Green Lake Fish Management Update

LAKE TROUTOn Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st, Jon Hoffman from the WIDNR and Dallas Lewallen from the GLSD carefully transferred over 28,000 lake trout from the GLSD-operated fish rearing facility on North Lawson Drive to Green Lake. Due to the social distancing restrictions at the time, this was a big undertaking. A big THANK YOU to Jon for making this happen for us. Thank you also to Stu Marks and Dallas for all the time over the winter spent feeding the fish, cleaning the raceways...
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REFLECTIONS FROM Dave Bartz, DNR FISH BIOLOGIST

We prepare to bid farewell to Dave Bartz, longtime DNR fish biologist for the Green Lake area, as he prepares for retirement later in 2020. Dave has graciously agreed to let me include in this newsletter the following thoughts he had about working on Green Lake. Spring 1992. I had just begun my career as a Fish Biologist, stationed in Montello and decided to attend a fish crib building day over on Green Lake. I figured it would be a good way to make acquaintances and get to know a few of th...
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Fish Rearing and Stocking

The GLSD (with support from multiple partners) released 29,000 young lake trout into Green Lake in early April, 2019. The lake trout are received into our fish rearing facility each October as fingerlings. GLSD staff feeds and monitors the fish daily from October until they are ready for release each spring. Additionally, in partnership with members of the local fishing community, the GLSD works with DNR fisheries staff on additional stocking of other species such as rainbow trout.
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Carp Removal in Green Lake

Usually occurring in late April, the 2019 harvest did not occur until later in May due to the slow warm up of the lake. Even with the poor weather conditions, 86,500 lbs. of carp were removed from the lake and 2,500 lbs. were removed from the County K Marsh. The continued efforts of the GLSD and the GLA to reduce carp in the marsh is becoming apparent from both the reduced size and numbers of carp found there.
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Update on GLSD’s Waste Management Services

We are nearly an entire year into our new Waste Management(WM) contract. While there have been a few hiccups in the change to single cart service, we feel our 1,400+ customers have handled the new system well. We want to make you aware of a recent change to our WM contract. We received many comments that the 18-gallon recycling bin is not large enough to hold all the recycling materials from a household for an entire month. Due to this feedback and the GLSD’s desire to promote recycling, WM and...
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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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