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Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby jman111 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:44 pm

From the random questions thread:
seemunkyz wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:Do you think it was a good idea to dye Lake Delton blue?


Only if they will profit more than the $30k they spent to do it by not losing tourists that wouldn't have come if the water was green.

Well, WISC's article includes the claim that:
the cost was not covered by taxpayer dollars. The money, Diehl said, was taken from a pot of tourism-driven funds.

However, The Milw JS says:
Five-hundred gallons of dye bought with nearly $30,000 in taxpayers' money

A WI State Journal editorial now says:
The dye, courtesy of Aquatic Engineering of La Crosse, went into the 267-acre lake on July 12, at a cost to the village of just under $30,000.


So, it appears that the residents requested this expenditure. And there's money for round two.
What do you think? If this has no direct environmental impacts (positive or negative), is it a good idea?
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:52 pm

I wonder if the dye is covering up any toxic blue-green algae.
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby rabble » Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:54 pm

According to a UW researcher I run into once in a while, several lakeshore residents were a little surprised to find they had requested it. They just looked out one day and said "Hey, what the hell happened to the water?"

That guy also says the way he remembers it, that stuff is only supposed to be used in a closed system.

Musta been some changes in the regs, for some reason.
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby jman111 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:16 pm

rabble wrote:According to a UW researcher I run into once in a while, several lakeshore residents were a little surprised to find they had requested it.

All the way from the Twin Cities:
The Lake Delton village board voted to "inject" 500 gallons of dye in the famous lake that hosts the Tommy Bartlett Water Ski show, a 60-year-old institution in the Wisconsin Dells. The move is said to be harmless, unless you're a local taxpayer. They're on the hook for more than $29,000.

And, one more thing:
Tom Diehl, general manager of the water ski show and village board member, told the Wisconsn State Journal that resort owners and visitors were complaining about the pea-green color of the water this summer.

So, who requested this? Resort owners or residents?
I wonder how kindly future village board elections will treat Mr Diehl.
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby jman111 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:21 pm

Tom Diehl, general manager of the Tommy Bartlett Show, a water-ski-based entertainment that has been a staple at Lake Delton for 60 years, also is a member of the Lake Delton village Board. He was one of four trustees who approved the dye job as an emergency measure July 9, said village clerk-treasurer Kay Mackesey.

Just in case anyone thinks Mr. Diehl may have had a conflict of interest:
"I certainly would always recuse myself at the village on anything that had to do with my business interests," he said.

uhhh, yep.
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby Mad Howler » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:54 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that "lake" still smells like sh!t. Too bad as that is such a beautiful spot in our state.
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby rabble » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:13 pm

That occurred to me too. I bet that lake looks really great until you do something dumb like get close to it or go boating or something.

Now I'm curious. Maybe we'll take a drive out there next weekend and see just exactly what shade of blue it is. And what it smells like.
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Re: Algae: no problem. Just dye the lake!

Postby Mad Howler » Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:30 pm

Yeah, it will be kind of like the Meriimac ferry. I am always so psyched up for this little bit of Wisconsin, then I get to watch that green glop of lake Wisc get churned on the crossing. Don't get me started about the Yahara chain.
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