EAGLE LAKE PROPERTY OWNERS IMPROVEMENT    ASSOCIATION

Here you will find current information, meeting schedules, minutes of current meetings, areas of concern, and other items of interest to all property owners.

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     ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING   8/13/2016

        9:00 a.m.  Dover Town Hall

1.  President’s Welcome/Call to Order:  Brian Younger, President  The meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m.  There were 47 people present.  Brian welcomed all.  Before official business was conducted,  Brian  presented a plaque of appreciation to Secretary Judy Amundsen “In recognition for the years of service to the Eagle Lake Community as Secretary of ELPOIA.”

2.  Reading of the 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes and Administrative Updates:  Judy Amundsen, Secretary   Tom Stone moved, Ed Furey seconded that the minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting be approved and accepted as distributed to the membership and as found on the Lake Website.

--Judy thanked Webmistress Cindy Stone for her continued great job providing information to the community about ELPOIA, ELMD and County-wide activities.  www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org. She also encouraged members to check out the other websites listed below, as they contain good information about our community.

--Welcome New Neighbor Kits are available to new residents of Eagle Lake.  Contact Judy at 878-2195 if you need a packet.

--Please notify the secretary of changes to your home address or email, so mailing lists remain accurate for sending out the RIPPLES and other communications involving lake activities.

--The ELPOIA Library remains at the Dover Town Hall and contains a wealth of information about lakes, water, watersheds, native plants, rain gardens, etc.  You can check out the three-ringed binders any time during normal Dover Town Hall hours.

--The winners of the 2nd Annual Eagle Lake Photo Contest were announced.

   Eagle Lake Nature:  1st  Lauren Koschik, Pan Yack, 2nd Juliet Lena-Roszkowski, East Shore      3rd Bert Richter, The Manor,  4th Judy Amundsen, Pan Yack

   Eagle Lake People/Water Activities:  1st Bob McEnroe, Pan Yack, 2nd Juliet Lena-Roszkowski, East Shore, 3rd Judy Amundsen, Pan Yack, 4th Marie Frederick, East Shore

   Eagle Lake Water Scenes:  1st Marie Frederick, East Shore, 2nd Bob McEnroe, Pan Yack, 3rd Kim Traxinger, East Shore, 4th Juliet Lena-Roszkoski, East Shore

   People’s Choice (chosen by members present):  Bob McEnroe, Pan Yack

   Money prizes were awarded to first-place winners and winning photos (1st – 4th place) will be on display at Michael’s Restaurant through Labor Day weekend.  THANKS to all who entered!

3.  Treasurer’s Report:  Chuck Glover handed out the financial report for the coming year.  Please note: information provided on the new dues payment notice is kept private and not shared.  Chuck encouraged everyone to provide their email addresses to reduce postage and facilitate communication.  PayPal is now being accepted for dues payment.  As of 8/12/16:

            EXPENSES:

               Administrative:                                  $1200.49

               Fundraising (shirts/flares)                   600.00

               Project Expenses                                  939.77

                        TOTAL EXPENSES:                 $2794.26

            INCOME:

               Annual Dues:                                     $2699.26

               Total Investment Income                        29.89

               Total Fundraising                                2395.00

                        TOTAL INCOME                         $5124.00

            ENDING BALANCE:                           $39,124.15

Currently, 137 households have paid their annual voluntary dues.  We encourage all people who are eligible for membership (those living within one mile of Eagle Lake) to send in their dues to Treasurer Chuck Glover, PO Box 655, Kansasville, WI 53139 or via PayPal (Use the “Send Money” link, Use email: treasurer@elpoia.org).  Of the 137 paid dues,  111 = $15, 2= $100 and many gave in between those amounts.  

Assets:  checking account, money market account, 4 CD’s.  Most of our income comes from dues.  Please note:  Money collected for Fireworks and Flares in a separate account.

            FIREWORKS FUND:

            Total Donations in 2015                        $8,495.00

            Expense for 2015 Fireworks:                $8,000.00

            Carryover to 2016                                          495.00

            Donations received-2016                        $2,265.00

            ELPOIA Contribution for 2016                $1,000.00

                        Funds available as of 8/12/16 $3,265.00

4.  ELMD Report:  Ed Furey, Chair   Eagle Lake Management District  No invasive weeds were found in the lake since the June chemical treatment.  The Crew is being kept busy with other tasks in case the invasives come back.  There is Chara, a good weed, which is keeping the nutrients found in  the water bottom to stay there, keeping oxygen content good, decreasing algae.  Caution:  The lake is down approximately one foot, so boaters be aware that there will be rocks that might cause damage to boats.  ELMD cannot remove ROCKS, but can remove debris such as old anchors. ELMD is still working on the dredging of the County Boat Launch and will try to get it done by Labor Day.  There is a problem with where to dump the silt/dirt.  The DNR said, since the dumping site has changed, ELMD needed to submit a new plan.   Some trees (ash) have to come down in order to get the equipment into the launch site.  Hopefully, the County will take these trees down.    ELMD is continuing to work on the transport barge (Aquaris Systems of North Prairie, WI).  They still have a grant, but need $21,000 to supplement the cost. The Weed crew is beginning to go back to college/football practice.  They will have a skeleton crew yet for shoreline pickup, etc.  Future needs: rebuild the 2nd Harvester and find a permanent home base to secure the harvesters during the summer months.

5.  Re-instituting the Eagle Lake Watershed Task Force:  Brian Younger passed out an article from the Wall Street Journal entitled “Midwest Goes After Algae”.  It will be posted on the Lake website.  Eagle Lake’s challenge is that we have too many nutrients coming in from the watershed and we need to solve this flow of phosphorus and other nutrients.  The new Task Force will include representatives from ELPOIA, ELMD, the Town of Dover and several members at large.  See Brian Younger, (262) 534-6241, if interested in joining the Task Force.  It will convene this Fall.

6.  Report by Craig Helker, Senior Water Resources Biologist, WDNR   Contact information is Craig.Helker@Wisconsin.gov Conditions on the lake are good following the 2-4-D chemical treatment by ELMD. In addition, favorable weather conditions have caused good water conditions this year.  Enjoy it!  Craig thanked volunteers Ken LaVelle and Don Hermes for doing water analysis following the chemical treatment.  There was a question about the duck population (Regency Condos has 21 resident ducks) and swimmer’s itch.  Craig reported that ducks and snails can transfer parasites back/forth between the two. There have not been reports of Swimmer’s Itch this summer on Eagle Lake.  If this occurs, please report it to ELPOIA/ELMD and they can send out an email to residents.  Snails are usually associated with rocky shoreline.  If swimming, towel off immediately after getting out of the water. ELMD did take out 77 geese this year, so that should help with reducing potential problems.

7.  Water Patrol Report:  Chris Utecht, Chief, Town of Dover Water Patrol

--The Water Patrol works for the Town of Dover.  If issues occur during the week when the Water Patrol is not out, call the Racine County Sheriff at (262) 886-2300.  On weekends, call the direct line to the Water Patrol Boat, (262) 758-0450.  In case of emergencies, call 9-1-1.  You can also contact the Water Patrol with questions at doverwaterpatrol@gmail.com.  If residents notice suspicious activity around the lake, please call. There have been reports of batteries stolen from the weed harvesters and other missing boating equipment around the lake this summer.  Always notify the Racine County Sheriff when theft/vandalism occurs.  Also, if you notify ELPOIA (jwamundsen@aol.com), we will get out an email to residents to be on alert.    

--Renewal of Registration for your boat is needed every 3 years and you need that certificate with you on the boat.

--Safety Recommendations:  The Law states you need a Personal Floatation Device for EVERY person on the boat.  It is recommended you wear the PFD, because if you are knocked out of the boat, it is extremely difficult to put it on when in the water.  Also, you tend to get disoriented in the water when you fly out of the boat.  You must have a throwable PFD for boats over 16 feet and not only have it, but have it available!

--Battery on Boats: need a battery cover.  A battery is a box full of acid!  It needs to be secured and covered, as you don’t want arching between the two terminals.  You can secure it with a strap. To cover the battery, have a battery box with a lid, or have terminal boots.

--You need a fire extinguisher if you have any compartments in the boat.  Make sure it works (If you shake the extinguisher and don’t hear anything, it’s time to get new one. 

--Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards all require PFD’s.  If you don’t like wearing them, think about getting a manual inflatable PFD.

--Make sure the lights on your boat are in working condition.  There are handouts available from ELPOIA that list all of the boating rules/regulations. 

--Within 3 feet of shore of the lake, there will be NO GLASS bottles/glasses, etc. on the lake.

8.  Fisheries Report: Luke Rofler, Senior Fisheries Biologist, WDNR   Contact Information:  Cell (262) 822-8164 or Luke.Roffler@wisconsin.gov. Luke replaced Doug Welch two years ago.  Since the 2008 Rotenone Treatment, which was a whole-lake treatment to eliminate the grossly overabundant and stunted bluegill population, the DNR has been stocking top predators and forage fish, and then pan fish.  They also implemented restrictions on fish harvesting (size/bag limit).  This treatment has occurred 3 different times on Eagle Lake.  Our current fish population includes: Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill and perch.   The 2015 Spring Fisheries Survey done with fyke netting/electrofishing showed the following:

--Northern Pike:  excellent native gamefish, excellent predator control (which has the potential to improve bass and panfish size structure - 27.1” Average) controls the rough fish populations.  They are dependent on large forage items (about 40% of their length).  There is a long history of quality pike fishing on Eagle Lake.  Surveys showed moderate abundance, very strong size structure and growth rates and the DNR will maintain stocking and protective regulations to maximize predator pressure.

--Largemouth Bass:  Survey showed moderate abundance, good size structure (12.4” average). They are the most effective predator of bluegill in the Eagle Lake system.  The DNR will maintain protective regulations to maximize top predator pressure.

--Yellow Perch:  Moderate abundance, limited size structure (5.3” average) with reports of 11-13” perch.  Multiple year classes have been established.  Perch are a popular fishing option and desirable forage species, particularly for pike.

--Bluegill:  very high abundance, decent size structure (5.4” average).  Abundance is steadily increasing toward pre-treatment levels so the DNR will continue to need large predators to maximize exploitation.  The need for continued restrictive fish harvest regulations will be voted on at the Spring Conservation Congress meeting.

--Other panfish:  Restrictive regulations on panfish were put in place following the most recent chemical treatment.  However, with the history of overabundant rough fish and panfish, the DNR would like to maximize rough fish and panfish predation by Pike and Bass.  They will be recommending open harvest of panfish to prevent overabundance and stunting, i.e. no minimum length limit and daily bag limit of 25.  Roffler urged citizens to attend the CONSERVATION CONGRESS SPRING HEARINGS, April 10, 2017, at the Union Grove High School, 3433 S. Colony Avenue in Union Grove to vote on the recommendation. 

EAGLE LAKE FISHERY SUMMARY:  excellent fishing opportunities and well-balanced fish community.

LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT OF EAGLE LAKE:

--Maximize top predator size structure for pike and bass

--Maximize exploitation of bluegill to prevent overabundance

--Monitor gamefish and panfish

--Continued stocking of northern pike for the time being

--Working with ELPOIA and ELMD to address nutrient/sediment loading

Please see below for the actual slides used for the Fisheries Report

Question:  why isn’t there Walleye stocking in Eagle Lake?   Due to DNR budget restrictions, Walleyes are going to lakes with better habitat for reproductions.  Roffler indicated, however, that if other groups/organizations want to purchase/stock Walleyes, they can do so.  Roffler would help these groups find a hatchery that produces virus-free fish, with strains of walleye compatible with our lake conditions.   However, he feels it would be a major challenge to establish that population in Eagle Lake, as spawning habitat availability, crucial to success of walleyes, is reduced.

9.  DNR Conservation Warden-Racine County:  Mike Hirschboeck    Contact information:  Michael.Hirschboeck@wisconsin.gov .  Mike talked about how to report people who are keeping fish that are not of legal size/bag limits.  The best way to report violations is to call the DNR Tip Line:  1-800-TIP-WDNR  (1-800-847-9367)   Wardens cannot do their jobs without the help of the public, so please report violations (summer and winter). When you call the hotline, you will be called back.  You will be asked if you want your name to be confidential when reporting.  Mike also utilizes the Water Patrol by asking them to go out and investigate reports.  ELPOIA might be able to develop a Lake Card containing the contact information for important numbers, i.e. Warden, Water Patrol, County Sheriff.

10.  2016 ELPOIA Project Reports:

            a.  Fireworks and Flares:  Don Hermes, Chair    We are short of money to fund a quality fireworks show.  Please turn in your donation by Aug. 26th so Mr. Elliot can plan the amount of fireworks to be presented.  Flares:  You can still purchase Flares from your ELPOIA representative or call Don at 878-4338.  After the Fireworks, look to East Shore for the signal to light your flares for the ‘Ring of Fire’.  Everyone should light them at the same time to be most effective. 

            b.  Eagle Lake Flags for piers/boats:  Don Hermes, Chair   ELPOIA is now selling a polyester flag that lasts longer.  Don also encouraged people to purchase boat flags, so people on shore know who is waving to them.  Order forms/prices are available from Don by calling 878-4338 or emailing him at hermes.don@gmail.com.

            c.  Zinnen Boat Launch Project:  Mike Yost, East Shore, is the new coordinator for the launch site, replacing Judy Amundsen.  This Native Plant Restoration Garden demonstrates the type of plants needed at the shoreline to filter out pollutants running into the lake from yards, driveways, streets, etc.  ELPOIA needs volunteers to keep up the project site.  Please contact Mike at  michael.yost@att.net if interested in helping.

            d.  Clean Boats~~Clean Waters:  Stephanie Rummler, Staff Member  gave a review of the Clean Boats~~Clean Waters program, a joint project of ELMD and ELPOIA.  Paid staff work weekends at the Racine County Park from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Holiday Weekends at both the Racine County Park and the Zinnen Boat Launch from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.  The purpose of the program is to stop invasive species from entering the lake. While other lakes in Southeast Wisconsin have had Zebra Mussels and Starry Stonewort enter their water, Eagle Lake has so far prevented these invasives from entering the lake.  Through July 24, 2016 the staff reached 1138 boaters (542 boats) this summer.  Of this total, the staff rated 874 as having a very good understanding of the program (77%), 226 have a good understanding (20% and 38 not having a good understanding (3%). The number of boats that had already been contacted via a CBCW program was 175, leaving 367 boats lacking the contact.  Also, 61 boats reported using different bodies of water within the past 5 days of entering Eagle Lake.  This program is necessary to continue to reach boaters who travel from lake to lake, thus increasing the risk of spreading invasives.

            e.  Tee-Shirt Committee:  Judy Amundsen  Eagle Lake Tee-Shirts are available in a wide variety of sizes, up to XXL in Green, Red, Blue and Khaki.  Children’s sizes are also available.  We are also offering Polo Shirts, with the ELPOIA/Eagle Lake Logo.  Tee-shirts cost $15, XXL = $18, Polo Shirts = $30.  Contact Judy Amundsen to order shirts at 878-2195 or jwamundsen@aol.com.

             f.  Possible Venetian Night:  There will not be a Venetian Night this year.  If you are interested in serving on a committee to organize the event next year, please call Marie Frederick at 878-5047.

            g.  Purple Loosestrife Committee:  contact Marie Frederick at 878-5047 if you see it growing on your lake bank or if you see if anywhere around the lake when out boating.  She will come and take it out.  Important: you can’t just cut if off, you have to dig it out.  PL is highly invasive and overtakes native plants necessary for bird and wildlife habitat.

            h.  Oak Crest Inlet Clean-Up:  Brian Younger  The Oak Crest Inlet runs from the Lavin Wetlands (South of Eagle Lake) under the road by Michael’s Restaurant and into Eagle Lake.  It has been identified as a source of phosphorus entering the lake.  ELPOIA got the weed crew to do some clean up this summer, but more work is needed in this area.  Please call Brian if interested in Volunteering at (262) 534-6241.

             i.  Terrace “Hot Dog Day”:  Brian Younger  The purpose was to showcase the native plantings growing there that filter runoff from Minnetonka Road before it enters the lake.  About  70 people attended this nice neighborhood gathering.  Lake residents are encouraged to go over to the site and see what types of plantings are present and to think about creating a native plant buffer on their own lakebanks.

10.  Door Prizes were drawn for the following prizes:  Michael’s Gift Certificate, Certificate to E.C. Café, an Eagle Lake Tee Shirt, and two shrubs.

11.  Adjournment:  There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 p.m.

                                                            Submitted by:

                                                            Judy Amundsen, Secretary

IMPORTANT WEBSITES:

Eagle Lake Website:  www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org

Wisconsin DNR:  www.dnr.wi.gov

Town of Dover:  www.townofdoverwi.com

Racine County:  www.racineco.com

Kansasville Betterment Committee:  www.kansasville-dover.com

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As noted in the minutes below, an excellent Power Point presentation was given on Aquatic Invasive Species.  Many in the audience requested that the presentation be placed on the web site.  The link below will lead you to that presentation.  It is set for manual navigation - use the enter key to advance to the next slide or use the backspace key to return to a previous slide.

http://tinyurl.com/oejs5a6

 

In addition two interesting reports were given with handouts on the Electrofishing Reports for Eagle Lake and the Walleye Restocking Program in Wisconsin.  Links to those are below with the Electrofishing Report first.

http://tinyurl.com/l5v9uxa

http://tinyurl.com/l2rccq6

 

                                                         ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING  8/16/2014

                                                                  9:00 A.M.  Dover Town Hall

1.  President’s Welcome/Call to Order:  Clay Marquardt, President welcomed the 40 people in attendance.     Clay announced this was our 60th year as an organization.

2.  Reading of the 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes: Judy Amundsen, Secretary   Tom Stone moved, George Cicona seconded that we accept the minutes of the 2013 Annual Meeting as printed and sent out to members and also published on the website (www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org )

--Residents were asked to send updates of their home addresses (if summer resident), email changes and when they sell their property to the Secretary at 878 - 2195.   ELPOIA is trying to communicate electronically with residents to reduce costs.   However, if you prefer to receive a hard copy of the RIPPLES, please contact the Secretary.  About 200 hard copies of the RIPPLES are still being sent out to residents who do not have an email address.  East Shore resident Mario Denoto has been publishing these copies at no expense for many years now.  THANKS, Mario.

 3.  Treasurer’s Report:  Loraine Zinnen, Treasurer   The following Treasurer’s report was submitted:

As of 8/1/2014, we had:

CHECKING:                              AMOUNT:

Regular Checking                      $  299.53

Money Market                           8,617.14

   Checking Total:                      $8,916.67

 INVESTMENTS:  We have a total of six CD’s that total $25,385.83.  We continue to reduce the number of CDs and combine them in 2-3 accounts.

 TOTAL ASSETS:  Checking and Investment Totals = $34,302.50

 DUES INFORMATION:  a total of $3,957 was paid in voluntary dues prior to the 2014 Annual Meeting.  Many residents paid more than the $15 minimum dues:  16 = $20, 20 = $25, 8 = $30, 7 = $50, 1 = $75, 2 = $100 and 1 = $200.  Thanks to all who paid their dues, as money collected will allow ELPOIA to continue to fund a wide variety of projects in the coming year! 

 EXPENSES:  A total of $11,122.36 was spent on office/mailing supplies, funding the Brown’s Lake Aquaducks for the Kansasville Hometown Picnic in 2013  ($500), Dredging the Zinnen Boat Launch ($6000) Silt dumping and rock removal for dredged material ($1,000), Clean Boats ~~ Clean Waters program ($700), a bench for the Zinnen Boat Launch site ($378.48), concrete and posts for the new bench ($356.30).  A complete report can be found on the website.

TOTALS:  2013 Report Balance             $40,780.32

                  Revenue                                             4,644.54

                  Expenses                                         11,122.36

                        TOTALS- 8/1/14             $34,302.50

Ed Furey moved and Tom Stone seconded that we accept the 2014 Treasurer’s Report as printed and distributed.  Motion carried.

 4.  Ed Furey, ELMD Chair:  invited everyone to attend a special ceremony honoring Don Hermes for his lifetime work on behalf on Eagle Lake.  The celebration will take place on Saturday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m. at Michael’s Restaurant.

 5.  Water Patrol Report:  Deputy Chris Utecht, Water Patrol Chief reported that as of August 1st,  290 ½ hours of patrol hours had been provided on the lake with 30 citations and 93 warnings issued.   Most violations were: lack of registration papers, lack of proper equipment on the boat and various moving violations including slow-no wake violations.  He reviewed the following Safety tips/rules:

--You must carry one wearable US Cost Guard approved life jacket of the proper size/type for each boat occupant.

--Boats 16 feet and over must also carry one USCG-approved throwable life jacket (type IV).  This jacket does not count as a wearable jacket.

--If your boat has enclosed compartments or a false floor, you must carry a USCG-approved fire extinguisher.

--Test your boat lights before leaving the dock -- white lights on back and combination of red/green in front of boat.

--Ventilate tank after refueling.  Open all hatches and run the blower.  Do not start the engine until the air smells clean.

--Battery issues: Have battery in a battery box covered and individual terminals covered and strapped down.

--Registration:  if motor is affixed to the boat, you must have boat registration and registration card must be carried with you.

--Operating age:  no one under 10 years may operate a motorboat; a person 10-11 may operate only if accompanied by a parent, guardian or person at least 18 years who is designated by the parent/guardian; a person 12-15 may operate only if accompanied by parent/guardian OR has completed a boating safety course accepted by the WDNR; a person 16 may operate only if has completed a boating safety course.  A person born BEFORE 1-1-1989 is exempt from the safety course requirements.

--Operators need to have their certificate with them.

--You can take the boating safety course online ($20 fee).

--Personal Watercraft (Jet ski) have different rules.

--A complete listing/explanation of boating rules can be found in the DNR Publication The Handbook of Wisconsin Boating Laws and Responsibilities found at the WNDR website:  www.dnr.wi.gov .

Deputy Utecht discussed at length the controversy regarding reinforcement of the 100-foot rule for going slow-no-wake.  Several boaters received citations for operating at higher speeds on the LAKE SIDE of the buoys.  Most people thought you had to go slow-no-wake on the SHORE SIDE of buoys, but not on the lake side.  The Town of Dover is reviewing this ordinance and, for now, the Water Patrol will be enforcing slow-no-wake only 100 feet on the Shore side of the buoys.  Boaters should use the line of buoys as the line of demarcation for now.  Webmistress Cindy Stone will develop a special boating section on the lake website after the new regulations are finalized.

Residents were urged to call Deputy Utecht if they see problems occurring on the lake.  You can call him on his Water Patrol Boat cell phone:  (262) 758-0450.  He is working at getting voice mail access for this number.  If you don’t get an answer, call the Town of Dover office at (262) 878-2200 and tell Melissa, the Town Clerk, that you need to get in touch with Deputy Utecht.  You can also reach him at the website Townofdoverwaterpatrol.com or call the NON emergency Sheriff’s number (262) 886-2300.

In closing, Deputy Utecht stressed the ‘concept of reasonableness of enforcement’, saying the Water Patrol was out on the lake to protect the safety of everyone.

6.  Presentation by Karen Stoll, WDNR Water Guard Deputy Warden and Coordinator:  This is the 4th year of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Early Detection Monitoring project conducted by the WDNR.  Standardized monitoring procedures, including snorkeling, plankton tow nets, aquatic plant rakes, macroinvertebrate dip-nets and shoreline meander surveys are used to search for invasive plants.  Eagle Lake was surveyed on August 27, 2013 and will again be surveyed this September.  Last year’s survey found Curly Leaf Pondweed, Eurasian Water Milfoil and Banded Mystery Snails (already documented as being in the lake).  Purple Loosestrife and Rusty Crayfish were new records for our lake.   There were no indications that zebra mussels were present in the lake.  Karen felt that education of boaters should continue and preventative measures taken  to prevent introduction of zebra mussels and other invasives.

New potential threats to Eagle Lake include:  Corbicula (Asian Clam), water hyacinth, Faucet snails, zebra mussels and New Zealand Mudsnail.  A link to Karen’s Power Point Presentation will be put up on the Lake Website.  Pictures of these new invasives can be found within that presentation.  What other lakes are doing to control Milfoil:  harvesting, chemical treatments from the root system on up, spot treating weed beds, and using Milfoil Weevils.

WATER QUALITY:  Karen reported one measure of a lake’s health is the trophic state, which relates to the amount of algae in the water.  The average summer trophic state of Eagle Lake for the past 5 years was 67 (Eutrophic) and was determined by using Secchi Disk data.  Eagle Lake is considered a SHALLOW LOWLAND LAKE, and for such a lake, water quality was considered fair. She commented that Eagle Lake has had minimal harmful blue-green algae this summer, which is unusual—but GOOD!  For more information, go to www.dnr.wi.gov/lakes/waterquality .

Karen has been in contact with other DNR Lake Specialists:  Christina Wolbers (AIS Monitoring/Testing Head) Christina.Wolbers@wisconsin.gov and Craig Helker (Aquatic Plant Management) craig.helker@wisconsin.gov .  They will continue to work with ELPOIA in the future.

7.  Kansasville Hometown Picnic, Venetian Night, Fireworks, Ring of Fire: Marie Frederick and Don Hermes:  This is the 8th year for Venetian Parade, with up to 15 boats initially but now down to 3-4  boats.  Venetian Night may have to be cancelled in the future if not enough people participant.  Favorite Movies is the theme for this year, with rules/regs printed in the Ripples.  The parade is also a unity circle to show support for the lake.  You can participate without decorating your boat.  Boats will make two laps around the lake, running from 6-8 p.m.  The Fireworks begin about 8:30 p.m., with the Ring of Fire/flares. Following. Tom Gawne will light the first flares on the East Shore (by Don’s house), then you light yours.  Flares are available today,  at the Hometown Picnic and from area reps Brian Younger (The Terrace), Bill Grise (The Island), and Bob Miller (Pan Yack).

8.  2014 ELPOIA Project Reports:

A.  Zinnen Boat Launch Project:  Judy Amundsen 

--We have had 3 work days this summer and 1 planting day. 

--We bought about 80 new native plants to add to our collection

--We cleared an area so that we could install a 6 foot bench to honor Don Hermes for all his hard work throughout his life time, on behalf of Eagle Lake.  The Town of Dover did the concrete slab and put  together and installed the bench.  We put pavers in and revised the wooden fence to allow people to walk to/from  the bench. 

--Our next improvement will be to have a permanent sign made that describes the need for native plants around the lake and lists the name of plants found on site.

--We will continue to need volunteers to maintain the site.  Thanks to Jan White, Judi McNamara and Nancy Younger  for helping on work days and thanks to Clay Marquardt and Dan Amundsen for installing the pavers.

B.  Purple Loosestrife Eradication Project:  Marie Frederick   Marie and her crew will be eradicating Purple Loosestrife around the lake next week.  It is blooming now and can be easily recognized.  If you suspect PL growing on your property, contact Marie at 878-5047.  Marie also found another highly invasive plant, Common Teasel,  which is now turning brown.  It was found on Hwy 75, across from the houses on the East Shore.  A picture/information can be found at www.dnr.wi.gov/invasives/classification .

C.  Inlet-Stream Monitoring Project: Marie Frederick  In past years, a small group went out 1/month to test for water quality and general health of critters/water in Eagle Creek.  This is a great project for young kids that need community service hours and people of all ages who like to hike outdoors.  She needs volunteers to help with project.

