Lake Ida Property Owner Survey Results
The Douglas County Lakes Association recently conducted a survey of Lake Ida property owners. There were 173 respondents from Lake Ida. They provided the survey results with charts and graphs. In addition, respondents were able to provide comments related to the questions.
Lake Ida Survey Results
Comments from Respondents
Curly Leaf Pondweed
The Ida Lake Association (ILA) has a keen interest in resolving the Curly Leaf Pondweed (CLP) invasive species in Lake Ida. Each year, the lake is surveyed to determine the areas where CLP is most prolific and the depth of the lake so that we can determine where treatment may be effective. We work to leverage county and other grants to offset the cost of treatment to ensure that we can most effectively treat areas that will provide effective results in reducing the spread of CLP. There is more information on our efforts, including lake surveys and treatment maps on our Aquatic Invasive Species page.
June 2009 Lake Ida Curly Leaf Pondweed Evaluation
June 2018 Lake Ida Curly Leaf Pondweed Report
Water Clarity Study
Due to unavailability of the fingerlings the past two years, ILA was unable to stock walleyes. ILA has entered a 3-year verbal agreement with a new provider and is committed to stocking 1,000 pounds of walleyes each year for the next 3 years provided the fish and money are available.
Resolving the problem with drainage from Ditch 23 into Lake Ida has been a longtime issue that the ILA has been working to resolve. As a lake association, ILA cannot and does not do ditch work, so it must work with various county and local government agencies, particularly Ida Township to resolve it. Working with Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District and other organizations, ILA has received a $230,000 grant for this project. Work done by the Township and the County will be reimbursed from the grant. Currently, ILA has budgeted $15,000 for the completion of a survey. Barr Engineering is working on the preliminary report, conducting water samples to measure pollution and oxygen saturation throughout the lake, sampling soil, and surveying all culverts and drainage points. ILA expects a project report by the Fall of 2018. Ensuring that Ditch 23 is handled properly and corrected is vital to the health of our lake. See the article from The Voice of Alexandria that discusses the problem.
Betsy Ross Road Drainage
It's always great to have a success story. The drainage problem coming from inadequate culverts was resolved with help from Ida Township, along with ILA working with property and farm owners to work out a solution. ILA paid up-front engineering costs of $1542 to Widseth Smith Nolting and paid Ida Township $3,803 (cost of $5,345 covered by ILA of the total cost of $9,148, the balance of which was paid by Ida Township to the construction companies). The improved culvert has stopped the problem of runoff into the lake.