When Salem Lakes dissolved its water patrol department, we lost their services. So the Town Board is working with Paddock and Camp Lakes to contract with Racine and other Deputies to patrol on weekends and holidays. The times of patrol and specific personnel will vary. Everyone needs patrolling at the same high-traffic times. The pool of Deputies will do its best to cover all the lakes.
Wheatland bought a used boat from Randall. It will be available
for rescue operations if needed.
Last year just 5 citations were issued. Tickets are decreasing
because the water patrol has tamed wild boaters.
Water Quality and Clarity
Mike Adam started taking water samples in April. On May 9, the water level was 757.3, which is 8-1/2 inches below the level just before ice formation.
On July 7 at 10 AM, Mike will run a "know your lake" session at
the beach. Rain date is July 14. If enough watercraft are
available, attendees will look at various things of interest
around the lake.
Marine Biochemists has warned the Town that the DNR is changing its weed treatment policy regarding Milfoil. They are going to require whole-lake treatment. They want to avoid damage to native weeds. Treatment would be early in the season. There probably would not be any late-season spot treatments to contain Milfoil patches with unexpected growth.
The expectation is that we'd do a whole-lake treatment and then
nothing for several years. Spot treatment would only be allowed to
correct navigational issues. Right now, it's unclear what the
final DNR rules will be. The new regimen would start next year.
A whole-lake treatment costs around $18,000, which we have not
budgeted for. The price varies by depth and concentration of the
weed killer. Lots of variable affect effectiveness.
Hopefully, more will be known about the new DNR rules by the time
of our annual meeting in August.
The beach is groomed, but weeds still grow.
Raking water weeds may make the water weedier because seeds are
There is a hole near the black pipe that's a tripping hazard. The
Town has tried to fill it in, but rain moves the sand around. The
Town tried a shorter pipe and rip rap, but people throw the stones
into the lake. The rip rap near the boat launch also gets thrown
into the lake.
Lighting at Beach
A resident contacted WE Energies to see if the street light near the beach could be changed to LEDs to improve brightness and discourage the kind of activities that take place at the beach at night. The answer was no. You may get resident complaints about the lights being too bright.
We cannot do anything about the migratory geese that fly in for a short time. No one has reported families of geese hanging around the lake.
DNR weed control policy has been an issue for the past few years, and it will continue to be contentious.
Wind Lake is infected, and it's not pretty. Luckily, the weed has not yet migrated to other lakes. However, it's expanding its range. On Wind Lake, it has gone from 50 to 75 acres and is getting into the channels.
Lake Levels, Quality
Lake level has been steady at 757.3 ft. The quality is good: the latest Secchi test was 14 ft. Phosphorus is at 14 ppb.
The fish stocking is complete.
This has been a low-goose year. There was only 1 roundup in this area. The foxes may be getting the geese.
Only 2 citations have been issued so far this year. Last year there were 5 by this time. As part of a 3-lake partnership, we'll be getting reimbursed 60% for the patrol. The boat price is prorated.
The subcommittee for beach improvement will meet this fall.
Increase in Assessment
Residents approved an increase in the District assessment from 13 cents to 19 cents per $1000 of assessed value. We need to rebuild our treasury after multiple weed treatments in 2017 and the fish stocking. Also, we have to plan for the more expensive Sonar herbicide and a possible whole-lake treatment in the future.
Engineer Associates of Elkhorn tested feasibility, prepared
initial plans, and got a permit from the Wisconsin DNR. In 1974,
Jensen and Johnson of Elkhorn took over planning and preparation
of environmental impact statements. Johnson and Averill of
Waukesha completed the design and development of the whole
project. Robers Dredge of LaCrosse did the dredging. Mann Brothers
of Elkhorn constructed the disposal site.
Back to Lake dredging
A 12-inch cutterhead sucked out muck and weeds. Two miles of welded, 12-inch polyethylene pipe carried sludge to the gravel pits. A booster station around the Riley and Topczewski property helped pump muck up hill. Property owners were paid $0.15/ft per year for a pipeline easement. Some of the muck was also applied to 160 acres of farmers' fields. Farmers got $40/acre/year for the loss of use of their land. After project completion, they got the benefit of decayed organic matter on their fields. People report seeing fish coming out of the pipe at the gravel pit. The entire shoreline was cleaned and graded at completion of the project.
During the dredging, use of the lake was minimal. The shoreline
stretched out 200 ft in places. You could do a little boating and
swimming in the middle of the lake. One pocket (about 100 ft by
300 ft) on the north shore had to be left because the water level
was too low to work it. It was only in 1980 that the lake filled
back out to its present size.
Back to Lake dredging
New muck is accumulating at the rate of about 1/4 inch per year. At that rate, it will be about 200 years before Lilly Lake has to consider another dredging project.
Many thanks to Kathie Cashman for these pictures of the dredging
Lake view 1
Lake view 2
Dredging site in winter
Former resident KC provided the following pictures of the
dredging operation taken in 1979 from the properties at 7717 and
7723 334th Ave.:
or Back to Lake dredging