EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

We want to be good stewards of our lake.  Here you will find current information, minutes of recent board meetings and other items of interest that affect all who use Eagle Lake.

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DNR Permit Applications can be found on the DNR Permit page

Minutes from previous ELMD meetings can be found on the Meeting Minutes page

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Here’s the fishing report form the DNR Biologist – this also notes that the new rules on daily bag limit and panfish size DOES NOT take place until 2018 (unlike what was discussed at the annual meeting)

Ed,

I’m sorry for neglecting to send you the fishery write-up before your meeting. I have no better excuse than it simply slipping my mind. Please feel free to forward the info below to anyone who may be interested.

The most exciting recent development for the Eagle Lake fishery is the result of the recent public vote at the Conservation Congress Spring Hearings. As you recall, I proposed dropping the restrictive panfish harvest regulation (8” minimum length limit and 10 daily bag), which was put in place following the most recent rotenone treatment. Bluegill size structure and abundance are monitored closely on Eagle Lake since overabundant and stunted panfish are what led to the most recent treatment. We have seen sharp increases in bluegill abundance, as well as decreasing average size, indicating a need to increase bluegill exploitation, even with plenty of big pike and bass in the lake. Should the regulation change be enacted, Eagle Lake will revert to the standard 25 daily bag and no minimum length limit for panfish beginning in 2018. This change, along with continued protection of big pike and bass, will help decrease the likelihood of future rotenone treatments.

Aside from the panfish regulation change proposal, fishing reports from the lake continue to be quite positive. The ice fishing season was short and challenging, as it was on most other lakes in the area. But anglers still report great success rates for big pike and bass, plus some very large perch. I suspect perch numbers will increase sharply in the next year or two, as we observed a very strong year class of smaller perch during our 2015 netting survey.

We are committed to service excellence.

Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

Luke S. Roffler
Senior Fisheries Biologist – Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

26313 Burlington Road

Kansasville, WI 53139

Cell Phone: (262)822-8164

Fax: (262)878-5615

luke.roffler@wisconsin.gov

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Notice and Documents for the 2017 ELMD Annual Meeting plus Letter from Ed Furey, Chairman

ANNUAL MEETING and PROPOSED BUDGET NOTICE

EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Eagle Lake Management District, County of Racine, for the transaction of such business as may be necessary, will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall, 4110 S. Beaumont Avenue, Kansasville, WI, on Saturday, May 27, 2017

AGENDA:

·         Call to Order

·         Approval of May 28, 2016 minutes

·         Discussion and Action on approval of budget and ELMD assessment

·         Action/discussion on sliding scale assessment

·         Nomination of eligible candidates for Commissioner – term up this year:

o    Doug McLemore

·         Election of Commissioners

·         Other matters arising and public comments

·         Date of 2018 Annual Meeting

·         Adjournment

Signed:  Ed Furey, Chairman

5/1/17

Minutes of Annual Eagle Lake Management District

Meeting held May 28, 2016


Present:  Ed Furey, Mario Denoto, Don Hermes, Jay Golla, Tom Roanhouse, Tom Lembcke, Tony Mirabelli  Also present Kathy Aron and 75 District Residents

Meeting called to order by Furey at 9: 08 a.m.  He welcomed everyone to the 20th anniversary of the ELMD.  Furey put together a poster board with some of the original letters from the formation of the district.  He introduced Tom Lembcke, Dover Town Chairman, and Tom Roanhouse, Racine County Rep.  He also welcomed State Representative, Robin Vos; State Senator, Van Wanggaard; and Racine County Executive, Jonathan Delagrave. Vos and Wanggaard presented a plaque from the State of Wisconsin to the District in commemoration of the 20th anniversary. The plaque will be hung at the Town Hall. Notation was made that the DNR has awarded ELMD about $500,000 in grants and that the residents have contributed about $1,000,000.

Approval of May 23, 2015 minutes – Hermes motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes and approve; Resident Greenwood second. All in favor; motion carried.

Discussion and action on the budget:  a summary of the grants was discussed with what we will have coming in this year.  The money put aside for weed spraying was discussed.  Hermes made an announcement that Erickson will be doing the dredging and will be done right after the 4th of July.  Tom Lembcke made an offer to lend money if we need it on a short term basis.  The budget was gone thru line by line answering any questions.  Geese control was discussed that the USDA rounds them up and then donates the meat to the Racine County food pantry.  The reserve for chemical treatment was upped to $20,000.  Fireworks- it was suggested to remove it from our budget. Brian Younger explained that ELPOIA will be coordinating it and do the fund raising. Motion to keep the $1000 in the budget - show of hands vote– ayes have it by majority; motion carried.  Clarification on some of the budget numbers was discussed. Judy Amundsen brought up CBCW program – it is being run jointly by ELMD and ELPOIA - we did not get a CBCW grant this year so we will be spending the money jointly. 

The transporter line item was discussed.  Furey explained it is an efficiency item and will save wear and tear on the harvesters.  It is very expensive to rebuild the harvesters and this should help prolong the life of the harvesters. We need 35% of the total cost of the harvester for a down payment. We got a 25% instead of the 35% grant from the DNR. Resident John Greenwood motion to approve the budget item. Resident Paul Baerwald made some comments regarding the transporter and asked if we can give the price we will get the grant for - maximum payout we can get is $54,260 from the DNR which is 25% of current quoted price.  Pros and cons discussed. We have already been repaying $11,000 annually on a harvester rebuild loan and it has now been paid in full, so a line item can continue for a loan with little effect on the budget.  John Greenwood motion to approved the budget; 2nd  by Resident Jeff Barrett; discussion on who can vote – motion to call the question – show of hands vote on budget approval – ayes won; .motion carried.  Ed asked for a motion on a sliding scale for the District fee – $500 if paid before August; $525 after August through October 15, and if it goes on tax roll it is $550; Mirabelli motion; second by Lorenz; all in favor motion carried.

Denoto brought up that we have room for storage for rent if anyone needs space.  We have some old buoys which we are selling for $20 each – they are defective and cannot go in the lake. Golla brought up the boater safety course – July 9th and July 16th - see him to sign up. Question was asked about winter rules and what is being done to the lake and better patrol it with the garbage.  Furey said we have asked the county to put in a parking fee at the county park and have some money go to the lake to include this activity.

Nomination of eligible candidates for Commissioner:  Ed Furey, Jay Golla. Nominations were requested. Lorenz nominated Furey; second by Peter Sutor; Younger nominated Jay Golla; second by Roger Usher;- nominations closed; all in favor; motion carried. Marie Frederick moved for a unanimous ballot; all in favor; motion carried.  Mirabelli said he will be resigning from the board in the near future due to the fact he is moving out of the district on the 15th June.  He wishes everyone best and will be moving to Chicago.  Furey explained it is difficult to get people to serve on the Board – we have some people who have expressed interest – the board will appoint someone in the near future.

Suggested date of annual meeting next year is May 27, 2017.  John Anderson motion to approve; 2nd Paul Baerwald; all in favor; motion carried.

Motion at 10:45 to adjourn by Roanhouse; second by Denoto; all in favor; motion carried.

Signed:

Donna Prochacka

7/1/16

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May 1, 2017

Dear Residents,

2016-2017 proved to be a truly exceptional and, in many ways, an outstanding year. To begin with, we were awarded an AIS Grant totaling $51,574. This allowed us to move quickly to treat some 150 acres of the lake that were heavily infested with milfoil and curly leaf. This was done in early June, and 3 weeks later we were advised that the treatment, apparently, had a “whole lake effect” resulting in our lake being virtually weed free! A condition that lasted the entire summer. Many boaters told us that it was the best year for boating that they had ever experienced. At the same time, our fish population continued to flourish and scores of happy fishermen visited Eagle Lake. This resulted in the county collecting a record amount for boat launch fees, which they shared with ELMD. This resulted in our receiving $4,554, which is approximately 50% more than the amount we received in previous years. The long awaited dredging of the county park boat launch was completed in time for Labor Day weekend. Boaters using the county park enjoyed the improved conditions and we received no complaints from boaters upset about damaging their props on rocks in the shallow waters. We have commissioned 2 new signs, one for outbound boats and one for inbound, to warn them to stay toward the deeper side of the channel. Also, the Water Patrol is installing several DANGER ROCKS buoys in the shallow water just to the east of the boat launch area.

The board completed negotiations on the Transport Barge, whose purchase was approved at our Annual Meeting last May. Thanks to our reduced operating and maintenance cost this past summer, we were able to add $21,704 cash to our down payment in November when we signed the purchase contract. We are also pleased to report that we secured financing through the Community State Bank of Union Grove. We are happy to be able to support this local bank, thus giving back a little to the community in which we live. The new Transport Barge will be delivered in late May, before our meeting

Our proposed budget reflects our continued efforts to build our reserves for future chemical treatments. We don’t anticipate getting further grant money for this purpose and we want to be in position to use chemical treatments when they are needed to help us fight invasive weeds. In particular, we are very concerned about starry stone wart, should it find its way to Eagle Lake.

The only sad news I have to report is that our long time recording secretary, book keeper and jack of all trades, Donna Prochacka, is retiring. We will miss her and want to thank her for all her valuable contributions to our team. Kim Springer, from the town office, will be replacing her, and we want to welcome Kim to our team. We will have a short reception in the town hall following the meeting so everyone will have an opportunity to wish Donna well!

In other board news, Doug McLemore, who was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Tony Mirabelli last summer is up for election to a 2 year term. We ask you to support his election. We have added Mike Shenkenberg, a town supervisor, as the appointed representative from the Town of Dover. Also, I want to mention that Ken Lavelle has joined our board as a non-voting member. He has been a big asset for us and we appreciate his willingness to work with us.

Perhaps the best news is that the attached proposed budget results in a $25 reduction in the assessment for every house in the District!

We will have a drawing at the end of the meeting for several worthwhile door prizes. You must be present to win!

Thank you, everyone, for your support.

Ed Furey

Chairman

 

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Please see letter below from Ed Furey and photo that Jay Golla found on Lake-link of our lake:

January 13, 2017

Dear Residents,

I believe it’s time to give everyone a brief winter update regarding the lake and recent ELMD activity.

As in previous years the ice in January is occupied every weekend with large numbers of fishermen and women.  So far I haven’t seen any pictures of any “trophy” sized fish being caught, but everyone knows they are in the lake.  However, fishing must be good, because there are scores of people on the lake every weekend.

A WORD OF CAUTION FOR ANYONE GOING OUT ON THE ICE! There are large open holes, I mean big ones, especially on the east and north  sides. USE CAUTION IF AND WHEN YOU VENTURE OUT ON ANY FROZEN LAKE!  Apparently, even zero degree temperatures don’t guarantee that the lake is completely, and safely, frozen over.

Last fall I promised to give everyone a complete update on the cost of the dredging of the county park boat launch. I indicated that we were waiting until we had all the cost and grant money pulled together.  I didn’t tell you that we knew the costs were going to be more than we had budgeted and more than the estimate we gave the DNR in our original grant application. We had decided, in November,  to file for an “amended” grant to, hopefully, cover most of the overage.

Well here is the update, as promised:

The Wisconsin Waterways Commission met this past Tuesday to consider our amendment, and a whole host of other grant applications,  from around the State. Our “amended” grant request was approved for 48% of our revised estimate of $41,426.75.  We originally had estimated the total cost to be $30,000!  This resulted in an increase to our total grant amount, from $14,400 to $19,884.84. The reasons the actual cost were higher than we budgeted, stems from two factors. First, the DNR could not free up anyone to approve a new dump site located near Union Grove, which was significantly closer to our dredging site,  than the approved site, located west of Rochester. This meant the contractor had to employ more trucks, for a longer period of time. Second, our original contractor, Inland Harvesting, decided to quit the dredging business and backed out of our project. This meant finding a new contractor, from a very limited field. Also, since Inland had done some preliminary work and owned the site plans, which any new contractor would need to have to do the dredging, we agreed to pay Inland for his cost and for the site plans. These two factors added $11, 426.75 to our total cost.

Here is the breakdown of all the cost we incurred, netted against our income from Racine County and our “amended” grant:

                                Total Cost:                                                           $41,426.75

                                Less:

                                                Racine County Payment                 $19,000

                                                Amended Grant Total                    $19,884.84

                                Balance  paid by ELMD                                   $ 2,541.91

You may ask why we didn’t just wait another year and re-apply for a permit with an alternate dump site. First of all we didn’t want to wait another year because many boaters were damaging their props and drive shafts, causing them to incur $100’s of dollars in repair cost. We saw this as a deterrent, especially to non-resident boaters, to visiting Eagle Lake and to using the county boat ramp, to launch their boats. This could adversely affect one of the few external sources of funds available to ELMD. The county shares their receipts, by giving ELMD 25% of their total annual receipts. For the 2016 season, there were 2,641 boats launched from the county park generating $18,217.40 total receipts, of which the county gave $4,554.35 to the ELMD. We want to maintain this level of income, perhaps help it to grow larger, not do something to turn these boaters off, because they can’t safely launch and retrieve their boats using the county park. In addition, we knew it was very unlikely, that an alternate site, close to Eagle Lake, could be found. So we decided to move forward and get the dredging done before Labor Day weekend.

