Update on GLSD Wastewater Permit Compliance and Future Sewering

DNR 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. District staff continue to work with the WIDNR to gain approval for the use of our treated wastewater as irrigation waters on nearby farm fields. The District is committed to this option as it is both the most environmentally friendly, but also the most cost effective. A demonstration pilot project proposed by the Distric...
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GLSD is now on Facebook

In order to reach residents of the District more efficiently regarding time-sensitive issues such as garbage collection, beach advisories, etc., the GLSD can now be found on Facebook. Additionally, fromtime to time we will be posting information about our Conservancy Properties, various programs we manage, and general lake information. Please check us out.
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2022 Summer in Review

The summer of 2022 was beautiful on Big Green Lake. The minimal snow cover in our area last winter caused limited spring runoff to the lake. Additionally, we saw a very gradual warming of the lake itself along with limited spring and early summer rainfall. These factors helped to create better water quality in 2022 than we’ve seen in many years on Big Green Lake. These observations are reinforced by 2022 USGS water sampling results that showed in-lake phosphorus levels dropped to around 15.5...
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What Do Your GLSD Tax Dollars do for Green Lake?

In the last 60 years, the lake has faced negative impacts from increased shoreland development, intensive agriculture throughout the watershed, the advent of harmful aquatic invasive species, increasingly intense rainfall events, and many of the wettest years on historical record. These are significant challenges to overcome. As we work to meet our long-term water quality goals of a roughly 50% reduction in phosphorus loading to the lake, these are some of the programs the GLSD operates to help...
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2022 State of Green Lake Report

On April 11th, 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 and the Lake Management Planning (LMP) Team. The purpose of the meeting was for Dr. Robertson to provide an overview of the recent water quality in Green Lake, nutrient loading (specifically phosphorus) into the lake from the watershed, as well as provide an overview of his conclusions from the Lake Study recently completed by the USGS,...
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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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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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