This rain garden was added to the side of the Bughs Lake public boat landing so the rain would collect there. The plants in place will absorb the water and filter it before it drifts into Bughs Lake.

Bughs Lake Public Landing project completed Aug. 30

The preliminary design for the Bughs Lake Public Landing project was started in the summer of 2015. It was presented to the Waushara Land Conservative and Zoning department, Town of Wautoma, and the Wisconsin DNR. After the Bughs Lake Management district received the necessary feedback, they prepared a final design in 2016.


On Feb. 1, 2017 the district applied for a WDNR Healthy Lakes Grant and they received the grant in April of that year. The grant had to be completed by Dec. 31, 2017; however, due to a lot of rain and the highwater level of the lake, the district had to ask for an extension. The extension was received with a new completion date of Dec. 31, 2018.

The approximate cost for the project was $15,000. This was paid for by the Wisconsin DNR Healthy Lakes Grant, the Town of Wautoma, Bughs Lake Management District, and a cost sharing grant from the Waushara County Water Quality Improvement Program.

This project was managed and supervised by the Bughs Lake Management District. The project consisted of surveying the property lines, installation of erosion control fencing, removal of tree and tree stumps, excavation of area as needed to form two rain gardens, installation of two diverters, installation of 17-yards of gravel to create a parking area, installation of split rail fencing to define the different areas, planting trees and shrubs, planting over 1,000 small plants, and installation of a new sigh and a new community board to post announcements.

Landscape Solutions, LLC did the design and project construction. The actual work started July 10 and was completed Aug. 30. A group of volunteers from the district did all the planting and miscellaneous work.


The hardest part of the project was dealing with the hot and rainy summer. Every time the volunteers scheduled the work it was either 90-degrees or it rained. Landscape Solutions, LLC was good to work with, because they scheduled everything around the weather conditions and the availability of volunteer help.


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