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City of Whitewater Provides Update on Cravath and Tripp Lakes Project

According to an update from the City of Whitewater regarding Cravath and Tripp Lakes, currently the south end of Cravath is about 6 inches from its original level at the start of the project, and Trippe lake has about another 10 inches to come up by the gate and spillway area. The rain levels over the past week should help this process. The lakes fill from north to south, making the south ends of the lakes the last area to fill.

The vegetation in the lake is made up mostly of cattails and grasses that grew in while the lake was drawn down, which is to be expected. Once the lake level returns to normal, a majority of those plants will die off. City staff will continue to work with the Wisconsin DNR to monitor the vegetation. Additional measures such as cutting and harvesting measures will continue next spring and into the future to help manage the vegetation in the lakes.

Plans for restocking of fish are underway. Fish stocking will occur in the fall of 2022 and 2023. Crappie, bluegill, perch, and additional feeder fish will be added from fish farms first, followed by bass. Additional fish will also help populate the lakes as they move in from upstream. Larger fish such as northern pike will be added by the Wisconsin DNR as part of their restocking procedures.

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