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Shorelines A Publication of the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association (LLIA) WWW.LLIA.ORG The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the L.L.I.A.

MESSAGE FROM THE LLIA PRESIDENT Dear Lauderdale Neighbors, The winter weather pattern seems to be close as I write this letter. Just a couple of weeks ago we enjoyed our last boat ride around the lake with friends on a cool but bright sunny afternoon. Then we had to take the boat out of the water and store it for the winter season. We all enjoyed an excellent summer and many of us also enjoyed a great fall at the lake with many sunny days and little rain. Now the Canadian Cold Fronts have begun to arrive and soon we’ll have snow again and our lakes will have “hard water”.

Department and how they are concerned for your safety. The LLIA Fish Committee enjoyed near perfect sunny weather to stock the walleye on Sept 28. Read all about the event on page 3, and the LLIA is very proud of the 10 year stocking program that has added some 66,000 fish to Lauderdale Lakes. We plan to do fish stocking again in 2011.

Many of you saw the floating bog in the area of Middle Lake not to far from the Landing Restaurant this summer. This may have surprised you, but it was not a new event for me. As a youth I observed many floating bogs on Mill Lake. The entire southern part of Mill Lake was mostly shallow and had lots of bogs. The only way to Don Jean Bay was through a Our beautiful lakes are great in the summer channel between the north side of Treasure for fishing, swimming, sailing, skiing and Island and the south side of the golf course. boating. Winter brings new opportunities That channel is closed now. Much of the and ways to enjoy the lakes. Ice fishing is southern part of Mill Lake was dredged very popular and good size fish have been over a 25 year period beginning in circa 1940 and the bogs are gone with one caught through the ice. Sailors bring out exception and that bog seems to decrease the ice boats and they literally fly across in size each year. Read about bog the surface in the winter winds. Snow mobile owners love to run the lakes as soon formation and how they break loose on as the ice freezes to a safe thickness. Dress pages 5 and 7. The spring’s area of Middle warmly and enjoy the winter months at the Lake is the location with the most bogs on our lakes now. lake. This Shorelines brings news about the Town of LaGrange Spring 2011 election. The good news is the candidates for Town Board Supervisor positions do not use TV advertising. Our next Shorelines will give you more about the candidates, but see the article on page 3 for more details about the election.

Take a moment to read how you may use The Lauderdale Lakes Golf Course during the winter months. The article on page 8 suggests hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Remember the Club House is closed all winter, so you are on your own. Snowmobiles and All Terrain Vehicles are prohibited as the grass can be damaged.

The Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Department fire fighters really appreciated the great Many of us have observed the old wood turnout for their Steak Fry Fund Raiser water tower on the Golf Course. Learn held at the Landings in August. Turn to about the plan to restore the tower by page 2 and read more about the Lawrence Meyers on page 9.

November 2010 / Volume 33 – No. 4

Articles Inside This Issue: Page Golf Cart Alert 2 Lauderdale-LaGrange Topics 2 Fish Committee Report 3 KMLT Island Woods Preserve Trail 4 LLIA Web Site 4 Environmental Facts 5 Water Quality Report 5 Kettle Moraine Land Trust 6 Water Safety Patrol 6 Lake Management District Topics 7 Sailing Club Report 8 Lauderdale Lakes Yacht Club 8 LL Country Club Water Tower Restoration 8 Invasive Species Are A Global Issue 9 Ice Anglers Alert 10

Another treasure at Lauderdale Lakes is Island Woods. See the article and pictures on page 5 that describe the new walking trail through the woods. The KMLT owns the property now, however LLIA continues to monitor the property and owned the property before the KMLT was formed as committee of LLIA in 2000. This is the forth and last Shorelines for 2010. We have already established LLIA plans for 2011. A major project is the 2011-2013 directory that will be ready for distribution at the June 11, 2011 LLIA Annual Meeting. LLIA Board Member Debbie Ferrari is the Chair and she hopes you will let her know of companies that should be advertising in the directory. Snow will be here soon, stay warm, and enjoy the beauty of our Lakes during the winter with the “HARD WATER” and watch for the ice fishermen and ice boats. As LLIA President, I wish each of you a Joyous Holiday Season and the best for 2011. We will be back with our next Shorelines in February 2011.

Don Henderson

takes the dedication of many people. The volunteer staff we have is totally dedicated GOLF CART ALERT to providing the best Rescue and Fire By Rick Callaway Fighting techniques and equipment to assure the support and safety of people and The Walworth county Sheriff’s Departproperty in this area. The area property ment will be enforcing the County’s ordi- owners and residents are true partners in nance for non-licensed vehicles driving on this effort by supporting our Department public roads. Primarily affected will be golf carts.

cians assure the combustion process is correct and the all exhaust gas is going outside and not into the house. Many homes have wood stoves and fireplaces that enhance the ambiance of the home and also lower heating costs. Fireplaces and wood stoves are effective, but be sure your chimney is free of creosote and the stove vent pipes are not blocked as you will not want a chimney The Walworth county Sheriff’s fire or a home full of smoke. Department will be enforcing the Clean them now before you County’s ordinance for non-licensed want to use them in the winter.

