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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. 

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PLEASE TAKE NOTICE OF UPCOMING GLEA MEETING. 

The GLEA has scheduled a regular business meeting to be held at 6:30 pm on June 17, 2021 at Lake Geneva's City Council Chambers as both a virtual GoToMeeting and as an in-person meeting with masks and distancing. Link is below. Agenda and link is posted under Agenda/Minutes at the top of the page. 

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/928481237

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3412 Access Code: 928-481-237

 

CLEAN BOATS, CLEAN WATERS 2021

 

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency will is looking for Clean Boats, Clean Waters Inspectors for the summer of 2021.  It is part-time work with flexible hours. Help protect Geneva Lake from aquatic invasive species by working on the front line of the fight to control the spread of aquatic invasive species.  

If interested contact the GLEA at glea@genevaonline.com or 262-245-4532.  

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COMING TO A LAUNCH NEAR YOU

THE CD3 BOAT CLEANING STATION.

IT'S PORTABLE,  SOLAR POWERED AND WILL HELP KEEP YOUR BOAT CLEAN FOR FREE!

A  CLEAN BOAT MEANS CLEAN WATERS. 

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The CD3 boat cleaning station is coming to Fontana's launch on June 17, 2021

Brought to you by a WI DNR grant, the Geneva Lake Association, the Water Alliance for the Protection of Geneva Lake, the Geneva Lake Conservancy and the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency.

Look for the CD3 boat cleaning station at your favorite Geneva Lake launch on the following dates.

CD3 CLEANING STATION SCHEDULE FOR GENEVA LAKE, SUMMER 2021

          Launch                                                                             Dates 

Linn                                                                        Wednesday June 2– Wednesday June 18

Fontana                                                               Thursday June 18 – Wednesday June 30

Williams Bay                                                      Wednesday June 30 – Wednesday July 14

Lake Geneva                                                      Wednesday July 14 – Wednesday July 28

Linn                                                                        Wednesday July 28 – Wednesday August 11

Fontana                                                               Wednesday August 11 – Wednesday August 25

Williams Bay                                                       Wednesday August 25 – Wednesday September 8

Lake Geneva                                                      Wednesday September 8 – Wednesday September 22 

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 15.3 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. 

At the April 15, 2021 GLEA Board of Directors' meeting, it was voted to initiate the  needed action to dredge Trinke Lagoon in 2021.  Plans are being made to dredge the lagoon this summer or early fall.  

The GLEA will also hire a dive team to conduct hand pulling on the starry stonewort population located at the mouth of Trinke Lagoon and any new populations found in this summer's aquatic plant survey.  

FOR THE LATEST ON STARRY STONEWORT, VIEW THESES RECENTLY RELEASED FACT SHEETS FROM THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES;

 

WI DNR starry stonewort statement;

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/asm31/SSW_Statement.pdf

Frequently asked starry stonewort questions;

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/asm31/SSW_FAQ%20(1).pdf

Starry stonewort research;

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/asm31/SSW_ResearchFactsheet%20(1).pdf

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.  

 

2021 PUBLIC BEACH TESTING 

Bacteria testing of  Geneva Lake's municipal public beach testing  is scheduled to start Monday,  May 24, 2021.  

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Click on https://www.wibeaches.us/apex/f?p=181:18:::NO:RP:: 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 

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.

 

                                                                                                                                                               

Geneva Lake Environmental Agency

Board of Directors and Staff 2021

OFFICERS

LaMarr Lundberg                               Chairman

Jim Lovell                                             Vice Chairman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Patrick Kenny                                    Village of Fontana

Rick Pappas                                       Village of Fontana                           Citizen Rep.

Mary Jo Fesenmaier                       City of Lake Geneva

Terry O’Neill                                        City of Lake Geneva                        Citizen Rep.

Jim Weiss                                            Town of Linn

Boyd Whiting                                     Town of Linn                                       Citizen Rep.

Rob Umans                                         Village of Williams Bay

LaMarr Lundberg                              Village of Williams Bay                   Citizen Rep.

Jim Lovell             `                               Town of Walworth                           Citizen Rep.

STAFF

Theodore W. Peters                        Executive Director

Aimee Townsend                            Administrative Assistant

Matt Messer                                      Lake Manager Assist. / Intern

David Rasmussen                           Attorney

Casey Burmeister                           Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspector

Emma Coltman                               Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspector

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