D.  Pontoon Classroom Program:  Marie Frederick  Other lakes have had programs to educate local business leaders to get them out on the lake and educate them on lake needs.  ELPOIA felt it would be better for Eagle Lake to invite local officials, who are the ones who legislate changes in rules/laws governing lakes.   A committee will be working on planning this pontoon classroom for next year, possibly being held in conjunction with the KHTP.  There will be a need for pontoon boats and people to serve as tour guides

E.  Eagle Creek Inlet Improvement Project:  Marie Frederick/Clay Marquardt  A committee will be formed to study the area between Highway 75 west to Eagle Lake, along Eagle Creek.  There are a lot of trees/shrubbery that need clean up/cutting back so more sunlight can reach the stream banks where buffers could be installed.

F.  Clean Boats/Clear Waters Program:  Judy Amundsen   Through a cooperative effort between ELMD and ELPOIA, the lake received 75% funding from the DNR ($3,000) to run a Clean Boats~~Clean Waters program.  ELPOIA pledged up to $1,000 in local funding.  ELPOIA managed the staff and the entering of data into the State DNR site and ELMD handled the payroll.

There are 6 high school girls who rotate and staff the site from 9-1:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.  They also worked double shifts on the opening of fishing season, Memorial Day weekend and the 4th of July weekend.  The following stats are from May 3rd to August 3rd:

400 boaters were contact either as they entered or left the lake during the 9-1 shifts.  Many probably were ‘repeat’ visitors.  By the beginning of August, most boaters had already received the CBCW information at a boat launch.  About 97% of the 763 boaters contacted felt our information/program was Very Satisfactory (74%)  or Satisfactory (23%).

Because aquatic invasives spread from lake to lake, one survey question asked if the boaters had visited other lakes in the previous 5 days from entering Eagle Lake.  The following were named: Big Muskego – 3,  Green Bay – 1,  Brown’s Lake – 15, Twin Lakes – 4, Delevan Lake – 2, Root River – 1, Lake Michigan – 1, Long Lake – 2, Chain of Lakes – 1, Silver Lake – 3, Tichigan Lake – 2, Wind Lake – 1, Hooker Lake – 1, Lake Elizabeth – 1, Lake Geneva – 1, Lower Twin Lake-1, Paddock Lake – 1.  Because some of these lakes already have Zebra Mussel in them, it is essential that we continue to educate boaters re: how to clean off their boats before entering our lake and also after exiting the lake.  We DO NOT want to have Zebra Mussels get into our lake.

Most of our lake residents put their boats in and don’t take them out until the end of the summer,  making it unlikely they are the ones responsible for bringing in these invasives.  However, if invasives enter our lake, they can attach themselves to our boats and piers.  Please inspect your boats and piers carefully when they are takent out of the lake this fall.  If you have someone do this for you, please ask them to be on the lookout for zebra mussels.

G.  Welcome New Neighbor Program:  Judy Amundsen  These kits contain a wealth of information re: lake living, local/county/state laws regarding boating, zoning issues, and fishing regulations.  Kits can be obtained by contacting Judy Amundsen at 878-2195.

H.  New Construction Monitoring Program:  Judy Amundsen ELPOIA receives weekly reports re: new construction/remodeling so building sites can be monitored for run-off compliance.

I.  Tee-Shirt Sales:  Barb Eckert  New Eagle Lake t-shirts have arrived and are available in three colors (red, blue, green). The price is $15, except the 2XL is $18.  There were sold at today’s Annual Meeting and again will be sold at next week’s Hometown Picnic.  You can also order them from Barb at 864-2112.

J.  Flag Sales:  Don Hermes:  Flags for your pier can again be ordered from Don  at 878-4338.  They are made of stronger material so they will last longer.  Contact Don for cost information for the flags and poles.

K.  Lake-Wide Warning Systems for rocks:  Clay Marquardt/Brian Young    There are three areas around of lake that have dangerous rocks: some by the county boat launch and some over by Peninsula Drive. They are difficult to locate this year because of high water levels.  A committee is being formed to investigate the best way to remove them, what final costs would be and how feasible the project would be.  If you are interesting in participating, call Clay at 878-4446.

L.  New Eagle Lake Strategic Plan:  Brian Younger   One project ELPOIA would like to do in cooperation with ELMD is to develop a new lake management plan and also investigate alternate water quality improvement projects such as establishing a lake vault at the Eagle Creek inlet.  The ELPOIA board has passed a resolution to contact ELMD, the DNR and Chad Sampson’s County office to see if a meeting date could be established.

M.  Oak Crest Creek Project: Brian Younger  Approximately 60% of phosphorus that comes into Eagle Lake is from the Eagle Creek Inlet.  The other main source comes from Oak Crest Creek, over by Michael’s Restaurant.  ELPOIA has already met with a representative of Luke Raffler, WDNR, to walk through the site to see what could be done to reduce phosphorus levels.  A committee will be formed to study ways to improve the water resources coming into the lake at that location.  If interested in serving, call Brian at (262) 534-6241.

9.  Written Report from Luke Raffler, WDNR Fisheries Biologist:  Brian Younger  Luke is the person who took over for Doug Welch.  He reported that the DNR will be stocking Walleyes again in Eagle Lake, as part of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative that will try to maintain the strength of the state’s wild walleye waters while developing a more productive sport fishery in lakes capable of sustaining this prized fish.  The DNR plans to increase the number of large or ‘extended growth’ walleye fingerlings released from 450,000 during 2013 to between 750,000 and 800,000 in 2015.  Walleyes do not naturally reproduce in Eagle Lake, which is why the DNR did not restock them after the fish kill.  Luke reported that the Northern Pike are really growing and that the fish are healthy.

10.  A study of dredging the Zinnen Boat Launch:  Clay Marquardt      Clay recapped the work done on dredging the Zinnen Boat Launch, to show how much work went into this ‘simple’ project.  The project began two summers ago when a severe drought caused water levels to become very low and made it difficult to get boats out in/out of the lake.  Even the weed cutters couldn’t get close to shore to unload weeds.  So ELPOIA paid for the dredging.  Don Hermes, as project chair, got all the permits (it took us close to a year to get them), contracted with Inland Dredging to do the project (dredge a 5- foot x 60 foot area x 3 feet of sludge) and get rid of materials that needed to be transported in SEALED trucks that didn’t allow water/materials to escape when transporting sludge to dumping site. A total of 18 loads/$40 load were removed and dumped on a farmer’s field.  When the material dried, we found out that there were a lot of rocks now in the field.  The rocks had to be removed, using a rock  picker.  This summer, we got reports of boaters getting stuck when going in/out because the rock pads were compromised.  Much of this damage was due to boaters who powered on/off launch pad.  ELPOIA is now looking into new rock to put at the end of cement.

QUESTION:  What would it cost to think about dredging the entire lake, after seeing all the problems that popped up for a simple boat launch site project?  Brian Young reported that ‘cost prohibited’ is a good term.  $20,000,000 was the rough estimate to take off one foot of lake bed material.  A committee will be formed to obtain additional factual information re: this and to share the information with lake residents.

10.  Residents Comments/Concerns:   Residents attending the meeting had a chance to voice their concerns re: the condition of the lake and make suggestions to improve the lake.

--Tom Stone:  ELPOIA and ELMD should try to work together for the betterment of the lake.  Clay emphasized ELPOIA wants to be constructive with projects and hope both organizations can work together

--Nancy Usher:  believes we need to unplug our springs to increase water quality.  Brian Young has a map his wife obtained from the DNR that showed the location of the old springs.  He sent it to ELMD for consideration about 5 years ago.

11.  Don Hermes:  announced that the Annual Boat Tie-Up will be Sunday, August 31st at 2:00.  Details were published in the RIPPLES this past month. 

11.  Adjournment:  After Don Hermes sang his “Eagle Lake Song’, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m. 

                                                            Submitted by:

                                                            Judy Amundsen, ELPOIA Secretary

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ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING 8/3/2013
9:00 a.m. Dover Town Hall

1. President’s Welcome/Call to Order: Dick Barta, President, thanked everyone for coming and
reported that there will be an ELMD Informational Meeting following this meeting. It will begin
approximately at 10:30 a.m. There were 40 people in attendance.


2. Reading of 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes: Judy Amundsen, Secretary, summarized last year’s
meeting and reported that copies of the minutes were sent to members via email last Fall and are also
posted on the Lake Website. It was moved/seconded/passed that we dispense with the reading of the
minutes and accept them as printed on the website. Judy introduced Webmistress Cindy Stone and
thanked her for the great job she does with our lake website. People were asked to keep ELPOIA updated re: any changes in permanent address and email addresses. Welcome New Neighbor Kits are available to new residents around the lake. You can call Judy (878-2195) or your area representative for a handbook if someone moves into your area.


3. Treasurer’s Report: Dick introduced Acting Treasurer Loraine Zinnen, who is temporarily taking over
the Treasurer’s duties from Krista Mozina. Krista held this position for 6 years and is to be thanked for
her commitment to ELPOIA. Dick also reported that ELPOIA is looking for a person, preferably with
financial background/training, to take over this position.

Loraine submitted a detailed Treasurer’s Report as of 7/31/13 (summarized below);
CHECKING ACCOUNT: AMOUNT:
Regular Checking $ 2,271.89
Money Market 13,200.08
Grant Checking 00
CHECKING TOTAL: $15,471.97
CD INVESTMENT TOTALS:
2012 Amount: $25,160.28
2013 Amount: $25,308.35
TOTAL INCOME: $40,708.32
EXPENSES: $ 4,520.44
2012 Report Balance: $42,153.67
Revenue: $ 3,147.09
Expenses: $ 4,520.44
TOTALS FOR ANNUAL MEETING $40,780.32

Loraine reported we are consolidating several of our 9 separate CDs into 3 CDs. Main Expenses were for projected dredging of the Zinnen Boat Launch (up to $7,000), two large informational signs for the Aquatic Invasive Removal Stations at the Zinnen Launch and the County Launch, replanting of the Zinnen Boat Launch, sponsorship of the Aquaducks at the Kansasville Home Town Picnic ($500), and the RIPPLES mailings. Dues are slowly coming in. A total of $1,500 in dues payment had been received by the Annual Meeting, with 10 members contributing over $15. If you haven’t sent in your dues yet, please consider doing so. (c/o Judy Amundsen, Secretary, 24033 W. Oakwood Lane, Kansasville, WI 53139)


4. Craig Helker, Senior Water Resources Biologist, WDNR Craig indicated that Eagle Lake is very
well loved, as evidenced by two very active groups on the lake and the number of people attending today’s meeting. Some of his duties include: Issuing chemical control permits, stream monitoring, attending meetings such as this to provide continuing education to lake people and to keep lakes following their developed management plans. The Eagle Lake Plan/Goal was to have a lot of native vegetation, clear water, with less algae. He feels the lake is in pretty good shape with these goals. Also, the water is deeper this summer, which keeps the sediments from getting ‘kicked up’ as much, which keeps the water clearer. There have also been ongoing plant and zooplankton surveys and phosphorus surveys done. Indeed, there is more management of Eagle Lake than any other lakes under Craig’s jurisdiction. Lake Consultant Kathy Aron explained why it was not good to remove the Sago Pondweed in widespread areas of the lake. Such removal would also ‘take out’ a variety of low-growing native plants that hopefully will eventually crowd out the highgrowing Sago. If all these native plants were removed, undesirable invasives such as Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed would thrive again. Mechanical permits are 5-year permits and guidelines have to follow the Lake Management Plan.

5. Written Report from Doug Welch, WDNR Fisheries Biologist: A detailed handout from Doug was
available at the check-in table. You can request that the report be mailed to you electronically via your
email. Brian Younger further reported on Doug’s May 8th electrofishing survey, where the entire shoreline
was sampled. Specifically, NORTHERN PIKE catch rates have not changed significantly for the period 2011 to 2013 (Spring) and we are close to our Fall catch rate goal of 5/mile. The Fall 2012 catch rate was
6.3/mile. Size structure is steadily improving. Most of the northern pike sampled in 2011 were 17.0 inches
long compared to 23 inches in Spring, 2013.
    LARGEMOUTH BASS: Catch rates are trending downward from 2011. We are very close to our Fall catch rate goal of 25/mile. The current average Fall catch rate was 24.3/mile. Size structure is steadily
improving. Average length of bass sampled in 2012 was 12.9 inches and the average length in Spring, 2013 was 14.8 inches. Most of the bass in the sample were 14 and 15 inches long in 2012, and 15-16 inches in Spring, 2013.
    BLUEGILL: Fall catch rates are trending downward from 2011. Our maximum Fall catch rate goal was
100/mile. The Fall 2011 catch rate was 289/mile. The Fall 2012 catch rate was 118/mile and the Spring
2013 catch rate was 164/mile. Size structure is steadily improving. Average length has increased from 3.2 inches in Fall, 2011 to 5.0 inches in Spring, 2013. He observed a few 9-10 inch bluegills during the Spring, 2013 fyke net sampling. The DNR plans to sample the fish population by electrofishing again this fall to track relative abundance and size structure of the fish, i.e. Northern Pike, Blue Gills, and Bass. All in all, the fish population is quite healthy.