The Sheriff's office sent an officer to a recent Town Board Meeting to report on the complaints received regarding non-licensed vehicles on vehicles driving on public roads. The Holiday Season will soon public roads. There are no legal be here. As you decorate your Primarily affected will be provisions for these vehicles to be home, be careful to keep decoGOLF CARTS. driven on public roads and the offirations well away from hot cer was notifying the Town that the lights, stoves, fireplaces, and Sheriff's Department would be issuthrough gifts and fund raisers. I extend candles. Also be sure you extinguish caning citations for violations. The violations my personal thanks to all of you for mak- dles when you are not in the same room, could be for unlicensed vehicles as well ing the Department very successful.” as you may forget they are lit and as they as for Underage drivers. There are vehiburn down cause a fire to be started. If cles that are open sided and look similar to Does Your Home Have An Alarm Sysyou have a decorated Christmas tree, be a golf cart that are purposely built and li- tem? sure it is away from the fireplace and other censed to be driven on public roads. These open flames. Fire Fighters recommend types of vehicles are frequently seen in Many homeowners in The Town have using low wattage electric lights that will vacation areas. But a common golf cart is alarm systems to provide security and also not ignite the needles. not a legal vehicle to be driven on a public to send an automatic notification if a probroad. lem occurs while you are away. Alarm Be sure that your driveway is clear of tree Systems are effective; however it is very limbs and branches. If you have a probLAUDERDALE-LAGRANGE beneficial to have a “Key Holder” near by. lem, you will want the fire truck or rescue The Key Holder is someone that lives ambulance to reach your house without TOPICS close to your home, and an individual that being damaged by your tree limbs. And By Don Henderson can unlock the home if the Fire Departwith winter snow soon to arrive, please keep your driveways and private roads Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Department ment responds to an alarm call. Rest assured that the Fire Fighters have the tools plowed wide and frequently so that an amto enter your home and they will if there is bulance or a fire truck may quickly reach All the members of the Lauderdalea fire observed. It is the alarm calls anyour home during an emergency. The LaGrange Fire Department extend their thanks to the 765 people that attended the swered where no problem is observed that Town Highway Department plows snow August Steak Fry. The annual event was it is best to have a Key Holder available to on all Town owned roads, but many very successful this year, and the profit of unlock your home and let the Fire Fighters homes around Lauderdale Lakes are loin for follow up. Chief Duerst recomcated on private roads and/or long drive$9600 has been designated to purchase mends that each home with an alarm have ways. The home owners have total renew turn-out gear (the protective helmets, a Key Holder to help in case of emersponsibility for private driveways and jackets, pants, gloves and boots fire fightgency. roads. Make your snow plowing arrangeers wear). ments now to assure a clear roadway for Home Fire Safety Tips. the emergency vehicles to reach your This was the first year the Department home should they be needed this winter. worked with the new owners of The LauThe Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Departderdale Landing Restaurant. Fire Chief ment Volunteers ask all property owners Call 911 if you need to report a fire, mediDuerst related “The Landing Staff were and residents to think and practice fire cal emergency or an accident. And last very supportive and great to work with”. but not least, have a fire safety plan for All the Fire Department members wish to safety. Test all of your Fire Alarms. Be extend their appreciation and thanks to the sure that an alarm is installed in each bed- your family. Review it with your family room. Even the fire alarms wired into members and practice the plan so your Healy Family for the use of The Lauderfamily will be safe should you experience dale Landing Restaurant and Grounds for your electrical system have a battery backup. Be sure you have new batteries in a fire in your home. their Annual Steak Fry Fund Raiser. all the alarms every year. 2

