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Onterra Presentation

August 21, 2019 – Tonight, Tim Hoyman from Onterra presented information on the work that has been done preparing the Lake Management Plan for the District. Attached here you can see his presentation. Once the plan is final and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources we will publish it on this site.

Thank you to all who attended.

Ecosystem Restoration Dredging Project Update

August 16, 2019 – The bid package for the Ecosystem Restoration Dredging phase 1 project has been released for bidding.

The project includes the hydraulic dredging of 7,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Fox River near Waterford, Wisconsin. The sediment will be pumped to an upland pond for dewatering, and after dewatering the sediment, will be spread on agricultural fields for beneficial reuse. The purpose of this project is to collect data for the design of a full-scale project that is proposed to dredge approximately 500,000 cubic yards of sediment.

The bidding documents are available for download for a $15.00 fee from Quest Construction Data Network, www.questcdn.com, eBidDoc 6465638.

The bidding documents may also be examined at the office of Graef-USA Inc. 125 S. 84th St. Milwaukee, WI 53214-1470 during normal business hours, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The public bid opening will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Waterford Town Hall, 415 North Milwaukee Street, Waterford, Wisconsin.

River Rock Buoy Re-positioning

August 15, 2019 – There was some confusion during the initial placement of the rock buoys in the channel across from Grand Drive, where the channel turns south. They have now been re-positioned in their correct location.

During the emergency drawdown to repair the dam in 2011, the main channel was cleared of rocks, logs and debris in this location. The cleared materials were placed within a 200 ft region out from the south shore because we were not allowed to completely remove them from the river.

The buoy in the center of the channel is over a flat shoal, or rocky ridge, that runs east-west and is about 40 inches below normal water depth.

Draft Lake Management Plan Presentation

August 12, 2019 – The WWMD has been working with a consulting firm, Onterra, for almost 2 years on the development of a new Lake Management Plan for the District. This plan will allow us to continue work in the waterway on aquatic plants, water quality monitoring, runoff projects etc. Without this plan it would be difficult, if not impossible, for us to obtain permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).

Tim Hoyman from Onterra will be presenting the draft plan on Wednesday, August 21 at 6:00 PM in the Waterford Town hall (415 N. Milwaukee St).

Once the draft plan has been submitted to the WDNR, and hopefully approved, it will be made available on this website.

Notice of Public Meeting

The next regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm at Waterford Town Hall at 415 N. Milwaukee St. This meeting is open to the public.

Blue-Green Algae Testing Results

July 23, 2019 – A suspected blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom was found in late June on the northeast end of Tichigan Lake. A water sample was taken and sent for testing.

The test report confirms the presence of both cyanobacteria and toxins in the bloom.

The total level of blue-green algae in the sample was 86,684 cells per milliliter. This is close to the World Health Organization’s guideline value (100,000 cells/mL) for a moderate health alert in recreational water.

For more information about blue-green algae and staying safe, please see the article on the Aquatic Plant Management Committee page.