New Land Stewardship Brochure Available

The Green Lake Sanitary District has released a new brochure to inform new landowners in the Green Lake watershed about available options for land management planning and land preservation. LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNINGThe best strategies for managing land vary from property to property depending on proximity to waterways, topography, soil type, etc. Through our Lake Management Planning Team, the Green Lake Watershed has experienced land managers available to work with landowners to determine how...
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The Green Lake Watershed Soil Health Program

We are very excited to announce the Green Lake Watershed Soil Health Program. Based on a programcreated by the Fond du Lac County Land and Water Resources Dept., this new outreach program has thepotential to bring great change to the Big Green Lake watershed. With a focus on overall soil health, this program strives to keep soil in place on ag fields throughout the watershed while enriching the soil through the buildupof organic matter and healthy soil organisms. The program is being adminis...
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GLSD Compliance with TMDL Requirements

As we focus heavily on the health of Green Lake, it is important to note that we are part of a greater watershed – the Upper Fox/Wolf Basins. As an impaired waterbody, the health of Green Lake is a concern to the DNR and the federal government as well. Water from Green Lake makes its way into Lake Winnebago and ultimately into the Lower Fox River Basin where it outlets into Green Bay. The waters located within the Upper Fox/ Wolf Basins are designated as impaired due to excess phosphorus and to...
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BMP Spotlight – NO TILL

The best management practice of ‘no-till’ is just what is sounds like. A no-till field management system avoids disturbing soil with tools like chisel plows, field cultivators, disks, and plows. Plowing breaks up the soil surface or flips the top layer of soil which breaks up soil stability and incorporates nearly all crop residue deeper into the soil profile. No-till management of crop fields allows the previous year’s crop to help hold and cover bare soil. This helps retain soil on fields use...
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Protecting Green Lake One Property at a Time

RAIN GARDENSThe GLSD has a wonderful cost share program for not only shoreline restoration, but also rain gardens. A newer conservation practice, rain gardens are becoming popular around Green Lake as many landowners look to limit stormwater runoff on their properties. The GLSD is excited to have been involved with two projects in the Green Lake Terrace area last fall. While these two projects will not solve the runoff issues in the Terrace on their own, we know that as more landowners complete...
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Concerning Information Regarding the State of Green Lake

On April 14th, Dr. Dale Robertson of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), presented the USGS’s annual “State of Big Green Lake” to the GLSD Board of Commissioners, the GLA Board of Directors, and the Lake Management Planning (LMP) Team. The focus of the meeting was for Dr. Robertson to provide an overview of the nutrient loading (specifically phosphorus) into the lake from the watershed as well as recap lake sampling results from 2019 and 2020. Phosphorus is the main nutrient that drives plant an...
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Beach Sampling

As in the past, the GLSD weekly beach sampling around the lake ran between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We sample at each public beach as well as several boat launches to determine the E. coli levels at these locations each week. E. coli is a bacterium commonly found in the intestines of humans, birds, and other animals; some strains of which can cause severe illness. In July, a sample taken at Sunset Park on the east end of the lake, showed excessively high levels of E. coli. Concerned about th...
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New AIS Tool Boards

The new AIS tool boards were installed by the county and townships at boat launches around the lake. This was a GLSD and Partner supported project to help keep new aquatic invasive species out of the lake. A big thank you to Anna Cisar, our AIS specialist with Golden Sands RC&D, along with Stephanie Prellwitz of the GLA, and Paul Gunderson and Jordan Dornfeld of Green Lake Land Conservation for their efforts to stop the spread of AIS into Green Lake.
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BMS Spotlight – Cover Crops

Cover crops are grasses, legumes, and other forbs that are planted for erosion control, improving soil structure, moisture, and nutrient content, increasing beneficial soil biota, suppressing weeds,providing habitat for beneficial predatory insects, facilitating crop pollinators, providing wildlife habitat, and as forage for farmanimals. Although cover crops can perform these multiple functions in an agroecosystem simultaneously, they are most often grown for the sole purpose of preventing soil...
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Waste Management Update

There have been many surprising footnotes to the Covid pandemic. One such tidbit is that when people are forced to stay home, apparently they clean house! In speaking with Waste Management this spring and summer, they updated us on the fact that residents within the GLSD put out more than 15% more trash in the 2nd quarter of 2020 than average. WM found this trend to be similar across all the communities it serves. Additionally, WM has seen a huge increase in cardboard being thrown away due to t...
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