6. Water Patrol Report: Lt. Andy Mammen Was not available. Dick Barta, however, reported that
Slow-no-wake and going wrong directions are most frequent problems being cited. Some of the Restrictions re: who may operate motorboats (other than a Personal Watercraft) include:
    ~~A person under the age of 10 may not operate a motorboat
    ~~A person 10 or 11 years old may operate one ONLY IF accompanied by a parent, a guardian or a person at least 18 years old who is designated by the parent or guardian.
    ~~A person 12-15 years old may operate one ONLY IF she/he is accompanied by parent, guardian, etc. OR she/he has completed a boating safety course accepted by the Wisconsin DNR.
    ~~A person born on or after Jan. 1, 1989 and at least 16 years old may operate a motorboat ONLY IF
she/he has completed a boating safety course accepted by the Wisconsin DNR.
Rules for operating a Personal Watercraft (PWC) include:
    ~~A person under the age of 12 may not operate a PWC.
    ~~A person born on/after Jan. 1, 1989 AND at least 12 years old may operate a PWC ONLY IF he/she has completed boating safety course that is accepted by the WDNR. Parental supervision in not a substitute for a boating safety course certificate, as with other motor boats.
    ~~A person under 16 years old may not rent/lease a PWC.
*Please note that you can take the safety course online.
Marie Frederick noted that people on jet skis are getting too close to boats anchored out in the middle of
lake. Please tell your family members and your guests that they must keep at least 100’ from anchored
boaters.

7. Presentation by Karen Stoll, WDNR Water Guard Coordinator: Aquatic Invasive Species
Karen reported that some of her duties as Water Guard Coordinator include talking to boaters, training
boater inspectors with Clean Boats~~Clean Waters Program and helping them learn about aquatic invasive species, doing PR at public meetings to increase the pool of knowledge re: invasives; talking to harvesters who jump from lake-to-lake about possible spread of invasives, talking to bait shops and giving them literature to hand out, and participating in fairs such as the upcoming KHTP, Zebra Mussels Wild Cards were passed out so lake residents can learn to ID them. There are 130 invasives in Lake Michigan and approximately 30 have spread to inland lakes. The Water Guard program istrying to keep more from coming inland.
    ~~If you are taking a boat anywhere, keep it out of the water for 5 days or use a solution of 2 T. bleach to 1 gallon of water to thoroughly wash the boat before putting it back in the water.
    ~~Inspect your boat by rubbing your hand along the outside (sandpaper feeling is probably ZM babies
attached to your boat). You will need to wash boat with bleach.
    ~~Drain ANY water when taking your boat out (including water that collects in your motor) That is the
biggest one people forget.
    ~~You can’t transport weeds/water away from the launch.
    ~~Any fish you catch cannot be transported alive. You can use ice to keep it from spoiling, but not any type of water.
    ~~Also, don’t transport bait unless you have not added any lake water to the bait. If bait is still in the
original water supply ONLY, you can use that bait anywhere. DON’T dump left over minnows/worms into
the lake. Either take them home or dump them in a garbage bin.  Another type of invasive mussel is the Quagga Mussel (similar to the ZM). Karen reported there is currently an area one mile long and one mile wide in Lake Michigan where QM have taken over. Nothing is growing there.
POTENTIAL FINES: $300 for transportation of live fish, $295 for water in boat; $295 for weeds on your
trailer. If cited two separate times, fines go up substantially. If invasives are introduced into a lake, they
can destroy the lake. CBCW started in 2008. The educational phase is over and the enforcement phase is coming. People on the lake can also be on the lookout for violators and should be taking a close look at
their own piers/boats during the summer and when they take them out of the water in the Fall. Make sure
there are no ZM attached. Report any found to ELPOIA or the DNR.
Karen ended her presentation by passing out handouts:
    ~~Eurasian Water Milfoil (both good/bad types).
    ~~Zebra Mussel: Most lakes in SE WI are infested with ZM. ZM are in the Fox River and nearby Wind
Lake.
    ~~Invasive snails are ending up in the lake, i.e. Banded mystery snail and Chinese Mystery snail.
    ~~Aquatic Invasives Species handout
    ~~Information re: VHS – which is a fish disease in Lake MI. It causes fish to die in the thousands and can be identified by bloody, bulging lesions. Call the DNR if you catch a fish suspected of having VHS. The disease can be spread to fish through the water or by fish eating fish that have been contaminated.
She passed our Invasive species bobbers and floating key chains.

8. Eagle Lake Watershed Management Task Force Report: Brian Younger (chair) reported that past
studies show 60 % of nutrients are coming from the Eagle Creek area. Eugene Mills, Barney Lavin and Jeff Erhart (local farmers) are participating in installing buffer zones to reduce phosphorus flowing from their fields into the creek. Recent studies, however, have found that phosphorus levels are 3 times higher than they should be by the Oak Crest Creek near Michael’s Restaurant. Area field tiles are being looked at. The focus will be to try to determine the cause of these high phosphorus readings. This recent data is
disturbing. One positive is the farmer who owns OCC land will be putting up vegetative buffers along the
creek. Something to consider in the future would be a possible holding pond for water entering lake.
There are problems, too, with all the old phosphorus that is in the lake. Past efforts to reduce phosphorus
coming into the lake include development of the Waste water treatment plant and installing vegetative
buffers along Eagle Creek. Settling and binding agents can be used in certain conditions to contain the
phosphorus. It is better to prevent the PH from entering the lake, as treatments such as alum are VERY
expensive. Also, the State is monitoring PH in community/private wells to determine where PH is coming
from. Generally, the shallow wells are more affected by ground water with PH runoff. The Eagle Lake Task
force should coordinate with this state monitoring data. The Town of Dover no longer has a representative
on this task force, which includes representatives from ELMD and ELPOIA.

9. Kansasville Hometown Picnic, Venetian Night, Fireworks, Flares: Marie Frederick and Don
Hermes   Aug 24th is the date of the activities this year. It is always the Saturday before Labor Day
weekend. The Venetian Parade will include a Unity Circle section where boats will not need to be
decorated—just come and join in the fun to show support/love for Eagle Lake. While decorations are
optional, they are strongly encouraged. Mario Denoto is donating a $100 prize for the best decorated boat.  A list of tips re: how to decorate a boat are available from Marie. The Aquaduck show is back and is being funded by ELPOIA. The performers need a pier and staging area, so the show will again be held in front of the County Park. The Park has bleachers for viewing the show, or you can get on your boats and watch from that point. Don reported you should be ready for the fireworks any time after 8-8:30. Russ Kortendick, Kortendick Ace Hardware and Kortendick Underground Irrigation Systems, has donated 500 flares to be used in the ”Circle of Fire” immediately after the fire works. The first flare will be lit by Don Hermes, with everyone joining in. Flares will last 20 minutes. You can buy your flares from Don (878-4338) for a ‘Buck a Flare.’ Proceeds will help fund the fireworks display. Additional donations are always welcomed.

10. Zinnen Boat Launch Project: Judy Amundsen reported the site was replanted this spring because
invasives had taken over. The project started in 2004, when ELPOIA had a DNR Shoreland Restoration
Grant to showcase plantings of native plants along shorelands. It has served as a demonstration project
since then. Over 85 forbs (small plants) were put in this spring, thanks to Nan Calvert of Wild Ones Native
Plant group, Judy Amundsen, Marilynn Johnson and Bob Miller. Nancy Younger has been watering the new plants, thanks to Frank Schroeder, who is supplying the water from his intake hose. Judy McNamara, her sister Bonnie, and Judy Amundsen spent time weeding the site recently. If you have an hour to spare to help maintain the site, please call Judy Amundsen at 878-2195.

11. Update on Zinnen Boat Launch Dredging: Don Hermes announced as of July 26 we have the proper permits to dredge the launch area. Dredging is needed to provide more depth for boats and the weed cutters to get in/out of the launch site without hitting bottom. Dredging will begin the middle of October.  The dumping site has been secured for dredging materials but we have to wait until the soy beans are harvested on the farm site.

12. Purple Loosestrife Project: Marie Frederick brought in a sample of Purple Loosestrife so people can learn to identify it. She also demonstrated how PL should be eradicated, i.e. it needs to be bagged before the seed pods can open and distribute over 2 million seeds/plant. The root system needs to be dug out or chemically treated with RODEO if too large. ELPOIA is willing to help any property owner ID and eradicate this invasive plant. Marie will be ‘plant spotting’ and may contact you for permission to eradicate if it is found on your property. If you suspect you have PL, please call Marie at 878-5047. Marie also brought in samples of other invasives, i.e. Honey suckle (fruit red at this time of year) and BuckThorn. She reported a Good plant, i.e. Forget-me-not, which has a pretty cup-shaped orange flower with pea pods. You should leave Forget-me-not on your lake bank.

13. Lending Library: Judy Amundsen had the Library Cart up front to show what types of informational
materials were available to lake residents to check out. She urged people to check out the 3-ringed
binders and learn about lakes, water, invasive species, rules/regs and a wide variety of other problems
affecting our lake.

14. Election of Board Members: Dick Barta It was moved/seconded and passed to caste an unanimous ballet for those lake residents listed on the 2013-2015 Ballet. The Board will be comprised of the following:
EAST/NORTH SHORE: (4 Reps) Barbara Eckert, Marie Frederick, Don Hermes, Loraine Zinnen
PAN YACK PARK: (3 Reps) Judy Amundsen, Clay Marquardt, Bob Miller
THE TERRACE: (1 Rep) Brian Younger
THE REGENCY CONDOS: (1 Rep) Bill Whyte
THE ISLAND: (3 Reps) Maureen Lavin, Chuck Usher, Open Position
THE MANOR: (3 Reps) Traci Aspel, Dick Barta, Brian Young

15. Drawing for Door Prizes Two $25 gift certificates to Applebees, 5 Eagle Lake Hats and two $25
gift certificates to Michael’s. Winners included: Kim Casper, Robert Heilbrunner, Sandy Tyler, Judith
Rittenhouse, Doug McLemore, Vin Pagliano, Dan Uhen and Phil Wambolt. Everyone was thanked for
attending the meeting.

16. The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 a.m.

Submitted by:
Judy Amundsen, ELPOIA Secretary

WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT:
Eagle Lake Website: www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org
Wisconsin Association of Lakes: www.wisconsinlakes.org
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: www.dnr.wi.gov
Town of Dover Website: www.doverwi.com
Racine County Website: www.racineco.com (Zoning ordinances, permits, etc)
Kansasville Betterment Committee: www.kansasvillewi.com

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ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING  8/11/2012

      9:00 a.m.   Dover Town Hall

1.       Welcome-Dick Barta thanked everyone for attending and indicated “Every year on the lake is different”.  High temperatures (both air and water) and lack of rain have caused significant problems for the lake.

       

2.       Secretary’s Report:  Judy Amundsen       There were 40 people in attendance at today’s meeting.

n       Judy thanked Cindy Stone, Lake Webmistress, for all the work she does to keep residents up-to-date re: lake issues/happenings.  The website is:  www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org

n       ELPOIA Board members who represent various area around the lake were introduced.

n       Welcome New Neighbor kits are available for those of you new to the lake.  Sign up for one and it will be delivered.

n       Judy pointed out the new ELPOIA bookshelf made by Pan Yack member Bob McEnroe.   It houses resource materials on a wide variety of lake subjects.  More books/reference materials will be added in the future, so watch for these new arrivals.

n       Judy asked that members keep their email/regular mailing addresses up to date with ELPOIA and ELMD.  Both associations are relying heavily on email to report information to their members.

3.        Treasurer’s Report:  Krista Mozina submitted the treasurer’s report current as of 7/31/12.  A full report is on file and can be obtained if requested.  The summary includes:

CHECKING ACCOUNT:                                       AMOUNT:

Regular Checking Account                                $  2,420.97

Money Market Accounts                                     13,735.77

Grant Checking Account                                            800.00

CHECKING TOTALS:                                           $16,956.74

 

CD INVESTMENT TOTALS:    2011 Amount = $24,997.19    2012 Amount = $25,186.93

 

EXPENSES:    $1,372.54

 

TOTAL INCOME (From investment interest, 2012 dues, Money Market Interest):  $2,594.83

 

CURRENT BALANCE:

   2011 Balance                    $40,931.38

   Revenue                                  2,594.83

   Expenses                                 1,372.54

       TOTAL                            $42,153.67

 

Krista reported that there could be expenses yet of up to $2000 to fund the Clean Boats ~ Clean Waters program on weekends at the Eagle Lake County Park.  She also reported that dues were being paid around the lake at a good rate, with 21 members paying over the $15 rate.  There is still time to send in your dues for this year.

 

 

4.       Written Report from Doug Welch, WDNR Fisheries Biologist:  Read by Brian Younger

Spring Fyke Net Survey--March 6-10:  Purpose of survey was to assess the northern pike population.  They sampled 1,085 northern pike in 9 net nights for a catch rate of 120 fish per net night.  Lengths ranged between 12.0 and 33.9 inches, with an average length 18.8 inches.  Most northerns were between 17 and 18 inches long.  They were in very good condition, with an average relative weight value of 104.27 for males and 123.58 for females.  The higher value for females is attributed to the eggs they were carrying.  Because of the high catch rate per net night, Welch removed 559 northerns between 15 and 19 inches long.  These fish tested negative for viral hemorrhagic septicemia and were transferred to the Sheboygan Marsh.  Welch has no plans to transfer additional northerns in the future.  They also sampled 6 bluegill (between 9.5 and 10 inches long) and one yellow perch (not measured).

 

Electrofishing Survey - April 25: The entire shoreline was sampled on the night of April 25 to assess the largemouth bass population.  They sampled 79 largemouth bass for a catch rate of 18 per mile or 36 per hour.  In May, 2011, the average catch rate was 26 per mile or 54 per hour.  The difference is likely due to a later sampling date and warmer lake temperatures last year.  Lengths ranged between 3.2 and 16.1 inches, with the average length 14.3 inches.  Bass were in  very good condition with an average relative weight value of 114.8.  The relative weight value was 113.9 in May, 2011.  Welch observed good numbers of young bass and bluegill.

 

Fish Kill—July 5 – 7:  Approximately 50 northern pike up to 32 inches in length died due to sustained high water temperatures (80-85 degrees F).  Sustained water temperatures of 80 degrees F or higher will kill northern pike if they can’t find cooler, oxygenated water.  Several other shallow lakes in Walworth County also experienced northern pike kills during the same time period.