Fire Chief John “Curly” Duerst said, “A volunteer fire department

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Town of LaGrange Highway Department Winter may seem to be far off as this article is being written. Often the first snowflakes fall in October, but the first snowflakes seem to be far away with the warm fall we have enjoyed this year. Still, Highway Department Commissioner Pat Hoffman has been preparing for winter for several weeks. Road side ditches have been mown, trees and brush cut back along the roadsides, and three Town Trucks have been prepared for snowplowing and sanding. The LaGrange Town Board passed an Ordinance regulating the placement of snow on roadways by Town Residents in March 2008. Excerpts taken from ordinance no. 2008-01 follows: SECTION 1 states there shall be no placing of snow on any roadway in the Town of LaGrange that would create a hazardous condition for vehicle travel and persons shall not plow snow across the roadway from their driveway.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Pat has three snow plow routes and in total 2010 over 63 miles of Town roads are cleared and sanded with each snowfall. Driving a EVENT snow plow truck is demanding as the snow DATE 11-30 NABA Scholarship App. Due often swirls up across the cab and limits 12-1 Election Nominating Papers visibility both forward and backward. 1-3 Closer Nominating Papers. Wisconsin law requires motorists following a Snow Plow Truck to stay back 500 1-16 LLYC Winter Bowl feet. Town Highway Department employ- 2-5 LLMD Dir. Mtg. ees ask all motorists to use extra caution 4-5 LaGrange Town Supv. and please stay back the required distance. Election. This is especially important at intersections when snow plow trucks often need to Clerk before the closure date. Don Sukala plow around a corner and then back up before turning to plow the other direction. is the current Second Side Supervisor, Rick Callaway is the current Third Side Supervisor, and Jeff Schramm is the curPlowing snow off the many winding and rent Fourth Side Supervisor. hilly Town roads around the Lakes is the greatest challenge. Pat asks all of us to please keep our boats, utility vehicles, FISH COMMITTEE REPORT ATVs, cars and trucks, and garbage and By Greg Schindler recycling containers well back from the & Jim Frenchy road side. It is important to have area along side the road free to plow snow onto so that the road width is not reduced dur- The annual LLIA fish stocking this year took place on September 28th. This year ing the winter months. stocking was walleye and next year will The garbage and recycling containers con- again be smallmouth bass. We contracted tinue to be used, and John’s Disposal Serv- for 2700 fish 6" to 8"and were surprised ice will make the collection on the regular that a large number were in the 10'' range. assigned day which is Monday for most of In six trips the fish were released in all three lakes and Don Jean Bay. the Lake properties. PLEASE ASK A

SECTION 2. COSTS AND PENALTIES. A. Penalties. Any person adjudged to have violated any provision of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit $50 NEIGHBOR THAT LIVES NEAR YOU together with the costs of prosecution per YEAR AROUND TO MOVE YOUR for each offense. CONTAINERS BACK TO YOUR HOUSE AFTER COLLECTION IF YOU SECTION 3. ENFORCEMENT AND ARE THERE ONLY ON WEEKENDS. BOND The containers may interfere with snow This ordinance may be enforced by a plowing and certainly they detract from the Town of LaGrange Road Commissioner or beauty of our property when left next to the Walworth County Sheriff Department the road all week. issuing a citation pursuant to the provisions this ordinance, as amended from 2011 Town of LaGrange Election time to time. The Second, Third and Fourth Side SuperThe homeowner or renter is responsible visor positions will up for election in 2011. for snow placement, and you are responsi- Elections are held the first Tuesday in ble for the snow regardless if you hire a April, which is April 5, 2011. Candidates person to plow snow for you. Snow on elected to the Town Board serve two year your property should stay on your property terms of office Candidates must file forand it shall not be pushed across the road mal nomination papers to be on the elecwhen you clear your driveway and walktion ballot and the closure date is January ways. Please inform your snow plowing 3, 2011. Candidates must be Town of Lacontractor if you hire this work. Grange residents. The first day nomination papers may be obtained from the Town Please drive with care when following a Clerk, Crystal Hoffmann, is December 1, snowplow truck 2010 and they must be filed with the Town

The release was a success with the help of volunteers: Greg Schindler, Jim Frenchy, Don Henderson, John Nason, Bill Gregory, Justin Jankowski, Larry Cady, Randy Norris, Ron Mueller, Dave DeAngles, Merle D. Schinke, Charlie Lawrence, Pete Spaulding, Larry Zerwas. Ron Olejiczak and our new Chairperson, Brian Walsh. Funds for this year’s fish stocking were provided by membership donations to the stocking program and funds specifically ear marked for walleye from a Tim Walsh Memorial donation. This is our second stocking of walleye and some may now be catchable from our release a few years ago. If your lucky to catch one, remember the size limit is 15" so practice catch and release.

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The committee would like to also thank our commercial supporters for their donations of gifts for the “Kids Jamboree in July: Home Run Inn of Chicago, Carbellas of Hoffmann Estates and Sherwin Williams Paint Co. Big thanks to all who have supported this effort to maintain and improve our fishery.

KETTLE MORAINE LAND TRUST COMPLETES AND NAMES ISLAND WOODS PRESERVE TRAIL By Herb Sharpless During the spring, summer and fall of this year, Kettle Moraine Land Trust expanded the trail located in Island Woods Preserve from 1/8th mile to 3/8th mile. The trail follows the contours of three larger kettles located within the preserve, thus it is now named the Three Kettle Ridge Trail. The trail starts just west of the Oak Park Road parking area where two of the parking spaces are reserved for trail users. The expansion connects the trail with both Oak Park Road and West Shore Drive, enabling a nice hiking loop around the peninsula. Three workdays were organized to help with the trail expansion. The first was an education activity sponsored by KMLT and LLIA with Elkhorn Area High School where 18 Advanced Placement science class students and their 4 teachers helped control garlic mustard along the trail, learn about water quality testing from Dave DeAngelis and Bud Vance, and helped haul wood chips supplied by the Town of LaGrange from the town compost site to the surface of the new trail. Working in shifts, this group covered almost half of the new trail while learning about erosion control and the native plant habitat provided by the kettles. A second workday was advertised at the LLIA Annual Meeting and several community members came to help. 4

Walker Johnson and Don Henderson filled bags with wood chips and Josh DeAngelis brought some of his baseball team to help haul chips to cover the steeper portions of the expanded trail. Ben and Josephine Johnson helped with the hauling, while Phyllis Apelbaum welcomed the volunteers and made sure they stayed hydrated!

feet of trail. When this easement is completed, KMLT will install a second boot brush station near the trail entrance on West Shore Drive.

