A crowd gathered on Shawano Lake Sunday afternoon to enjoy a beautiful day on the water.
But locals along the shoreline say that something is not right.
And that something is water levels.
“We’re talking literally a 10 to 12 inch difference in terms of where the lake is right now,” Anthony Zielinski of the Shawano Area Waterways Management told Local Five.
For boaters, the lower water levels are causing headaches.
“It’s horrible,” one local said Sunday. “We’re bottoming out on the river, in front of my house there’s a sandbar that was never [there] before, and now people are wrecking their lower units, their motors.”
And the water levels are not just bad for boats.
“You take ten inches of water out of Shawano Lake, and you have a huge negative impact on wildlife,” said Zielinski. “I think property values are going ot be reduced, I think boating traffic is going to be drastically reduced, I think we’re going to have a negative economic impact in Shawano, specifically Shawano Lake.”
Shawano Lake is an inland lake, and levels are controlled by a dam.
A decision was made to lower water levels, and despite complaints, that decision has not yet been reversed.