CRYSTAL LAKE (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has reissued a permit authorizing the pumping of water from Fish Lake in northwest Dane County into the Wisconsin River.
The DNR reissued the permit effective June 11 for Fish, Crystal and Mud Lakes. This allows them to pump excess lake water using a pump station in Fish Lake County Park through a 2.5 mile-long pipe to the Wisconsin River, opposite Prairie du Sac. This is an effort to prevent more flooding in the flood-prone area.
The DNT says the pumping amounts to less than one hundredth of one percent of the Wisconsin River's flow during dry periods and is not expected to have a measurable impact on the River for any pollutants.
The District had been pumping water from 216-acre Fish Lake on and off for about three years in an effort to relieve recurring flood problems and high water levels experienced by shoreline residents. The District has been pumping water out of the lake to the Wisconsin River since June, 2008, under an emergency provision authorized by DNR.
The new permit expires on June 30, 2014.