Thanks to the approval of our amended grant application we feel the $2,541.91 we paid out of pocket was well worth it!

I want to give a special “shout out” to Don Hermes for all his efforts and know-how that he put into making the dredging happen, including finding a contractor, Erickson Landscaping, who had never dredged anything before! They did a beautiful job, and left the park looking better than it had before they started. Thank you, Don, on a job well done!         

Stay warm and look out for open spots in the ice!

Ed Furey obo ELMD Board

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Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139 

November 14, 2016

Dear Residents,

With all the mild sunny weather we have enjoyed since September to date, and everyone’s pre-occupation with the presidential election, it didn’t seem appropriate to rush this annual wrap-up note. Now that the election is over, and Central Standard Time is upon us, our sunset occurs at approximately 4:30PM in the afternoon, which is a full hour ahead of my normal “cocktail time”!  Also, since the leaves are falling faster than I can rake them up, it’s apparent that our season is over.

I believe the vast majority of all our residents will agree that 2016 was an exceptionally good year for boating and all forms of recreation on Eagle Lake. We wish we could take total credit for it, due to our good management plan for the lake, however there are so many factors to consider, like the weather, in particular the timing of the rains, that we can’t just pat ourselves on the back! We were fortunate, and everything seemed to break just right for us and the lake.

On the other hand, I think we can all take credit for supporting the lake management plan we have developed with the DNR over the past several years.

Nothing could have been more successful than the total lake effect we experienced from our large acreage chemical treatment for invasive weeds. We treated approximately 140 acres and our 520 acre lake was free of invasive weeds, milfoil and curly leaf, for the entire summer! This was made possible by the AIS Grant that ELMD was awarded this year, after having been turned down the previous year. We could not have treated the 140 acres without the $47,000 we received in grant money!

Due to the absence of invasive weeds, we were told to shut down all harvesting operations. As a result, our harvesting crew was available to do shore line clean-up work that is not possible during a normal harvesting season. In addition, the crew was available for hire to do a variety of odd jobs for residents.

In case you didn’t notice, we were not bothered by the dirty mess created by “non-migrating” geese! This was due to the fact that we worked with the USDA in capturing and removing 77 “non-migrating” geese in June. That was the total number our residents had identified and spotted for us in the weeks before the round-up. The cost of this was less than $2,000 and less than we had budgeted! This is especially gratifying when we take into account that these 77 geese would have multiplied to around 300 birds next year.

2016/2017 Commissioners

Ed Furey, Chairman

Don Hermes

Jay Golla

Mario Denoto

Doug McLemore

Tom Roanhouse

Tom Lembcke

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Minutes of Eagle Lake Management District

Meeting held October 1, 2016

Present: Ed Furey

  Don Hermes

  Mario Denoto

  Jay Golla

                 Tom Roanhouse

 

Furey called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.

 

Furey presented info pertaining to a possible loan from Community State Bank.  The pros and cons were discussed using a local bank for loan.

 

Denoto made a motion; second Hermes to amend resolution to purchase transport barge that includes wording to borrow funds from Community State Bank; all in favor; motion carried.

Discussion and action to use available funds as part of down payment for transport barge. There was a brief discussion about funding for a down payment; table until next meeting. Golla question the amount to be borrowed. It was determined that the amount can be amended at a future date when we get closer to time of applying for loan.

 

Adjourn 9:26

 

Minutes taken by Golla

10/10/16

 

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Minutes of Eagle Lake Management District

Meeting held September 8, 2016


Present:  Ed Furey

                 Mario Denoto

                 Don Hermes

                Jay Golla

                Tom Roanhouse

Also present Kathy Aron

The meeting was called to order by Furey at 8:30 a.m

Approval of 7/19 minutes-Hermes motion to approve; second by Golla; all in favor; motion carried.

Weed conditions in lake and along shoe shorelines – Aron will be surveying the lake in the next couple weeks.  Furey asked if she thought we would need chemical treatment – she will do a fall survey to look for signs of milfoil and then do a full point survey next year – she would be surprised if there is any milfoil now, but she will do the study earlier than normal and check for any signs of milfoil. We may be able to treat chemically but not as early as this year.  The survey is to give an indication of the treatment effect so we can’t treat before she does the survey.  The water quality is excellent. We will not have grant money to cover treatment next year so we may end up having to do shoreline treatment if milfoil is found. 

Financial update and review cash flow for remainder of the year – Furey reiterated that our grants are strictly reimbursable – we have money coming from the AIS grant and the dredging grant but we have to submit endorsed checks for reimbursement along with the official bill. 

Discuss county park dredging and final figures for cost – Ericksons added additional costs for trucking for longer distance hauling and this ended up costing more than the estimate.  We are waiting for the bill from them to see the final cost.   The depth after the dredging is now about 5 feet deep.  A couple more navigational buoys may be added.  The expected final bill will probably be under $40,000 but we only budgeted $33,000 so we will be over budget. Aron suggested contacting DNR letting them know that we have the project done and ask for an amendment to fund the overage to cover the overage cost of $7,000 and would they consider amending the grant. Furey will write such a letter to the DNR with request. 

Grants:  The other grant money we have coming is the 2nd half of the transport grant of about $27,000 for a total of $54,260.  We have to come up with another $21,000 to make the 35% down payment for the transporter.  We should have money coming in from the AIS grant and the remainder of the dredging grant.

Renewal of contract for pole barn – ELMD in 2000 agreed to pay ELSUD a total of rent of $15 for 15 years – the rent was paid through 2015.  Lease has automatic renewals. Golla motion to renew the $15/for 15 years and send a check to ELSUD; second by Denoto.

Discussion and action on approval of resolution to borrow money from the State Board of Commissioners to fund the balance due for the transporter and how much to borrow and what source.   Furey would like to close on the contract for the transporter in October – we can hold another meeting once we get all the grant money to see where we stand.  Golla motion to borrow $128,000 from State Board of Commissioners at 3% for 10 years for an annual payment of 15,005.50; Hermes second; all in favor.  The date of the next meeting to Wednesday 9/21 at 8:30.

County Park Parking.  Furey would like the opportunity to re-enter with the county the charging for parking at the county park – is it possible to enter into a contract for a lease for those winter months for parking.  The County doesn’t want to get involved. Lets see what the county will do and see if they will let us charge for parking with a lease or memo of understanding and then work on logistics. The money would go for fish stocking and cleaning up the ice after winter fishing.  There were suggestions of changing the dates or wording on the signage to winter parking fee, or negotiating a higher percentage. Furey will draft a letter to the County.

Watershed task force – Brian is anxious to get started and so far Hermes has volunteered to be on it.  Furey suggested that Golla be on the task force – we need two representatives on the board.  Golla agreed to do it.  We may add the new board member or the alternate.

Status of equipment maintenance and storage – Denoto reported everything is done and put away – question of who is to do maintenance– see if Aquarius will come down and do it and invite the town guys to watch to use them as an alternate.  The African queen needs to be winterized and resident Grise said he’d be interested in doing it.   Denoto stores the batteries and will take the truck to Lynch for servicing.  Brush got cut down around the building and pier sections need moving.

Power washer - Denoto bought one.

Improvements to our docking area and security for next year – we should advise the Town that we will continue to use the park. Furey thinks the DNR will not let us use the area north of the pier since it is wetland.  We have enough pier and we can stay where we are but we have to think about where to park the transporter plus the 2 harvesters and African queen. It was decided to ask the owners next to the park what they plan to do with the land and send them a letter asking what the options may be.

Review of audit – Prochacka reviewed the copy of the letter sent by Christopher Infusio who performed the audit for the cost of $500 – he gave a few suggestions for changing line items for budgeting; otherwise all was in order.

Timeline of yearly highlights.  Golla suggested a spreadsheet of what our highlights are each year:  i.e. weed spray, fish kill, etc. year by year.  He offered to work on the project. Furey gave him a report that he uses and Prochacka will give him all the Minutes books to obtain info.  Golla is more concerned with the recording of events and dates.

Denoto motion to adjourn at 10:33; second by Hermes; all in favor; motion carried.

Signed: 

Donna Prochacka

9/13/16

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Minutes of Eagle Lake Management District

Meeting held July 19, 2016


Present:  Ed Furey

               Don Hermes

               Jay Golla

               Tom Roanhouse

Also present Kathy Aron and Donna Prochacka

The meeting was called to order by Furey at 9:00 a.m at the Dover Town Hall.

Approve minutes of June 8 2016.  Motion by Golla to approve 6/8 minutes; second by Hermes; all in favor; motion carried.   Discussion/comment on transporter and the need to go visit Aquarius.

Financial Report:  Prochacka gave the financial update on receivables and expenses. She reported that she and Golla met with the new auditor who will be working shortly on doing the audit. The bill from USDA has not yet been received so we don’t know the total, but it was discussed that it was a complete success with 77 captured and no geese left on the lake.  Furey said to go ahead and send ELPOIA our donation for the fireworks.  Jay discussed depreciation of our assets and mentioned everything we own is over 10 years old so wouldn’t show on the Balance Sheet.

Set Date for Aquarius Visit.  It was decided it would be on 8/2 for the visit and we would plan to order equipment in September once we come up with the down payment.

Status of weeds and algae.  Aron reported there are no weeds right now and we may still get some Sago Pond weed, but none yet. She will be doing her field survey in September to see if there are any signs of milfoil. There is some filamentous algae but no signs of blue-green algae.

Status of Harvesting Crew. It was reported there are weeds growing along shoreline but not in water – on individuals property – crew should not be grooming people’s property and only picking up floaters that drift in.  If ELPOIA has any projects for the crew, they should talk to Tim and pay for them directly.

Report on meeting with DNR regarding future changes to grant application process.  The DNR may have a new grant application process.  They are checking with organizations for suggestions and will discuss the outcome of these ideas and then decide what will be reflected in the year following.

Phosphorus Fertilizer Ban.  We are working jointly with ELPOIA on some things such as phosphorus clean up of inlets.  Aron brought up the fact that there is already a ban on use of fertilizer containing phosphorus for residential use and the only way it’ll happen for the farmers is if they are paid by the State or some other local government to not use it.  It is naturally in all the soils in our area. Furey discussed the importance of still trying to reduce phosphorus from entering the lake. Ideas of partnering with legislators and/or bigger government entities where mentioned.

 

CBCW – suggestion for drive system. Furey brought up the idea for a 24/7 power washing station at County launch. He is familiar with an enclosed pump/drive system that may work for power washers. Enclosing the pump, etc in a permanent secured box would protect it from damage/theft and make available all the time and not just on weekends. Research on powering the pumps would need to be done and cost to install and purchase may be expensive.

Use of Mohican Park – Security, including security for truck and barn.  2 more batteries were stolen the weekend of 7/16.  We need to post signs for time the park closes and put up no trespassing signs on the docks and equipment.  This will aid the Sheriff’s department if anyone is caught “after hours”.

Fees for manor docks/ manor launch.  Golla discussed fees for the Manor docks. 4 were received this year @ $160 each. Fees have not been raised in many years and used to be higher. New amount for 2017 TBD.

 

Boater certification for weed crew members driving equipment. All agreed boater certification is a good idea for weed crew members driving equipment. Furey mentioned the possibility for them to attend a course in the future when they can all attend together.

 

Long Range Major Expenditures and Priorities.  There is still time for weed crew to try and remove any obstacles/rocks that are known in the lake.  An email will be sent to all residents asking for specific locations if they are known.  It was brought up that Browns Lake purchased property to permanently operate their harvesters from. Pros and cons were discussed for this idea on Eagle Lake. Dredging of County Park is still on hold, waiting for OK of dump site by the DNR.

Discuss potential candidates for our Board – Next steps.  Furey will contact potential candidates and set up a date and time in upcoming weeks.

Adjourned 11:15AM

 

Signed:  Donna Prochacka and Jay Golla

8/2/16

 

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Minutes of Eagle Lake Management District

Meeting held June 8, 2016


Present:  Ed Furey

   Mario Denoto

   Don Hermes

   Tony Mirabelli

   Jay Golla

   Tom Roanhouse

Also present Kathy Aron and Donna Prochacka

The meeting was called to order by Furey at 10:00 a.m at the Dover Town Hall.

Approve minutes of April 30, 2016.  Motion by Mirabelli to approve April 30th minutes; second by Hermes; all in favor; motion carried.

Official Election of Officers:  Hermes motion to leave officer appointment as they now stand; Golla second; all in favor; motion carried.

Discussion on appointment of potential candidates to fill Board vacancy.  Due to his moving out of the district, Mirabelli will be resigning on June 15.  Mirabelli recommended Doug McLemore as his replacement and gave a brief overview of Doug’s background, highlighting his financial background.  Furey suggested setting up a meeting with McLemore and the Board to meet him.  A couple other names were discussed and they may be contacted as well. Furey suggested the Board let him know of any other potential candidates.

