Navigation Access and Hydraulic Management

Committee Members Committee Documents
Cmr. Don Baron (Chair)
Cmr. Paul Kling
Dick Kosut
John Bostrom
Jim Pindel
Grant Horn
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

September 24, 2019 – The DNR mandated a 2-year pilot study to prove proof of concept to dredge and dewater 7,000 cubic yards removed from conservancy bay in year 1, with land spreading in year 2. This is basically a science project to see if we can do it. Information collected during this pilot study would determine the feasibility of the process and if successful, form the basis for engineering, plans, permits, bidding, and funding needed for the removal and disposal of the remaining material.

Bidding for the pilot project was done in September. The one bid we received was for $1,999,750. Project management, contingencies and overhead push the budget to $2,325,000. The committee is not recommending proceeding with this proposal.

Because this portion of the project did not go as expected, the pilot project will not happen as mandated by the DNR. Our efforts will shift from the anticipated contract negotiations to streamlining the project to eliminate unnecessary expenses and bring it back at a reasonable cost. The DNR will have to come up with a simpler, cheaper way to do the pilot (science) project to determine the feasibility of land spreading. For more details, see the Annual Report.

River Rock Buoy Re-positioning

August 15, 2019 – There was some confusion during the initial placement of the rock buoys in the channel across from Grand Drive, where the channel turns south. They have now been re-positioned in their correct location.

During the emergency drawdown to repair the dam in 2011, the main channel was cleared of rocks, logs and debris in this location. The cleared materials were placed within a 200 ft region out from the south shore because we were not allowed to completely remove them from the river.

The buoy in the center of the channel is over a flat shoal, or rocky ridge, that runs east-west and is about 40 inches below normal water depth.

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

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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