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Wolske Bay dredging voted down by city council

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Menomonie (WQOW) - The sour smell and sight of a local lake may be here to stay, at least for the near future.

Last night, the Menomonie city council voted against dredging Wolske Bay in Lake Menomin. The vote was close: six to four. Supporters believe dredging the bay would improve the water quality. Yesterday we told you the bid to dredge the bay was less than expected, nearly a fifth of the original estimate.

Menomonie's mayor says since he sets the city council agenda, the issue will not go away.

"I don't think there is a cut and dry science on how to get it clean. It's just that we need to do something and we need to do it now. We need to get moving on any kind of remedy, all the remedies, whatever we can come up with for an idea, we should at least be exploring it," Randy Knaack, Mayor of Menomonie says.

Mayor Knaack says he has high hopes for the future of Wolske Bay. Once the area is clean, he'd like to see a research and recreation center built on an island in the bay, complete with a laboratory for students to use.

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Menomonie (WQOW) - A sad sight and a sour smell may be leaving the Menomonie area soon and the cost is much less than expected.

Dredging Wolske Bay in Lake Menomin is aimed at improving water quality. The bid to do the dredging is nearly $56,000.  That's a far cry from the quarter million dollar bid the city was expecting.

"It's a win-win for Menomonie as far as the cost and what the benefits of dredging that bay will be. With it being as low as it is, I'm hoping the council will approve it tonight and possibly moving on to allow bidding of other portions of the lake besides," Menomonie Mayor Randy Knaack says.

If the council approves the dredge tonight, it would still need to be approved by the DNR. Once that is done, the dredge could begin early next summer once the spawning season is over.

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