Are you interested in learning more about water quality issues such as aquatic invasive species, healthy lake initiatives and what you can do to protect or enhance existing water quality? If your answer is “yes!”, please consider attending the 2nd Annual Healthy Lakes Conference at the Oconomowoc Community Center on Friday, June 23, 2017 beginning at 9:00 A.M. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M. Cost is $15 in advance through the Clean Water Association website and $20 at the workshop. A detailed agenda of activities can be found on the “Reports” page of this website.
Please review the Barging Policy on the “Reports” page of this website to ensure your lake weeds can be collected. Plants must be free of any trash, such as dead fish, cans, tree limbs, sticks, leaves, etc., because the farmers who receive the material will not accept anything but plants. Also, the cutting crew is working hard to address the “hot spots” of the lake first and then will continue cutting the normal rotation of the lake.
Waukesha County AIS Staff recently grew to include several interns for the summer as a result of a grant. Tools and signage are available to you at several County boat launches as part of the Clean Boats Clean Water program. Please look for the signage and feel free to use the tools! Also, Clean Boats, Clean Waters boat inspections have begun at various launch sites throughout the County as well. Check it out!
Each newsletter is available to you by visiting the Waukesha County AIS webpage at www.waukeshacounty.gov/AIS.
To view the most recent Lake Level Reports, click on the “Reports” page.
The correct date of the “Additional Fireworks Fun in Whittaker Bay” should be shown as SUNDAY, JULY 2. The date of the “Additional Fireworks Fun” shown on the bottom of Page 5 in the 2017 OLMD newsletter distributed in the mail to residents was incorrect. The date of Okauchee Lake Independence Day Celebration Fireworks & Venetian Night Lighted Boat Parade HAS NOT changed and will still take place on Monday, July 3. Thank you!
Recently a postcard was sent to riparian owners as notification of 2017 chemical weed treatment for Okauchee Lake. The 2017 chemical treatment application, maps and permit can be found on the “Reports” page of this website.
Everyone needs to replace or rebuild a pier now and then. Not sure of the correct size or location? Sometimes the rules have changed since the last pier construction. Don’t worry! There is a place where people can go to find out the DNR rules and regulations. Please click the following link to visit the DNR webpage that will answer many FAQs:
Starry Stonewort has recently been found in Sturgeon Bay. Please see the article on the “Reports” page. Please continue to be diligent in keeping your boat, trailer and recreational equipment clean after traveling to other lakes. Also, please continue to be watchful for Starry Stonewort in area lakes- especially near boat launch sites. If you believe you have located Starry Stonewort, please contact Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at 262-335-4806 and leave a message if he is unavailable noting the location you believe you saw the plant.
The Okauchee Lake Management District has conducted aquatic plant surveys regularly since 1992. Eurasian Water milfoil has been present in each survey and was found in a survey in 1977. In 2013, milfoil was found in 43% of the sample points. This was down slightly from 56% in 2008. The native milfoil was found in only 5% of the sample points in 2013. Milfoil covers a wide range of areas in Okauchee Lake, from the shallow bays to the deep water. Okauchee Lake also has a native milfoil. Native plants, although sometimes a nuisance as well, have helped control the amount of milfoil. The District’s efforts, relying on herbicides and harvesting, is effectively managing the milfoil in Okauchee Lake. To date, there have been no signs of milfoil herbicide resistance in the lake.
Please visit the “Reports” page for the DNR article: “The Science Behind The Superweed – Eurasian Water Milfoil.” This article has been reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.
The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations. Please click below to access the new shoreland zoning video presentations.
1. Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes
2. Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards
3. Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline
Whole video (all three parts combined; 30 minutes)