 

Fish Stocking – 2012:  Fish stocking quotas for Eagle Lake in 2012 are 12,875 large fingerling largemouth bass and 1,059 large fingerling northern pike.  An electrofishing survey is planned for fall, 2012 to assess young of this year’s populations.

 

Several questions were raised:  Why did the DNR take out 500 large Northern this year and now are restocking little fry and fingerlings?  Didn’t we want a large amount of predators to keep the small bluegills, etc. under control?  There seems to be an explosion of little bluegills, etc. this year that are not, perhaps, under control.  Ed Furey reported that the ELMD has questioned this move, but that Doug Welch felt that there were plenty of predators to control all populations.

 

5.       Water Patrol Report:  Dick Barta for Lt. Andy Mammen

The main objective of the water patrol is to enforce all state and local laws, provide traffic control services on the lake and maintain a safe and fun recreational environment for all in accordance with the DNR.    The water patrol consists of a chief, one lieutenant and 6 patrol officers.  All patrol officers are certified WI police officers meeting all required training in accordance with WI Law Enforcement Standards board.  They operate with a 2007 Monarch patrol boat with a 115 Hp outboard motor.  The boat is equipped with lights, siren and first aid equipment. 

 

The main focus is safety on the water.  The main violation found is Slow No Wake before 10 a.m.  They do actively enforce this violation to maintain peace on the lake during the time of Slow No Wake.  The water patrol will inspect your boat if requested.  Consider doing this, so you are sure your boat has the required equipment on board to safely operate.  The required equipment is different based on the size of the boat and additional features unique to each particular vessel.

 

If you need to make contact with the water patrol:  If the patrol boat is out on that lake, contact the Sheriff’s Office (262 636-3211)who in turn will contact the patrol boat to return your call.  The Sheriff does the dispatching for the water patrol and has a direct line to the boat.  If you have an emergency on the water, call 9-1-1.  If you have any other inquiries, you may contact the Town Hall at (262) 878-2200.  You may leave a message at the Town Hall and a member of the water patrol will call you back as soon as possible.

 

6.       Clean Boats ~~ Clean Waters Report:  Barbara Eckert   Judy Amundsen and Barb trained the Harvester Crew and the program was initiated July 4th and continued weekends and holidays only.  The hours are 7:30-11:30 a.m. and approximately 5:00-6:00 p.m.  Hoses are occasionally left out for boats to use.  The staff encountered 22 boats entering the lake and 14 boats leaving the lake.  Their survey results indicated that 9 of these boaters have been on other area lakes within the past 30 days on 20 separate occasions:  Brown’s Lake, Silver Lake, Crystal Lake, Osprey Lake and Lake Michigan.  Almost all boaters indicated they regularly inspect their boats for weeds before leaving the water and were aware of the 2009 law re: not transporting weeds on your trailers.  Our focus is preventing Zebra Mussels from entering the lake.  We already have invasive aquatic plants.    Currently, Brown’s Lake does not have Zebra Mussels in the lake, although they do have a hybrid form of Eurasian Water Milfoil that should be prevented from getting into the lake.  Barb then introduced speaker Samantha Lindquist, DNR, who gave a detailed report on upcoming aquatic invasive species that could possibly enter our lake.

 

7.       Samantha Lindquist. Deputy Conservation Warden-Water Guard, WDNR:  There are currently 12 Water Guards in WI, their emphasis is on preventing invasives from entering the lakes.  Lake residents also have the opportunity to be trained as a volunteer Water Inspector to help monitor invasives.   The DNR has moved away from the educational aspect to enforcement aspects because the laws have been in place for 3 years now.  Emphasis remains on the following:  inspect your boat BEFORE entering the water, i.e. aquatic plants and animals are removed AND that all water is removed from the bilges, transom wells and live wells.  Also, people should buy local bait.  Being in close proximity to Lake Michigan is a problem for Eagle Lake.  Many of the newer aquatic invasives are transported directly in the water from the boat……….   Some new invasives are:

n       Spiny Water Fleas  They are transported mainly by water.  www.dnr.wi.gov/invasives/fact/spiney 

n       Quagga Mussel, close relative to Zebra Mussel, can survive in warmer water, brackish water, silt/sand bottom lakes, breed all year around.  Quagga are slightly bigger, shaped differently.

n       VHS  virus needs water temperatures of 37-54 degree to thrive, so we are not too much in danger.  VHS causes fish to bleed, eyes bulge, bloated stomach. It is shed through fish urine and digestive materials and can float in water.  That is why we don’t want any water to be transported from lake to lake.  www.dnr.we.gov/fish/vhs/vhsfacts

n       Snakehead fish:  traded in the pet trade and grown in aquariums.  They can survive out of the water from 3-4 days and can travel across land.  They able to survive in waters with very low oxygen levels and grow up to 40”, 15 pounds, are pretty aggressive feeders.  They have been found in WI, but not in this region.  Information is on the DNR website:  Keyword  Snakehead  

Our Water Guard representative is Karen Stoll (represents Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha and part of Milwaukee County.)  You can contact her at Karen.stoll@wisconsin.gov or (262) 822-5081with questions. Note:  Don Hermes collected several zebra mussels years ago on the pilings on the Eagle Lake County Boat Launch. He has not found any since that time.   Lake people should closely inspect your boats/piers when you take them out in the Fall.  Scrape them off/bag them and report to Ed Furey who will contact the DNR.

 

8.       Ed Furey -- ELMD Update:  Ed reported that there have been a lot of questions re: the current height of Dam.  He passed out a 1974 letter confirming that at one point in time the Dam was 8 ½ “ higher (set in 1955 at 86.55 feet or sea level 796.09).  When they rebuilt the dam and also created berms to keep the carp from coming in, they found that the dam, indeed, had sunk about 8 ½”.  The letter reported “Most of us around the lake would, of course, be pleased to raise the level back to the higher level permitted by the court order.  On the other hand it is conceivable that some of the lower areas around the lake, as well as some of the farm land adjacent to the lake where tiling has been installed since 1961 could be adversely affected by raising the lake 8.64 inches from its present level.”  Because the court order of 1955 instructs that the level be no higher than elevation 86.55 feet (796.09 sea level), it was recommended that the level of the dam should remain at the height at 795.37 feet sea level and this is the height level at present.  It is possible to raise the level of the dam but this requires permits/work.   Furey felt that even if we raised the level of the dam, the water still wouldn’t be more than 1” higher at this time of the year.  Water hasn’t gone over the dam since early spring. Also, we will have a difficult time convincing the local farmers and Town Board to increase the height.    Still, others felt that we should be looking into resetting the level of the Dam to maximum heights allowed by law.  Others also asked if dredging the lake would help solve the problem?  The cost of dredging is prohibitive.   Furey said perhaps selective dredging around the lake would be possible. 

Harvesters had to be removed because navigational channels harvesters use to unload weeds at the County boat launch and Zinnen Boat Launch are too shallow now to support a harvester loaded with fuel/weeds.  A skeleton crew (3) will be retained to work on other lake projects so if the water levels increase enough to support the harvesters, the crew can be available to cut weeds.  Mike Molitor, owner of Michael’s on the Lake, said it was OK for lake residents to remove their boats at the Restaurant’s landing, as it is deeper than either the County landing or the Zinnen boat landing.   Residents were urged to keep an eye on current water levels to make sure they will be able to get their boats out of the water this fall.

Goose roundup:  20+ geese were killed.  There still are migrating geese present, but hopefully we eradicated the geese that were staying on the lake year-round.  If we hadn’t killed these year-round geese this summer, we could have had up to 60 geese next year. 

Changes in depth of the lake:  Furey passed out 2006 and 2011 sonar maps that show the deepest spots were 12’ in Spring when the basin is full.  Furey felt the lake levels have been fairly consistent over the years and that sediment accumulation has not been the problem some people feel it is.  Sediment flows into the lake (Eagle Creek) and some flows out of the lake because sediment floats in the water and not all sinks to the bottom of the lake.  ELMD will continue with the sonar mapping to monitor depth of lake and Kathy Aron will continue to monitor plants in the lake.

No additional aquatic vegetation planting is planned.  ELMD planted some vegetation (lily pads, etc) mainly in the shallow waters of the bays last year.  The DNR required, as part of the ELMD grant, that some additional native plants be put into the lake last year.  The plants help the fish environment/fishermen but can be a source of some conflict with the boaters.  ELMD hopes to keep the boaters happy by continued harvesting of the native weeds in the navigational channels and continued harvesting of invasive aquatics. However, ELMD did not plant the Sago Pondweed, which caused significant problems for boaters last year. 

 

9.  Wetland Presentation by Barney Lavin:   Barney brought a map of the watershed that showed areas of farm lands and local wetlands.   He reported there were 67 acres of wetlands around the perimeter of Eagle lake--27 acres being native grasses/wild flowers.  Much of this land used to be a peat marsh with corn raised there when the land was dry enough.  Better drainage was restored in the 1970’s through the use of lift stations and corn was consistently raised on the land. Because Barney felt that water draining directly from farmlands into Eagle Lake was detrimental to the lake, he began thinking of turning some of his farming land into wetland.  In 2002 Congress included provisions for turning marginal farmland back into wetlands.  Barney wanted to be part of the solution to actively filter water going into Eagle Lake.  In 2003 he investigated his eligibility to participate in the CREP program, i.e. turning agricultural land back into its native wetland state.   Barney’s project , completed in 2006, became the largest project of its kind in WI.  Water entering the wetlands gradually drain into the lake in a greatly filtered, purified state, working somewhat like your body’s kidneys that filter out impurities.  He has constructed an island in the middle of the open water for nesting birds, including  American White Igrets, swans and herons.  Also five species of ducks and butterfly monarch habitat exist there, along with protective environments for migrating geese.  Many local/state dignitaries have visited this site.  Barney is proud that he can make a difference in helping Eagle Lake through his stewardship efforts.  The Wetlands will be permanent.  He has granted an easement to the State of WI so the land will remain in this state, despite who owns the property.  Now, the land is still owned by Barney, but with an environmental easement.   Barney, as well as local farmer Eugene Mills, has also installed stream bank buffer zones along Eagle Creek, allowing water to be filtered before it enters the lake.  This project does not cause any adjacent properties to flood, nor does this reduce the level of the lake.  Barney noted there are still many tiles draining into the lake from local farmlands and the Eagle Heights subdivision where the water is not filtered.

 

10.  Eagle Lake Watershed Taskforce –Brian Younger  The Task Force includes Barney Lavin representing the Town of Dover, Brian Younger representing ELMD and Dick Barta representing ELPOIA.   Update:  current efforts are focused along the buffers in Eagle Creek.  Farmer Jeff Ehrardt has now put in buffers further down Eagle Creek, which will help with filtering water coming into the lake.  Previously, Eugene Mills and Barney Lavin put in buffers funded through the CREP program.  One particular problem area is present in the area by Michael’s on the Lake, the Oakcrest Inlet area.  There are plans by landowner George Archiband  to put buffers around that drainage ditch/channel.  The CREP program would help fund this project.     Question:  any possible talks between the town and the sewer district about discharging water from the sewer district back into the lake?  The State is upping the standards re: phosphorus levels in waters allowed to flow into a lake.   Right now the standards for emitting water into the lake are high, so we can’t put our treated water back into the lake.   ELMD is having preliminary talks re: this subject.  Another question:  could we dig a deep well into our aquifer and pump clean water into the lake?  This might drain too much water from the aquifer and cause other people’s wells in this area to dry up.  Should we be aerating the lake?  Aeration works at times in smaller pond areas but not in whole, larger lakes. 

 

11.  Kansasville Hometown Picnic:  Don Hermes reported for Marie Frederick on the 7th annual Picnic.   Don is asking for all residents to participate in the Venetian Boat Parade this year.  Come as you are without decorations, i.e. form a “Circle of Boats, a Circle of Unity” to show support for the lake.  At 6:30 p.m.  The African Queen will lead off the boats in front of the Eagle Lake County Park.  If you don’t have a boat in the water, fly your flag on your piers/boats and cheer for the boats as they circle the lake.     Flags for both piers and boats can still be purchased from Don Hermes. Old flags can be replaced, too.  Order forms are available by calling Don at 878-5047 or emailing him at hermes.don@gmail.com.   Please support your lake and get to know your neighbors by flying your family flag.    Don was given a well-deserved standing ovation for all the work he does on behalf of Eagle Lake.  WE SALUTE YOU, DON!

 

12.  Tom Tyler:  requested we put the topic of a possible water filtration plant pumping water back into Eagle Lake on agenda next year.   Ed Furey indicated the ELMD’s Annual Meeting date is May 25, 2013 and he will give an update at that time.

13.  Meeting adjourned at 11:06 p.m.

 Submitted by:

Judy Amundsen, ELPOIA Secretary

Other Important Websites:

Wisconsin Association of Lakes:  www.wisconsinlakes.org

WI Dept of Natural Resources:  www.dnr.wi.gov

Town of Dover:  www.townofdoverwi.co

Racine County Website:  www.racineco.com  (Zoning ordinances, permits, etc)

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Greetings, Eagle Lake Residents: 

Along with an early March Spring, we also are experiencing an early crop of the highly invasive Garlic Mustard around the lake.  I have personally seen large infestations in Pan Yack Park, along North Shore Drive, and in The Terrace.  It is also growing in spots along Church Road. 

Attached are several informational brochures re: Garlic Mustard and ways to get rid of it.  Right now, while the plants are blooming and you can easily spot it, is a GREAT time to eradicate the plants.  Please help rid this invasive weed from our area by either pulling or spraying any plants you see around your property.  If you pull the plants, you must bag them and label them as Garlic Mustard plants.  Garbage Companies are required to take these bags and put them into their landfills.  I have included a reproducible notice to attach to any bags of garlic mustard you put out for collection.  (To be added later)

If you have any questions about what you should be doing, please contact me at (262) 878-2195 or by email: jwamundsen@aol.com.

