URGENT! AS OF MAY OF 2017 THE LEVEE AT THE KLINE WETLAND HAS FAILED THREE SEPARATE TIMES SINCE EARLY 2016. LMEC HAS SPENT TIME AND MONEY MAKING REPAIRS, THE FIRST OF WHICH INVOLVED A 150 ‘ STRETCH WHICH WAS REBUILT, RESEEDED, AND REPLANTED. UNFORTUNATELY, IN THE SPRING OF 2017 A 15 FOOT SECTION FAILED JUST TO THE NORTH OF THE FIRST. THIS REPAIR WAS MADE BY LMEC IN EARLY APRIL. THEN, DURING HEAVY RAINS OVER THE MAY 20TH WEEKEND, A FOUR FOOT SECTION WAS BREACHED AGAIN, JUST NORTH OF THE FIRST TWO.
LMEC’s Executive Director has submitted a grant application to the IDNR’s Lake and River Enhancement Division seeking funds to help hire a wetland design firm to provide options to either repair, re-design, or replace the failing levee. This levee is past its expected 20 year life so this is not completely unexpected, but it is happening faster than fore seen. If you would like to ear-mark your dollars to help LMEC cover the matching dollars, if we are successful in securing the LARE grant, please go to the DONATE button marked Paypal and donate today.
KLINE WETLAND HISTORY
Also know as the Lake Maxinkuckee Wetland and Conservation Area, locals have been calling it the Kline wetland for many, many years. Before the Mystic Hills Golf Course was built, before the Culver Marina was moved here, and before the channels were dredged to form what is now known as Venetian Village, this area was originally a marshy area and natural wetland near a small cattle farm nestled along a stream that feeds into Lake Maxinkuckee.
In the distant past, someone thought it would be good to straighten out this little creek to allow the farm land to dry out quicker after a rain, and maybe help the marshy area too. This didn’t work out very well. It did allow fertilizer in the form of cattle waste as well as agricultural field fertilizers to drain much quicker into the lake, thereby adding to the nutrient levels of the lake. Then someone granted permission to dig the channels that are now part of Venetian Village, putting more sediments into the lake. And a last little disaster happened while the LMEC was realigning the stream into a more meandering, natural path – a heavy rain washed tons of sediment from the golf course that was under construction to the east at the time – right into the newly built wetland.
Today this is a great place to visit, for a variety of reasons. This 80 acre wetland, owned by the IDNR with stewardship granted to the LMEC, is a great public space. Hiking, hunting, trapping and fishing take place here all year round. This area receives great attention from both the IDNR and LMEC where testing is done several times per year for water quality by LMEC and damage from beaver is managed, also by LMEC. We placed glacial stone at the main levee allowing for public access into the wetland. Since 2011, the water has been so low that some important tests cannot be completed.
This wetland was reconstructed by LMEC and IDNR in 1992 and it drains water from 1,849 acres southeast of the lake. The straightened ditch was ‘realigned’ and levees added, allowing the flowing water time to release some of the sediment and nutrients it carries from the fields.
Here is the latest assessment done in 2009 of the Kline wetland 2009 Kline Assessment Report – JFNew