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DNR wants more water released into the Manitowish River

VILAS COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - The state DNR said Friday that more water should be released from a dam in far northern Wisconsin, in order to preserve loons and other wildlife in the Manitowish River.  

A draft order calls for the Rest Lake Dam in Vilas County to reduce the river's water level by one foot each fall, instead of the annual three-and-a-half foot drop that's been in place since the 1930's.  

The DNR issued an environmental assessment a year ago, which showed that the dam's current operation has caused a number of ecological problems.  

Meanwhile, a number of property owners along the Manitowish River fear higher ice levels in the water -- along with the potential for ice damage on their shoreline properties.  

The DNR says it will not impose the new order for a year, to give landowners time to adjust.

Also, before the final order is issued, the DNR will hold public meetings on the proposed change on June 27th. Those sessions begin at 12:30 and 6 p.m. at the town hall in Manitowish Waters.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)