Update on Harvesting and assessment of effectiveness of Chemical treatment.  Kathy give an update on the effectiveness of the weed spray and the fact that she thought it was very effective.  Most of weeds that are now washing ashore are the lily pondweed and she reported a lot of curly leaf in some areas, which we cannot treat.  She will be going out on the lake in the next week to do a more comprehensive assessment after which she can let us know if a shoreline treatment may be needed.  Hermes gave a few suggestions on a different method for collecting weeds on the shoreline.  Furey suggested he meet with the harvester supervisor and crew and go over these points.  Hermes also suggested a one-time pick up of debris and sticks – Denoto said this this material cannot be dumped on our dump site; this subject is to be revisited later.

Financial Report/Budget or 2016/2017 Donna gave a year to date financial report and the monthly treasurer’s report.  Discussion on whether we may need to borrow money short term to pay for the weed spray bill of $47,000 which is due June 24th.  The Town has offered to lend the District money on a short term basis at 1% interest and the Board felt that if the funds are needed, we would be silly not to go this route.  Furey will attend the Monday Board meeting and make a request to borrow up to $50,000 for a month until we get the funds reimbursed from the DNR grant.  She explained that a balance sheet was run; however the fixed assets amounts for both the truck and harvester were put in by the auditor in the middle of our loans, so those values were not accurate.   Golla questioned order of agenda items at the annual meeting to try and keep attendees at the meeting longer – possibly change the items with announcements first and then do the budget.

Review Proposals for Transport Barge.  Furey discussed criteria when looking at proposals, including the important of service.  It was determined the Canadian company did not meet the criteria of what we are looking for.  Other proposals reviewed were ones from Inland and Spooner Machine.  Both proposals were similar in cost to Aquarius.  Specs were compared and discussed.  Aquarius’ proposal included a better spare parts package.  They also are the best equipped to provide us with service as needed. 

Pros and cons of stainless steel props was discussed at length.  The terms of each company’s proposals on delivery and down payments was also discussed.  Hermes motion to go with Aquarius; second by Mirabelli; all in favor; motion carried.  Roanhouse stressed one of the most important things is the availability of parts and equipment should we need it and the reliability of the company.

Review Parts to be purchased with Transport Barge.  We will order spare parts to be used for emergency replacement to cut any loss of lead time and downtime on the barge and these parts will be included in the grant request.

Selection of supplier for the Transport Barge.  See unanimous motion in Transport Barge item above.

Next Steps. Come up with a date to meet with Aquarius.  Come up with a date to meet with any potential new Board members. Send a press release to the Journal Times and the Standard Press/Westine about the plaque presented to ELMD for their 20th anniversary from the State.

DNR Meeting on Grants by invitation only.  Kathy and Furey will be attending per their invites.

Next meeting with ELPOIA Board.  Furey reviewed a salute to John Zinnen, a list of grants that ELMD has received totaling approximately $500,000 and all the support of the lake district members.    He felt that John Zinnen’s point was that we need to get grant money and we cannot rely on donations and this is how our district was formed.  We also have the Town and the County to thank.  Golla feels that the communication with the DNR may be confusing to some and should be clarified.

Mirabelli thanked everyone for all the friendship while he was on the Board.  Golla requested a key for the pole shed to access the buoys that are for sale.

Adjourned:   Mirabelli motion to adjourn at 11:40; Roanhouse second; all in favor.

Signed:  Donna Prochacka

7/8/16

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June 8, 2016

Dear Residents

We want to thank everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on Saturday May 28th. There were more than 75 residents in attendance, which is a record high for ELMD, I believe. Having a large turnout usually assures some diversity of opinions, which is a healthy thing, and more importantly, helps assure that the majority opinion of the whole is fairly represented in the final vote tally!

We were honored this year to have State Representative Robin Vos, State Senator Van Wanggaard and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave in attendance. Representative Vos and Senator Van Wanggaard presented us with a plaque commemorating ELMD’s  20th anniversary and recognizing ELMD’s success in bringing about significant improvements in Eagle Lake and its fish population. For the record, since our inception in 1996 to date, the ELMD has succeeded in obtaining multiple DNR grants totaling more than $450,000. If we throw in the grant the Town of Dover applied for and was granted, on our behalf, to enable us to purchase our very first harvester, the total is almost $500,000!

Even more impressive, the annual assessments paid by all of us, as residents, have contributed approximately $1 million dollars to help pay for our operating expenses and our many projects. When added together with our grants, almost $1.5 million dollars has been invested in Eagle Lake since ELMD was formed!

The budget for 2016/2017 was passed! It includes funds that will allow us to build reserves to continue targeted chemical treatments in the future, with or without additional grant money. The approved Budget also contains funds to allow us to resume our non-migrating goose round up, assuming we can locate the several large families that have already been observed around the lake and establish the timetable of their daily movement from location to location. There is also a $1,000 donation to this summer’s fireworks show, and most significantly, there are funds to move forward with the purchase of a transport barge, should the board vote to approve its acquisition!

An election for 2 Commissioners was held and both Jay Gallo and Ed Furey were re-elected to new 3 year terms.

Approximately 30 t0 40 people attended the reception at Michael’s following the meeting. By all accounts, a good time was had by all that attended.

There is storage space available in our barn for the summer months. Call Mario at 262-939-4408 for details. It was requested that we include a balance sheet for our future budget and financial reports. This will be available as soon as we can get help to put this together. Finally, below is Luke Roffler’ s Fish Report which I forgot to read! My fault!

Here’s hoping it’s a great summer!

Ed Furey  obo ELMD Board   

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Ed,

Thank you again for the invite to your meeting. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, but I’ve provided the summary below. The fish monitoring details are from last spring and the formal report should be completed shortly. The second paragraph details the panfish regulation change proposal for Eagle Lake that is currently working its way through internal approvals for the 2017 Spring Hearings.

We completed a week of fyke netting on Eagle Lake in the spring of 2015, targeting northern pike. By the end of the week, we captured roughly 500 northern pike, all of which appeared very healthy and well-fed. The average size was 27.1”, with a big female at 36.1” and 11.5lbs. We estimated the pike abundance at roughly 4.5/acre, which is well shy of where we usually start to see density-related growth issues in a pike population. We are still stocking large fingerling pike every other year and will probably continue to do so for at least the next few stocking cycles. The 40” minimum length limit is allowing the pike to reach their full growth potential, maintains a relatively high density of big predators in the lake, helps keep rough fish and panfish in check, and provides a fantastic fishing opportunity unique to this area of the state. The bass size structure during our late spring electrofishing survey was also good, with an average size of 12.4” and a max of 17.7”. Panfish size structure is also good, so far, with bluegill averaging 5.4” with a max of 7.8” and perch averaging 5.3” with a max of 7.7” (though I have heard several ice fishing reports of perch from 11-13”). Our bluegill catch rate was quite high, which I’m sure you recall was the major issue prior to the most recent chemical treatment.

Given the high bluegill catch rate and Eagle Lake’s recent history with overabundant and stunted panfish, I have proposed a fishing regulation change to drop the special panfish regulation and move to the statewide standard of no minimum length limit and 25 daily bag. The restrictive regulations on pike and bass fit the management goals of keeping rough fish and panfish in check via a high abundance of top predator fish, but a restrictive panfish regulation works against this goal. In this case, it doesn’t make much sense for us to push for predation of panfish while limiting angling harvest of panfish. As I mentioned earlier, this and other regulation change proposals are currently working through various levels of internal approvals and those that make the cut will be voted on by the public at the 2017 Conservation Congress Spring Hearings. I invite anyone with an interest in local fishing, hunting and conservation to stay tuned for upcoming information on those meetings and to attend the one in their local area.

Thank you again and let me know if I can provide any additional information

Luke S. Roffler
Senior Fisheries Biologist – Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

26313 Burlington Road

Kansasville, WI 53139

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February 6, 2016

Dear Residents,

The Waterways Commission met on January 26th in Wausau, WI to review grant applications for both Inland Lakes and Great Lakes projects.  ELMD had 2 grant applications on their agenda, 1 for dredging the boat launch at the Racine County Park, and the other to help us purchase a fully equipped Transport Barge and trailer, which we estimate will improve our harvesting efficiency by 50%.

I think you will recall, that we held a Special Meeting of ELMD residents on October 17, 2015, having given proper notice and posting, to ask residents to approve a Resolution affirming that ELMD has sufficient funds budgeted to finance the purchase of the Transport Barge, without increasing the Annual Assessment approved at our Annual Meeting in May, 2015. We stated that we could only proceed if we received at least a 35% grant, because a 35% down payment is required when placing the order. The Resolution was approved by a vote of 17 to 2!

At the Waterways Commission Meeting I presented and answered questions from the Commissioners for both our grant applications on behalf of the ELMD. After discussion on the Transport Barge purchase, an ELMD resident who drove to the meeting on his own, spoke in opposition to our purchase of the Transport Barge. Meetings of the Waterways Commission are public meetings and private citizens can speak on any project. It is impossible to know for certain if the comments from our resident had any influence on the Commissioners. The Commissioners rejected his comments regarding the need for competitive bids, and also did not agree with him, that our Special Meeting, attended by a relatively small number of residents, was somehow improper. At that the same time, it is hard to see how his comments could have helped us. He did make a direct appeal to the Commissioners to not approve a 35% grant, because we could not proceed without at least a 35% grant!

I was aware going in to the meeting that a majority of the Commissioners believe that Great Lake Projects (Lake Michigan, Lake Superior. Mississippi River and Wisconsin River) are a higher priority than Inland Lakes, especially Inland Lakes harvesting equipment. At an earlier meeting last summer, the Commission voted 3 to 2 to limit harvesting equipment grants to 25%, presumably to reserve more funds for Great Lakes projects.

At the end of the day, they approved our Dredging grant at 48% or a maximum of $14,400, which is adequate for us to complete this project in combination with Racine County, who has $19,000 in their budget. In regards to our Transport Barge project, they approved it at 25% or a maximum of $54, 261. Since we did not get the 35% grant we cannot go forward until after our next Annual Meeting scheduled for May 28, 2016 when we will revisit this subject. We want to emphasize and reassure all our residents that the Resolution passed at our October 17, 2015 Special Meeting will still govern our actions. We will proceed with the purchase, only if our residents approve our budget for 2016/2017, and it does not cause us to increase our Annual Assessment over the current level of $500!

Since we feel it is unlikely, that the Waterways Commission will approve a larger grant than the $54,261 approved now, at least for the foreseeable future, we will keep our options open by signing the grant award notice, which will allow us to wait, as long as 2 years, before we have to use it or give it up. This action does not obligate us to purchase the Transport Barge.   

Thank you all for your continued support.

Ed Furey obo The ELMD Board

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MEETING NOTICE

EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Commissioners of the Eagle Lake Management District, County of Racine, for the transaction of such business as may be necessary, will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Dover Town Hall, 4110 S. Beaumont Avenue, Kansasville, WI 53139

AGENDA

Approve Minutes from October 17, 2015 Special Meeting and from October 27, 2015 Board Meeting to Review and Take Action on the Proposed purchase of a T-45 Transport Barge.

Review November Financial Report

Status on Grant Applications:

                Navigational Dredging of County Park Boat Launch

                Waterways Commission Grant to support ELMD purchase of T-45 Transport Barge

                AIS Grant

Review Status of Letters of Support:

                Racine County

                Town of Dover

                The Island Community

                Regency Club Condominiums On Eagle Lake

                Pan Yack Park

                Eagle Lake Manor Community Association

                ELPOIA

                Michael’s Restaurant

                Other

Preparation for Crew, Dump Site and Training in 2016 and discussion on possible bonus payments

Update on restocking Walleyes in Eagle Lake

Action/discussion on purchasing davit to help us remove hazardous, abandoned anchors and/or debris

Other Matters Arising

·       Old Correspondence

·       Update List of Commissioners since 1995 and Commissioners Election Schedule through  2016

·       Handouts for 2016 Annual Meeting – Ordinance for Lake, Piers, etc.

·       Preliminary Thoughts for 2016 Annual Meeting

Adjourn

Signed:  Ed Furey

12/1/15

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Dear Residents,

I am happy to report that several small rocks along with an abandoned anchor, made from a cinder block along with another abandoned anchor made from a large chunk of concrete, which appears to have been formed in a large bucket , with  about a 2” eye sticking out, several inches from the top. The latter had many scars on it which were likely caused by propellers striking it! All were removed early this AM, in the wind, cold and steadily falling rain by Chief Scott Remer of the Kansasville Fire Dept. and Deputy Chris Utech of our Water Patrol, who waded and swam into the water wearing wet suits. They were guided to the spot by Don Hermes, who was assisted by myself and Shirley Christensen, all of us standing outside in the rain for an hour and a half!  It was worth it! We feel confident that we removed the likely hazards that damage many boats this fall and, likely for several years before, every time the water got a little too shallow! We are all very happy and relieved that we were able to find them.

The location where these were found is along a sand ridge outside the entrance to the navigational channel. We left a temporary marker on it because we think it is reachable by the long Crain that will be used when we dredge the channel next year.

The Eagle Lake Management District had offered a bounty to anyone who could find and remove this hazard. We will issue checks to both the Kansasville Volunteer Fire Dept. and to the Dover Water Patrol for their Equipment Funds!

