2015-2016 Shoreland Zoning Changes – Video Presentation Available

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)

Stop The Spiny Water Flea!

As you may be aware there are several aquatic invasive species to be mindful of when boating. The Spiny Water Flea is one such species! The Spiny Water Flea is a small crustacean that hurts lakes by making the water green in color and degrades fisheries. Always remember to clean your boat when removing it from the lake and empty any live wells aboard to prevent the spread of any aquatic invasive species. There is a great video available to boating enthusiasts and kids of all ages below.

Have You Seen The New Starry Stonewort Signage At The Boat Launch?

Recently you may have noticed the new Starry Stonewort signage that appeared at the Boat Launch. Please be very aware of this new invasive species. Read the signage referencing boating in Muskego Lakes. Learn all that you can about Starry Stonewort by starting with a visit to the “Reports” page. Prevention is critical to stop it from spreading to Okauchee Lake. Also, please visit the “Gallery” to see the new signage!

CPR & AED Training Class Offered May 22 – 10 AM to Noon at OLYC

A CPR & AED Training Class is being offered May 22 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club!
Did you know that the first five minutes following an injury, and the immediate response from those on the scene, can mean the difference between life and death? Learn to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac heart rhythms and is used to treat them through defibrillation—the application of an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. Every minute that defibrillation with an AED is delayed decreases the victim’s chance of survival by 7-10 minutes.
Okauchee Lake Sailing School & Club is hosting a CPR & AED Training for OLMD residents on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club. Adults and youth are welcome! Training is being provided by Tammy Derynda, R.N./B.S.N. This class is taught by a certified CPR Instructor and will provide two-year certification. The cost is $25 per person for OLMD residents and $50 for non-residents.
To Register Contact Tim Kay (OLYC) – 262-784-7110

OLMD Partners With Oconomowoc River Watershed Protection Program

At the April 16, 2016 OLMD Commissioner’s meeting, a presentation was given by Tom Steinbach of the Oconomowoc Wastewater Facility, regarding a new innovative program available. This presentation included information about the Oconomowoc River Watershed Protection Program that uses adaptive management practices to assist in improving the water quality throughout the Oconomowoc River watershed. This includes Okauchee Lake. The Commissioners of the OLMD agreed to partner with the City of Oconomowoc in working with the Oconomowoc River Watershed Protection Program. For more information on this program, please visit the “Reports” page.

Want To Become A Certified Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspector?

Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Washington & Waukesha Counties, is conducting
Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) watercraft inspector certification workshops in Merton and Muskego in
upcoming weeks! If you attend, he will teach you about why the CBCW program is so important. You’ll also
learn how to approach boaters and anglers at the launch and how to conduct the short CBCW survey. Please
contact Brad Steckart at (262) 335-4806 or at Bradley.Steckart@co.washington.wi.us to ensure adequate materials
are available. Workshops are available on:
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016: Merton Community Center – 6:30 – 8:30pm
W282N6996 Main Street, Merton, WI 53056

Saturday, May 7th, 2016: Idle Isle Park Boat Launch – 10am – noon
North side of Little Muskego Lake
S65W18365-S65W18599 Hardtke Dr.
Muskego, WI 53150

Saturday, May 14th, 2016: Idle Isle Park Boat Launch – 10am – noon
North side of Little Muskego Lake
S65W18365-S65W18599 Hardtke Dr.
Muskego, WI 53150

OLMD Efforts To Spur Action On Starry Stonewort from the DNR & State Officials

Starry Stonewort is a new aggressive invasive species found in Wisconsin Lakes. To date, it is not in Okauchee Lake. The Okauchee Lake Management District sent letters to several DNR officials, state and municipal leaders to draw attention to the immediate need for action by the DNR to prevent Starry Stonewort from spreading to Okauchee Lake. Please visit the “Reports” page of this website to view correspondence between the DNR, Senator Chris Kapenga’s office and OLMD representative, Tom Godar.

Please Help Keep Starry Stonewort Out of Okauchee Lake!

As you may be aware, Starry Stonewort, a macroalga invasive species, has been found in area lakes. The OLMD is asking for your help in keeping it out of Okauchee Lake. There are several things you can do to keep it out of Okauchee Lake waterways.
1) Please look for this invasive species in the lake. It can often be found near boat launch sites.
2) Please thoroughly inspect and clean your boat, watercrafts and trailer if you have been in Little Muskego Lake, Big Muskego Lake and Long Lake in Racine County recently.
3) Learn about Starry Stonewort. Public education and prevention is critical to keeping this plant out of Okauchee Lake!
Please visit the following link to the DNR website for identification information: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/fact/starrystonewort.html
Identification information on Starry Stonewort can also be found on the “Reports” page of this website. Contact the DNR or the OLMD if you believe you have spotted Starry Stonewort.

Interested in Okauchee Lake Ice Dates?

Are you interested in Okauchee Lake’s historical ice dates? A lake resident collected ice dates since the 1970’s and shared them. What was the earliest date the lake iced over? How many winters can you recall when the lake was still iced over in April? Test your knowledge and find out by clicking on the “Reports” page!