THANKS for your help!

Judy Amundsen, Secretary
Eagle Lake Property Owners Improvement Association
24033 W. Oakwood Lane
Kansasville, WI  53139

   

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ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING

August 13, 2011

1. Call to order/Welcome: President Dick Barta called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall. There were 41 people present.

2. Reading of the 2010 Annual Meeting Minutes: Secretary Judy Amundsen gave a brief summary of the business conducted at the 2010 meeting and entertained a motion to approve the minutes as submitted to members via e-mail and on the Eagle Lake Website. It was moved by Tom Stone, seconded by Tony Mirabelli and unanimously passed that the minutes be accepted as printed.

Amundsen announced that “Welcome New Neighbor” kits were available for people new to the lake. Either contact your area representative or Judy Amundsen at jwamundsen@aol.com for a copy. The kit also contains town ordinances that should be reviewed prior to any building or remodeling. People were reminded to update their address/phone/email information as it changes with the Secretary. A list of helpful websites were printed at the bottom of the Agenda. Please make use of the list to find out more specific information about lakes, ordinances and activities around Kansasville.

3. Treasurerʼs Report: Treasurer Krista Mozina submitted the following report outlining the ELPOIA

Financial Position as of 8/11/2011:

Checking Accounts: Amount:

Regular Checking $193.51

Money Market $13,940.68

Grant Checking $800.00

Checking Total $15,934.19

INVESTMENTS:

Source: Maturation Date: 2010 Amount: 2011 Amount:

CSB CD 3/22/2010 $3,473.90 $3,508.64

CSB CD 4/30/2010 $2,252.88 $2,257.09

CSB CD 2/28/2010 $1,545.50 $1,555.98

CSB CD 5/29/2010 $1,268.95 $1,281.64

CSB CD 6/19/2010 $1,674.60 $1,691.35

CSB CD 6/23/2010 $1,060.37 $1,070.97

CSB CD 7/29/2010 $4,198.99 $4,198.99

CSB CD 8/27/2009 $4,116.00 $4,175.68

CSB CD 10/27/2009 $5,245.08 $5,256.85

Investment Totals: $24,836.27 $24,997.19

2010 Balance $39,624.09

Revenue $3,264.69

Expenses $1,957.40

Caps Revenue $128.00

TOTAL ASSETS: $40,931.38

Mozina reported that 170 members have paid their ELPOIA dues, for a total of $2,935 by the 2011 Annual Meeting. She encouraged anyone who has not paid their dues to send it in. She also reported that 35 members had contributed more than the $15 minimum dues. THANKS!

4. Doug Welch, WDNR Senior Fisheries Biologist: Distributed a copy of the Summary of WDNR Fish Management Activities in 2011. Spring fyke net and electrofishing surveys were completed and showed:

--Northern pike population estimated at 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)

--DNR removed 1,690 northern pike to thin the population

--Crayfish numbers did not appear to be excessive. They captured 45 rusty crayfish and 33 native (Viril and White River) crayfish.

--Largemouth Bass population was estimated at 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, even though they were not stocked in the lake. The pumpkinseed were 8 - 8.5 inches long and 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.

--The ELMD will be stocking approximately 1000 pounds of adult fathead minnows, 1,000 adult largemouth bass and 5000 adult yellow perch in the fall of 2011.

--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.

QUESTIONS FOR DOUG WELCH:

--What is done with northerns that are removed from our lake? They first go to Bong ponds for 30 days, where they are tested for VHS disease. If cleared, they are sent to area lakes such as Tichigan Lake.

--There seems to be a larger than usual number of snails in the lake this year? At this point in time, there is no concern re: snails. The fish will be feeding on them and reduce their numbers.

--What is being done about unethical fisherman who are removing undersized fish? The DNR wardens are checking occasionally for fish size, etc. If you copy down the boat registration number and forward it to the Water Patrol, they will contact the DNR for followup.

--Have Zebra Mussels been found in the lake? There have been no reports of them being found in Eagle Lake. All residents are asked to look carefully on their boats/piers when they are being removed this fall. If you hire someone to do these tasks, ask them to do the inspection. It is VERY important that ZM are not allowed into our lake.

--People keep reporting that there are springs in our lakes that are plugged up. There is much folklore re: statements such as depth of the lake (some people feel the lake used to be 35ʼ in depth) and that springs were once found in the lake. There is no reliable data that supports either of these statements. Reduced water levels this year have been caused by abnormally high temperatures and water evaporation, reduced rain fall, and possibly due to a drop in the water tables in our aquafers.  Tony Mirabelli reported he had the County check on the condition of our dam to make sure there were no leaks/water loss. The Dam is in good condition.

5. Water Patrol Report: Lt. Andy Mammen, who oversees the Water Patrol, reported that seven officers working part-time work 80-120 hours/month. Their focus is on weekend patrols when the numbers of boaters are the greatest. They mainly work from Friday nights to Sunday nights.

--Slow-No-Wake violations are most prevelant during the 8 p.m.. to 8 a.m. (or dusk, whichever is earlier) hours.

--There have been complaints of airplanes landing on the lake. At this time, there is no town ordinance against landing, but it can be a safety issue if the lake is being used at the time of the landings. The Water Patrol attempts to talk to the pilots and make sure they are making good judgments. Also, because the plane is considered a ʻboatʼ once in the water, they can check for seat cushion and other equipment violations. Technically, they could be violating the 45 MPH speed limit on the lake when landing/taking off. If you have concerns, call the Racine County Sheriff's office. The Water Patrol communicates on the Sheriff's Channel and can be asked to stop the boat.

--Will boaters receive a ticket if they ʻcut cornersʼ around the lake to avoid weed patches and donʼt always go ʻcounter clockwise?” There is some leinancy with issues of getting around the weeds this year.

--What are the regulations re: numbers of people being towed on water toys?: A general rule is you can't have more than two people being towed on a water toy, unless that toy is specifically designed for 3 people. Also, you canʼt tow more than 2 ropes at once. It was pointed out that it might be legal to be able to tow up to 6 people behind a boat, but not safe!

--How do you prevent problems with boats and people anchored out in all areas of the lake? When boats are staggered around the middle and perimeters of the lake, it makes it difficult for boaters and people skiing to go around the lake. You must maintain a slow-no-wake when within 100ʼ of another boat. Boaters need to be conscious of where you anchor for swimming so as to not interfere with boaters/skiing around the lake AND to keep your swimmers safe. There have been reports of boaters zooming through the anchored boats at full speed. This is not only dangerous but it is illegal. Please use good judgment when out on the lake.

6. ELPOIA PROJECTS:

--Purple Loosestrife Eradication: Dick Barta reported that eradication is now underway, as the plants are in full bloom and easily recognizable. Marie Frederick brought a sample of the plant for observation. Although it is a pretty plant, it is highly invasive and will take over shoreland and swamp areas and crowds out native plants. Last year the Harvesting Crew did most of the work. This year, lake residents will have to try to remove plants themselves, as the crew is busy with sago pondweed.  When you remove the plant, FIRST remove the top of the plant containing the flowers/seed pods. Be sure to bag them up. Then take a shovel and dig as much of the root system up as possible. Try to get the root, which is a woody/barky stem. Handouts are available through ELPOIA. Marie also brought in a sample of Jewel Weed, a native plant that will soon be blooming an orange flower. Please leave thisgrow, as it is a native weed.

--Zinnen Boat Launch Project: Plant Biologist Nan Calvert has been hired to help with the plant cleanup and teach volunteers which are good, native plants and which are invasives and must be removed.  The Shoreland Restoration Demonstration site has become overgrown this year. A workday is scheduled for Saturday, August 20th at 9:00 a.m. Bring your shovel, work gloves and large bags for plant cleanup. All are welcome.

--Clean Boats ~~ Clean Waters Program: Last year, we had a core group of volunteers who staffed the program on weekends. A call for volunteers netted no response this year. The Harvesting Crew was going to help out, but weed problems have prevented this. We may need to hire someone next year to perform this educational service. Our focus at present is to keep Zebra Mussel out of the lake. If you are interested in helping, call Barb Eckert (North Shore) at 878-6447.

7. Kansasville Hometown Picnic, Venetian Night and Fireworks: Marie Frederick handed out brochures re: the events of the day. The Picnic, held in Eagle Lake County Park, runs from noon - 5:00 p.m.  ELPOIA will have some interactive displays and welcome people to help the educational naturalist with activities. Call Judy Amundsen at 878-2195 if you can help for a hour. The Venetian Boat Parade (weeds willing) will run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., going twice around the lake.  The Fireworks will begin around 9:00 p.m., followed by Flare lighting to form a ʻRing of Fireʼ around the lake.  There will about $8,000 worth of fireworks this year, sponsored by the ELMD. Residents who attended the Annual Meeting were given complimentary flares as a thank you for attending. Pete Mozina, representing Flare Chair Don Hermes, said the Flares were donated to the lake by Russ Kortendick, of Kortendickʼs Hardware Store in Racine. Please shop there, if possible, and tell him thanks. He also sells underground water sprinkler systems and would be happy to have your business.

8. Eagle Lake “Get to know your Neighbor” Flags: Pete Mozina, representing Don Hermes, showed a sample of the lake flag that can be ordered for placement on your pier. The pier flags sell for $15 and $4 per letter. The small 16” x 24” flag to use on boats cost $7 per flag and $2 per letter. Contact Don Hermes at878-4338 and place your order. Also, there still are Eagle Lake Yacht Club shirts available from Tom Gawne.  The price is $20.

9. Eagle Lake Watershed Task Force Report: Chairman Brian Younger reported on the activities of the task force, which consists of representatives from ELMD, ELPOIA and the Town of Dover. The current Sago Pondweed problem is due to increased water quality, warm weather and lots of nutrients at the lake bottom.  The Root of the problem is the nutrient problem and projects center around reducing run off into the lake from neighboring farms and watershed residents. Gene Mills has established a 40 foot vegetative buffer zone on each side of Eagle Creek and Barney Lavin has restored some of his farm land into wetland.   Their next project will be to monitor the Inlet Stream near the Eagle Inn. That area currently has the highest levels of phosphorus around the lake. Questions:

--do the buffer zones at the Mills property also prevent rainfall from coming into the lake? Vegetative buffers act to filter out soil/nutrients from entering the creek, not to prevent water from entering.

--Has anyone considered buying some of the farmland around the Eagle Inn Inlet or Eagle Creek and putting it into wetlands? The lands around Eagle Inn are already wetlands.  Buying farmland has been considered but at present the area farmers are not interested in selling.

10. Inlet Stream Monitoring (WAV) Monitoring: Marie Frederick reported that a group of volunteers were trained last year in performing basic tests in the stream re: water quality, aquatic life, etc. by an UW Extension agent. Next spring, volunteers will be trained for Level II testing. This testing will highlight the connection between land use and water quality. Volunteers will be gladly accepted.

11. Special Presentation by Dr. Matt Diebel, DNR Water Biologist: Dr. Diebel talked about how to assess the agricultural impacts on the watershed and water quality in area lakes. He highlighted the impacts of farming and other runoff that affects water quality of lakes and the effects phosphorus and nitrogen have on water quality. When asked what lake residents can do to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients in the lake, he recommended residents:

--maintain natural vegetative shorelines

--do not remove downed trees in the shallow waters, but allow them to remain for fish habitat.

--do not use lawn fertilizers. Even fertilizer without Phosphorus (which is illegal in Racine County) contains nitrogen.

--prevent runoff from your roofs and driveways from flowing into the lake.

--make sure that road salt used in winter months doesn't wash into the lake. Assess County and Town parks to make sure road salt is not being washed into the lake around parking lots.

Dr. Diebel also reported that there is some experimental work being done with applying the substance ALUMin the streams flowing into a lake, rather than treating the whole lake with alum. Lakes may be eligible for Lake Management Grants to try this approach, although specific requirements must be met.

12. Election of ELPOIA Board Members: The following were approved by acclamation for board representatives from 9/2011 to 9/2013:

The East/North Shore: Barbara Eckert, Marie Frederick, Don Hermes, Krista Mozina

Pan Yack Park: Judy Amundsen, Clay Marquardt, Bob Miller

The Terrace: Brian Younger

The Regency Club Condos: Bill Whyte

The Island: Maureen Lavin, Chuck Usher, Open position

The Manor: Traci Aspel, Dick Barta, Brian Young

September 17th is the tentative date for a Board Meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall.

13. Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

Submitted by:

Judy Amundsen, Secretary

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We have three opportunities for residents to volunteer in lake activities this year:

1. Zinnnen Boat Launch
Saturday, July 23, at 9 am til about noon. The boat launch is in serious need of sprucing up. ELPOIA has contacted a Naturalist, Nan Calvert, to help us identify good vs bad vegetation at the Launch. We need to eliminate the bad vegetation that this is where the volunteers come in. If you can help, bring work gloves, heavy-duty shoes, trowel/spade (gardening equipment). If you can help for some of this time, we need you.
Please let me know by return email or by calling 262 878-6447 if you'll be able to help.

2. Clean Boats/Clean Water
A couple of hours on Saturday/Sunday on weekends in July (beginning July 23) and August at the Public Boat Launch.

This involves handing out literature to boaters and telling them about the importance of making sure their boat and trailer is free of weeds, zebra mussels, etc. before entering the lake and washing their boat and trailer again after exiting the lake (we have a hose and water for them to do this). When we did this last year, the boaters were appreciative of the information and the ability to wash off their boat.

This is an important project and we need your help. You pick the time between 8 am and 6 pm in preferably 2-hour shifts. Just let me know the date and time that you would be available and I'll contact you with more information. Email me or call 262 878-6447.

