TPC has been working closely with the Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program to combat phosphorous laden sentiment as it travels through Mason Creek into North Lake – and other bodies of water located in Lake Country. Part of that process includes working directly with landowners, including the farmer that currently harvests this parcel, to incorporate best management practices that improve soil health and address runoff.
Thanks in part to a Lake Protection Management Grant from the DNR, TPC is now working to re-meander the portion of the stream on this property back to its natural course. By doing so, we will restore the historic flow of the creek and reconnect it to the floodplain. The result? Both the sediment and nutrients that now enter North Lake and beyond will be significantly reduced. And, that means a significant jump in water quality levels.
“It is our hope that our work on the Schmidt land along Mason creek, together with the project upstream, will significantly lower the phosphorous entering the entire lake network below it.” - Susan Buchanan, Tall Pines Conservancy Executive Director