The Lake Management District has many
accomplishments to date. These include:
Budget was -.01% lower than previous year.
Town of La Grange and Sugar Creek began process of delegating
pier inspection responsibilities to the Lake District.
Budget was -1.94% lower than previous year.
Continued restoration of wetlands including extensive
Budget was -22.85% lower than previous year.
Completed 2 year project to replace culverts on the
Paid off loan on LakeView property (4 years early) and converted
the property to a Community Center for the use by a variety of
Initiated Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) DNR program.
Project undertaken to replace the culverts on the lake.
In cooperation with the USDA Wildlife Services, began annual
non-migratory goose capture program.
Constructed new operations building at the Lauderdale Lakes Country
Club Golf Course.
Created joint Water Patrol with the Town of
Refinanced Golf Course loan with plans to pay off the entire
loan 2 years early.
Implemented wetlands restoration project on wetlands property
adjoining the Golf Course in Don Jean Bay and established
biological buffer using bio-logs.
Placed sections of the Golf Course property into a conservation
easement with the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.
Created Water Patrol; reconstituted in 2002. Currently patrol
Lauderdale Lakes and Pleasant Lake with 3 boats and 18 Wisconsin
certified law enforcement officers.
Purchased a 6.5 acre wetland for $100,000. This property adjoins the golf course
property and has about 700 feet of shoreline. The primary
purpose for purchasing this parcel was because this is a primary
environmental corridor providing excellent habitat and acts as
an excellent filter for surface run-off. An additional benefit
of this ownership is that it provides a place to moor the Lake
District's weed harvesting equipment, Water Patrol boat and
provides a site for the water ski team to practice and perform
and provides public access to enjoy scenic beauty.
Purchased a lot in the Gladhurst subdivision on the north side
of Green Lake for the purpose of reducing non-point surface
run-off entering our lakes. A large detention pond was
constructed on this site to capture surface run-off water
allowing it to gradually perk into the pond instead of running
into the lake through an established tributary.
Project Costs: Land Acquisition $40,000, Construction $98,500. A
Wisconsin DNR lake protection grant reimbursed 75% of the
Entered into a long-term lease with a local farmer
and constructed a detention pond to reduce surface run-off water
from entering the lakes. This detention pond is north of
Construction Cost: approximately $10,000 75% of which was
reimbursed by a Wisconsin DNR lake protection grant.
Entered into an agreement with Mr. Russ Keske, a local farmer in
the southern portion of the watershed to plant grasses on about
3/4 acre of his farm field. The grasses help trap sediments and
nutrients from surface run-off before it can enter our lakes.
Engaged the USGS to conduct surface run-off analysis including
lake water quality monitoring, a lawn run-off study and
monitoring. The USGS expenses are cost-shared by the
Dept of Interior and Wisconsin DNR grant monies.
View property adjoining the Golf Course for $255,000. This property
was eventually converted from a single family home rental to a
Community Center utilized by a variety of lake organizations.
Obtained a lake protection grant from the Wisconsin DNR in the
amount of $164,250.
Rezoned the golf course property for Multifamily (R4) to Park
(P-1) and combined multiple tax keys. Eventually placed sections
of the property in a conservation easement (2003).
Purchased the Lauderdale Lakes Country Club nine-hole golf course. The
community voted overwhelmingly for this acquisition to head-off
development on this property (zoned R-4 at the time) and the
resulting loss of open space, additional piers and increasing
boat density on the lake. The Lake District continues to operate
this property as a daily fee public golf course; the Lake
District also provides a subsidy to help off-set the cost of the
initial loan to purchase this property.
The USGS prepared a report based on work titled "Hydrology &
Water Quality of Lauderdale Lakes." An interesting conclusion of
this reports indicated that 51% of the total phosphorous
entering the lakes is from non-point run-off and 25% from septic
Contracted with the USGS a comprehensive lake water quality
study to analyze the Lauderdale Lakes
watershed. This project included preparing a water budget and
data to facilitate the development of a waste water management
plan to limit the amount of phosphorous entering the lake.
Purchased aquatic plant management equipment for $200,00 with
the assistance of Wisconsin Waterways Commission Grant.
Began Lake District sponsored septic pumping program lake-wide.
Lake District was formed in February, 1991 by Walworth County
under Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 33 .
Engaged R. A. Smith engineering
consultants to perform on-site inspections of every lake front
septic system. This project identified several failed systems
which were likely polluting the lakes. This project resulted in
repairing and/or replacing each of the failed systems.
Began aquatic plant harvesting program with leased equipment.
Obtained a lake planning grant from the Wisconsin DNR.