One request to trail users who bring a pet along for the hike, please keep them on a leash so they stay within the treated areas adjacent to the trail. Letting pets wander Later in the summer, Herb talked some of through areas not treated, brings seeds of his visiting relatives into helping him com- invasive species seeds into the treated area! plete the wood chip trail cover. After sev- Most of the trail is clearly defined by wood eral hot mornings, the whole trail extension chip cover, and some trees along the trail have surveyor tape bands to help mark the was covered with a layer of wood chips! trail location. You will note there are a couple of brush piles along the trail. These will get burned during the winter, when snow cover makes for a safe bonfire. Please enjoy the trail with its scenic views throughout the year.

IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION WEB SITE By John Antonicic Herb also was helped by Josh Kline from Whitewater, who completed some of his high school volunteer service hours by working with Herb to prepare for each of

The last couple of months have been relatively quiet. Most of the activity has been keeping the web site updated with the current meeting notes and shorelines articles. I have been doing some behind the scenes clean up on the web site to purge old documents and some files that don’t seem to be necessary to the sites functioning. I am doing so cautiously so that nothing gets broken.

the workdays, and supporting Betsy Ingle with the Fish Jamboree critters displays. About the time the trail extension was completed, the property the trail crosses to reach West Shore Drive was sold. The new owner is willing to have the trail continue to cross his property, but he also wants to limit his liability. KMLT is working with him to create an easement for the trail area, enabling the land trust liability insurance to cover trail users as they traverse the last 50

You may have noticed the fourth menu button looks different. What was FUN AND GAMES I have changed to SPECIAL TOPICS. While I have not changed the contents under the button, I wanted to see if I could figure out how to make a change in the button for some possible future use of this area of the web site. Don’t forget to check the scrolling marquee on the home page for time sensitive messages. Visit our web site at: WWW.LLIA.ORG. I can be emailed at: jantonicic@hotmail. com or telephone 630-964-0393.

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ENVIRONMENT FACTS By Abe Goldsmith Credit: Smithsonian Magazine o



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16.1 billion pounds: the total amount of fish that commercial fleets kill or fatally injure before discarding at sea each year. 3 pounds: the amount of wild mackerel or anchovies needed to produce one pound of farmed shrimp or salmon. 82.4 percent: decline in the spawning population of western bluefin tuna since 1970. 33 percent: amount of U.S. crude oil production from offshore sources. 0.7 parts per billion: concentration of weathered crude oil in seawater that kills or damages Pacific herring eggs. 100 percent: projected increase by 2100 in the number of coastal dead zones, where bacterial spurred by pollution deplete oxygen from the water and make it impossible for marine animals to survive. 0.7 percent: proportion of the world’s oceans that are part of marine protected areas. 15 million years ago: the last time carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are as high as they are today. 2037 projected year: when the Arctic will become almost entirely free of summer sea ice due to melting. 2050 projected year: when coral reefs worldwide will shrink because of increased ocean acidity, as atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels dissolves in sea water.

WATER QUALITY REPORT BY Dave DeAngelis Water testing update With 17 sets of test results in the books so far this year, we are close to the end of the water testing season. One of the most important tests we run is the Secchi Disc test for water clarity. This data is collected biweekly from the time the ice thaws until it freezes. The reason water clarity is so important is that it affects many of the characteristics of the lake that are important to us. It not only controls the amount of sun-

light that penetrates the water, but it also has a direct impact on the algae bloom and the oxygen levels that are so important to the plants and fish that live in our lakes. Below is a recap of how the water clarity trends compare dating back to 2006. The data below reflects the average readings taken during peak season (July-August). Comparison of water clarity readings (seechi disc) in lauderdale lakes 20062010 Green Middle Mill 2006 8.9 7.1 5.0 2007 8.1 9.0 5.8 2008 11.0 8.2 6.5 2009 11.3 8.5 5.1 2010 9.1 7.5 6.1 Note: Quantities are in FEET While the 2010 data seems to show the water clarity has declined in 2010, the wonderful weather this past summer (and fall) made for a busy year on the lake. Boat traffic, while always busy on weekends, was especially busy during the week days this summer as well. I suspect that with fewer “quiet days” on the lake this past summer, the sediment in the lake didn’t have a chance to settle, causing the clarity readings to be slightly lower than 2008 and 2009. On more than one occasion this past summer, I had difficulty taking readings during the week due to severe wave action caused by heavy boat traffic. The most recent readings taken October 23rd are as follows: Green Lake – 16 ft, Middle Lake – 15.5 ft and Mill Lake – 12.0 ft. Clearly (no pun intended), the water clarity in all three lakes has rebounded back to the readings we saw in spring suggesting that the lakes are in very good shape. Bog, bubbles and more bubbles! While the hot summer made for a busy boating season this past summer, it also caused some interesting phenomenon. Over the past summer, we’ve seen more than a few sections of bog come loose from the bottom of the lake. In August, a couple of bog sections made a jailbreak from Bubbling Springs and floated their way into the open waters in Middle Lake. Fortunately, the folks at the Lake District were able to scoop up the bog sections and safely relocate them on the edge of the reeds in Bubbling Springs where they seem to be staying put. I was fishing in Bubbling Springs a few weeks ago and came upon a large section of bog

that was nearly blocking the entire channel. Earlier this summer, another section of bog came loose and blocked the channel in the exact same spot. Another related phenomenon you may have noticed this past summer involves large amounts of bubbles escaping from a large area of the lake floor all at once - kind of like a giant lake burp. A neighbor described this to me in late July and I wasn’t quite sure what they were talking about. A few weeks later, I was fishing off my pier on a rare quiet late afternoon. Suddenly, thousands of bubbles erupted like a Jacuzzi across a large area (50 ft X 50 ft). If you’ve not seen this, it only lasts a few seconds, but it really takes you by surprise. I couldn’t help but bounce this off of some of my contacts at the DNR. Initially, I thought they’d have little or no explanation, but as usual, they had an explanation. Apparently, the warm summer made for warm water in our lakes, especially in the shallow areas. These warm temperatures enhanced the rate of decomposition of the dead plants, leaves, muck, etc. at the bottom of the lakes. As this material decomposes on the bottom of the lake, gasses are formed – primarily carbon dioxide and methane. The muck on the bottom of the lakes does a good job of trapping these gasses until enough gas forms and it escapes to the surface. The natural water currents in our lakes, along with the water being pushed around by boat traffic, causes both warm and cool layers of water to glide above the lake bottom in the shallow areas. When warm water is involved, the sudden change in temperature causes the gasses to expand and ultimately escape from the muck. The combination of a large area of warm water sweeping over an area with a lot of gas accumulated in the muck causes lots of bubbles to escape all at once. When I mentioned the bog chunks coming loose, they attributed that to the same phenomenon. The accelerated rate of decomposition can rot the root system that holds the bog to the bottom of the lake. The resulting gasses accumulate under the bog and eventually launch it upwards. I hope you had a great summer! Bring on the ice!

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KETTLE MORAINE LAND TRUST By Jerry Petersen Herb Sharpless has discussed our new Island Woods trail extension elsewhere in this issue of Shorelines, so I’ll just mention a couple other activities of the Trust. 1. We continue to partner with the Lake District to protect the native plants on their Don Jean Bay wetland. At the same time, we fully support the municipal uses (including the ski shows) on the property. We are working with the District on a five year native plant restoration plan. This plan calls for boardwalks to protect the plants. Boardwalks are the internationally accepted “best management practice” for public access to wet-

summer. We plan to continue working with the District to get County approval for this boardwalk, as well as for the repair/replacement of the second boardwalk used by the water safety patrol and weed harvester teams. This repair/replacement is desperately needed. 2. The Trust has recently moved into our new permanent office in the Lake District’s Community Center on Sterlingworth Drive. This is the building, near the 8th tee of the golf course, which was originally the caretaker’s home. As shown at the right, our office will be in the eastern portion of this building. We will share the building with the Water Safety Patrol, District Chairman, and the Lake Improvement Association. We greatly appreciate Lutherdale’s willingness to house us temporarily this summer until this

pect to have our new sign on the building by mid-November. Drop in when you see activity there to examine the space and to greet Maggie Zoellner, our Program Manager, who will be there when she isn’t out in the field. Maggie and I both have desks there. Our mission is “To preserve the natural heritage of the southern Kettle Moraine lakes area and nearby lands through partnerships in land conservancy and resource management.” We continue to need your support. As you make your yearend donation decisions, please keep us in mind. Our regular donor card is printed below.

