LDLD Q1 2023 Newsletter
Here are the 1st quarter updates and a look forward into 2023 from the LDLD Board of Commissioners.
Special Meeting Announcement
The LDLD has worked with the WI DNR to create a plan to address the finding of Starry Stonewort in Lake Denoon. To help cover the costs of the plan, the BOC has applied for an AIS Rapid Response grant from the WI DNR. Our grant request was approved on March 20, 2023. Because of these new expenses and the denial of our Alum grant request, the budget for 2023 needs to be amended. Therefore, a “special meeting” is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Muskego City Hall. A meeting announcement and agenda will be sent via USPS in the coming weeks.
The WDNR announced the 2023 grant awards in February. We were very disappointed to learn our grant application was not approved for 2023. The board intends to improve the application and re-submit this year. Alum remains our best option to combat Phosphorus that has accumulated in lake sediments throughout the decades.
Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW)
Our grant application for the CBCW watercraft inspection program for 2023 has been approved by the DNR. This year, the LDLD plans to hire boat inspectors to monitor the Denoon Park and Hart Drive boat launches. The duties include performing boat and trailer checks and educating boaters on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. This program is made possible by a 75% matching grant from the WDNR. To be a “boat inspector”, no previous experience is necessary and training & materials will be provided. We are anticipating 10-16 hours per weekend. The hourly pay will be $20 per hour. This is a great-paying, part time, summer opportunity to be an ambassador for our lake and help keep it healthy and beautiful! If interested in submitting an application, contact any Commissioner or send an email to email@example.com.
Spring Social Event
The board has worked with Coach’s on the Lake to sponsor a Pizza Party on Tuesday, May 9 from 5 PM to 9 PM. This is a private event just for us as Coach’s is typically closed on Tuesdays. Cash bar starting at 5 PM. A buffet including a variety of pizzas with salad and garlic bread will begin at 6 PM. This is a social event for Lake District members and not an official Lake District meeting. Hope to see you there.
Mechanical Harvesting Project
The LDLD has submitted a permit application for mechanical harvesting of Curly-Leaf Pondweed (CLP). The permit is good for 5 years. We plan to harvest CLP in the May/June time frame. The board has made a down payment to Midwest Aquatics to harvest CLP in 2023 and an appropriate disposal site has been determined.
January 2023 Member Survey Results
184 emails were sent with 95 total responses and 26 additional comments. 52% response rate.
District Activities: Top number of votes.
Critically Important: 53-Make the lake healthier, 28-Fish habitat, 24-Improve watershed
Very Important: 43-Wetland/shoreline preservation, 41-Improve watershed, 38-Clean Boats Clean Waters
Somewhat Important: 37-Boater Education, 31-Fish Habitat, 29-Wetland/Shoreline Preservation
Unimportant: 53-Improve public boat launches,-12 Clean Boats Clean Waters, 6-Boater Education
Social Activities: Top number of votes.
Very interested: 39-July 4 fireworks, 22-Pizza Party, 19-Spirit wear
Somewhat Interested: 47-Picnic at Denoon Park, 45-July 4 boat parade, 43-Pizza party & Summer Fishing event, 41-Spirit wear
Not Interested: 71-Sailing, 64-Bowling, 63-Volleyball, 51-Ice fishing
Willing to Help Organize:
3 - Pizza Party & July 4 fireworks
1 - July 4 boat parade & Spirit wear
The breakdown of the comments. Note that some comments included more than 1 topic.
10 related to the low water level
7 were “thank you” to the board
5 related to slow no wake hours and enforcement
3 related to fish habitat improvements
3 were pro/con wake boats
2 related to weeds
2 were general comments
1 related to education of lake rules
2023 LDLD Annual Membership Meeting
Mark your calendars for Monday, August 28. The official announcement, location and agenda will be sent via USPS to all LDLD members in August.
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