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Old Man Winter will help shore up Maple Lake

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Maple Lake in Paw Paw has been partially drained in order to fight sediment and weed growth.
Maple Lake in Paw Paw has been partially drained in order to fight sediment and weed growth.

PAW PAW (WKZO) -- Maple Lake in Paw Paw might not look like a lake right now.  The water level has been lowered in order to tackle a sediment and vegitation problem.

Considered an impoundment - with a dam at one end - sediment and weed growth, some years, has been hard to handle.

"What happens with an impoundment river is that the velocity of the river slows down and the sediments all settle out," Village Manager Larry Nielsen tells WKZO.

Four feet has been drained from the lake in an approach that Nielsen said has helped in the past.

"We get lots of weed growth [and] chemical treatment hasn't been able to keep up with it," Nielsen said. "We are implementing a number of measures...one of those is a winter drawdown."

The drawdown exposes weed roots to freezing temperatures, killing them off and reducing growth the following spring.

Nielsen said they will also undertake sediment removal and aerate in order to help combat the problem. A similar approach two years ago showed good results, he said.

Hear the whole Nielsen interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here.

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