A public hearing on a proposal to formally designate Lake 14 in Big Stone County for wildlife management will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Thursday, April 25 at the Ortonville Public Library, 412 NW 2nd St.
The DNR will share information, take questions and accept testimony on behalf of the proposal at 7 p.m.
Lake 14 is a 48-acre shallow basin on the Klages Wildlife Management Area, nine and
one-half miles east of Ortonville. The basin has a history of high waterfowl use and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. At present, however, the lake is in a condition typical of many shallow lakes in Minnesota, with poor water quality caused by excessive nutrients and abundant undesirable fish.
Designating Lake 14 as a wildlife lake, under authority of M.S. 97A.101, would allow the DNR to conduct periodic drawdowns by way of a proposed water control structure on the lake. A drawdown can improve waterfowl, wildlife and water quality conditions by stimulating critical aquatic plant growth and promoting a die-off of undesirable fish. The DNR contracted with Ducks Unlimited for a study to help determine the effectiveness of proposed management actions.
For additional information, contact Curt Vacek, DNR area wildlife supervisor, 320-734-4451, ext. 228, or Nicole Schiller, DNR wildlife lake specialist, 507-537-6607. Comments will be accepted in writing until May 25 to the Lac Qui Parle area DNR office, 14047 20th St NW, Watson, MN 56295.