Agency agrees to raise Shawano Lake level

Published: Jun. 28, 2018 at 3:51 PM CDT
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A federal authority has agreed to raise the water levels in Shawano Lake, at least this year.

State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission "approved a temporary order returning Shawano Lake to the 30-year historic lake level."

The water levels will be raised right away.

"This decision came just in time for the busy Fourth of July weekends, meaning that we can allow residents and visitors to spend their holiday like they always have, safely on the lake," Cowles wrote in a statement.

the low water was blamed for damaging boats and causing safety concerns for boaters after the FERC's dam restrictions lowered the water by half a foot.

"Fourth of July is the coming out weekend, so we've got to be ready to go by the fourth, we got to be, because already the word is spreading, already people are starting to cancel their cabins, and starting to worry are we going to be able to use the lake? Is it even health safe?" Rita Mondus, owner of the Torch Lite Restaurant in Shawano, said last month.

Cowles said the order to raise the lake level is only effective for 2018. Cowles said he hopes cooperation among local and state officials and FERC will continue to find a long-term solution.