Ed

Photos courtesy of Shirley Christensen, The hazardous rocks are the ones laying on the ground, the two old hazards standing on their feet are both harmless!

Ed

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For reference: 

The ELMD Board will meet to review, discuss and take action on a Contract Proposal from Aquarius Systems, in regards to our possible acquisition of a Transport Barge. The meeting will be held beginning at 9AM on Tuesday, October 27th at the Dover Town Hall

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The Board of Commissioners of the Eagle Lake Management District met this morning to review and thoroughly discuss the latest proposal from Aquarius Systems for the purchase of a transport barge.

The total cost of the contract proposal, which includes the basic T-45 Transport Barge with a Stainless Steel Hull, Automatic Central Greasing System for all moving parts, Hydraulic Spud Anchors and an inventory of key spare parts, which will be included in the calculation of our grant, together with a standard trailer, which cost $19,900 on its own, totals out at $217,042.96. The transport barge and the extras, including the trailer, were fully vetted by  the members of our Board of Commissioners and were unanimously recommended. Commissioners also reviewed our budget going forward to assure that we could meet this added payment within our current, approved budget assessment. The Board then voted to approve the purchase of the transport barge and equipment, as recommended, under the condition that ELMD receives a minimum of a 35% grant from the Wisconsin Waterways Commission. Motion was approved unanimously.

The Waterways Commission will be meeting in January to review current grant requests. We won’t know anything more until then, but the Board wants everyone to understand that we are not committed to this contract unless we receive, at least a 35% grant.  

The board wants to thank everyone for their support.

Ed Furey, Chairman

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Dear Residents,

The ELMD board posted and held an Emergency Meeting of the board on Monday afternoon, to get status reports on weed conditions, plus on our harvesting equipment and crews. There has been a small crew working on one harvester since last week. The second harvester was launched, but needed some minor work to get it ready. Both are now on the lake and harvesting weeds. We will have full crews, including help to clean up shores, by the end of this week. Please be patient, it may take a few days to organize shoreline pick -ups.

Due to the extremely heavy outburst of, primarily milfoil, plus some curly leaf pond weed, the board voted unanimously to proceed, as quickly as possible, to get the necessary approvals to begin chemically treating the areas infested, immediately.  

Attached is a map of the areas to be treated. This has been approved by the DNR. All the areas marked with a yellow line will be treated from the shore to 150’ out, which should extend the treated area just beyond the pier line, for most of the piers in these areas. The area outlined in green, the NE bay, due to the very heavy weed growth and shallow water, will be treated from the shore to the buoys!

The treatment is scheduled, as soon as this Friday, weather and other conditions permitting. Otherwise, early next week.

Once the areas have been treated, there can be NO WEED HARVESTING FOR TWO WEEKS, IN THESE AREAS. We should begin to see the effect of the chemical on the weeds in approximately 7 days, but it takes 2 weeks to kill the plant.

The water in the treated areas is considered to be safe for humans and pets, but please use your own judgement.

We will continue to harvest weeds outside the treated areas, so our crews should remain busy.

The cost to do the treatment is estimated to be $11, 648, but we have told Marine Biochemists  treat more acres if they find invasive weeds beyond the areas marked on the map. Also, to treat any filamentous algae they may encounter. We are confident that we have sufficient funds to do this and, possibly a little more, later in the season, and still have some carry over for next spring.

All this is possible, thanks to our residents approving our budget, including an increase in our assessment of $50/household! Thank you!

We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Ed obo the ELMD board

 

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Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

262-497--8860

May 31, 2015

Eagle Lake Management District Members:

Annual Assessment Approved - $500/household:

·         This includes $50/ household which was added to our assessment to create a Spring Chemical Treatment Fund of $11,800. We agreed, during the budget hearing, to combine this fund with the $25,745 budgeted for Water Chemical Treatment to create a fund of $37,545 for Water Chemical Treatment. We will use some of these funds for treatment of pier areas infested with invasive weeds and/or filamentous algae this summer (approximately $8,400 in 2014).  The balance, plus any other available funds, will be used next spring to chemically treat as many acres as possible.  If necessary, we may borrow a limited amount, from the Community Bank to complete this important part of our weed control plan.

·         The last two years we asked residents to approve both the annual budget with the necessary assessment, plus a sliding scale, to encourage prompt payment. The sliding scale included two 5% increases, to the assessed amount to be added for payment made after July 31st and then again for payments after September 30th.  Regrettably, we failed to include the sliding scale in our motion to approve this year’s budget and assessment.  Consequently, we CANNOT include a sliding scale this year, as we cannot collect more than the $500/ household approved at the Annual Meeting. The sliding scale was successful! It helped improve our cash flow the past two years. This year, we can only ask our residents to, PLEASE, pay your assessment, as promptly as you can! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!  This has no impact on our budget. We will re-introduce a sliding scale, to encourage prompt payments, again next year.

Harvesting Efficiency – Eliminating/Better Controlling “Dead Head” Time:

Harvesting efficiency can be improved by eliminating, to the extent possible, “dead heading” (the time spent by our harvesters travelling to and from our base and the harvesting location.)  “Dead Heading” time, regardless of when it occurs, is time we pay for and is time that our harvester(s) are not available for harvesting.  Improving harvesting efficiency must be one of our high priorities.

Leasing vs. Buying Harvesting Equipment:

We have not leased equipment, except maybe for a short time in an emergency, because our harvesters, and potentially a transporter, are eligible for state grant money, amounting to 40% to 50% of the purchase price, from the DNR’s Waterways Commission. The grant money is used as a down payment, and the balance is then eligible to be financed at very low interest rate from a State trust fund, for up to 10 years. Municipalities, including towns and lake districts, are eligible to borrow from this fund. Additionally, the payments are due only once each year, starting the year after the loan is approved. Usually, these loans can be accommodated in our annual budget.

Miscellaneous Comments: 

We had 57 residents sign in for the meeting, but we know some board members did not sign in, and we believe several residents may not have either. We estimate that we had at least 60 and possibly as many as 70 in attendance. Thank you for a great turnout and thank you, too, for your active participation in the meeting. We had a very good meeting and are confident that we ended up with a budget that reflects the will of the majority of our residents. Your input and questions are always welcomed and appreciated.

Next Annual Meeting – May 28, 2016

Quarterly Board Meetings (tentatively scheduled) – September 5, 2015; December 5, 2015 and March 5, 2016. The board may meet periodically to review finances and discuss current events, problems, etc. Also, we try to have an annual off season meeting with the DNR, plus, possibly 1 or 2 extra meetings to resolve the budget for next year and a very brief meeting, every year, immediately following the Annual Meeting, to elect officers. The officers are the same as last year, Ed Furey is Chairman, Tony Mirabelli is Secretary and Jay Golla is Treasurer. All meetings are posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date and time, earlier if time and circumstances permit. Notices are posted at Town Hall, the Post Office and the Community Bank, which is in accordance with state statutes. If there is a meeting scheduled at a remote site, or if the meeting venue is restricted in some way, the posted meeting notice will include a statement “That no business decisions will be voted on at this meeting.” Any business subjects discussed, that “require Board action” will be deferred and included on the agenda for our next posted business meeting, for discussion and then voted on for approval.  

Thanks, again!

Ed Furey obo the ELMD Board of Commissioners

2015/16 Commissioners:                      Ed Furey, Chairman

                                                                    Don Hermes                                                    

                                                                    Jay Golla

                                                                    Tony Mirabelli

                                                                    Mario Denoto

                                                                    Tom Roanhouse

                                                                    Tom Lembcke

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Eagle Lake Management District
PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

2013/14 Commissioners:

Ed Furey, Chairman; Tom Roanhouse, Mario Denoto,Tom Lembcke, Don Hermes,

Tony Mirabelli, Brian Younger

ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE
EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Eagle Lake Management District, County of Racine, for the transaction of such business as may be necessary, will be held immediately following the public hearing for the budget (held at 9:00 a.m.) at the Dover Town Hall, 4110 S. Beaumont Avenue, Kansasville, WI, on Saturday, May 24, 2014

AGENDA:

· Call to Order
· Approval of May 25, 2013 minutes
· Action on approval of budget and tax assessment
· Nomination of eligible candidates for Commissioner – term up this year:
o Tony Mirabelli
· Election of Commissioners
· Update on chemical treatment of the lake
· Other matters arising and public comments
· Date of 2015 Annual Meeting
· Adjournment

Signed: Ed Furey, Chairman

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Eagle Lake Management District
PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139
Phone 262-763-6443

Dear Residents, May 12, 2014

The Annual Meeting of the ELMD will be held on Saturday May, 24, 2014 at the Dover Town Hall. It will begin at 9AM with a Public Hearing on our Proposed Budget for 2014/15. As part of the Public Hearing we will also provide updates on the changes made since last year including, the purchase of 2 GPS units and marine radios for our harvesters, and the relocation of our pier for docking our equipment. The Annual Meeting will start immediately following the Public Hearing, but no later than 10:30AM and will conclude no later than 11:30AM.

The budget is similar in many ways to those over the last several years, but includes a couple of major changes, which result in a $60/household increase in our annual assessment to a total of $450. This year, we have budgeted money for the chemical treatment of a select 66 acres of the lake, containing milfoil and curly leaf pondweed. This treatment, by necessity, has already
been completed. It is not effective later in the season! Plus, for the first time since we began our Lake Management program, we do not have any grant money available to help offset our expenses. This is the primary reason we have had to increase the assessment. We plan to continue the use of chemical treatment to select problem areas, containing invasive weeds, for the foreseeable future. At the same time, we will continue to apply for available grant opportunities.

Last year, to improve a serious cash flow problem we were experiencing, we asked residents to approve a reverse sliding scale/ payment terms, to encourage timely payment of the assessment and discourage the practice of waiting to have the assessment added to your property tax bill. This was successful and proved to be very helpful! Accordingly, we are
recommending that payments received from May 24 through July 31st will be $450. Those received from August 1st through September 30th will be $470, and those received October 1st and later, including those turned over to the county for inclusion with your tax bill, will be $490.

Please note that we have again included $8,000 in the budget for our annual fireworks show, which has drawn widespread support among our residents. This is an expenditure which is supported by your board, but which requires your approval as part of our budget, as it is considered to be a luxury.

The term of one Commissioners has expired. When Donna Prochacka resigned last December, the board appointed Tony Mirabelli to serve for the remainder of her term. This term has expired and the board recommends the election of Tony to a full 3 year term.

We expect to have representatives from the county and, hopefully the DNR, at our meeting. We have also invited somelocal elected officials to attend if they are available.

To encourage as many residents as possible to attend this important meeting, and to stay for the entire meeting, we will again have a drawing, as the last order of business, for three gift certificates.

$75 – Michael’s on the Lake and 2 X $50 – from the Kansasville Quick Mart (CITGO). YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Remember, this is the most important meeting regarding the management of our lake. It’s the only meeting that your voice can be heard and possibly influence plans/actions of your Lake District. See you on Saturday May, 24, 2014 @ 9:00 AM in the Dover Town Hall!

Sincerely,

Ed Furey\Obo ELMD Board of Commissioners

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Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

April 16, 2014

Dear Residents,

The ice is out and the lake is completely open. However, you might want to wait awhile for warmer weather before thinking about putting in piers and launching any boats. The lake level is high, water is pouring over the dam, and will likely continue doing so for several weeks. From what I have seen and heard from residents, we had only limited fish kill, mostly small fish, and our game fish appear to be growing bigger and fatter! After a picture of one ice fisherman, holding up a 40” northern he just caught, with Michael’s Restaurant visible in the background, went viral, we had a big increase in the number of ice fishermen all through January and February. I believe we can expect to see many more fishing boats on the lake this summer!

The board has been busy the last month working on a budget for 2014/2015, which we will submit to residents for their approval at our Annual Meeting on May 24th. To familiarize more residents with the proposed budget, and get their input, we have scheduled a Public Information meeting on Saturday, April 26th at 9am at the Dover Town Hall. We may not be able to make changes to appease everyone, but we want all those, who are interested, to know what is in the budget and why it is included in the budget. It will be possible to change the budget at the business part of the Annual Meeting, but not at the Public Hearing that precedes it. The budget, including any proposed changes, must be approved by a majority vote of the residents attending the Annual Meeting.

Attached is a copy of the proposed budget, for you perusal, prior to the Public Information meeting on April 26th. If you can’t attend the meeting on the 26th but have a question or need clarification about anything in the budget, please feel free and welcomed to email your questions and comments to me at ecfurey@wi.rr.com.

You will note that the most significant change, from prior years, is a proposed increase in our annual assessment from $390 to $450. This is the first increase in 9 years! Various income and expenses vary from year to year and are driven by the projects included in the budget. However, the biggest factor contributing to this increase is due to our not receiving any Lake Management grant money from the DNR. We applied, but our application, and all the other applications from lakes in the southern half of the state, were not funded, at least for this year. Had our grant been approved, it could have increased our income by as much as $19,000! We have made changes in the budget to try to accommodate this shortfall, but priorities to improve our weed harvesting, continuing our important monitoring and plant survey (necessary to support new grant applications), and the inclusion of chemical treatment of 66 acres of the lake (in response to residents’ urging last summer) have made it necessary to recommend this increase in our assessment. We would hope to continue the limited use of chemical treatments in the future, so we expect this increase will be necessary for the foreseeable future. Also, we will continue to pursue any and all grant money that is available. Eagle Lake has received as much or more grant money from the State as any other inland lake. We have also benefitted from support from Racine County.

