Wisconsin DNR Public Meeting
The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting to discuss the Waterford Waterway Management District’s proposed landspreading of dredged material within the Town of Waterford. The meeting will be on November 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the Waterford Town Hall, 415 N. Milwaukee Street in Waterford.
The Waterford Waterway Management District has requested approval from the DNR for a landspreading facility to landspread sediments dredged from the Fox River onto agricultural fields within the town of Waterford.
The purpose of the meeting is to solicit public comment on the proposal. There will be a project summary by DNR and Waterford Waterway Management District representatives, followed by time for questions and comments.
Written comments may be sent to Casey Lamensky, Department of Natural Resources, PO Box 7921, WA/5, Madison WI, 53707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted through Monday, November 19, 2018. All public comments will be considered by DNR prior to a decision on whether to approve the landspreading of dredged material within the Town of Waterford.
Waterford Waterway Stakeholder Survey
The Waterford Waterways Management District (WWMD) is in the process of completing a comprehensive management plan for the Waterford Waterway. Among other components, this project involves water quality sampling, invasive and native aquatic plant surveys, watershed and shoreline assessments and an anonymous survey of lake stakeholders. In December of 2017, the WWMD successfully applied for over $37,000 in state grants to fund approximately 67% of the costs involved in completing these studies.
An important aspect in the development of an effective lake management plan is the input of the people that use and care for the waterway. This survey is being distributed to you and your neighbors in order to give the Waterford Waterway stakeholders the opportunity to express their views and concerns. The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Waterford Waterway Management Plan.
The questionnaire is designed to be easy to understand and complete. All answers and comments remain anonymous. This is your opportunity to be heard regarding the current and historic conditions of the waterway and its future management. The survey should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete and your participation is greatly appreciated.
Look for a postcard in the mail sometime in November with instructions to complete the survey online or request a paper copy.
Notice of Public Meeting
The next regular meeting of the WWMD Board will be held on Saturday, December 1 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.
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.