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Ecosystem Restoration and Rehabilitation Project is Moving Forward

The Waterford Waterway Management District (WWMD) plans for phase 1 of our Ecosystem Restoration and Rehabilitation Project are now in place after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers approved our plan to spread between 7,000 and 9,000 cubic yards of dredged and dewatered sediment on farm fields owned by the WDNR.

WWMD has hired Graef Engineering to finalize engineering, specifications and documents to oversee the bidding for this first phase of our project.

This work is being undertaken by WWMD to improve the ecological health of the district’s impoundment, to improve navigation and to remove excess deposits of phosphorus and nitrogen.

We are looking for outside funding to cover the entire cost, which is estimated to be between $1.2 and $1.8 million. It is the intent to of WWMD to not have riparian owners bare the financial responsibility for this task.

This two-year proof of concept undertaking forms the foundation for the much larger task to remove and dispose of an additional 500,000 cubic yards of material in the waterway. The current cost estimate of that portion of the project is $14-21 million.
Additional details can be found in the ESR minutes of the WWMD monthly board meetings.

Educational Event

The Absolutely Waterford is holding an event on May 7, 2019. The purpose of this event is to educate the public on the five mill-sites that were plotted in 1845 along the west side of the river when Waterford was formed. Waterford industry began by damming the river and building various mills. Early retail business along main street will also be covered as those mill-sites were never used for milling.

Notice of Public Meeting

The next regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 am at Waterford Town Hall at 415 N. Milwaukee St. This will be the final board meeting for 2018.

DNR Small Scale Dredging Permit

The DNR has released a new small scale dredging general permit available for riparian land owners. The permit would allow for the removal of up to 50 cubic yards of material per year from a waterway for the purposes of navigation. For more information, see the 2017 Wisconsin Act 214, which was enacted on April 3, 2018.

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.

Budget

The proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved by the riparian owners at the annual meeting on September 22 and can be viewed here. You can view the budget for the previous fiscal years here.