Take 2: More than a decade ago, a group worked to rehabilitate Rush Lake. Now it is back to finish the job

Brett Helmbrecht stands beside Rush Lake, which is filled with vegetation — more than was intended.

The goal was to bring back hardstem bulrush and have Rush Lake be 50% open water and 50% emergent vegetation.

That was the plan when non-profit organization, Rush Lake Watershed Restoration Inc. (RLWRI), began to rehabilitate the lake northeast of Ripon by building a dam and lowering the water level from 2006 to 2008.

The plan succeeded; vegetation returned to Rush Lake.

However, it took over more than half the lake and it wasn’t the bulrush they were hoping for.

Unforeseen problems ensued.

But the RLWRI along with its partners, the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, haven’t given up hope.

In fact, now they’re ready to try again.

After working with Stantec — an environmental contractor that helps the non-profit apply for grants — RLWRI will receive a $25,000 planning grant from the DNR to create a new lake management plan.

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