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Officials warn of unsafe ice during aerator process on the Eau Pleine Reservoir

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW)- The Eau Pleine Resevoir is set to go through an aerator process which will make the ice unsturdy.

The process starts Feb. 24.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Recourses and Wisconsin Valley Improvement company said those at the Big Eau Pleine County Park should take note of the warning flags, as they prepare for the aerator process..

This is to help mantain proper oxygen levels in the water.

After the aerator process is done the water will have ice holes forming which will get bigger every day.

"Algae blooms in the summer as it breaks down in the winter it consumes oxygen, it stresses fishery and the aerator works by opening large holes of water in the ice. Then, wind and wave action helps circulate oxygen into the water which helps provide limited refuge for the fishery," said Ben Niffengegger, Manager of Environmental Affairs for Wisconsin Valley Improvement.

Ice anglers and snowmobilers are asked to respect the warning signs and rope barriers.

Victoria Saha

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