Rain Gardens: Your Personal Contribution to a Cleaner Green Lake

As mentioned briefly in our spring newsletter, the GLSD currently has a wonderful cost share program rain gardens in addition to shoreline restoration. A newer conservation practice, rain gardens are becoming popular nationwide as many landowners look to limit stormwater runoff from their properties. WHAT IS A RAIN GARDEN?Rain gardens are sunken gardens planted with wildflowers and other native plants that collect and soak up rainwater, mainly from the roof of a house, garage, or driveway. T...
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GLSD Wastewater Permit Compliance and Future Sewering

WPDES PERMIT COMPLIANCE As mentioned in previous newsletters, the GLSD is required to meet new, stringent wastewater discharge requirements set forth by the State of WI. This mandated reduction in phosphorus discharge will require the District to completely overhaul its wastewater treatment process. We have been working closely with our District Engineer, Cedar Corporation, on this critical planning. The GLSD has been focused on achieving compliance through the storage and utilization of our...
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GLSD Welcomes New Board Member, Justin Ellis

The Green Lake Sanitary Board of Commissioners has recently undergone a change. Secretary of the board, Boni Jensen, stepped down from her position with the District in April. A member of the board since early 2018, Boni has been an enthusiastic supporter of the GLSD’s efforts in lake and watershed protection. She has been an asset to the District bringing fresh ideas and a genuine willingness to consider issues from all viewpoints. As Boni’s term of office has several years remaining, the Town...
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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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