WATER SAFETY PATROL By Nestor Dyhdalo As many lake homeowners are storing their boats for the winter, so is the water patrol. We are also in the process of moving our office to the district-owned LakeView property. This will provide more office space, access to high-speed internet and sleeping facilities for officers that work patrol shifts into the early morning hours.

lands. A 48 inch wide boardwalk from highway 12/67 to the shore (shown above) was completed this

space became available. This new office provides both more space, and greater community access. We ex-

KETTLE MORAINE LAND TRUST (KMLT) Yes, I’d like to contribute to the KMLT effort to protect our lakes. All contributions are tax deductible. Name _________________________________ ________________________ ( Permanent Phone ) Permanent Address Street ____________________________________________ City, State, Zip


Lake Address Street _________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _________________________________________________________ Pier # (e.g. LL#) ________ Matching funds requested Amount of contribution $________ Please make check payable to: Kettle Moraine Land Trust Mail with this form to: KMLT P.O. Box 176


E-Mail _________________________ Contribution Category: Environmental Leader ($1000 and above) Environmentalist ($500 to $999) Guardian ($250 to $499) Park Ranger ($100 to $249) Naturalist ($50 to $99) Conservationist ($25 to $49)

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It has been a busy year for the patrol from both a training and activity standpoint. This years marks the 10-year anniversary of the Lake District’s start-up of a water patrol. Here is a recap of some of the highlights of this past year: • The joint oversight and funding of the patrol by the Town of La Grange and the Lake District continues to work well • On June 3, we participated in a mass casualty tornado training drill with the LaGrange Rescue Squad at Lutherdale • Taught three DNR-sanctioned boating safety classes • Sent two officers (max allowed) to the DNR boating regulations training • Participated in Operation Dry Water, a program organized and endorsed by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the DNR for OBWI (Operating Boat While Intoxicated) awareness and enforcement • Were able to dispatch five boats on (Continued on page 7)

and universities across the northern states. plaints are for the bleachers used by the Aqua Skiiers and the repair of a boardwalk to access the Water Patrol Boat and To qualify for the scholarship, students must be full-time college or university stu- the Weed Harvesting equipment. These people continue to pressure the County to dents majoring in a recreational boating act on their behalf because they don’t safety-related field such as, law enforcewant skiers and they don’t want the patrol ment/criminal justice, natural resources/ environmental science, education, public boat or weed harvesting equipment across from their property. All of these activities relations/marketing or journalism. were present before this party purchased property on the Lake. It’s like moving To find out more about this scholarship • next to an airport then complaining about opportunity and how to apply, visit the NABA Scholarship brochure at: http://dnr. the noise. Since we have no alternative to using this property for the patrol and the weed harvesting we will continue to have NABAscholarship20102011.pdf these court costs. For more information, contact Roy Zellmer at 608-264-8970. • More Info on the Floating Bogs Information supplied by: Wisconsin This season we saw several large bogs Department of Natural Resources (mailto: floating in Middle Lake near the] ings. These bogs are made up of plant roots that have accumulated for hundreds • LAUDERDALE LAKES LAKE of years. This area of the Lake was 3-4 feet shallower before the dam was inMANAGEMENT stalled and grew marsh grasses like you DISTRICT TOPICS see at the west end of Don Jean Bay, the By Peter Van Kampen & area that was never dredged. The flooding Scott Mason of the area when the dam was installed • changed the type of plants that now grow in this area but the roots of the former Leak in the Lake flora remain. The reasons that they come The same engineering firm that did the work for the new culverts has been engaged to help with a permanent solution to the • potential of the lake washing out. The shore that holds some of the Sterlingworth Condos is of poor soil quality which resulted in a serious threat of washout last year. We will be working with the engineering firm as well as the Town, and Sterlingworth Assoc. to come up with a As we finish packing, we are also prepar- permanent fix to this situation. It will take some time ing for the DNR audit in February and after that, spring is right around the corner however since permits may have to be is- the surface after all this time is that the sued by the DNR, County etc. We’ll keep water warms up in the late summer and as and we get to do this all over again. the bogs are slowly decaying tiny gas bubyou posted. bles are accumulating in them. These gas $1,000 Boating Safety/Enforcement bubbles expand in the warmer water and Scholarship Available to College Students Legal News begin lifting the bog. Once loosened from The same party living on Plantation Road the bottom the boat wake contributes to The Northern Association of Boating Ad- that caused the Lake District and the Lauthe breaking loose of the bog. The District ministrators (NABA) scholarship applica- derdale Aqua Skiers to go to court has has devised a plan for dealing with the tions are due November 30, 2010 for the gone to the county with a new complaint bogs which involves you. If you see one on the Lake District. This complaint has spring 2011 semester. NABA annually contact the water patrol, 742-4300. They resulted in at least two citations from the awards one or more $1,000 scholarships are now carrying flags on the patrol County, a court appearance in October to outstanding student(s) from colleges 7 (Continued on page 8) and a trial date in December. The com(Continued from page 6)

