TOMAH - Lake Tomah is getting a
The state Department of
Natural Resources has wiped out thousands of stunted carp in
the lake by dropping rotenone, an organic pesticide, on them
from a helicopter. The agency says the carp had rooted up
all the aquatic vegetation, destroying the habitat until
even the carp themselves couldn't grow.
The DNR will keep the lake
three feet below normal until late next summer to allow
vegetation to take root again. Plans also call for
restocking game fish, reinforcing the lake's islands with
rocks and building reefs to minimize erosion.