If you have concerns, questions, or just want more information, please attend our April 26th meeting.

Also, if you support our plan to use limited chemical treatments, to fight invasive weeds in specific areas of the lake, please attend this meeting to support the board in this regard. We want and need all viewpoints to be represented at this meeting.

Thank you!

Ed Furey obo ELMD Board of Commissioners 

2013/14  Commissioners: Ed Furey, Chairman

                                                 Don Hermes                                                    

                                                 Brian Younger

                                                  Tony Mirabelli

                                                   Mario Denoto

 

                                                  2014/15 ELMD Proposed Budget
2014/15 Proposed
REVENUE


Balance Forward                                        $29,000.00
ELMD Fees 236 @ $450                       $106,200.00
ELMA Fees Collected                                    $320.00
Misc(wi & irs refunds)/Title searches              $25.00
County Boat launch fee                                $4,000.00
GPS grant                                                      $1,957.00
CBCW Grant                                                    $750.00
Total Revenue                                        $142,252.00

EXPENSES
USDA Geese Control Expense                   $3,000.00
Maintenance & Equipment Expenses       $15,000.00
Fuel, Oil, grease                                             $4,000.00
Misc & Ofc Expenses                                     $2,000.00
Utilities                                                                 $250.00
Clean Boats Program Expense                        $500.00
Legal Fees Expense                                          $250.00
Administrative Payroll                                     $6,000.00
Harvesters Wages & Payroll liabilities        $38,000.00
Unemployment Insurance                                $1,000.00
Insurance/license                                              $3,800.00
Contingency
Truck Loan Payment Expense                                $0.00
Fireworks/picnic Expense                                $8,452.00
Watershed level study                                           $500.00
Water monitor/plant survey                              $16,000.00
Open water chemical treatment                      $32,000.00
State Loan Repayment (Harvester)                $11,000.00
Capital Reserves                                                        $0.00
Audit                                                                         $500.00
Total Expenditures                                      $142,252.00  

 

 

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Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

Re: Mid Winter Update                                                                      January 27, 2014 

Dear Residents,

Greetings from the frozen water and everything else around Eagle Lake! The ice on the lake is approximately 18” thick, plus there is a very heavy blanket of snow covering it, so very little, if any, sunlight can reach the weed beds on the bottom. Forecasts are for the colder than normal weather and snow to be with us until much later than recent years. “Ice Out” will likely be late April or even May!

The ice and snow cover tend to retard weed growth, which is good for our purposes. However, there is concern that a lack of oxygen in Eagle Lake and other lakes, in our region, will result in a widespread fish kill! We can only hope it doesn’t happen. Someone asked why we didn’t try cutting holes in the lake and run aerators to put more oxygen in the water. The problem is that Eagle Lake is approximately 520 acres and it would take more than one aerator per acre, plus a whole lot of people to keep them running. All this, with no assurance that it will work! I’m sorry, but it won’t happen here!

There is news from the ELMD Board:

1.      We have had a change of one Commissioner on our Board. Donna Prochacka has resigned after serving 15 years. The Board has appointed Tony Mirabelli, to fill out her term, and he accepted the appointment. Tony will stand for re-election this May, when Donna’s term expires. The Board recommends that Tony be elected for a 3 year term. We are grateful to Donna for her years of service and all she has contributed. She has been an active Commissioner whose contributions to the Lake District are too numerous to do justice to them all in this letter.

2.      With Donna’s resignation we suddenly needed to hire someone to perform the Recording Secretary and Accounting jobs handled by her. State law no longer allows us to compensate Commissioners who provide any service for the District, so we had to look to someone not on our Board. When we received bids from professionals, we realized the bargain we had enjoyed with Donna. We were fortunate, that Donna decided to submit an application for the job, which was in line with the others. We hired her to continue doing the jobs she has been doing for years. While she will no longer be a Commissioner, she will continue to give us the benefit of her knowledge and experience, especially for writing and following up on grants.

3.   We purchased two GPS units to install on our two harvesters . These are the same GPS units used by farmers, to help guide a tractor to plow parallel rows in their fields. We anticipate the GPS will help our young crew members to accurately cut weeds according the map/plan developed by Don Hermes and approved by the DNR. The GPS are accurate within a range of 6” or less! The human eye, by comparison, especially for the young, inexperienced crewmen we hire, is accurate likely to no closer than a few feet and, perhaps, as much as 30’, or more. An experienced person, like Don Hermes, can be more accurate, but this comes from years of experience and can’t be taught in a few days. The use of GPS units has been recommended by the DNR for years. When we decided to purchase the two units, the DNR helped by awarding us a grant, which covered 50% of our total cost! Our investment then, was $3,700, for two units that have a base price of $3,200 each.

4.      Another important objective for the Board was to find and hire a full time Supervisor, for approximately 5 months, to oversee and manage our harvesting operation. We are pleased to announce that Tim Gesteland has accepted our offer. Tim is a teacher and coach from Burlington High School. He worked with us last year as a Sr. crew member. In addition to his experience, Tim brings with him a source for both college and high school aged students to be crew members.

5.      In response to residents’ feedback at two meetings last summer, we are planning to chemically treat a 66 acre strip, which is heavily infested with milfoil and curly leaf. This will cost $23,100 with no chance of getting any grant money. The treatment must be done in early spring, within 2 weeks of “ice out”. We are still working on the budget impact of this expense. Going forward, we will apply for grants to cover future chemical treatments, along with water quality and plant monitoring projects, for late 2014 and 2015. We will keep you advised.

6.      We are working with ELPOIA to transfer responsibility for the Clean Boat/Clean Water program to their stewardship. The ELMD will continue to work with ELPOIA on this project, and share some cost. We consider it important to help protect our lake, and others, from the spread of invasive weeds.

7.      Racine County just advised that they will carry over to 2014, the $19,000 they pledged to dredge the County Park this spring.

The Board will continue to work on developing a budget for 2014/2015. It’s too early to accurately predict what this budget will look like, but my gut feel is that it will be more than previous years. Also, we are considering purchasing some communication equipment primarily for safety, but also to, hopefully, improve our efficiency by better coordination of our harvesters and the dump truck.

One other project I should bring to your attention is the development of a comprehensive Aquatic Weed Harvesting Operations Manual. This project is being lead by Brian Younger who reports good progress is being made.

Stay warm!

Ed Furey

Obo the Board of Commissioners – Eagle Lake Management District

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Eagle Lake Management District
PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139
Phone 262-763-6443

March 15, 2013

Dear Residents,


While we still have snow cover with ice on the lake, Daylight Savings time is back and the
calendar reminds us that spring is on its way! With a near 3” rainfall, on frozen ground, in
January, several good snowfalls over the past several weeks, all topped off with 3 days of rainy
weather this past weekend, we are hopeful the lake level will be several inches higher once all
the snow melts and the lake opens up. However, a wet spring would also be welcome!
We had our mid-winter meeting with the DNR, which was also attended by Chad Sampson and a
colleague of his from Racine County, on February 25th and then, as part of our regularly scheduled
Quarterly Board Meeting on March 2nd, we held a Public Information Meeting which was well
attended by about 30 residents. At the Public Information Meeting, we gave a brief summary of our
meeting with the DNR. Residents asked questions about the DNR meeting, plus they raised
questions about several additional topics. The purpose of this letter is to provide all residents of
ELMD an update on these meetings.


February 25th Meeting with the DNR and representatives from Racine County:


1. Water quality/clarity continues in the same pattern as previous years: clear water with a high
zooplankton count in the spring, both of which start deteriorating by mid to late June and
continue to worsen through September. Algae and, in particular, blue-green algae, which is
caused by the high % of nutrients/phosphorous in the lake, which in turn transforms the lake
into an unsightly and smelly mess. This is our biggest single problem and likely the most
difficult to correct. The DNR recommends we have a phosphorus survey made of the lake
and its inlets to identify the principle sources of the nutrients. We can then develop a
plan/strategy for dealing with the principal source(s) of the phosphorus. ELMD will work
with the DNR and Kathy Aron to find a qualified professional to conduct this survey and
obtain an estimate for his/her services. This will be put on our agenda for our May 25th
Annual Meeting for discussion.


2. Discussion on the possibility of diverting the treated water from the ELSUD into Eagle
Lake: Current water from the ELSUD is close to meeting the DNR standard for discharging
into a river but not a lake. The ELSUD and all sewage districts in the state, will be required
to invest in new equipment to meet a new state standard of .075 mg/L in their effluent
before their license will be renewed by the state. This will involve a major investment of
perhaps $1 million or more! The effluent will have to be treated further to reach the .04mg/L
level of nutrients to be “even considered” for discharge in a lake. Please keep in mind, that
we are all part of ELSUD and, as such, will have to pay our share for this upgrade. Because
the investment is so high, the DNR is allowing smaller sewer districts to delay making this
upgrade for a period of years. ELSUD hopes to delay it for as long as 10 years, which makes
it unlikely that this can be pursued anytime soon. Once the upgrade is eventually made by
ELSUD, ELMD will then have to make an incremental investment for additional equipment to further cleanse the effluent to meet DNR standard of .04mg/L. The amount of this incremental investment is uncertain, but we have been told amounts ranging from $50,000 to as much as 2 to 3 times the initial investment by ELSUD to meet the .075mg/L standard.
We asked the DNR if, after making all these improvements, and attaining the .04mg/L standard, would they then give us a permit to divert this water to the lake? They responded with a question of their own: why would we want to put water containing any amount of phosphorus into our lake when we already have too much phosphorous in our water? They
further point out that any phosphorous entering the lake will add to the total. Any new water put in the lake with some phosphorous content will add to the total phosphorous in the lake.
No further action is planned for now, but the subject can be revisited in the future, if conditions warrant.


3. As an alternative, DNR suggested we investigate the feasibility of digging a deep high capacity well to use to supplement the water in the lake. This will be investigated and we will attempt to have more information, including an estimate of the cost so we can discuss this further at our Annual Meeting.


4. The representatives from Racine County then addressed several questions raised by our residents regarding the impact of wetlands on our water depth in the lake. Pumping water from a registered wetland like the one on Lavin’s farm is prohibited by state regulations. The water can only be pumped down for maintenance. Wetlands help filter out some of the nutrients from run-off water before it enters the lake. The wetland does drain into the lake when the water level rises. The wetlands feeding into Eagle Lake do not hold enough water to make an appreciable difference to our water level. They are the most full when the lake levels are high and the water from them is not needed. When lake levels are low the amount of water in the wetland is similarly low, so the amount of water in them is insufficient to raise the water level an appreciable amount. We have no plans to pursue this further. However our Watershed Taskforce will continue to work with the county and our local farmers to further improve the purity of the water filtering through the wetlands and our inlet streams. They will also continue to look for ways to channel additional run-off toward Eagle lake.


Public Information Meeting, March 2, 2013:


1. There was considerable popular support to pursue the possibility of raising the height of our dam. The current height of the dam, which was established in 1974 based on the actual height of the then existing dam, is approximately 8” lower than the maximum height established by a judge’s court decision in February 1955. It remains at this exact height to date and was checked as recently as last fall. Three levels of approval will be needed, if this is to happen. The DNR has the final approval but seldom dictates the exact height, preferring the Lake District, the county and local government all agree on a height. The county, which owns the dam, most likely will want to delay any expense for budget purposes, until they have to spend money for repairs, which they hope will be years away. The town will likely have the most say and will be the toughest test. They are concerned about flooding and any consideration to raise the height of the dam is likely to meet with resistance from local farmers and some homeowners especially in the Manor. Brian Younger has agreed to pursue this and will report on his findings at a future meeting.


2. The question about whether or not there were ever springs in the lake and the possibility of locating them and even digging them out was raised by several people present at the
hearing. People feel very strongly about this subject. Accordingly, Don Hermes will work with Kathy Aron to see if there is some qualified individual who can survey the lake looking for possible locations of springs. Don will try to get an estimate for conducting this survey in time for our Annual Meeting. If anyone has an old map that indicates the location of a spring or springs, please contact Don, Donna or myself.


3. There was some concern expressed by our apparent delay in getting a permit to dredge the Zinnen Boat Launch. The board had opted to wait in hopes of getting the County to approve dredging the county park’s boat launch. We were hoping to combine both projects into one bigger request for grant money from the Wisconsin Waterways Commission. The Waterways Commission is not likely to approve two separate dredging projects on one lake, so we will not be applying for a grant on the smaller Zinnen project. We were also in hopes that there would be some cost savings for the contractor to do both projects together which could save money on both.It was on our Board Meeting Agenda and Don Hermes has been given the go ahead to work with Dennis Cole, the DNR and the town to get the permit and proceed with the dredging of the Zinnen Boat Launch in time to start harvesting this spring.


