Accomplishments

The Lake Management District has many accomplishments to date. These include:
 

2011
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.  

2010

Budget was -1.94% lower than previous year.
Continued restoration of wetlands including extensive native plantings.

2009
Budget was -22.85% lower than previous year.
Completed 2 year project to replace culverts on the lake.
Paid off loan on LakeView property (4 years early) and converted the property to a Community Center for the use by a variety of lake organizations.
Initiated Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) DNR program.

2008
Project undertaken to replace the culverts on the lake.

2007

In cooperation with the USDA Wildlife Services, began annual non-migratory goose capture program.

2006

Constructed new operations building at the Lauderdale Lakes Country Club Golf Course.

Created joint Water Patrol with the Town of La Grange.

2004
Refinanced Golf Course loan with plans to pay off the entire loan 2 years early.

2003
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.

2001
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.

2000
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 expenses.

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 Green Lake.
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 tributary
monitoring. The USGS expenses are cost-shared by the Dept of Interior and Wisconsin DNR grant monies.

1999
Purchased Lake 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.

1998

Obtained a lake protection grant from the Wisconsin DNR in the amount of $164,250.

1997
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).

1996
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.

1994
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 systems.

1993
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.

1992

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.

1991
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.