Sixty days after the drawdown of the millpond began, members of the Friends of the Forestville Dam say the process is not working. Members of the group like Robert Sijgers believe more water is going over the dam now than when Door County Facilities and Parks Department Director Wayne Spritka told a Green Bay television station the drawdown would last between 30-60 days back in November. Sijgers is also concerned with the amount of agricultural run-off flowing into the millpond which is then being sent downstream further into the Ahnapee River watershed towards Kewaunee County. He says the source of some of the issues in the millpond should be addressed first.
Sijgers believes many residents would either like to see the millpond dredged or left alone. Door County Parks Department Superintendent Ben Nelson points to the snowmelt, heavy rains, and frozen ground for the lack of progress on the drawdown. He told DoorCountyDailyNews.com last week there are no restrictions in the current phase regarding flowage.
Photo submitted by Robert Sijgers