Lake Delton dyed a tourist-pleasing blue

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAKE DELTON, Wis. (AP) -- The lake that's home to the long-running Tommy Bartlett ski show has gone from pea green to a more aesthetically-pleasing color.

Five-hundred gallons of dye bought with nearly $30,000 in taxpayers' money has turned the 267-acre Lake Delton to a tranquil, tourist-attracting aqua-blue.

Aquatic Engineering handled the dye job, which could last two weeks to a month. Spokesman Josh Britton says the dye isn't harmful in any way.

The State Journal says the River Alliance of Wisconsin calls the dye job "downright foolish" and says it does nothing to clean up the lake in the long term. The village of Lake Delton has long battled algae and weeds in the lake made famous in 2008 when major flooding caused it to overflow and send several homes into the water.


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  • by Ted Location: Stevens Point on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    The decision was a local matter. I am not a citizen of the Lake Delton area, so it didn't cost me one dime. It also seems to have been a legal act. Unless you live in Lake Delton, you don't have a box to stand on re: the money spent. If anyone has a gripe with the blue dye, I would consider that a viable subject, since open, navigable water belongs to the people of the entire state. But, I would save myself some time, and call a Limnologist before I would bother reading the unfounded opinions of all the armchair biologists.
  • by haha on Jul 28, 2012 at 03:35 AM
    $30,000 is taxpayer money to dye a lake blue for 2 weeks. Money well spent. Why does austerity to libs always come down to cutting teachers and cops, when there's things like this going on daily with governments
  • by Lakefront property owner Location: Lake Delton on Jul 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    I am a lake-front property owner on Lake Delton. The village of Lake Delton is all about TOURISM. The majority of businesses in Lake Delton would no longer be in business if the tourists stopped coming. The taxes that I pay on my lakefront property are at least 3 times of what the average non lakefront property owners pay. I am also charged substantial fees for numerous permits that are required to provide rental lodging for tourists. I put forth a huge amount of effort to maintain a clean property and outstanding waterfront beach. Which would YOU rather spend a vacation on? A drab green looking lake, or a shinning bright blue lake. I applaud the village board for supporting all the tourism based small businesses and being proactive by taking action to beautify the lake. WELL DONE and thank you!
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      by blinky on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:50 AM in reply to Lakefront property owner
      Great! Then you and other lake-front property owners should pay for it yourselves.
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        by Lakefront property owner on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM in reply to blinky
        Regarding where the money came from, “Tommy Barlett President and long time Wisconsin Dells entrepreneur Tom Diehl says the cost was NOT covered by taxpayer dollars. The money, Diehl says, was taken from a pot of tourism-driven funds”.
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      by Diane on Jul 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM in reply to Lakefront property owner
      To Lakefront property owner, What are you going to tell someone who gets sick from the water? "It's blue, it won't hurt you" How stupid!
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        by Lakefront property owner on Jul 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM in reply to Diane
        Many of the reports have stated “The liquid dye, "AquaBlue," is not harmful, and there are no restrictions on its use”. Do you have some verified information regarding this blue dye, which has already been approved for use in water that is utilized for swimming, that makes you believe it to be harmful? If so, please contact the Wisconsin DNR and the EPA and inform them of this immediately. Thank you very much, from all of us!
  • by Kay on Jul 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
    Walker haters get over it. It was the Village -even the DNR wasn't notified. Tom Diel owns Tommy Bartlet water show. See any connection there???
  • by Ken Location: Gilman on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:43 PM
    This is ridiculous.
  • by Ken Location: Gilman on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    This is ridiculous.
  • by Retired on Jul 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
    Way to go Walker administration, throw away my tax dollars. Why not fix the problem instead of putting a $30 thousand dollar band-aid on it?
  • by Farmer joe on Jul 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    To heck with the farmers. They knew what they were getting into. All this talk about teachers and state workers bankrupting this country and here mister farm man with his hand out as always.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 04:54 PM in reply to Farmer joe
      I'd sure like to know where the hand out is! Opening grazing land, with strings. Opening irrigation rights. Are not handouts. The money going out is low interest LOANS, not handouts. Get real!
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      by Hippie on Jul 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM in reply to Farmer joe
      Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
  • by E on Jul 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM
    Nice. I like swimming in blue water. Chill out haters.
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      by blinky on Jul 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to E
      Yes, just like a urinal. Bonus points if you can find the $200 mint on the bottom of the lake
  • by RJ Location: EC on Jul 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    "says the dye isn't harmful in any way". So the dye is not going to change the amount of sunlight reaching aquatic plants or change the amount of heat trapped in the water?
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