The WLMD Board wants to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. We also want to thank Casanova’s Marine for donating the materials and labor to shrink wrap our harvester, which is pictured below. As you can see, it is well protected and will be ready for a great second season this June.
We also want everyone to be safe, as the transition period from cold lake water to substantial ice formation is a dangerous time. Cold water can drain body heat up to four times faster than cold air and most clothing offers no thermal protection from cold water. Once exposed to cold water, a person or animal can immediately have problems breathing and sustain a dramatic change to heart rate and blood pressure. Hypothermia can set in rapidly and can cause cardiac arrhythmias, while also affecting the ability to think and act. The longer the exposure to cold water the more severe the hypothermia and the less chance of survival.
Special care must be taken around open water colder than 70 degrees F and especially when ice is forming. Thin ice may allow a child or pet to travel farther onto the lake than an adult before breaking through, making a rescue much more difficult. People and pets should avoid going on the ice until substantial formation allows for safe access. If someone breaks through ice and is exposed to cold water, call 9-1-1 immediately.