Environment

 

Lake and Stream Management

SEWRPC and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) work with local lake community organizations, including lake management associations and public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, to prepare lake management plans. These plans can be targeted issue-based plans, such as aquatic plant management plans; lake protection and or recreational use plans designed to correct or manage current problems; or comprehensive management plans that address the full range of management issues. Comprehensive lake plan reports describe the existing chemical, biological, and physical water quality conditions in each lake in question; existing and proposed uses of the lake and attendant water quality objectives and standards; recommended pollution abatement measures required in each lake watershed to protect and enhance lake water quality; and recommended aquatic plant management and other appropriate in-lake measures needed to provide for a range of suitable recreational uses of the lake. SEWRPC has prepared aquatic plant management plans for 12 lakes, lake protection plans for 11 lakes, and comprehensive lake plans for 22 lakes.

SEWRPC works with local units of government and the WDNR to prepare watershed protection plans, and with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to develop localized stream restoration assessment and design guidance.  Watershed protection plans provide recommendations and strategies for communities to apply in protecting sensitive habitats and protecting and improving water resources. The development of localized stream restoration assessment and design guidance capitalizes on the opportunity to promote stream channel rehabilitation as a part of highway projects.

The document Managing the Water's Edge: Making Natural Connections was developed to communicate important and up-to-date information and concepts related to riparian buffers in order to help protect and restore water quality, wildlife, recreational opportunities , and scenic beauty.

Links to model floodplain, shoreland and bluff/ravine setback ordinances or regulations are available on this Community Assistance webpage.

 

Special Lake Studies

 

SEWRPC Staff Memorandum
Water Quality Sample Evaluation for Silver Lake, Waukesha County
(6/2014, 50pp)


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Comprehensive Lake Management Plans

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 323

A Lake Protection and Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Rock Lake, Kenosha County, Wisconsin (6/2015, 194pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 319

A Lake Protection Plan for School Section Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (12/2014, 255pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 318

A Lake Protection Plan for Bark Lake, Washington County, Wisconsin (12/2014, 207pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 302, Vol. 1

A Lake Management Plan For Elizabeth Lake And Lake Mary, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Volume 1 (7/2009, 178pp)

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 302, Vol. 2

A Lake Management Plan For Elizabeth Lake And Lake Mary, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Volume 2 (7/2009, 128pp)

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Lake Protection Plans

Memorandum Report No. 193

A Lake Protection Plan for Powers Lake, Kenosha and Walworth Counties, Wisconsin (11/2011, 183pp)

Memorandum Report No. 191

Lake Protection Plan for Cravath and Trippe Lakes, Walworth County, Wisconsin (4/2011, 145pp)

Memorandum Report No. 176

Lake Protection Plan for Upper Nemahbin Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (12/2009, 215pp)

Memorandum Report No. 158

A Lake Protection and Recreational Use Plan for Pell Lake, Walworth County, Wisconsin (5/2006, 86pp)

Memorandum Report No. 149

A Lake Protection Plan for Spring Lake and Willow Spring Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (8/2004, 126pp)

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Aquatic Plant Lake Management Plans

Memorandum Report No. 214

An Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Saratoga Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (2/2014, 82pp)

Memorandum Report No. 134, 2nd edition

An Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Fowler Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin (2nd Edition) (7/2012, 113pp)

SEWRPC Staff Memorandum

An Aquatic Plant Management Plan Update for Nagawicka Lake, Waukesha County, Wisconsin: 2011 (June 15, 2012)

SEWRPC Staff Memorandum

An Aquatic Plant Management Plan Update for Upper and Lower Phantom Lakes (May 4, 2012)

Memorandum Report No. 190

An Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Delavan Lake (5/2011, 140pp)

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Watershed Protection Plans

Community Assistance Planning Report No. 284

Pebble Creek Watershed Protection Plan, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, Part One (6/2008, 246pp)

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Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

 

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