Aquatic Invasive Species Newsletter – April 2017

There is a lot happening the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator’s office this spring! Clean Boats, Clean Waters certified boat inspector training is going on soon in areas near you. If interested in becoming a boat inspector, please sign up soon. Look for new boat cleaning signage and tools at your area boat launch sites in upcoming weeks as a tool to keep the AIS out of the lake. An update was provided on the joint efforts of Waukesha County AIS Staff and Carroll University students to control purple loosestrife in wetland areas through the use of Galerucella beetles as a biological control measure. You can read all about these exciting opportunities in the April edition of the 2017 AIS newsletter! … Read the rest

2015-2016 Shoreland Zoning Changes – Video Explanation Available

The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations. Please click the links below to access the new shoreland zoning video presentations.

1. Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes

2. Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards

3. Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline

Whole video (all three parts combined; 30 minutes) … Read the rest

Healthy Lakes Conference- June 17, 2016 At Oconomowoc Community Center!

Please mark your calendar to attend the Healthy Lakes Conference on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Oconomowoc Community Center!! Your day will include learning about water quality challenges and solutions in the area and surrounding counties, exploration of Lake Country lakes and farms, recreational enjoyment of Lac La Belle with free kayak and paddleboard rentals, pontoon rides, and relaxing beverages and hor d’oeuvres at a lakeside reception on Lac La Belle at the end of the day. Space is limited for this event and advance registration is strongly encouraged. Cost is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. Costs include all programming, morning refreshments, lunch and reception with a cash bar. To register online go to: … Read the rest

The DNR, Starry Stonewort & You!-Please Be Aware Of This Invasive Species!

Starry Stonewort is an invasive species recently found in Little Muskego Lake and other area Wisconsin Lakes. It continues to spread from lake to lake this year.  Once established, it is difficult to eradicate and quickly spreads. It is NOT currently found in Lac La Belle.  Please be aware of what it looks like and notify the DNR or the Lac La Belle Management District if believe you have seen some in Lac La Belle.   Please see the Starry Stonewort links in the “Links” section on the “Home” page of this website for more information.  Public education and effort is critical to keeping this invasive out of Lac La Belle!… Read the rest

Did You Know You Can Boat To The Downtown Area?

Fantastic news for anyone interested in boating to dinner or to City Beach for summer fun!  The Community Center has a pier with several mooring spots where the public can tie up boats for a short time(3 hours)  to go downtown to get a meal, shop or simply take in a concert at City Beach-all free of charge.  You should plan to tie up your boat without assistance and be aware of any valuables left on your boat as you disembark.  Enjoy!… Read the rest

Simple Ways to Make Lakes Cleaner – You Can Help!

Did you know healthy lawns are safe for our children, pets and our lake?  Waukesha County is offering “Clean Water, Healthy Lawns” workshops for interested residents.  There are simple things you can do to have a beautiful lawn and maintain healthy waters, such as “let it go.” Letting your lawn go dormant during hot weather can be good for it!  This is just one small example that doesn’t require a lot of work to make the lake a little cleaner. To learn more, please view our “Reports” page and look for the “Clean Water, Healthy Lawns” article.… Read the rest

Commercial Fisherman Contract Renewed for 2015

Were you one of the lucky people to be able to spot commercial fisherman, Jeff Riedemann on Lac La Belle in 2014?  Jeff was awarded a contract by the Wisconsin DNR to use a seine net to catch rough fish, including carp, on Lac La Belle .  His method of catching the rough fish is unique and involves the use of a seine net with large holes that will allow the smaller fish to pass through but keep the larger carp in the net for removal.  Jeff, with assistance from DNR Staff, removed approximately 28,000 pounds of buffalo and common carp from Lac La Belle in April and an additional 8,400 pounds in October!  His contract was reinstated for 2015, … Read the rest

What a difference a leaf makes!

In the fall when it gets cold, we all want to make like a tree and “leaf”!  While many of us remain attached to our warm homes, the leaves on the trees fall to the ground and often into the lake.  These leaves build up over time and cause additional sediment in the lake as they decompose.  There are some simple management efforts that lake property owners can use to keep the leaves from ending up in the lake as sediment.  Leaf management information was provided courtesy of and  Please visit these websites or the “Reports” page to learn more about these simple management techniques.… Read the rest