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Page 20 Spring & Summer 1999 Big Stone Lake Region Citizens For Big Stone Lake works h to keep lake clean for future generatio By Peter Waller In 1977, a group decided that Big Stone Lake. The organiza- The CBSL realizes thatd The Big Stone Lake commu- something had to be done to stop tion meets once a month with protection and nity has been working hard at addressing the lake's water qual- ity situation. The lake, nearly 27 miles long with a surface area of 12,360 acres, was formed between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago in a channel cut by the Glacial River Warren as it drained Glacial Lake Aggasiz. When the level of Big Stone Lake dropped drastically in the 1930's, a Works Progress Administration project diverted the Whetstone into Big Stone Lake to raise the lake level - but in so doing, deposited thousands of tons of debris (trees, trash garbage, carcasses) and silt at the foot of the lake. Lem Kaercher, a Minnesota state senator from Ortonville at the time, made efforts to protect the lake and started the Big Stone Lake/Whetstone River Flood Control Works Project. Local governments were asked to raise money, and The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District was formed in 1967. Meetings were held to dis- cuss the problems with Big Stone Lake, though nothing was done to help the lake for 10 years, and the water quality grew steadily worse. and reverse the deterioration of Big Stone Lake, calling them- selves the Citizens for Big Stone Lake (CBSL). Studies were conducted to assess the damage, and a $140,000 grant was awarded to the CBSL. The South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources administered the grant and provided staff to conduct the field work. During phase one of the clean-up plan, tributaries were monitored closely and land use was studied. Now the CBSL had to find a project sponsor for phase two. The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District agreed to sponsor the project, and an annual contribution of $30,000 was used to match federal dol- lars. All phase two funding was originally received in 1984. Today, the Whetstone River can be kept out of Big Stone Lake, while still maintaining lake levels. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers included a second dam and dikes nine miles below the lake, creating the Big Stone National Wildlife area. CBSL continues to play an important role in the complex work behind the restoration of South Dakota's and Minnesota's staff to get updates. All Upper Minnesota River Watershed District board members also belong to CBSL, which remains strong with 740 paid member- ship units (business and family). Most importantly, the CBSL keeps the project alive in the minds of all people within the watershed district with T-shirts, buttons, decals, etc. Big Stone Lake's water solely the responsibility of', or federal agencies, but is one's responsibility. !i '3 Located on beaut00d Big Stone Lake • Cabins • Seasonals • Overnight w/Full Hookups • Swimming Beach • Boat Rental & Boat Landing Donna and Lee Johnson 3 miles north of Ortonville on Hwy, 7 (320) 839-3845 VACATION ON BIG STONE at one of the area's nicest resorts...Hartford Beach 12 Ultra-Modern Cottages • Sleep 2-14 people .Full baths • Kitchens • Carpeted living areas • Dining areas • Individual bedrooms • Heating/air conditioning • Completely furnished with bedding and utensils Swimming/Picnic Areas • Full RV hookups ,Barbecue grills • Play area for kids ,Hiking in State Park • Shallow beach, no drop-offs CAFE & STORE Complete meals from breakfast to dinner including delicious hamburgers, homemade malts, pizza, chicken and hors d'ouevres. Over 200 items can be purchased in our store. FISHING • Fully stocked bait shop • Live bait and tackle • Fish scale •Marine gasoline • Boats and motors rented by the day or hour Some of the best fishing in the country is here at Hartford Beach...walleye, northern, perch, bullhead, bluegills, crappies, bass and sunfish. Boat Landing Fishing dock, 10 ft. square at the end of a 100i dock is the ideal spot to fish or rest. Motors 14 ft. aluminum boats rented by the hour or Located adjacent to Hartford Beach State Park on the South Dakota side of Big Stone Lake HARTFORD BEACH I'00SORT Corona, South Dakota WALT