Members of the public are invited to participate in a planting project in the backwaters of Petenwell Lake Friday, June 28th, 2013. Citizens interested in helping plant aquatic plants are asked to just show up at the Chester Creek boat landing off County Road ‘Z’ at 9am. “No special expertise is needed,” says Adams County Lake Specialist Reesa Evans, “citizens need only be willing to get wet and dirty and be motivated to help in an important project for local water quality.”  Petenwell Lake has been plagued with heavy algae growth for many years.  Science has shown that aquatic plants compete with algae for nutrients, but the aquatic plants have diminished, leaving algae free rein with the nutrients.  The planting project is a coordinated effort among the Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards, the Wisconsin River Power Company, the Adams County Land and Water Conservation Department, and the DNR.  The PACRS and the Wisconsin River Power Company have donated money to buy the aquatic plants.