Moving forward the ELMD is planning to hold more Public Information Meetings to give residents the opportunity to receive more frequent updates, ask questions and make comments or suggestions. The meetings are scheduled for May 25th- our Annual Meeting, June 29th, August 3rd, September 7th- Quarterly Board Meeting and December 7th- Quarterly Board Meeting.
Hopefully we will see many of you at our May 25th Annual Meeting. In addition to discussing all of the above, we will present our recommended budget for 2013/2014 and we will be electing two Commissioners to the board. If my records are correct, the terms of Brian Younger and myself are expiring. I believe both will stand for re-election.


Sincerely
Ed Furey
OBO the Board of Commissioners

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Eagle Lake Management District (ELMD)

PO Box 221, Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone (262) 865-4408

August 10, 2012                 

Dear ELMD Residents:

The drought and heat as we have discussed in other recent communications have taken their toll on the lake. Along with questions about the depth of the lake and the feasibility of dredging, the height and condition of the dam have been attracting a lot of attention. Some have asked:

 Is the current dam lower than the old dam?

 Is the dam leaking and/or sinking?

Before attempting to answer these questions, I checked with the DNR and Racine County, who dug into their files to provide some interesting facts. These facts tend to support the belief that the dam was higher for a period in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, and that it did in fact sink for a period of time in the 60’s and 70’s. This data is contained in a letter dated October 25, 1974 written and signed by the Dover Town Board, in approving a motion made by the President of the Eagle Lake Property Owners Association, the forerunner of both the ELMD and ELPOIA. The letter and motion fixed the height of dam at 795.37 feet at sea level, which was the actual lake level and the actual height of the dam, in 1974. This height continues to be the official level of our dam today.

The letter clearly points out that the lake level was “fairly constant at 796” from 1934 to 1961. The level was set at 796.09 on February 18, 1955 by a court order which remained the official level until 1974. The actual lake level varied; In 1969 it was 795.6 then fell, as the dam actually sank, to the 795.37 level in 1974.

Since the 1955 court order stated “that the level be no higher” than elevation 86.55 feet (796.09), setting it at a lower level in 1974, was deemed to be consistent with the 1955 court order. The difference, stated in terms which we can all relate, is approximately 8” from the 796.09 height in 1955 to the current height of 795.37.

So, Yes! The lake was possibly deeper at times when some of us were growing up around the lake in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. However, actual lake levels fluctuated then, as they do now, depending on the amount of rain fall, run off and rate of evaporation. For your information, the evaporation rate can be as much as ¼” to ½” per day, in weather conditions like we have experienced this summer. Keep in mind that, even if our dam was higher, say the 1955 height, the water level in the lake would be exactly the same as it is today!

The letter is also clear that higher elevations of the dam could cause flooding in lower areas around the lake and nearby farm fields. Consequently the management of the Property Owners Association along with the DNR, Racine County and the Dover Town Board where all in agreement that the level should be set no higher than the actual lake level in 1974, which was 795.37.

There is no evidence that the current dam is leaking or sinking. However, just to be sure, we are asking that it be surveyed by the county and the DNR in the near future. I suspect that we will have to pay the bill if we want this to happen in a timely fashion.

In regards to the current depth of the lake, we know that the lack of rain, evaporation and the total absence of any run off have, at least temporarily, lowered the lake level. We also know from the sonar mapping done by Marine Biologist that the lake depths have been constant over the last 6 years, and we believe longer. So, even if there is silt being deposited in the lake it has not resulted in any sudden change in lake depths.

In other unrelated news, the geese roundup was a complete success. It took less than an hour and should cost less than the $5,000 we had budgeted. We accomplished the following by removing these 20 geese this year:        

1. We avoided having over 1,000 lbs of unhealthy, phosphorous containing droppings near or in the lake over the next 12 months.

2. We avoid having to deal with an estimated 60 geese next year and conceivably as many as 180 geese in two years, if left unabated. That’s how fast they can reproduce!

3. We are eligible to receive processed goose meat to donate to any food bank!

Looking toward next year, the ELMD board is in the process of getting estimates and more information about using Alum, hopefully next spring, to help abate algae. It could be very expensive!  We will keep you apprised of our progress.

Also, we have written to Racine County and the Town of Dover asking them to consider dredging both the county park and the town’s Zinnen Boat Launch. As we advised everyone two weeks ago, we were forced to shut down our harvesting operations and removed our harvesters from the lake, due to shallow water conditions that prevented us from accessing the conveyors located in the county park and the Zinnen Boat Launch.

This makes the lake susceptible to being completely shut down by a weed outburst, like the one we experienced a few years ago with sago pondweed.

All residents are encouraged to be mindful of these conditions and consider removing their boats early, to avoid the possibility of having them stuck in the lake for the winter.

Ed Furey

Chairman ELMD Board

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EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS: July 19, 2012


Due to shallow water conditions, we are unable to access the conveyors, located in the county park and the Zinnen boat launch, to off load weeds and/or debris from shore lines. Nor can we get the African Queen in close enough to use it without damaging the boat. The final straw occurred on Wednesday morning when the crew barely got to the dock in the county park to refuel, but then couldn’t get back out due to the added weight of the fuel. They had to lighten the craft by temporarily removing some of the equipment to get back on the lake.

Therefore, effective today, we have ceased all weed harvesting operations and will remove both harvesters from the lake. We can’t take the risk of having them stuck in the lake for the winter.  They can be re-launched later should conditions improve and further harvesting is needed. In addition, without the harvesters or the Queen, we cannot continue shoreline clean-up as we have no place to go with the debris.

We will continue to use as many of our crew as needed for clean up and shut down for the next two weeks, but after that we will downsize our crew. We plan to keep 3 crew members who have experience in operating the harvester and/or the dump truck. We will try to keep them busy by using them to work on ELPOIA projects, such as pulling Purple Loosestrife & Garlic Mustard weeds, work on the Zinnen boat launch, and the Clean Boats/Clean Water program.  They would then be available, if conditions warrant, to re-launch one of the harvesters and resume a limited harvesting and shoreline clean-up operation. 

Residents are advised to consider removing their own boats from the lake soon, especially if they depend on the ramps in the county park or the Zinnen boat launch. Even with last night’s most welcomed rain, the lake remains very shallow. Also, please keep in mind, that in summer weather, water can evaporate at a rate of ¼” to ½” per day!

Sorry, we wish we had better news to share with you.

ELMD Board

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REPORT ON 6/29 GOOSE ROUNDUP:
The USDA successfully trapped the entire flock of geese that have been seen all around the lake.
It took less than 30 minutes from start to finish and the “official” count was 21 (7 adults and 14 goslings) my unofficial count was 20, but who’s arguing?
 
Our bill should be well under the $5,000 in our budget.
 
Hopefully, we will be goose free for at least 2 years!
 
A special thank you to Jim Kairis, who called to let us know they were in or around his yard, and to Don Hermes and the boat crew who all helped track the geese all week.

Ed Furey,  ELMD President

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Eagle Lake Management District (ELMD)

PO Box 221, Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone (262) 865-4408

bleckert@live.com

 

 July 10, 2012

Dear Residents,                                                                                                  

It has been a very difficult time for the lake these past several weeks. The very hot temperatures combined with the continuing drought and the absence of our usual prevailing southeast breezes, have caused a small number of our fish to die. Northern, over 30” appear to be the only casualties. Although a large number of crayfish have also died. We estimate that we lost approximately 50 to 60 northern in the two days following the 4th of July.

Kathy Aron reports that on July 3rd, when she was taking samples on the lake, the temperature of the surface water was 83 degrees. Dissolved oxygen, at the surface, was 7.7 mg/L, at a depth of 6 feet it was 6.9 mg/L, but below this depth there was insufficient oxygen to support fish life. According to Kathy, this is caused by something called thermocline, which requires too long an explanation to cram into this letter. If you are interested to know more, email me and I’ll forward a copy of Kathy’s letter.

Susan Beyler, DNR Supervisor of Fisheries in our District, and Doug Welch’s immediate supervisor, was quoted in The Racine Journal Times on Saturday, July 7th, talking about the stress on our area’s fish caused by the weather. Susan stated, “That current weather conditions (i.e. Record heat, prolonged drought, and the absence of wind.) can lead to fish kills where fish suffocate. Without the flow, the water heats up really fast. Warm water doesn’t hold oxygen very well.”

Doug Welch emailed “It’s unfortunate but we are seeing northern pike mortalities on several shallow lakes in Walworth and Racine Counties. This is due to the excessively warm water temperatures we have been experiencing this summer. Northern pike prefer cool water, and sustained water temperatures of 80 degrees F, or higher, will kill many of these fish if they can’t find oxygenated, cooler water.”

The dead fish were first sighted and reported late Thursday, July 5th and again on Friday, July 6th. I talked with a couple of fishermen on the lake early Saturday AM and they reported seeing about a dozen floaters, but then the weather changed. There was a strong breeze Saturday afternoon and the temperature dropped precipitously. No new sightings have been reported, except for a few corpses on the shore. Don Hermes went around on the African Queen late Friday and picked up all that he could find. We are confident that our losses were not greater than the numbers cited above.

There doesn’t appear to be anything that anyone can do except to pray for rain, some wind and cooler temperatures. Let’s keep our fingers crossed too!

The boat crews are working as hard and as fast as they can to clean up the mess. Due to the oppressive heat, we were forced to send everyone home two days last week. Please tell the guys and girls on the crew that we appreciate all that they are doing to help clean up our shores.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Ed Furey, On behalf of Eagle Lake Management District      

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Ed Furey writes on April 15th: 

The lake was treated for Curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian Water Milfoil on Thursday and Friday, April 12th and 13th. The water should be safe for all recreational uses.

The buoys will be going in on April 21st.

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Eagle Lake Management District (ELMD)

PO Box 221, Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone (262) 865-4408

bleckert@live.com

 

April 5, 2012

Dear ELMD Residents,

 

With the ice off the lake earlier than any of us can remember, we are experiencing a very early growth of weeds. Unlike last year, the dominant weeds are curly leaf pondweed and milfoil, neither of which has been much of a problem the last couple of years. Since these are both invasive weeds and we can treat them chemically which has been very effective in the past. However, as you know,   this is expensive, but we have provided for such an event in our recent budgets, and Donna tells me, we still have grant money available to pay for 50% of the cost.

We can’t say for sure, but the early growth of these invasive weeds may also help retard the growth of the sago pond weed later. Regardless, Don already has both cutters in the water and is ready to start harvesting as soon as we can.

The lake will be chemically treated as soon as possible, hopefully early next week. Please be advised that both chemicals to be employed, Aquathol K (for curly-leaf) and 2,4-D (for milfoil),  have been used several times in the past with no ill effects on anyone.   You can read our entire permit application on our website.

For your convenience, we have attached a copy of the map indicating the areas to be treated. This was prepared by Kathy Aron after having surveyed the lake. In addition, we have attached a copy of our Permit Application so you can read it here without having to go on line to our website.

Finally, we want to thank Ed and Nelly McCarthy for their generosity by donating their pontoon boat, (Jewel of the Lake) to assist us, particularly for shoreline pick up… we may rename her the “New African Queen”.

Thank you, Ed and Nellie,  from all ELMD residents.

Have a Happy Easter!

Ed Furey

Obo The ELMD Board

 

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Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

Phone 262-878-6447

December 16, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!

I apologize for not writing earlier to give you an “end of season” update.  Our fall fish stocking took until mid-October to complete and we didn’t receive Doug Welch’s report on the numbers of fish stocked, and the results of his October electrofishing survey until the end of November.

The water level in the lake is very low, but the water clarity is excellent!  We did not get sufficient rainfall the latter half of the summer, nor this fall, to maintain a normal water level in the lake.  Hopefully we will have sufficient snowfalls this winter, coupled with sufficient spring rains to bring the water level back to the top of the dam.

There has been an abundance of ducks and other water fowl this fall, and from the number of gun blasts we have heard, the bird shooting has been good.

Doug Welch reports the following in regards to his fish management activity:

Fall, 2011 Fish Management Activities – Eagle Lake

Fish Stocked:

          13,225 – 3 inch largemouth bass on 9/16/11 by WDNR

          1,000 pounds of fathead minnows on 9/19/11 by ELMD

          1,000 – 12 inch largemouth bass on 9/29/11 by ELMD

          5,000 – 7 inch yellow perch on 10/12/11 by ELMD

Fish Survey (results of 10/11/11 electrofishing survey of the entire shoreline):

·         204 largemouth bass for a catch rate of 51 per mile – this is good.  Several year classes present and size structure is very good with a proportional stock density value of 78 and a relative stock density for preferred size bass (15 in) of 22.  The length range for bass was 2.4 to 16.4 in.  57% of the sample were bass less than 7.5 in which indicates successful natural reproduction and survival of stocked bass.  A sub-sample of bass was sent to the lab for largemouth bass virus (LMBV) testing and the tests were positive for LMBV.  Geneva Lake also has this virus as well as other lakes in Wisconsin.

·         28 northern pike for a catch rate of 7 per mile.  Water temperature was between 65 and 70 degrees during the survey and this may partially explain the reduced catch rate (cooler water temps would like have resulted in a high catch rate). Growth is as expected with lengths ranging between 15 and 20.3 in.