ALBRECHT - OWNER Phone (605) 432-4227 Page 20 Spring & Summer 1999 Big Stone Lake Region Citizens For Big Stone Lake works h to keep lake clean for future generatio By Peter Waller In 1977, a group decided that Big Stone Lake. The organiza- The CBSL realizes thatd The Big Stone Lake commu- something had to be done to stop tion meets once a month with protection and nity has been working hard at addressing the lake's water qual- ity situation. The lake, nearly 27 miles long with a surface area of 12,360 acres, was formed between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago in a channel cut by the Glacial River Warren as it drained Glacial Lake Aggasiz. When the level of Big Stone Lake dropped drastically in the 1930's, a Works Progress Administration project diverted the Whetstone into Big Stone Lake to raise the lake level - but in so doing, deposited thousands of tons of debris (trees, trash garbage, carcasses) and silt at the foot of the lake. Lem Kaercher, a Minnesota state senator from Ortonville at the time, made efforts to protect the lake and started the Big Stone Lake/Whetstone River Flood Control Works Project. Local governments were asked to raise money, and The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District was formed in 1967. Meetings were held to dis- cuss the problems with Big Stone Lake, though nothing was done to help the lake for 10 years, and the water quality grew steadily worse. and reverse the deterioration of Big Stone Lake, calling them- selves the Citizens for Big Stone Lake (CBSL). Studies were conducted to assess the damage, and a $140,000 grant was awarded to the CBSL. The South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources administered the grant and provided staff to conduct the field work. During phase one of the clean-up plan, tributaries were monitored closely and land use was studied. Now the CBSL had to find a project sponsor for phase two. The Upper Minnesota River Watershed District agreed to sponsor the project, and an annual contribution of $30,000 was used to match federal dol- lars. All phase two funding was originally received in 1984. Today, the Whetstone River can be kept out of Big Stone Lake, while still maintaining lake levels. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers included a second dam and dikes nine miles below the lake, creating the Big Stone National Wildlife area. CBSL continues to play an important role in the complex work behind the restoration of South Dakota's and Minnesota's staff to get updates. All Upper Minnesota River Watershed District board members also belong to CBSL, which remains strong with 740 paid member- ship units (business and family). Most importantly, the CBSL keeps the project alive in the minds of all people within the watershed district with T-shirts, buttons, decals, etc. Big Stone Lake's water solely the responsibility of', or federal agencies, but is one's responsibility. !i '3 Located on beaut00d Big Stone Lake • Cabins • Seasonals • Overnight w/Full Hookups • Swimming Beach • Boat Rental & Boat Landing Donna and Lee Johnson 3 miles north of Ortonville on Hwy, 7 (320) 839-3845 VACATION ON BIG STONE at one of the area's nicest resorts...Hartford Beach 12 Ultra-Modern Cottages • Sleep 2-14 people .Full baths • Kitchens • Carpeted living areas • Dining areas • Individual bedrooms • Heating/air conditioning • Completely furnished with bedding and utensils Swimming/Picnic Areas • Full RV hookups ,Barbecue grills • Play area for kids ,Hiking in State Park • Shallow beach, no drop-offs CAFE & STORE Complete meals from breakfast to dinner including delicious hamburgers, homemade malts, pizza, chicken and hors d'ouevres. Over 200 items can be purchased in our store. FISHING • Fully stocked bait shop • Live bait and tackle • Fish scale •Marine gasoline • Boats and motors rented by the day or hour Some of the best fishing in the country is here at Hartford Beach...walleye, northern, perch, bullhead, bluegills, crappies, bass and sunfish. Boat Landing Fishing dock, 10 ft. square at the end of a 100i dock is the ideal spot to fish or rest. Motors 14 ft. aluminum boats rented by the hour or Located adjacent to Hartford Beach State Park on the South Dakota side of Big Stone Lake HARTFORD BEACH I'00SORT Corona, South Dakota WALT ALBRECHT - OWNER Phone (605) 432-4227