Navigation Access and Hydraulic Management

Committee Members Committee Documents
Cmr. Don Baron (Chair)
Cmr. Paul Kling
Dick Kosut
John Bostrom
Jim Pindel
Lake Management Plan: Volume One (9-2007)
Lake Management Plan: Volume Two (9-2007)
Lake Management Plan: Update – Aquatic Plant Management (12-2012)
SEWRPC Dredging Feasibility Assessment (5-2012)
Sediment Investigation Report (7-2013)
Sediment Report Appendix B Sampling Photos (7-2013)
GRAEF Opinion of Probable Cost (6-2014)
Permit Application Package (9-2014)
Wetland Impact Permit Application (9-2014)
Wetland Individual Permit Application (2-2015)
Sediment Testing (9-2017)
Proposed Dredging Channels

Latest News on the Dredging Project

For the most up-to-date information on the dredging project, please see the sub-committee EcoSystem Restoration (ESR) report in the minutes from the latest board meeting.

Ecosystem Restoration Dredging Project Update

August 16, 2019 – The bid package for the Ecosystem Restoration Dredging phase 1 project has been released for bidding.

The project includes the hydraulic dredging of 7,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Fox River near Waterford, Wisconsin. The sediment will be pumped to an upland pond for dewatering, and after dewatering the sediment, will be spread on agricultural fields for beneficial reuse. The purpose of this project is to collect data for the design of a full-scale project that is proposed to dredge approximately 500,000 cubic yards of sediment.

The bidding documents are available for download for a $15.00 fee from Quest Construction Data Network,, eBidDoc 6465638.

The bidding documents may also be examined at the office of Graef-USA Inc. 125 S. 84th St. Milwaukee, WI 53214-1470 during normal business hours, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The public bid opening will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Waterford Town Hall, 415 North Milwaukee Street, Waterford, Wisconsin.

2019 Waterway Buoy Placement

August 15, 2019 edited – Navigational buoys are deployed for the purpose of assisting in the navigation of vessels, indicating the location of channels and warning of hazards. All buoy regulations can be found on the WDNR website. Many thanks go to the Waterford Police Department, Chet Anderson and Greg Horeth for placing the buoys and helping to keep the waterway safe.

Much effort goes into the planning and coordinating of the buoy management and we are looking to all the riparian owners for your assistance and support when it comes to managing the buoy efforts. The buoys are vital for effective navigational and safety reasons for all using the water.

The following should be reported to the Waterford Police Department at 262-534-2119:

  • If you see damage to buoys being caused by individuals, report what you observed to the police, hopefully with a vehicle number. If they can verify the incident and a citation is issued to the offender, there is a reward of up to $500 for anyone who reported the damage.
  • From time to time buoys drift in the current or move for other reasons. If you notice this, please report it to the police so the buoy can be relocated to its correct location.

Own Your Own Buoy – In the past, the WWMD helped coordinate a program where riparian owners could sponsor a buoy that had their name on it for the season. The cost was fairly nominal and it was a great way for people to share their commitment to the waterway. Is there a riparian owner that would like to assist with this? If so, please contact Commissioner Greg Horeth at or call at 847-652-2759.

DNR Small Scale Dredging Permit

Updated May 26, 2019 – There is a small scale dredging general permit available from the DNR for riparian land owners for the navigational dredging of man-made impoundments (GP20), that was issued on September 27, 2018. It allows for the removal of up to 50 cubic yards of material per year from a waterway for the purposes of navigation. There are specific eligibility standards as well as a self-certification that an applicant is required to complete as part of the process which addresses the type of material being dredged. For more information, see:

2017 Wisconsin Act 214, which was enacted on April 3, 2018.

General Permit for riparian navigational dredging of man-made impoundments (GP20)

Self certification Criteria Flow Chart

Overall Webpage for Dredging

Fix the Fox

May 17, 2019 edited – 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. For more information see the WWMD Spring Mini Newsletter.

Dredging Permit

Stay up to date on the progress and status of our permit with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at their permit site:

WDNR Water Permit Application Site

In the search box enter the applicant:   Waterford Waterway Management District

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