Notice of Public Meeting

The next regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at Waterford Town Hall at 415 N. Milwaukee St.

Waterford Waterway Management District Bid Request, 2-7-2018

The Waterford Waterway Management District (WWMD) is soliciting bids for 2018 and 2019 control of Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) and navigation lane maintenance through herbicide applications on the Waterford Waterway, Racine County. The Waterford Waterway includes Tichigan Lake, Buena Lake, portions of the (Illinois) Fox River, and small locally-named bays and basins. Project description, bidding specifications and performance requirements can be found here. More information can be found by accessing the interim plan here.

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.


You can view the budget for the fiscal year here. The riparian owners who attended the annual meeting voted to approve this budget which includes an increase in the annual special assessment to riparian owners. The new assessment will be $250, an increase of $25 from last year, which was necessary to fund our annual operations.

Blue-Green Algae

In 2016 the Special Projects Committee investigated the levels of harmful cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in several areas of the waterway. The highest level was found in Waterford Lake. Samples were collected three times this summer in order to apply for a grant from the DNR to cover the cost of abatement in that area. The results of the 2017 sampling are summarized below. You can view the full 2017 Water Quality Test Results report for more detail. The report is located on the Special Projects committee page.

Waterford Lake

  • June 21 – 13,700 cells/mL (This is significantly less than last year’s highs of nearly 110,000 cells/mL, but is still in the low end of the moderate risk range of 10,000-100,000 cells/mL.)
  • July 20 – 13,900 cells/mL
  • August 30 – 300,000 cells/mL (This level is extremely high risk. Swimming is not recommended and caution should be exercised to keep pets away from the water.)
  • September 13 – 200,000 cells/mL

Elm Island Bay

  • June 21 – 0 cells/mL
  • July 20 – 0 cells/mL
  • August 30 – 0 cells/mL
  • September 13 – 0 cells/mL

Southeast Bay of Tichigan Lake

  • June 21 – 0 cells/mL
  • July 20 – 0 cells/mL
  • August 30 – 22,200 cells/mL
  • September 13 – 11,800 cells/mL

Northeast Bay of Tichigan Lake

  • June 21 – <40 cells/mL
  • July 20 – <40 cells/mL
  • August 30 – 600 cells/mL
  • September 13 – 33,600 cells/mL

DNR Release of a New Small Scale Dredging Permit

The DNR has released of a new small scale dredging general permit available for riparian land owners. This is of particular importance to those in the Waterford Waterway Management District and Fox River riparian owners. The permit would allow for the removal of up to 25 cubic yards of material from a waterway for the purposes of navigation. This 25 cubic yard limit is over a 5 year period. For more information, see Senator David Craig’s letter.