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 next GLEA board meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm. It will be held in a GoToMeeting format that allows for both a virtual format and in-person attendance at the Lake Geneva Council Chambers. Social distancing and face masks are rerquired. The agenda, with links to the virtual meeting, is posted on this web site and at the City of Lake Geneva's web site.
A quarum has been confirmed.
CLEAN BOATS, CLEAN WATERS
The Geneva Lake Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspection/Education program for the summer of 2020 ended the last week of August. The Geneva Lake 2020 Clean Boats, Clean Waters crew was; Emma Coltman, Matt Cranny, Rachel Stute and Magaret Stehno. Combined, over 908 hrs. were put in at all the launches. The inspectors contacted 5361 boaters and educated them on their responsibilities for controlling the spread of aquatic invasive species.
STARRY STONEWORT INFORMATION
During the summer of 2020, the GLEA conducted two hand pulling operations at two different locations on Geneva Lake for the removal of starry stonewort.
It is estimated that over 154 cubic yards of starry stonewort was removed. At one location it appeared that most of the SSW was removed. At the second, deeper location only about half was removed. The GLEA is putting together a long-term Starry Stonewort management plan for the ongoing management of starry stonewort.
FOR THE LATEST ON STARRY STONEWORT, VIEW THESES RECENTLY RELEASED FACT SHEETS FROM THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES;
WI DNR starry stonewort statement;
Frequently asked starry stonewort questions;
Starry stonewort research;
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STARRY STONEWORT AND ITS MANAGEMENT ON GENEVA LAKE VISIT THE STARRY STONEWORT LINK UNDER THE HOME PAGE OF THE LINKS AT THE TOP OF THE HOME PAGE.
2020 PUBLIC BEACH TESTING
Municipal public beach testing for bacteria during the summer of 2020 was completed at the end of August. NO beach site at any of the five municipal beaches tested exceeded the Advisory or Closing standard. For more on the specific results visit the link to beach testing on this web site.
Click on to visit the Wisconsin Beach Health website that shows the bacteria test results for all of Geneva Lake's municipal beach test results for 2020. Enter Walworth for the county and then find the beach of interest and click on search.
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
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.
Geneva Lake Environmental Agency Staff
and Board of Directors 2020
Theodore W. Peters Executive Director
Aimee Townsend Administrative Assistant
Dan Oliaro Lake Management Assistant
David Rasmussen Attorney
Clean Boats, Clean Waters Team Rachel Stute, Margaret Stehno, Emma Coltman, Matt Cranney
Lamarr Lundberg Chairman
Jim Lovell Vice-Chair
Board of Directors
Patrick Kenny Village of Fontana
Rick Pappas Village of Fontana
Mary Joe Fesenmaier City of Lake Geneva
Terry O'Neill City of Lake Geneva
Jim Weiss Town of Linn
Boyd Whiting Town of Linn
LaMarr Lundberg Village of Williams Bay
Jen McMannamy Village of Williams Bay
Jim Lovell Town of Walworth
Click on a location below to be directed to each community's web page: