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The regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 pm at Waterford Town Hall at 415 N. Milwaukee St. Mark your calendar for this year’s annual meeting to be held on Saturday, September 23 at Waterford Union High School, 9-11 am.

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7/25/17 Communication From DNR About Fish Kills, Sewer Odor and Surface Scum

High river flows and out-of-bank flooding due to recent storm events are contributing to unusual conditions seen on the Fox River and the Waterford impoundment. Citizens are reporting dead fish in high numbers throughout the waterway. Summer conditions for fish are always stressful, with warm water contributing to lower dissolved oxygen levels. The recent floods washed an enormous amount of sediment and associated nutrients from the landscape into the river, producing oxygen sags (confirmed by recent sampling) as this new material is digested by natural bacteria. These stressful low-oxygen conditions, along with the large influx of warm surface water and other possible pollutants, are likely responsible for the fish kills observed. Additionally, these conditions can be responsible for the septic odors reported by some.

Sampling on the Fox River by DNR Staff did not show a blue-green algae bloom in that area as of Monday July 24th. More tests on the waterway are being run by WWMD. As water levels recede and warm temperatures return, continued vigilance for blooms and common sense are encouraged. Swimmers should avoid paint-like surface scums and ingesting river/lake water, as well as rinse off after exiting the water.

Questions can be directed to the Department of Natural Resources, either by calling 262-884-2357, or by e-mail at craig.helker@wi.gov.