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DNR Conditionality Approves Dredging Pilot Project

The Wisconsin Department of Natural resources has approved our pilot project to spread 9,3000 cubic yards of dewatered dredged sediment on farm fields owned by the DNR. This is a proof of concept (can we do it), two-year pilot project to dredge and dewater sediment, and then spread it on farmland. The conditions placed on the project guides design of the facilities and the execution of work. It also defines the numerous reports that must be done before, during and after the project. The pilot study would cost $1.6 to $2 Million.

This work is intended to determine the basis for engineering, plans, permits, bidding, and funding needed for the for the much larger project to remove and dispose of an additional 500,000 cubic yards of material in the waterway. Information learned will form the basis for a second submittal to the DNR. The current cost of this portion of the project is estimated to be $14-21 million without further changes or contingencies.

Funding sources for the cost of this pilot project have not been determined. We are considering this a research project and are looking for outside funding to cover the entire cost. It is the intent to of the committee to not have riparian owners bare the financial responsibility for this work.

Additional details can be found in the ESR minutes of the WWMD monthly board meetings.

Waterford Waterway Stakeholder Survey

The Waterford Waterways Management District (WWMD) is in the process of completing a comprehensive management plan for the Waterford Waterway. Among other components, this project involves water quality sampling, invasive and native aquatic plant surveys, watershed and shoreline assessments and an anonymous survey of lake stakeholders. In December of 2017, the WWMD successfully applied for over $37,000 in state grants to fund approximately 67% of the costs involved in completing these studies.

An important aspect in the development of an effective lake management plan is the input of the people that use and care for the waterway. This survey is being distributed to you and your neighbors in order to give the Waterford Waterway stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and concerns. The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Waterford Waterway Management Plan.

The questionnaire is designed to be easy to understand and complete. All answers and comments remain anonymous. This is your opportunity to be heard regarding the current and historic conditions of the waterway and its future management. The survey should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and your participation is greatly appreciated.

Look for a postcard in the mail sometime in November with instructions to complete the survey online or request a paper copy.

Notice of Public Meeting

The next regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 am at Waterford Town Hall at 415 N. Milwaukee St. This will be the final board meeting for 2018.

DNR Small Scale Dredging Permit

The DNR has released a new small scale dredging general permit available for riparian land owners. The permit would allow for the removal of up to 50 cubic yards of material per year from a waterway for the purposes of navigation. For more information, see the 2017 Wisconsin Act 214, which was enacted on April 3, 2018.

Waterford Waterway Management District Statement on a Winter Drawdown, 1-27-2018

The Waterford Waterway Management District has begun a comprehensive Lake Management Plan project to update our current Lake Management Plan. This project started in December of 2017 and is currently expected to finish in mid-2019. We are currently seeking state grant monies to help fund this project. The Lake Management Project includes the appropriate ecological studies and stakeholder participation components that will enable the WWMD, with the assistance of its consultant, Onterra, LLC, and the WDNR, to create a realistic and implementable Lake Management Plan that will guide the management of the Waterford Waterway in the coming years. Therefore, any decisions regarding large scale manipulations of the Waterford Waterway, such as a winter drawdown, will not be considered independently but will be made as part of our Lake Management Plan project.

Budget

The proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved by the riparian owners at the annual meeting on September 22 and can be viewed here. You can view the budget for the previous fiscal years here.