3. Home Town Picnic
Saturday, August 27 (County Park) between noon and 4 pm
ELPOIA needs help at their booth. There will be a Teaching Naturalist and staff from the DNR there with hands on activities for the public. We need volunteers to assist these these professionals. Volunteer time can be in one or two hour increments. If you can help, please contact Judy Amundsen at jwamundsen@aol.com or call 262 878-2195.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Barbara

Barbara Eckert, ELPOIA Volunteer Coordinator
23417 North Shore Drive
Kansasville, WI 53139
262 878-6447 (home)
262 865-4408 (cell)
 

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ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING

August 14, 2010

1. Call to order/Welcome: President Dick Barta called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall. There were 38 people present.

2. Reading of the 2009 Annual Meeting Minutes: Secretary Judy Amundsen entertained a motion to approve the minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting as submitted to members via e-mail and on the Eagle Lake Website. It was moved, seconded and unanimously passed that the minutes be accepted as printed.

ELPOIA Board members were introduced and people were urged to contact their area representative if they had questions/concerns about the condition of Eagle Lake. Welcome New Neighbor kits were given out to new people around the lake. If you need a kit, containing a wealth of information about County, Town of Dover ordinances, best practices for good lake management and lake owner responsibilities, contact Judy Amundsen at 878-2195. People were also reminded to give their e-mail address to Judy, as ELPOIA is trying to communicate via the internet instead of relying on US Postal mailings.

3. Treasurerʼs Report: Treasurer Krista Mozina submitted the following report outlining the ELPOIA Financial Position as of 8/14/10:

ACCOUNTS: AMOUNT:

Regular Checking $ 214.24

Money Market 13,874.45

Grant Checking 800.00

Checking Total: $14,888.69

INVESTMENTS:

Source: Maturation Date: Amount:

CSB CD 3/22/2010 $3,473.90

CSB CD 4/30/2010 $2,236.05

CSB CD 2/28/2010 $1,545.50

CSB CD 5/29/2010 $1,268.95

CSB CD 6/19/2010 $1,674.60

CSB CD 6/23/2010 $1,060.37

CSB CD 7/29/2010 $4,157.42

CSB CD 8/27/2009 $4,116.00

CSB CD 10/27/2009 $5,202.6l

Investment Total: $24,735.40

2009 Balance: $37,693.05

Revenue: $11.448.35

Expenses: $ 9,517.31

Sub-Total: $39,624.09

Caps-Inventory: $ 128.00

TOTAL ASSETS: $39,752.88

Mozina also reported that to date, 174 members had paid their ELPOIA dues for a total of $3,525. She expected more dues to come trickling in after the meeting. A total of 45 members paid over the $15 membership dues to date. THANKS!!!

4. Report from the DNR: Doug Welch, WDNR Fisheries Biologist, distributed a summary of FISH MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES SINCE THE ROTENONE TREATMENT IN NOV., 2008:

FISH STOCKING:

~~320,000 Northern Pike fry added (Donation from Gollon Bait and Fish Farm)

~~58,777 Northern Pike Fingerling added (WDNR)

~~844 Northern Pike Fingerling added (Donated by ELMD)

~~8,210 Largemouth Bass Fingerling added (Federal Hatchery/WDNR)

~~5,000 Largemouth Bass Fingerling added (Donated by ELMD)

~~2,500 Largemouth Bass Adults added (Donated by ELMD)

~~1,249 pounds of adult Fathead Minnows added (Donated by ELMD)

~~250 pounds of adult Golden Shiners added (Donated by ELMD)

~~July 21, 2010 6,000 large fingerling Northern Pike added (WDNR)

Welch also reported in depth about other DNR activities, including fish surveys, rough fish control, and fish management plans for the remainder of 2010. To view the complete report, go to the Eagle Lake website: www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org at the ELPOIA link. Welch also commented on the crayfish problem in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake currently has three types of crayfish, including the non-native, highly aggressive Rusty Crayfish. Rusty crayfish have larger claws than most other native crayfish with dark, rusty spots on each side of their carapace (middle part of their outer body). They feed very aggressively on aquatic plants, reducing the abundance of vegetation in many lakes. They also are very prolific and reduce native crayfish populations. A discussion took place re: the cyclic nature of their lifespan and the need to trap the rusty crayfish. The ELMD is investigating the possibility of trapping them around the lake. For more information on the Rusty Crayfish, go to: www.dnr.wi.gov/invasives. The problem of Blue-Green Algae was also discussed re: safe swimming, does it effect the fish, etc. Welch indicated that the Blue-green algae is competing with the vascular plants for the nutrients in the water. He would like to see more vascular plants growing in the bays. (See link to Blue-Green Algae on the Eagle Lake Website for more information) A general rule for swimming in the lake is: if the water does not look good, i.e. algae is concentrated, paint-like scum, donʼt swim in it.

Craig Helker, Senior Water Resources Biologist, reviewed the ELMD Lake Management Plan. Goals included that water clarity should be at 7-8 feet, native plant species should flourish, the fishery population be balanced, watershed nutrients coming into the lake should be reduced, and that native plants should be in the lake.

~~He reported some successes, i.e several years ago, Eurasian Water Milfoil made up 70% of the plants in the lake. After several years of chemical treatment, it is no longer present .

~~The Water Quality, however, is POOR. Presently, the sechi disk readings are around 1 foot.

~~Zooplankton populations were good earlier this summer, now they are reduced. Zooplankton do not like to eat Blue-Green Algae (it plugs up their ʻgutsʼ and causes them to die off). Plant conditions are pretty good for zooplankton to grow, but we need the native plants for them to hide in and grow. That is why the DNR ordered no more weed harvesting for the rest of the year.

~~Native Plant Population: in 2009, we had 13 + species of native plants and good plant growth. In 2010, there were only 6 species to be found, and plant density was down.

~~ELMD did treat for Curley Leaf Pondweed early this spring, with good results. They did not treat for Eurasian Water Milfoil because there was none in the lake.

~~Residents who lived in/near the bays were concerned re: increased plant growth that would prevent them from getting from their piers out into the main lake for recreation. The ELMD can cut weeds in a navigation ʻchannelʼ to allow these people access to the main water body.

~~The questions of possible dredging areas of the lake, having a no-wake zone until July each year (would help keep the water clarity clearer--longer--and would help the native plants to grow) and use of ALUM were discussed. It was felt that the best controls for unwanted nutrients in the lake/control of the blue-green algae were natural controls, i.e. vegetative buffers which help filter and absorb the nutrients in runoff water before it can enter the lake. Helker reported that the DNR will meet with the ELMD to decide what to do with plant control, the watershed, input of phosphorus into the lake, and fish control. Problems with huge rain falls inearly and mid-spring caused a lot of nutrient runoff to flow into the lake.

5. EAGLE LAKE MANAGEMENT DISTRICT: Chair Ed Furey introduce the new ELMD Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Eckert (North Shore). She will be assuming those duties from ELMD Director Donna Olson Prochacka, who will remain on the ELMD Board.

~~Goose Roundup: It is estimated an adult goose leaves 1 1/2 pounds of ʻdroppingsʼ per DAY in the lake. ELMD held a goose roundup again this year, netting 21/22 geese from around the lake.

~~Weed Control: There is currently a moratorium on harvesting plants until the end of the year. The crew is still working on shore cleanup, purple loosestrife eradication and with the Clean Boats~Clean Waters program.

~~Fisheries Stocking: Furey noted the ELMD had paid for a significant amount of the fish that were stocked in the lake this year.

~~Bullheads: early this summer, there was a problem with increased bullhead populations. People around the lake were urged to scoop them up when they were ʻschoolingʼ. ELMD will be aggressive about eradication again next year.

~~Crayfish: ELMD is working to put together a trapping program. They will need volunteers to help trap the Rusty Crayfish and they also need a boat to use. ELMD is interested in obtaining a OLD pontoon boat to use for buoy placement/retrieval. If anyone would like to donate an old pontoon boat for a tax write-off, please see Furey.

6. ELPOIA PROJECTS:

~~Purple Loosestrife Eradication: Dick Barta reported that currently eradication is being done by the ELMD Harvester Crew, after being trained by ELPOIA people. This year, it has been found mainly in Coxʼs Bay on the North-West side of the lake. For more information about Purple Loosestrife, go to www.dnr.wi.gov/org/caer/ce/invasives.

~~Zinnen Boat Launch: Committee Chair Loraine Zinnen reported ice heave damage to the shoreline over the winter and damage to the planted area when new posts were installed by the Town of Dover. Repair work was done, timbers were installed to outline the area west of the fence, and weed barrier cloth and mulch were installed. Invasive Exotic Shrub Honeysuckle plants were found on site and removed. There were 47 volunteer hours spent this summer over a period of 7 different dates doing general weeding, pruning of bushes, spraying for weeds, and installing the timbers, weed barrier cloth and mulch. ELMD harvesting crew members helped for a day, too. Zinnen thanks the people who volunteered this summer, with special thanks to Jim Kairis, who Zinnen called ʻthe backbone of the entire operation.ʼ Volunteers are needed and always welcomed! Call Zinnen at 878-1761 or contact her via e-mail at jezlaz@athenet.net.

~~Clean Boats~Clean Waters Program: Volunteer coordinator Barb Eckert thanked Mario Denoto for getting all the materials printed for handout at the County Boat Launch and for making the “Clean your Boats” stands for boat washing on site. There were 22 people who volunteered to help educate boaters at the County Park, emphasizing boat washing with the water hookup; examining their boats for zebra mussels and invasive plants, and surveying boaters re: lakes recently traveled to, how they cleaned their boats, etc. Eckert reported that the majority of the boats were clean and that most boaters took pride in trying to prevent invasives from entering lakes. She is looking for more volunteers to staff weekend shifts: 9:30 - noon, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. and 6 - 8:00 p.m. If interesting, please contact her at 878-6447 or e-mail her at bleckert@live.com. Lake residents were urged to carefully examine their piers and boats when removing them for the winter for zebra mussels. If you hire out to remove the pier/boats, please ask these people to inspect your equipment. It is VERY IMPORTANT that we keep zebra mussels out of the lake! For more information re: Zebra Mussels, go to: www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/invasives.

7. Kansasville Hometown Picnic, Venetian Night, Fireworks & Flares: Marie Frederick urged all Town of Dover residents to attend this great community event, being held on Saturday, August 28that the Eagle Lake County Park from 12 - 5 p.m. The Brownʼs Lake Aquaducks show will be from 5-7 p.m., Venetian Boat Parade from 7 - 9, and Fireworks and Flare Lighting at 9 p.m. The ELMD and the Condo Association donated money for a great fireworks display this year. Flares were donated byKortendick Hardware, Racine, and can be purchased from Don Hermes at 878-4338 or at his e-mail: hermes.don@gmail.com. Cost: 2/$5, 4/$10, and 6/$15.

8. Inlet Stream Monitoring (WAV program): Chair Marie Frederick reported that UW Madison trained volunteers on the basic stream monitoring tests, including biotic indexing, secchi testing for water quality, dissolved oxygen testing and stream flow/velocity. A group of volunteers have been testing once/month in the Eagle Creek Inlet (at Hwy 75 and up a mile toward the source at Britton and Church roads. She indicated there were other places that needed monitoring, but the need for more trained volunteers prevented this. Frederick also brought in an example of a GOOD weed that people should let grow along their lake banks: Jewel Weed. It is currently in bloom and has an orange flower growing.

9. Eagle Lake Watershed Management Task Force Report: Brian Younger, Chair, reported on the goals/projects for the Task Force:

~~Reduce nutrients coming into the lake

~~used map of the watershed to point out where nutrients were flowing into the lake

~~Introduced Task Force Member Barney Lavin, who spoke on his project of sediment removal in Eagle Creek and the proposed restoration of tile by the creek. Lavin reported that they removed 400 cubic yards of silt from the bottom of the creek.

~~planting of vegetative buffers along Eagle Creek by farmers Eugene Mills and Barney Lavin.

~~ELPOIA project led by Marie Frederick, including shoreland restoration and native plantings along the Leitze property at the mouth of the Eagle Creek.

~~The task force is a partnership between ELMD, ELPOIA and the Town of Dover. It has been working hard to stabilize stream banks, put in vegetative buffers on both sides of Eagle Creek up to Britton Road, and to educate lake owners re: decreasing nutrients coming into the lake.

~~Younger reported that 25% of the total of unwanted nutrients coming into the lake are coming from residents living around the lake.

~~Status of a Vault system to reduce nutrients from coming into the lake: Cement vaults that collect run off going into a lake, such as those used on Paddock Lake, are not thought to be as good as establishing natural wetlands and other natural water filtering systems. The Task force is concentrating on natural solutions at this time.

10. Flag Project: Don Hermes reported on his Flag Project, which is an attempt to encourage people to meet/get to know each other around the lake. He would like all lake residents to fly a ʻfamily flagʼ on the end of their piers, or fly a smaller version on their boats. People boating around the lake would get to know where everyone lives and develop a better sense of ʻcommunity.ʼ The flags are 3 x 5 feet, made of white nylon material. Price per flag: $15/flag, $5 per letter. Turn in an order form to Don Hermes, 1902 S. Beaumont Ave, Kansasville, WI 53139. Please include payment of a 5.1% Sales Tax. For more information, contact Hermes at 878-4338 or e-mail him at hermes.don@gmail.com.

11. Eagle Lake Yacht Club Shirts: East Shore resident Tom Gawne is selling ELYC shirts in various sizes while supplies last. They are $20. Please contact Tom at 878-0349 if interested.

12. Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Submitted by:

Judy Amundsen

ELPOIA Secretary

WEBSITES TO CHECK OUT:

Eagle Lake Website: www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org

Wisconsin Association of Lakes: www.wisconsinlakes.org

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR): www.dnr.wi.gov

Town of Dover Website: www.townofdoverwi.com

Racine County Website: www.racineco.com (Zoning ordinances, permits, etc)

Kansasville Betterment Committee: www.kansasvillewi.com

 

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ELPOIA ANNUAL MEETING

August 22, 2009

1. Call to order/Welcome: President Dick Barta called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. at the Dover Town Hall. Thirty-Five people attended the meeting.

2. Reading of the 2008 Annual Meeting Minutes: Secretary Judy Amundsen summarized the 2008 Annual Meeting minutes and they were approved by unanimous vote as summarized.

3. Treasurerʼs Report: Treasurer Krista Mozina submitted a written report outlining the ELPOIA Financial Position as of 8/17/09:

ACCOUNTS: AMOUNT:

Regular Checking Account $831.55

Money Market Account $11,877.50

Grant Checking Account $800.00

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Account Total $13,509.05

INVESTMENTS:

Source: Maturation Date: Amount:

CSB CD 8/27/2009 $4,000.00

CSB CD 10/27/2009 $5,000.00

CSB CD 2/28/2010 $1,530.51

CSB CD 3/22/2010 $3,415.83

CSB CD 4/30/2010 $2,192.97

CSB CD 5/29/2010 $1,250.81

CSB CD 6/19/2010 $1,650.67

CSB CD 6/23/2010 $1,045.21

CSB CD 7/29/2010 $4,098.00

Investment Total: $24,184.00

Checking Total: $13,509.05

Investment Total: $24,184.00

TOTAL ASSETS: $37,693.05

Mozina also submitted a report showing differences in paid membership from 12/ 2008 vs 8/2009. There is a decrease of 33 members to date, or reduction of 14%, but it was noted that 2009 dues continue to come in.  The average dollar amount contributed was $20/member, up from $18/member last year. There were 52 members that contributed more than the minimum $15 amount, up from 49 members last year. Mozina thanked all members for their continued support of ELPOIA.

4. Report from DNR: Craig Helker, Senior Water Resource Biologist, reported on three areas critical to Eagle Lake:

a) WATERSHED MANAGEMENT: current activities center around installation of vegetative buffers along Eagle Creek. The Eagle Lake Watershed Management Task Force will report on this activity later in the meeting.

b) FISH POPULATION: Helker reported the 2008 Fall Rotenone Treatment was generally successful except for survival of some bull heads.  Bull Heads can survive in water with very low oxygen content and can root into mud or swim up tributaries during lake treatments.  DNR will increase number of Northerns in the lake to act as bull head preditors.

c) AQUATIC PLANT POPULATION:

DNR supervised an April 29, 2009 Herbicide Treatment for Curly Leaf Pondweed control. They have not sprayed for Eurasian Water Milfoil in 2008 or 2009 because this plant population has decreased substantially from previous spraying.  Kathy Aron, Lake Consultant, has been doing intensive plant surveys every year for Eagle Lake.  The native weed, Sago Pondweed, is present in great numbers and causing boaters trouble. Helker explained that since this is a native (or Good) plant, the DNR wants to see it in the lake to prevent the Aquatic Exotic Plants (or Bad Plants) from spreading further around the lake.  The DNR agreed to allow the ELMD to cut navigational lanes to help boaters. The reason why Sago is a “good” weed is that its dense growth acts to decrease damaging wave action on the shoreline, it is a great food source for waterfowl, and it sucks up phosphorus in the lake.  Management of “Floater Weeds” always is a problem in any Lake. While lake residents often feel floaters are from the Weed Harvestors only, Helker indicated that many floaters turn up after a weekend of heavy boat traffic. He felt a lot of the floaters come from the boats cutting through weed beds.  Helker emphasized that these three areas all contribute to the overall water quality of the lake. The DNR, plus Lake Volunteers Jim Kairis, Don Hermes and Marie Frederick, were monitoring lake water quality this summer. Zooplankton in the lake are being monitored every two weeks. Zooplankton are important to water quality because they eat the algae. Our water quality was good until Mid-July this year when we had a 50/50 ratio of zooplankton to algae. Now, water clarity is at 1 1/2 to 2 feet and we have a 1/200 ration of zooplankton to algae. The DNR will have a District meeting in January to analyze data collected over the summer months.  Hopefully, the DNR and ELPOIA, ELMD and the Lake Restoration Committee can sit down after that and discuss the results and possible effects on the lake.

How do we reduce the algae in the lake? There is no treatment for the type of algae that is found throughout the water column, i.e. not floating on the surface. We can try to maintain high levels of zooplankton that eat the algae by increasing the amount of preditor fish in the lake. Preditor fish are needed to keep down the levels of little fish that feed on zooplankton.  Blue-Green Algae: this algae (really bacteria) floats on the surface. It peaked in July and blooms in July to mid August. There is very little of it in the lake at present.  “Eel Grass”: has been found in Eagle Lake this year. It is long and stringy and can interfere with boating, too.  Its natural productive strategy is to "let go" of the lake bottom in late August, causing plants to accumulate at the surface.

5. Water Patrol Report: Tom Cook, Constable's Office, reported the Water Patrol is now under the Town's Constable's Office and will enforce both Town Ordinances and Water Rules. There are nine officers in the office, with Joe Cashin in charge. Cook reported fewer citations this year because of more cold weather and rain plus small numbers of fishermen on the lake. Many of the citations were issued to operators of PWC's (Personal Water Crafts) and jet skies for the following reasons:

--owners/renters don't know how to use them

--lack of a spotter on the craft when towing people

--towing more than two people

--not wearing required life jackets

--violating the slow-no-wake zones

--lack of wrist straps when operating the craft

--not going counter clockwise

--not keeping 100 feet from other boats if speed is greater than "slow-no-wake" speed

Also, some boaters have stopped the Water Patrol to have officers do a safety inspection of their crafts. The Water Patrol has use of a speed boat and a Yamaha Wave Runner for rule enforcement. For a complete list of rules, go to the Town of Dover Website and click on the link for Water Patrol/rules.  The Town's website is: www.townofdoverwi.com. Remember, if you are out boating on the lake,it is YOUR responsibility to know the rules of the lake.

6. Eagle Lake Management District: Ed Furey, Chairman, reported on the following items:

a. Goose Roundup: Seventy geese were captured and seven escaped. There currently is a flock of about 20 geese flying around the lake but it appears they are not landing on the lake. The roundup may be held again next year if we have a substantial population. Cost of the roundup was $4,000.

b Weed control: There have been many complaints of the Sago Pond Weed and problems with Algae.  The District will try to plant native plants in October. If these plants root, they may prevent the Sago Pond weed and other ʻbadʼ weeds from spreading.

c. Fish restocking: 300,000 Northern fry were donated and put into the lake April 1st. The DNR also put in 59,000 Northern fingerlings. ELMD bought 12,500 pounds of minnows at a cost of $7,000 for the lake and purchased 2500 12” Bass at a cost of $12,500. The DNR would like the ELMD to buy some additional large Bass to be stocked in the Fall. In addition, the District is considering purchasing 1500 16” Northerns to act as predator fish to control the Bull Heads now in the lake. This would be a $9,000 to $10,000 investment. Perch and Blue Gills will be stocked next year. It may be possible to stock some Walleyes after the entire restocking program is complete.

d. Bull heads: Some bull heads have been found in our lake. At present, however, they are extremely difficult to locate so a formal Bull Head Roundup will not be scheduled. Dick Barta has signed a contract for ELPOIA to net the fish until August 31st. Otherwise it is illegal to net fish in Eagle Lake. He has purchased some fine-mesh nets so volunteers or the Harvestor Crew can net them, but until these fish are spotted it won't be profitable to have a formal roundup. Lake residents are urged to contact Ed Furey if they spot schools of bull heads in the lake. People out with their canoes and kayaks are asked to go into the shallow waters to see if they can spot the bull heads.

Ed Furey thanked Don Hermes for his fine job supervising the Harvestor crew this year. In turn, Don thanked the Harvestor Crew, saying this was the best crew to date.  Furey reported that $5000 was raised with the ELMD Raffle this year. The District wants to decrease the cost of raffle tickets to $5 or 5/$20 next year. Ed Furey was then thanked for the many hours he put in selling tickets and gathering prizes.

7. Volunteer Opportunities

a. Purple Loosestrife Eradication Dick reported that he, Marie Frederick, Brian Younger and several young volunteers teamed up with the Harvestor Crew for Purple Loosestrife Eradication Wednesday, August 19th. The Crew was trained to continue eradication in wetland areas. All of the habitable shorelines were covered and 54 LARGE bags of Purple Loosestrife were harvested. They got the root bases this year an it is felt much was accomplished in eradicating this invasive plant.

b. Kansasville Hometown Picnic Volunteers are needed to staff the ELPOIA display at the picnic. A sign up sheet was provided for volunteers.

c. Zinnen Boat Launch Upkeep: Chair Loraine Zinnen submitted a written report stating that a total of 7 1/2 hours were spent with Spring upkeep chores. Harvestor Crew members Jacob and Jeffrey Thorn were on loan from the ELMD and provided great help. A Fall clean up will be held and volunteers are needed to assist.

8. Kansasville Hometown Picnic, Venetian Night, Fireworks, Flares: Marie Frederick reported on the activities being planned for August 29th. She passed out notices outlining the day's events, the rules for the Venetian Boat competition and Shore Competition (new this year), and highlighted new events (dog jumping and the Brown's  Lake Aquaducks). Fireworks are being partially sponsored by the ELMD, but private donations are also needed. Flares will be lit up around the lake approximately 15 minutes after the fire works display to form a Ring of Fire around the lake. Flares are for sale at 2/$6, 4/$10 and 6/$15 from Don Hermes. “Eagle Lake” Hats are also for sale for $5 to support the fireworks and flare activities.

9. Eagle Lake Watershed Management Task Force Report: Brian Younger, Chairman, explained that the task force consists of representatives from three groups: ELPOIA, ELMD and the Town of Dover's  Lake Restoration Committee. They are concentrating on improving conditions within the Lake Watershed so water going into the lake is not polluted. He emphasized that until you control nutrients from the watershed that go into the lake, you won't  improve the overall condition of the lake. There are several projects "in the works" that hopefully will be able to control unwanted nutrients from entering the lake:

a) The committee has been following the Permit Application to expand the dairy herd on the Jay Noble Dairy Farm on Highway A. In past years, it has been felt that there was a possibility of nutrient runoff from the farm into Eagle Creek and then into Eagle Lake during periods of large rainfalls. This week, the permit was approved following an appeal process, stating Noble has met all requirements for manure management. Racine County is legally responsible for making sure the plan submitted is followed. The ELWMTF will try to work with Mr. Noble to ensure correct manure management occurs.

b) Eagle Creek Inlet Project: Farmers Eugene Mills and Barney Lavin have gotten a permit to remove accumulated sediment in Eagle Creek EAST of Highway 75. This is to allow better drainage of their farm lands. The ELWMTF has supported their efforts to obtain this permit.

c) Vegetative Buffers along Eagle Creek EAST of Highway 75 on the Mills property. The task force is trying to negotiate with Eugene Mills to have vegetative buffers installed further up the creek. These buffers would filter water from the farm that runs into the Creek. Negotiations are continuing.

d) Eagle Creek Project WEST of Highway 75: Marie Frederick reported that the DNR granted a permit to go ahead with the project involving Eagle Creek shoreline and bank stabilization/restoration. As soon as the Racine County grants a Shoreland Contract, work will begin (rip rap installation and planting of native plants on the banks) by the contractor Rodney Zuerner, CHILS Company. The cost will be about $8250, with 70% of the costs being paid by Racine County. ELPOIA will pay the remainder of the costs. Frederick asked for donations of perennial plants for bank stabilization if residents are dividing plants this fall.

10. Old Business--None

11. New Business: Judy Amundsen reported on the following new business

a) Sean Margiotta (The Island) is missing a paddle boat. It has his last name on the side of the boat. Recent e-mails to lake residents have located other lost items, including the Frederick Paddle Boat and a large wooden bench that got loose from an Island pier. You can get on the lake e-mail list by sending your e-mail address to Judy at jwamundsen@aol.com .

b) Short updates on the following bills being considered in the Wisconsin legislature: NR115, which contains statewide minimum standards for shoreland development in unincorporated areas. These proposed revisions include important new provisions to prevent over-development of shorelines that will minimize impacts on water quality, habitat and natural scenic beauty. AB281, which will reduce phosphorus in household products. Often described as “phosphate” in household detergents, phosphorus is the fuel that transforms clear lakes into an algae laden, smelly green soup. AB 360, which will prohibit the discharge of ballast water and sediments into state waters unless ballast water and sediments are treated to kill/remove aquatic invasive species and other organisms.

c) Webmistress Cindy Stone (Pan Yack Park) was thanked for her work maintaining the lake's website. The website is located at www.eaglelake-racinecounty.org. Other useful websites are: Wisconsin Association of Lakes (WAL) at www.wisconsinlakes.org, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) at www.dnr.wi.gov, and the Town of Dover Website at www.townofdoverwi.com.

12. Election of Board Members for 2009-2011: It was moved, seconded and unanimously voted to approve the following submitted slate of officers:

THE EAST/NORTH SHORE: Barbara Eckert, Marie Frederick, Don Hermes, Chuck Joseph, Krista Mozina

THE REGENCY CLUB CONDOS: Don Heidkamp

THE ISLAND: Paula Spletzer, Chuck Usher

THE MANOR: Richard Barta, Jim Kairis, Rick Kaminski

THE TERRACE: Brian Younger

PAN YACK PARK: Judy Amundsen, Clay Marquardt, Bob Miller

13. Adjournment: It was moved, seconded and unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 10:55 a.m.

Submitted by:

Judy Amundsen, ELPOIA Secretary