Geneva Lake Environmental Agency

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency is determined to maintain Geneva Lake's resources by protecting, preserving and enhancing a desirable  lake and watershed quality, through monitoring, protection and education. 

 

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency is planning to open its office for staff only on Tuesday May 26, 2020.  No meetings will be held on the George Williams Campus.

A GLEA virtual board meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  If interested in viewing, send you email address and name to glea@genevaonline.com and a link to the meeting will be sent to you. 

The agenda can be viewed at the agenda link on this web page. 

 

CLEAN BOATS, CLEAN WATERS

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency  anticipates manning  the municipal launch sites with Clean Boat, Clean Waters staff May 29, 2020.  This is dependent upon the WI DNR giving a go for the start up of the 2020 program, training and final coordination with the municipalities.  With the help of a WI DNR Clean Boat Clean Waters grant, launch sites will be staffed every weekend, and several weekdays  through the summer.  

 

This will be the start of a summer long effort to educate boaters about what they must do before and after launching to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species on Geneva Lake.    Clean  your boat, take nothing from one lake to another, be it bait, bait water, bulge water, live well water, plants or mud.  It's the law. Remember, only you can prevent the spread of invasive species.

 

PUBLIC BEACH TESTING 

Municipal public beach testing for the summer of 2020 is scheduled to begin May 26, 2020 or as soon as the beaches are open.  Each municipal beach will be tested weekly or more frequency if problems are identified.  Find the results on this web site or in the Lake Geneva Regional News.  Questions can be answered by calling 262-245-4532.

Click on the community below to see their 2019 beach testing results.

About The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency was formed in the early 1970's by a group of citizens concerned about Geneva Lake's future. The Agency was formed as a shared unit of the local governments of the Towns of Linn and Walworth, the Villages of Fontana and Williams Bay and the City of Lake Geneva.

Since 1975, the Agency has operated under a Uniform Resolution and By Laws signed by the sponsoring units of government. The resolution calls for the Agency to study the 5,262 acre Geneva Lake and its 13,045 acre watershed regarding its physical, chemical and biological characteristics, water quality, lake and land use; protective measures, recreation and resource related problems and to make recommendations to protect resources, improve living conditions and foster legislation to accomplish these recommendations. This program is implemented by one full time staff member and a college intern.

All too often, many of us take the quality of the lake and diversity of plant and animal life for granted. We seem to expect a healthy and diverse lake, clean and plentiful water to view, swim, fish, and boat in. A healthy Geneva Lake also increases tourism and property values, and is good for the local economy.

Not only is it critical to protect the lake today, but it is important to protect it so we can pass it down to future generations. If we do not take steps to ensure that the Geneva Lake's water quality remains suitable for these purposes, the excellent water quality we take for granted may vanish. The Agency is determined to maintain Geneva Lake's resources by protecting, preserving, and enhancing desirable lake and watershed quality.

The most important thing one can do is to 

GET INVOLVED! 

  • Learn about how your daily routines affect Geneva Lake by obtaining a copy of the Geneva Lake Book. Realize that we are part of the problem and an integral part of the solution.

  • Encourage your family, neighbors, community, civic groups, and governments to protect water quality.

  • Contact the Agency or other water quality advocates who have the technical ability to help us help ourselves.

  • Do not take water quality for granted. Realize that water quality is strongly related to your enjoyment of the lake, property values and an important legacy to leave for future generations.

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