FERGUSON - The draw down of the lake at Green Castle Recreation Area has begun - in an effort to get rid of swimming nuisances known as common carp - and to improve water quality in the lake.
Mike Stegmann, director of the Marshall County Conservation Board, said the carp make for turbulent waters in the lake south of Ferguson, resulting in less sunlight for the plants, and they also have stunted the growth of the bluegill population.
The water level is being lowered 9 feet nine feet from full pool level allowing for anglers to easier catch the carp and get them out and there's also plans for silt removal.
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A draw down of the lake at Green Castle Recreation Area south of Ferguson has begun to rid the water of common carp and to improve water quality. It is expected to last two years.
"We'll be doing water quality and fish habitat improvement," Stegmann said.
The conservation board held an informational meeting on the process Monday night and Stegmann said leading up to the meeting that the response has been positive to the draw down.
"Everybody we've talked to completely understands what we're doing," he said.
While the future of the lake is being worked on, plans are being made to also add a campground at Green Castle.
"We're at the point where we're trying to hire an engineering/architect firm that will provide us with a design and cost," Stegmann said.
He said there is no timeline on the campground project as it will depend on funding, which is expected to come from private donations and grants.
"We hope to not request any funding from taxpayers," Stegmann said.
Any questions on the draw drown process can be directed to the MCCB at 641-752-5490.