Lauderdale Lakes during the evening of the annual fireworks display: two from our lakes, one from Pleasant Lake, the fire and rescue boat plus a boar from the DNR; we hope to repeat this next year but will be tweaking the positioning of these vessels differently at the conclusion of the fireworks display Experimented with stationing at officer at the public launches on one of the holiday weekends, the cost of which was underwritten by the Town from the boat launch fees; we plan to expand this program next year Added series of stairs from the lake to the road on our property near Sterlingworth bay; previously this had been just a dirt path going up to the road, and a very treacherous one at that especially when wet Sent an officer to an U.S. Coast Guard accident investigation training class in Milwaukee, paid for by U.S. Coast Guard, NASBLA, and the DNR. Sent the above officer to a U.S. Coast Guard boat accident reconstruction class held in Virginia; class was funded by Town of Delavan Police Dept, U.S. Coast Guard and our patrol On the good news/bad news front, we did not make the DNR metric in terms of the number of citations per total patrol hours; we were short by about 8%; the good news in that it underscores the focus of the patrol officers on safety, education and service but it also means that we will not receive the level of reimbursement that we were expecting from the DNR.

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boats to mark the bogs. The Water Patrol will notify the weed harvesting crew who will move the bogs to a area away from boat traffic. The bogs will breakdown over the winter. It is important to mark these bogs since they can be very large, (one this season was 4 feet thick and over 20 feet long) and weigh many tons. A boat going fast is likely to skim over the top, hook the motor shaft to the bog and come to a very quick stop. This could throw the occupants about like a head on car crash. So do your part and immediately call the water patrol if you see one.

day mornings. Des Johnson was named Sailor of the Year for his consistent high performance, never missed a race this year and has been sailing with the Club for over 35 years. Des is 85 this year proving that sailing is a sport that you can enjoy for a lifetime. We have a saying in the Club, “when I grow up I wanna be like Des”

Results of the 2010 Sailing season are as follows: • Yacht Club Regatta Series: Peter Van Kampen, Skip Cartland, Mike Jaeger, Joe Kavarik Lauderdale Lakes Golf Course winter • Season Series: Peter Van Kampen, concerns Mike Jaeger, Jack Sorenson, (tie) Jim The Lake District is requesting that no one Johnson & Rob Paddor drives on the golf course or the Don Jean Bay wetlands with snowmobiles or any Thanks all to a wonderful season. other motor vehicles this winter. We just did a major restoration on some of the LAUDERDALE LAKES Don Jean Bay shoreline and snowmobiles YACHT CLUB will kill the new plants and damage the By Commodore Barry Lutz shoreline buffer.

bers and non bowlers are welcome, so bring your friends and join us, we will have a blast. Call Barry Lutz or Jeri Lutz at 262-742-4676 by January 10, 2011. I want to thank everyone for all their help this year. Without a lot of hard work from so many people behind the scenes, the Yacht Club events would never happen. Thanks again, we are looking forward to the 2011 season .

LAUDERDALE LAKES COUNTRY CLUB'S WATER TOWER TO BE RESTORED. By Lawrence A. Myers The Lawrence A. Myers' family, long time residents of Lauderdale Lakes, have set up a corporation (L.L.C.C. Water Tower Restoration Corp.) to restore the water tower that sits midway on the 8th fairway of the Lauderdale Lakes Country Club. Mr. Myers stated "I want to restore the water tower in memory of my Grandfather, Edward H. Ravenscroft, who owned the golf course from the mid 1930's until just after the Second World War." When Mr. Ravenscroft bought the course that was owned by a group who also owned the Sterlingworth Hotel. The group was about to default on notes held by State Bank of Elkhorn so he stepped in to prevent the golf course from going into bankruptcy. He is also responsible for designing of the current layout of the course.

We had beautiful weather for our golf outing at Lauderdale Lake Country Club on Saturday August 21st. There were forty four golfers, they could only use four clubs in a scramble which made the game interesting. Eighty four were there for dinner served by the Lake County Food Pantry and it was outstanding. A fun day for all while raising money for the Elkhorn The Walworth County Sheriffs department Food Pantry. After dinner we held the anunderstands that snowmobiles are not per- nual meeting and elected the officers for mitted on any nearby golf courses includ- 2011. Commodore, Barry Lutz, Vice ing Lauderdale and will enforce trespass- Commodore, Nancy Thelen, Secretary, ing and vandalism violations if observed. Audrey Keller, Safety and Education, Jean Other projects contemplated by the Myers' family are the construction of a park next Henderson, and Treasure, Loretta On the other hand the Lake District ento the water tower which can be used as a Auchinleck. courages our residents to enjoy the golf place of relaxation and for small events. course during the winter. The community is welcome to hike, sled, cross country ski Our final event for the summer was a din- They plan to restore the shelter behind the 2nd tee plus update the tee boxes and periand snow shoe. Bear in mind that no staff ner dance held at Geneva National. We had 82 fun loving people attend. After an scopes located at the 1st and 9th tees. As is on site and these activities are at your hour of mingling and cocktails we had for the water tower itself, it is projected own risk. dinner while listening to the Just Friends that the tank will be replaced and the catwalk around the tower restored. Lighting Band. After dinner the dance floor was LAUDERDALE LAKES full all night since the band played the will illuminate the tower at night. There SAILING CLUB are plans to have a weather warning systype of music everyone loved to dance By Peter Van Kampen too. tem at the top of the tower to warn boaters when a storm is approaching. Larry stated We had another great sailing season this Our plans for the winter event have been that since he has retired, golf has become past summer. Lots of boats turning out, finalized. We are going to shake the win- a more important part of his life. Along lots of nice comments from specta- ter blues by having a bowling party at with plenty of happy memories playing at tor boats on how nice it is to see all Two Seasons Bowl in Elkhorn, Sunday L.L.C.C. as a child and the family rela8 those sailboats on the Lake on Sun- January 16, 2011, at 6:30 PM. Non mem(Continued on page 9)