·         289 bluegills for a catch rate of 289 per mile.  Lengths were between 1.9 and 8.8 in.  The vast majority of bluegills were between 3 and 4 in long.  This shows excellent natural reproduction and a strong 2011 year class.  It will be interesting to see if the bass and northern pike are successful in controlling bluegill numbers.  May want to consider additional aquatic plant control to enhance access by predators.

·         Other species observed were golden shiners (5), yellow bullhead (2), and rusty crayfish (1).

Please note, in particular

1.       Doug’s comments regarding largemouth bass virus (LMBV).  We have discussed this further with Doug and he assures us that the presence of LMBV is not unusual and, in his opinion, is nothing to get overly concerned about.  The LMBV has not caused large numbers of bass to die off in any of the lakes where it is present. 

2.       The reappearance of a significant population of bluegills, in spite of the fact that neither the DNR or ELMD have stocked a single bluegill!

3.       Most interesting and most important are his comments about the possible need for “additional aquatic plant control to enhance access by predators” to control the number of bluegills!

Doug’s comments have been shared with Craig Helker at the DNR.  This will no doubt be an important topic for discussion at our mid-winter meeting with the DNR.  We are hopeful, even optimistic, that we will be allowed to harvest weeds on a larger scale in 2012 which should improve conditions for boaters.

Mario Denoto is already making plans to hire more hands to crew both harvesters plus shoreline pick up. In addition, we plan to use our crews regularly to assist our Clean Boats Clean Waters program.  We need to be prepared if we are to stay ahead of the weeds and have enough hands to keep up with the other tasks at the same time.

We were successful in obtaining a low interest State loan ($40,000) to help pay for the rebuilding of our original harvester.  We plan to pay this off over the next three fiscal years.

Financially we remain strong and will begin working on a budget for 2012 at our next quarterly Board meeting in March.  One of our goals this year is to have the same assessment amount for every resident in the District instead of the two different amounts used the last several years.  We do not see any need to increase the total received from assessments and we will strive to create a balanced budget that meets all our requirements to keep moving forward with our Lake Management Plan.

I’ll write to you again in March with a report on our winter meeting with the DNR and more specifics about our budget plans.

Sincerely,

Ed Furey, Chairman

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Eagle Lake Management District (ELMD)

PO Box 221, Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone (262) 878-6447

bleckert@live.com

August 24, 2011

Dear Residents,                                                                                               

The summer season is rapidly coming to an end. Unfortunately, the weeds and shallow water conditions will apparently continue to plague us, for the remainder of the year.

We wanted to alert you to a couple of things that will be happening in the next two weeks involving our weed harvesting operation:

1.       Most of our harvesting crew has already returned to school, so we only have a skeleton crew available to operate the harvesters.  They will focus on keeping the navigational lanes open, to the best of their ability, given the very shallow water conditions, and on trying to prepare a circumnavigation lane for the Venetian Night Boat Parade. There is not enough manpower, and the water is too shallow, to allow us to do any skimming for floaters near our piers and/or do any shoreline pick up.

2.        

3.       The harvester operation will be shut down for the year and the harvesters removed from the water after Labor Day.

 

We want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this difficult year. You can be certain that we will work with the DNR, to do everything we are allowed, to encourage a more balanced weed population in the lake. Also, now that we have our two harvesters back in good operating order, we will try to hire a crew to operate them at the earliest practical date to begin weed harvesting, to help us get a head start on any weed problems, before they get out of hand.

We will continue to update you periodically, over the winter, to keep you apprised of our actions and plans involving the lake.

Ed Furey

For the ELMD Board of Commissioners

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Eagle Lake Management District (ELMD)

PO Box 221, Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone (262) 878-6447

bleckert@live.com 

August 7, 2011

Dear Residents                                                                                  

Attached are the minutes from our July 30th Special Board Meeting & Public Hearing with Craig Helker and Kathy Aron, regarding the Sago Pondweed problem. The meeting was attended by approximately 28 residents plus; 5 members of the Board; our Secretary, Barbara Eckert; 2 guest participants, Kathy Aron and Craig Helker; and Craig’s 2 young daughters, for an approximate total of 38. Those in attendance represented The Island, the East Shore, Regency Condos, North Shore, PanYack, the Terrace and the Manor.

I would like to compliment and thank all who cared enough about the lake, to take the time to share their concerns, express their frustrations and ask many pertinent questions, all in a constructive, business like manner. In the end, Craig Helker, who answered many of the questions and listened carefully to all that was said, approved a new harvesting plan for the lake. A plan which is compatible with the goals and objectives of our Lake Management Plan, but which also provides more navigational lanes, allowing improved access to the main body of the lake, while at the same time, improving the circumnavigation of the lake for cruising and/or water skiing. I feel that much of the credit for making a solid case, to warrant these changes, goes to everyone who participated. Thank you!

Also, I want to thank Craig Helker for taking time out of his holiday to listen to everyone and for demonstrating that the DNR can be flexible, when the situation warrants innovative solutions to complex problems. Plus, a big thank you to Kathy Aron for her calm reassurance that we are still on the right path in regards to balancing our weed population.

In case you missed the copies of the revised map that we distributed earlier, we are attaching another copy to this email. Please note, the new map does not show all the navigational lanes that still exist. Our emphasis here is to show you where the new lanes are located. You can identify every lane leading out from the shallow water because they are marked with buoys that have orange colored flags stuck in them. These buoys are, also aligned with a pier that has two orange flags taped to them to make them as visible as we can. Each of the lanes is approximately 44 feet wide and the buoys are located in the center of the lane, allowing 22 feet on either side.

Finally, I have also attached a copy of Doug Welch’s latest report on his fish stocking activities, including those planned for this fall. He was on vacation and unable to attend the meeting but sent this report for us to review. I believe this will be his final report until the end of the year.  .Again, thank you for your input and especially your patience and understanding.

Ed Furey

On behalf of the ELMD Board of Commissioners

Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

Phone 262-878-6447 

DRAFT SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Present:            Ed Furey                                                           Absent:  Brian Younger

                        Mario Denoto                                                                Tom Lembcke

                        Donna Prochacka                                              Guests:  Kathy Aron

                        Don Hermes                                                                  Craig Helker, DNR

                        Barbara Eckert

                        Gil Bakke

Special meeting and Public Heading was called to order at 11:00 am by Chairman, Ed Furey.

Opening comments were made by Ed Furey:  

Yes, we planted Sago Pond weed this year prior to the outburst that we’re experiencing now.  This was part of our long-range plan to increase the weed population.  If you remember, last year we had no weeds because the crayfish ate them.

            Brian Younger asked me to mention the good news:  The water clarity is good for the first time since we started this project.  There is no algae.  We have no crayfish and no sea gulls.  We should remember that the outburst of Sago is fed by the abundance of nutrients at the bottom of the lake.  This just re-emphasizes the need for the buffers along the creeks where water and nutrients are coming into the lake.

            No one likes the amount of Sago that is in our lake.   Ever since this project started in 2006, it has been a high priority at the DNR because of the amount of money involved.   (Hand out:  A summary report of all the grants awarded to ELMD and all the grant monies since 2006.)  Kathy Aron and Craig are here to speak to these issues.

Kathy Aron  -

            This year, plants (water lilies and Sago were put into the lake in three shallow areas (3 days before the Sago in the lake decided to grow).  The planting program is part of the 2006 grant and is the last component of the grant.  (Before a grant is awarded, the DNR looks at each component which is given a rating.  The total of the rating determines who is awarded a grant.  Therefore, it is necessary to complete all components of the grant.). 

            The 2nd planting included long-leaf pond plant which should, hopefully, compete with the Sago, and force some of it out.   Eventually the competing weeds will achieve their own balance.  It takes a while for the lake to adjust to the changing conditions.  Kathy talked about the difficulty of predicting what will happen because the weather is a determining factor.    A good mixture of plants aids in the clarity of the lake. 

Craig Helker

            The 2006 lake restoration project is a partnership between the Army Corp of Engineers, DNR, Town of Dover, ELMD board and the residents of the lake.  In order to reach our goal set forth in 2006, we have to work together.

            In 2004/05 the lake was full of milfoil.  Water clarity was bad and fish quality was poor.  The 2006 goal was set to return to the 1992-95 condition of the lake~diverse plant life, water clarity, balanced fishery, phosphorous and chlorophyll levels set.  The current conditions on the lake are very close to meeting the 2006 management goals for the lake.  Water clarity is around to 4-4.5 feet.  A recent grab sample for Chlorophyll was 10.8 ug/L., etc.  70% of the bottom needed to be covered with aquatic plants We succeeded in what we set out to do!

This is not the DNR’s project.  It’s our project based on goals that we decided on.  We want a balanced situation.  Knee jerk reactions could cause reversal of everything that has been done since 2006.  The Sago is affording us the water clarity.  We have to be careful that we don’t disturb the good conditions and ask ourselves, ‘How we going to live with it’?.  We have to harvest the Sago in a way to allow use of the lake to boaters, fishermen, etc, but also be careful that we don’t reverse all that has been accomplished.

            Questions concerning dredging the lake, using Alum, and weeds were discussed.  The residents were concerned about safety on the lake; boats possibly getting hit because they get stuck in the weeds and become immobile; water skiers getting caught in the weeds and possibly drowning. 

We currently have 11 channels that are 44’ wide – 22’ on each side of the buoys, cut 1’ from the bottom.    Buoys are marked by flags.  The residents stated they want to be able to ride around the lake in a weed free lane.

Wrap Up:

Note:  Craig, Kathy and Don Hermes huddled at the end of the meeting to draft a new  plan which Craig promised to review and render a decision on early the following week.

Other

Don reported that the 2nd cutter is finished. We’ll have it next week.  Mario said that he is losing part of the harvesting crew in about 2 weeks because they are going back to school.  We need more help.  The residents were told if they know of anyone who wants to learn to cut weeds to have them call Mario.  Pay is $9/hr. 

Doug Welch’s Summary of Fish Management Activities on Eagle Lake

Doug could not be at the meeting so he sent an activity Summary to be handed out to the residents. In addition to the fish already purchased, Ed reported that ELMD received permission from the DNR to add more adult bass; 1,000# adult large mouth bass (12”); 5,000 adult yellow perch about 8”; and 500# fat head minnows.  Even though there are too many Northerns for the lake, the DNR won’t allow us to keep the fish that are caught.  It’s still catch and release.  We don’t have permission to add blue gills yet. 

 The general meeting adjourned at 12:40 pm

Immediately following the general meeting, the Board of Commissioners met and discussed the need to get financial assistance to pay for the reconditioning of the harvester..

Donna Prochacka moved that ELMD borrow $40,000 from the Board of Commissioners of Public Land for 5 years to finance the reconditioning of the harvester.  Mario seconded, the motion passed. 

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 12:45 pm.

Signed:  Barbara Eckert

Secretary, ELMD

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Fish Management Report

Here is a brief summary of our fish management activities on Eagle Lake so far this year.

 March 25 - May 9, 2011

Spring fyke net and electrofishing surveys were completed. 

Northern pike population estimate was 48,509 or 94/acre. 

Northern pike lengths ranged between 13 and 29 inches and most were 16 - 17.9 inches long.

Northern pike relative weight was 93 (fish were in fair condition and hungry).

We removed 1,690 northern pike to thin the population.

Crayfish populations did not appear to be excessive.  We captured 45 rusty crayfish and 33 native crayfish.

Largemouth bass population estimate was 2,246 or 4.4 per acre.

Bass were between 10 and 17 inches long.  Most were 14 - 14.9 inches long.

Bass average relative weight was 109.  Fish were in good condition.

A few bluegill and pumpkinseed were collected.  Pumpkinseed were 8 and 8.5 inches long and the bluegill were between 8.5 and 9 inches long.

 

Planned Activities for the remainder of 2011

Electrofishing survey in the fall to assess largemouth bass and northern pike young of the year recruitment.

Fish Stocking

Eagle Lake Management District to stock approximately 1,000 pounds of adult fathead minnows, 1,000 adult largemouth bass, and 5,000 adult yellow perch this fall.

WDNR fish stocking quotas for 2011 are 13,225 large fingerling largemouth bass and 13,225 large fingerling northern pike.  The bass will be stocked barring any unforeseen production problems in the hatchery.  The northern pike will not be stocked because the lake has plenty of northerns in it. 

P Douglas E. Welch
Senior Fisheries Biologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Sturtevant Service Center
9531 Rayne Road, Suite 4
Sturtevant, WI  53177
(() phone: (262)884-2364
(() fax: (262)884-2307
(+) e-mail: Douglas.Welch@wisconsn.gov

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The ELMD is in need of an old aluminum boat, 12’ to 14’, to be used to help us pick up weeds off your shore. The lake is too shallow to allow the harvester to approach closer than the ends of most piers. An old aluminum boat, fitted with a 4’X8’ piece of plywood, would be very useful/helpful.

We would appreciate someone to donate an old boat, just so long as it still floats. At the same time, we will consider buying one from someone who feels their boat is too valuable to donate.

