If you need help around the yard either removing snow or cleaning up the yard, contact the Washburn County Unit on Aging. Or you can call Pastor Patrick at the Wesleyan Church in Spooner at 715-635-2768.
The Town Of Chicog has set up an email list to alert residents of Chicog of happenings within our town. If you would like to be added to this list, send your email address to Steve Loiselle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicog Township is zoned. Zoning laws are enforced through Washburn County. If you plan on building in our township, visit the Zoning Office at the Washburn County courthouse in Shell Lake and make sure everything is in order. Also, keep in mind that building permits are required in Chicog.
The Washburn County Land and Water Conservation Department also has a newly-updated Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) website (https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/3b7b5413c50d48a39d62e48df1df103d). It discusses the main species of concern in Washburn County, mapped areas, controlled areas of some species and watercraft decontamination. More information will be added over time.
We have two decontamination stations in Chicog, (see below) Matthew Lake and Lower McKenzie Lake, and we are required to follow the decontamination law as well as to encourage our visitors with boats to do the same. We need to know the decontamination law for Washburn & Burnett County, which became law earlier this year. The law is, "Boaters are required to decontaminate their boats before entering a water body if a decontamination facility (see the enclosed picture of this decontamination station) is at the landing where boaters are putting in. This may consist of removing the weeds off the boat and doing a high pressure/high heat power wash, bleach wash, or other processes that are indicated by the signage". Please process the weed removal and bleach wash at both of these boat landings with decontamination stations.
You will find the explanation of the bleach wash by reviewing the “Ways to Zap Zebra Mussels” brochure below.
During June 22, 2018, Northwestern Wisconsin Lakes Conference, Dr. Mike McCarthy from the University of MN Research advised us not to move used docks and lifts from another lake into our lakes from May to November. And if you do move this equipment during these months, please make sure to have it power washed with 140 degrees hot water high-pressure washer spray before bringing to the boat landing and dropping it in your lake. He mentioned that they believe that Zebra Mussels do detach from established settings when introduced into new waters.
Keep in mind that Zebra Mussels can live on a boat, lift, or dock out of water for five days in dry weather and up to 30 days in wet weather.
Another report from Dr. Mike McCarthy at the Northwestern Wisconsin Lakes Conference is that "having boat landing inspectors is critical and is effective in keeping the Aquatic Invasive Species out, especially the Zebra Mussels, by doing weed removal and the bleach wash continuously." We need to encourage everyone using our lakes to do the inspection and bleach wash whether an inspector is present or not.
Links to Other Sites for Zebra Mussel Information
Zebra Mussel control procedures. Here is a list:
Burnett County Lakes & Rivers Association.
US Fish & Wildlife: Dave Wedan 608-783-8435 email@example.com