Lakes Drawdown Updates

Lake Drawdown Public Meeting Feb 24
  1. August 2021
  2. January 2020
  3. July 2019

•The Lakes Drawdown and Dredge Project that began on July 8,2019 with the drawing down of the lakes has been extended another year.  After the first season of the drawdown Cravath Lake has been fully drawn down.  

•To help with the drawdown of Trippe Lake, siphons were added over the spillway in the summer of 2020. This allowed the continuous drawing down of the lake over the past year.  

•Both lakes have been drawn down as of August 2021.

•The dredging phase of the project is scheduled to begin January of 2022.  Both lakes will be drawn down through this entire process and are scheduled to be refilled in the spring of 2022. The hope is to improve water quality and depth, reduce aquatic vegetation and eliminate certain invasive aquatic plant species.   Please follow our website www.whitewater-wi.gov for more information as this exciting project begins.

Remaining Timeline

•Lakes remain drawdown in 2021

•Apply for all needed permits September 2021

•Potential bidding for dredging Fall of 2021

•Potential controlled burn for emergent vegetation November 2021

•Dredging (mechanical) potentially in the Winter of 2021-22

•Potential controlled burn for emergent vegetation April of 2022

•Allow lakes to refill June of 2022

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Proposed Dredging Area and Current Status of Lakes

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Lake Drawdown Open Dam 7-10-19

Lake Drawdown Time Lapse Video July 2019

Lake drawdown time lapse July 2019

Update Video 9-17-19

Lake Draw Down Video Image

Update Video 3-16-19

Lake drawdown 03-16-19

Update Video 12-12-18

Lake drawdown 12-12-18

Update Video 7-12-18

Lake drawdown 7-12-18

Cravath Lakefront Lake Drawdown and Dam Repairs Update August 1, 2019

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Cravath Lake Drawdown Update July 26, 2019. Trippe Lake planned to start in early August. 

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Week of July 8, 2019

City Manager, Cameron Clapper and Parks & Recreation Director Eric Boettcher worked with city staff David Himsel and Andy Ascher to open the dam at Cravath Lake allowing water to flow both under and over it. Monday, July 8th was the first day to release water from the lake. A marker was painted on a nearby rock in order to monitor the amount of water dropping each day. Cameron released more water Wednesday, July 10th. There is a drain located in the Mill pond near the 5 American Flags Memorial. The water will drain here and at the bottom of the dam allowing additional water to flow under Main street toward the creek. This is the first step of the drawdown. Staff will monitor the amount of water that is removed from Cravath lake and make alterations as needed to stay on track. Stay tuned for more updates as the drawdown progresses.