Upcoming Community Event
Our Aquatic Invasive Species(AIS) Survey is scheduled for Tuesday, 4/21/2105. If you see people with rakes in a boat, they’re looking for any AIS in the waterway. Where it is found, it will be treated with herbicides in the upcoming weeks.
Aquatic Plant Control Permit
As in prior seasons, we will be using Herbicides for control of Aqautic Invasive Species (AIS) and navigational needs. Our permit application to the WDNR can be found here
Seeking A Commissioner
The WWMD is seeking a commissioner to fill an open seat. If you are interested in helping the WWMD please contact Chairman Barbara Baron.
Riparian Owners… We Need Your Help
Every person working on the WWMD is a volunteer. If you like what you’re seeing, join us and help us do more. If you want to see changes, join us and encourage change. Either way, your opinion and actions can have the same impact as all the other volunteers of the WWMD. We need help in many areas. Check the volunteer page to see our most pressing needs.
Every person born after January 1, 1989 is required to take a Boating Safety Class. This year’s class will be held over three sessions:
Wednesday May 20, 6-9pm
Friday May 22 6-9pm
Saturday May 23 9am-1pm.
Students may pre-register by calling 262-534-2119 (8am-5pm) or they can register on May 20th prior to class. The fee for the class is $10 and is due at registration, payable to the Town of Waterford. Students will need to obtain a Wisconsin DNR Customer ID number prior to the class and they can do that on line by going to the DNR website. The classes will be held at the Town of Waterford Town Hall and parents are required to attend the first class from 6-6:30pm. No hands-on test but a written test is required. The class is also available online but its effectiveness is under question due to many people taking that class later having violations.
In 2014 approximately 40 citations, 68 written and 120 verbal warnings were issued. The majority of violations were for improper navigation (not staying right of channel markers), failure to obey slow wake areas, overcapacity (occupants), no fire extinguisher or life jackets or no boating safety certificate.
Officer Chesen is very grateful to the Waterway Management District volunteers who have greatly improved the effectiveness of the Lighted Buoys. Since the District became involved in management of this program the lights are much more reliable and provide important safety. The buoys cost approximately $130 and the lights $135. Some of the buoys have been damaged in the past and boaters can incur a citation costing $187.90. One of our goals is to educate the public of the value of these buoys.
There are currently 15 lighted buoys on the waterways and two more are available for sponsorship. The cost is $135 and includes the light and two stickers for the buoy with the name chosen by the donor. A new battery for $35 is required every two years. For further information, please contact Jack Konczal at 262-757-3505.