Bonnie Vick and Mary Ann Wadsworth, co-vice presidents Corey Rogers and Amy Shaffer, secretary/treasurer Bill Ray, board members Rich Achter, Al Glish, George Shaffer and Ted VerHaagh. New members Ron and Pam Krause and Al and Lorrie Borchers were welcomed.

One of the projects important to the goals of the organization is further establishment of fish cribs and working with the DNR on fish stocking, both of which are again in the plans for 2014-15. Achter has offered to obtain the permits and recruit the materials and help needed, adding to the 27 cribs already in place.

The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership held a 3-day convention in Stevens Point in late April, which was attended by Ray, who gave a summary of sessions he participated in.

Topics ranged from Shoreland Zoning, Erosion Control, Fisheries Management, Environmental Changes, Edible Wild Plants, Water Quality Management, Invasive Species, Aquatic Plants and Animals, and various Lake Services, sharing informational handouts.

The next meeting of the Association is planned for September, with date and location to be announced. Guests and new members are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call Ray at 715-854-7948.

The Association, formed in 2002, is dedicated to preserve and protect Sandstone Flowage, an area encompassing about 153 acres of the Peshtigo River west of Crivitz. The Flowage, named for the Sandstone Rapids Dam, owned and operated by WPS to generate electricity, is about 2.4 miles in length, maximum width of 850 feet, maximum depth of 39 feet, and fed by a watershed of 643 square miles where it enters the Flowage. The dam is operated in run-of-the-river mode per Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license. Run-of-the-river means that water is passed through the dam at the same rate it enters the Flowage, limiting the amount of water level fluctuation in the Flowage.

The FERC license requires WPS to maintain the water level in Sandstone between 723.7 feet and 724.2 feet above sea level. Flushing rate, or retention time, is the amount of time it takes incoming water to replace the enter volume of a lake. While most lakes have a flushing rate measured in years, the calculated flushing rate for Sandstone Flowage is only 1.8 days. That is, under normal conditions it takes less than two days to replace the entire volume of Sandstone Flowage with “new” water from the Peshtigo River.


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