Saturday marked the official start to the Lake Wausau drawdown project by dam workers at Domtar Paper in Rothschild.
Domtar officials, like Craig Timm, say the drawdown is for essential repairs they need to make to the Rothschild Dam that is controlled by the company.
"They're starting to see some deterioration of the concrete on the dam itself," Timm said. "We have to get this work done."
The entire plan of the project is to lower the water levels by five feet so Domtar can make the necessary repairs.
Timm said they will start at four inches per day. However, that could fluctuate depending on the weather in the next couple of weeks.
Mark Peter of the Lake Wausau Association agrees that the work needs to be done, but they cannot lower the levels too fast because it could affect the wildlife living in the water.
"It'll take some time to drawdown because they don't want to change the environment too much for the fish," Peter said. "It will be a couple of weeks of drawdown."
Timm and Peter said they hope to begin refilling Lake Wausau on Nov. 15.
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