Last winter, the golf course sustained damage by snowmobiles spinning their track and using the sides of greens as a jump. Not only do the tracks of these high performance machines quickly burn through the snow cover and tear out turf, but the compaction of snow on greens and tees kills the delicate bent grass beneath.

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tionship to the history of the course, all make this an attractive project to undertake. Work has already started, and they hope to finish before the golf season starts next year. Mr. Myers is asking for anyone who has

interested in which AIS are in Wisconsin and Walworth County and which species we are most concerned about that are not here.

duced to a new area they can become an even bigger issue.

As I have mentioned before, there are a lot of different AIS to be concerned about, One question that people often ask about over 185 in the Great Lakes and others moving towards Wisconsin from other AIS is; “where do they came from?� In fact, many invasive species we see in Wis- states. These numbers only reflect the aquatic species of course. If terrestrial speconsin do originate in Asia or Europe. However, some invasive species in Wis- cies are counted the number climbs much consin are native to a different part of the higher. Here in Wisconsin, we definitely United States. This surprises some peo- have our share of problems with invasive species and it can be over whelming at ple, but it happens more often then you times. But it may help to realize that every would think. Another fact that many people find interesting is that other coun- state in the U.S and most counties throughout the world are also dealing with ties are experiencing invasive species the problems associated with invasive spethat have been introduced from the cies. United States.

Large mouth bass is an excellent exam- Here is Wisconsin, we will continue to protect against new invasive species. ple. As one of our highly valued native sport fish it may be hard to imagine that When we lose a battle, and a new lake is found to have zebra mussels or some other they could be anything but good. Acexotic species is discovered, we will feel cording to the Global Invasive Species Database, countries world wide felt that that loss. But, when you consider the huge our Large-mouth Bass would be an excel- number of invasive species in the world, pictures or articles regarding the golf compared to the number present in Wislent addition to their own fisheries and course or water tower from the 1920's, consin, I think that we are making a posithey decided to stock them. While many 30'S or 40's to please contact him at anglers have no doubt enjoyed the excite- tive difference. or ment of landing these tasty fish, they have 847-757-2099. also caused some big problems by out INVASIVE SPECIES ARE A competing native fish which in some cases resulted in large population declines. GLOBAL ISSUE Other fish native to the U.S. that are conBy Audrey Green sidered invasive species in Europe are Brook trout and Red Shiners. Another surThanks to lake protection groups and con- prise is that some of our local native fish cerned municipalities, there were Clean like Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Northern Boats, Clean Waters (CB,CW), watercraft Pike, and Bass are causing issues in other inspector teams working at boat launches States. While they may not be as big of a on Lauderdale Lakes, Pleasant Lake, Pot- problem as some AIS, according to the ters Lake and Delavan Lake throughout 2001 Oregon Aquatic Nuisance Species the summer. As the County Lake Special- Management Plan, they can compete with ist, I worked at 11 different launches native species for food and space. They around the County. In addition, we had can also hybridize and prey on help from the DNR Water guard staff. All natives and may introduce Lauderdale Lakes Improvement totaled, Walworth CB,CW watercraft in- pathogens. Association Officers spectors were able to spend 775 hours at Don Henderson, President, 262-742-4970 boat launches and talked to over 6,000 Several of our native aquatic Ron Mueller, Vice President 847-635-5668 people about aquatic invasive species plants that have been used in Herb Sharpless, Treasurer, 630-497-5152 (AIS) prevention. aquariums and ponds have also Patricia Cady, Secretary, 262-742-4190 been introduced to other counEvery watercraft inspector worked hard to ties where they are now consid- Floyd Pochowski, Executive Board, 262-742-3568 Dave DeAngelis, Executive Board , 847-223-6268 educate the public about AIS and help ered AIS. Coontail and Elodea boaters and anglers understand the new are two examples. Both are nalaws that will help protect our lakes and tive to Wisconsin lakes and while Bud Vance, Shorelines Publisher / Editor 847-459-8127 streams from introductions of new aquatic they can be a valuable part of the invasive species (AIS). We all answered lake community, they can also grow to lots of questions too. People were very nuisance levels here. When they are intro9



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