Please keep in mind that donations to the ELMD are tax deductable. We will give a receipt for the boat but you will have to establish its value.

Please contact either myself, Barbara Eckert or Don Hermes.

Thank you!

Ed Furey

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Eagle Lake Management District

PO Box 221 ~ Kansasville ~ WI 53139

Phone 262-878-6447

bleckert@live.com

June 20, 2011

Dear Residents:

I apologize for the length of this letter, but recent developments make it necessary to keep you fully informed.

The ELMD Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, with 46 residents, five Board Commissioners, Barbara Eckert, ELMD Secretary; Town Chairman, Tom Lembcke; County Board Representative, Gil Bakke; three guest presenters, Craig Helker & Doug Welch from the DNR and Chad Sampson from Racine County; Kathy Aron; and three special guests, (newly elected) Racine County Executive, Jim Ladwig; Wisconsin State Representative, Robin Vos; and Wisconsin State Senator, Van Wanggaard for a total of 62 people in attendance.

Residents were given a thorough review and update on the Lake Management Plan, including reports on fish surveys, future stocking plans and the progress made by our Watershed Committee.  Also, there was a discussion about the possible future use of a chemical called Alum, which is used to improve water clarity.  Clearer water allows sunlight to penetrate the water to encourage native plant growth.  It has been used successfully on Wind Lake and other waterways in Wisconsin, but it is very expensive.  No one is recommending we use it at this time and should that recommendation be made, it will be discussed and voted on at a future Annual Meeting.

The proposed budget for 2011/2012 was reviewed, discussed and approved by the residents.  Our annual assessment remains unchanged at $390 for homeowners and $320 for condo owners.

Donna Prochacka was re-elected for a new three-year term as a Commissioner on the ELMD Board.  The ELMD Board met immediately following the Annual Meeting and re-elected Ed Furey, Chairman, and Donna Prochacka, Treasurer.

Next year’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2012.

In the weeks since our Annual Meeting there have been several new developments:

·         The rebuilding of our original harvester is progressing.  A mid-July completion is anticipated;

·         Kathy Aron, with assistance from our harvester crew, planted 4,500 Water Lily tubers and 4,000 Sago Pond Plant tubers in three bays on June 9.  In late June to early July, they will plant an additional bushel of Elodea and 7,000 Long Leaf Pondweed roots.  This will complete our 2006 grant money project.  Residents and boaters are asked to not remove these plants.  Please try to protect them

·         Fish Report Update:  We received a report from an experienced angler that he was concerned that some of our Northern are starving.  We passed this information on to Doug Welch (DNR) with a suggestion/offer to purchase additional minnows to help feed the Northern and, thereby protect the Bass and Yellow Perch.

Here, in part, is Doug’s response:

o        “ Yes, the Northern Pike are hungry.  Trying to feed the Northern by stocking minnows would make little difference in their growth rates since there are so many of them in a large lake.  If we were dealing with a much smaller body of water and many fewer fish, it would make sense to feed them.  Remember, we want to keep predation pressure on pan fish, rough fish and rusty crayfish and that is exactly what the Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass are doing.  Best thing is to let nature take its course.  Some, maybe many, of these Northern could succumb to starvation.  With fewer Northern Pike in the lake, the growth rates will improve.  Given the current abundance of Northern Pike in Eagle Lake, I have decided to divert the 2011 DNR Northern Pike stocking quota to another water body that needs more Northern.  I may also remove more Northern next spring.  I share your concern about Largemouth Bass and will keep the stocking quota for 2011.  I also suggest that ELMD purchase adult Largemouth Bass.” 

A request to purchase these adult Bass, in addition to Yellow Perch, will be considered by the ELMD Board.

Paul Cunningham, Doug Welch’s boss in Madison, suggests that we provide more refuge for the young Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch by asking residents to install discarded Christmas trees underneath their piers.  Since the Perch spawn in early spring, we would need residents/reparians, who are willing to participate, to put their piers in by late April.  The District will work on a plan to collect and store the discarded trees.  Please let Barbara Eckert, Ed Furey or another member of the ELMD Board know if you are interested in participating.

Gil Bakke advised us, that due to an oversight error, the $15,000 pledge of support from Racine County we reported having as a carryover to 2011, has, in fact, been lost.  This money was to be spent for fish stocking.  Fortunately, we budgeted additional funds, over and above this $15,000 to support fish stocking.

We have always had some leeches in the Lake, but they suddenly appear to be more numerous.  Kathy Aron reports that they can easily be removed by “putting salt on them or just plain yanking on them.”   Kathy also has provided a website where you can access information about freshwater leeches:  http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/freshwater_leech.htm.   Doug Welch’s comment was. “Good! More food for the northern and bass!”

Ed Furey, Chairman

For the ELMD Board

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Eagle Lake Management District (ELMD)

PO Box 221, Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone (262) 878-6447

October 25, 2010

 

Dear Residents:

It has been unseasonably warm and sunny these past few weeks, more typical of summer weather than what we are used to in October.  There have been occasional boats on the lake, primarily fishing boats, but I did catch a glimpse of one pontoon boat, probably on its way to the boat ramp in the park.  Otherwise, it appears as if most people have removed their boats and piers for winter storage.

 Doug Welch, from the DNR, recently conducted his annual fall fish sampling analysis (see Doug’s complete report attached) and he said that our northern pike and large-mouth bass are healthy and growing.  Further, he reports that he did not find any bull heads or carp in his sample, but he did find small bluegills.  Doug plans to stock/transfer yellow perch into the lake next spring, but, due to the presence of baby bluegills, he does not plan to transfer bluegills at this time.

 Looking back on 2010, it was a good year for boating as there were almost no weeds to harvest.  Both the Eurasian Water Milfoil and the Curly Leaf Pondweed were well controlled.  However, our water quality, due to a high percent of the blue-green algae, was very poor.  The blue-green algae negatively impacted the lake’s ability to produce and sustain zooplankton, which compounds our algae problems.  We are all disappointed by this and continue to search for a solution.

 The progress of the Watershed Taskforce offers hope of some relief for the future.  As previously reported, two major farms have agreed to plant 30’ buffers for over a mile on both sides of the Eagle Creek Inlet.  As you probably are aware, Eagle Creek is the principal source of runoff entering the lake, and it is hoped that the buffers, once fully established in the next 12 to 24 months, will reduce the amount of nutrients entering the lake.

 In addition, the ELMD plans to start planting native weeds in the lake next spring to help establish new growths of these beneficial plants.  The native plants are one important part of the lake’s ecosystem.  They provide habitat and oxygen for the fish and help stabilize the organic matter on the bottom of the lake, which helps prevent the bottom being stirred up by wind and wave action.

 Reducing the amount of nutrients entering the lake is, and must continue to be, our major focus.  We can’t hope to have cleaner water without reducing the amount of nutrients.  We again ask every homeowner to consider planting more native plants on the lake side of your property and reduce the frequency of mowing lawns to better filter the runoff from our own land.

 The Board will consider using incentives to help encourage and promote the use of native plant buffers.  The Board is also interested to scientifically identify the composition and contents at the bottom of the lake (types of soil, organic material, chemicals, metals and nutrients) to determine if they provide any clues to help determine future remedies for our nutrient problem.

Our Clean Boats/Clean Water program had a successful first year as a joint effort between ELMD and ELPOIA.  Barb Eckert reports that 24 people signed up to volunteer, but in the end, only 10 actually donated their time. 

Eagle Lake Management District

The weed harvester crew also participated, so overall, the program was a success!  ELMD will file for reimbursement for volunteer hours, as provided in our grant, and will compensate ELPOIA accordingly. 

We want to thank Barb Eckert and all the ELPOIA volunteers who helped make our program a success.  We hope more people will find time to volunteer next year as this is an important program in helping to keep invasive weeds and species, i.e. zebra mussels out of our lake.  We still have money left in the grant to get reimbursement for 2011 volunteer hours which will help, too.

We had previously discussed and briefly investigated the possibility of organizing a crayfish trapping program to attempt to reduce the over population of rusty crayfish.  In the final analysis, it just isn’t practical to even attempt to do this.

·         The DNR (Heidi Hopkins) flatly stated that volunteer programs of this nature don’t work because it’s necessary to have well-trained crews that can work every day for the entire season.

·         Given our 520 acre lake, 100’s traps would be required to be effective.  The physical presence of 100’s of traps on the lake would create obstacles in the water for boaters and fishermen.

·         Craig Helker and Doug Welch raised doubts that we could trap enough rusty crayfish to put a dent in their population because their reproduction rate is so high.  Any other type of crayfish would have to be returned to the lake. 

·         The DNR and our Board agreed that most likely more crayfish of all varieties die off annually from the effects of overpopulation that we could trap.

Maintaining a large population of game fish would appear to be the best way to deal with crayfish.

 Our next ELMD Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010.  Our winter meeting with the DNR is targeted for late January, 2011.  Budget preparation for our next fiscal year will begin with our March Board Meeting, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2011.

 Best Wishes for a beautiful fall and terrific Thanksgiving with family and friends.

 Ed Furey

 Ed Furey

For the ELMD Board

EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT UPDATE

by Doug Welch - October 8, 2010

 

 The following fish were stocked into Eagle Lake in 2010:  6,000 nine inch Northern Pike on July 21; 5,970 eight inch Northern Pike on September 23; and 13,225 three inch Largemouth Bass on October 1.

 We sampled the lake by electrofishing on March 23 and September 13 to collect northern pike and largemouth bass for calculating relative weights (Wr).  

 Northern Pike collected on September 13

Number Collected:  76

Length Range:  13.0 inches to 20.1 inches

Mean Length:  15.6 inches

Modal Length:  15.0 - 15.5 inches

Range of Relative Weights:  52.16 to 122.06

Mean Relative Weight:  93.45

% of the sample with relative weights greater than 90.00:  66

% of the sample with relative weights less than 80.00:  9

 Northern Pike collected on March 23

Number Collected:  19

Length Range:  12.4 to 15.0 inches

Mean Length:  14.0 inches

Modal Length:  14.0 - 14.5 inches

Range of Relative Weights:  85.16 to 119.45

Mean Relative Weight:  99.97

% of the sample with relative weights greater than 90.00:  80

% of the sample with relative weights less than 80.00:  0

Growth has slowed with the mean relative weight for northern pike in March at 99.97 and the mean relative weight in September at 93.45.  34% of the September sample was less that Wr = 90 compared to 20% in the March sample.  9% of the September sample was below Wr = 80 compared to 0% of the March sample.  These values indicate that northern pike are more hungry now than they were in March.    

Largemouth Bass collected on September 13

Number collected:  45

Length Range:  11.2 inches to 16.0 inches

Mean Length:  13.3 inches

Modal Length:  14.0 - 14.5 inches

Range of Relative Weights:  1.10 to 1.40

Mean Relative Weight:  1.20

% of the sample with relative weights less than 1.00: 0

Largemouth Bass collected on March 23

Number Collected:  48

Length Range:  6.8 inches to 15.0 inches

Mean Length:  11.4 inches

Modal Length:  13.0 - 13.5 inches

Range of Relative Weights:  1.00 to 1.36

Mean Relative Weight:  1.10

% of the sample with relative weights less than 1.00:  0

Wr values for largemouth bass in March and September are essentially the same and indicate these fish are well fed. 

Small bluegill are present in Eagle Lake.  None have been stocked so their source is probably from the watershed or from illegal stocking efforts.  Fathead minnows were also observed during the survey.  No bullheads or carp were seen.  Because bluegills are present there is no need to stock additional bluegill into the lake.  I do plan to stock (transfer) yellow perch into Eagle Lake in spring, 2011.  This will be done during our spring fisheries surveys.

We saw decent beds of Vallisneria (water celery) during our survey in September.

Doug

P Douglas E. Welch
Senior Fisheries Biologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Sturtevant Service Center
9531 Rayne Road, Suite 4
Sturtevant, WI  53177
(() phone: (262)884-2364
(() fax: (262)884-2307
(+) e-mail: Douglas.Welch@dnr.state.wi.us

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From Ed Furey - 6/15/10

With the help of Don Hermes, Jim Kairis and myself (to a lesser extent) we guided and helped the USDA capture 21 of 22 birds in front of the condos. One of the adult males could still fly and got away. According to the lead guy from the USDA each adult goose generates 1 to 1 ½ lbs. of poop per day! Thank god they are gone!

Hopefully the lone male will become lonely and fly away to meet new friends. Hopefully he stays there and doesn’t come back with a girl friend!

1. Both Judy Amundsen, speaking on behalf of ELPOIA, and Ed Furey, speaking on behalf of the  ELMD, spoke at the Town Board meeting last night on behalf of maintaining the Water Patrol.

2. Trees are an important part of protecting our shore lines and hills. They also are effective in helping to absorb nutrients and help filter runoff. I was purchasing trees for The Island for this purpose and came across a sale, a real deal from Ludwig Nursery on Hwy JB just 2 miles east of  Hwy 75. 12’ to 14 ‘ trees planted, tax included for $121.33. A large selection. They would like nice around the lake and could be helpful in reducing the nutrients flowing into the lake. 

Ed

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