Update on Watershed Protection Projects

2019 Lake Protection Grant – Green Lake County The WI DNR just announced that the Lake Protection Grant application submitted by the GLSD in February has been chosen for funding. The grant, written by Charlie Marks with the help of the GLA and Green Lake Co. Land Conservation Dept., was the highest ranked Protection Grant application in the state. The grant will help fund approximately $300,000 worth of projects [roughly 20 Best Management Practices (BMP’s)] within the Big Green Lake water...
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A Great Loss to Green Lake

The sudden passing of Charlie Marks on Friday, January 4th, 2019, was a tremendous loss to the Green Lake Sanitary District. The administrator of the GLSD for 22 years, Charlie accepted the administrator position in 1996, moving his family to the area from Waukesha. Though Charlie’s background was in business and utilities, he was a fast learner in the field of natural resources. He had a passion for the outdoors which inspired his work at the GLSD. It was through Charlie’s efforts that t...
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New Green Lake Sanitary District Administrator

The board of the Green Lake Sanitary District is happy to introduce Lisa Reas as the new administrator. Lisa is a long-time friend and partner of the GLSD. A 1998 graduate of UW-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources, Lisa has a degree in Watershed Management and Water Chemistry and minored in soil science and chemistry. She has previously worked in Land Conservation with Polk, Burnett, and Price Counties and the US Army Reserve as a Water Purification Specialist. In 2000, Lisa was hi...
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USGS Presents 2018 State of the Lake

On February 13, 2018, 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 at the regular board meeting of the GLSD. A summary of the USGS’s key updates are provided below. USGS general conclusions for 2017: • On a positive note, over the past twenty years, the percentage of phosphorus coming into our lake via various forms (streams, runoff, etc) has decreased by 25% from 0.134 mg/L (1997-1998) to ...
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Big Green Lake Impairment Status

What is the Big Green Lake impairment? Big Green Lake was listed as impaired in 2014. The impairment is for unacceptable levels of Dissolved Oxygen at the lake’s Thermocline. The Thermocline is the area of the lake where the warm water meets the cold water, this is generally at a depth of 30 to 50 feet down from the water’s surface. The State of Wisconsin lists the primary cause of this impairment as too much phosphorus in our lake. Why is the Big Green Lake Impairment Important? Some peopl...
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