Notice of Public Meeting
The next regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 9:00 am at Waterford Town Hall at 415 N. Milwaukee St.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting of the WWMD Riparian Owners on Saturday, September 28. A special thank you to the board and volunteers for all the work they put into the meeting. A summary of the meeting will posted soon.
Ecosystem Restoration Dredging Project Update
September 24, 2019 – The DNR mandated a 2-year pilot study to prove proof of concept to dredge and dewater 7,000 cubic yards removed from conservancy bay in year 1, with land spreading in year 2. This is basically a science project to see if we can do it. Information collected during this pilot study would determine the feasibility of the process and if successful, form the basis for engineering, plans, permits, bidding, and funding needed for the removal and disposal of the remaining material.
Bidding for the pilot project was done in September. The one bid we received was for $1,999,750. Project management, contingencies and overhead push the budget to $2,325,000. The committee is not recommending proceeding with this proposal.
Because this portion of the project did not go as expected, the pilot project will not happen as mandated by the DNR. Our efforts will shift from the anticipated contract negotiations to streamlining the project to eliminate unnecessary expenses and bring it back at a reasonable cost. The DNR will have to come up with a simpler, cheaper way to do the pilot (science) project to determine the feasibility of land spreading. For more details, see the Annual Report.
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 it will be published it on this site.
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.