Local agencies prepare lakes for winter

Local agencies prepare lakes for winter

Dane County Land and Water Resources are preparing to transition local waterways into their winter season, lowering water levels and removing navigational buoys, among other things, according to a release. 

The organization will ultimately close the Tenney Lock on Oct. 31, moving the water levels in Lake Mendota and Monona to their winter range, the release said. Until then, the lock will be open from noon until 6 p.m. on weekends.

The change in water levels is to prevent ice damage along the shoreline, as well as allowing for flood storage capacity during the spring runoff, according to the release.

Officials also urge area residents to contact the Department of Natural Resources if zebra mussels or any other invasive species are found on boats or docks being removed from the water.