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Your Sanitary District is involved in a wide variety of activities.
A summary of the District’s current major functions with a brief
description of each is provided below:


  1. Monitoring of Lake and Watershed Waters - A number of ongoing activities are preformed regularly to insure the protection and health of Big Green Lake. These activities include, but are not limited to: measuring phosphorus and suspended sediment levels in and around the lake, monitoring the clarity of the water at various stations around the lake, bacteria sampling at the lake beaches and lake tributaries, and various other water sampling and temperature tracking.

  2. Nonpoint Pollution Control Practices - Nonpoint pollution is pollution that occurs at various points near the lake (i.e. barnyard runoff, soil erosion from construction, etc.) and then, finds its way into the lake vii tributaries, etc. The GLSD participates in a cost-sharing program to reduce lake pollution on a priority basis.

  3. Wastewater from the Nine Areas within the GLSD - Areas 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 are currently sewered and connected via, sewer collection system to the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The other four areas are serviced by onsite systems that also transport their waste to the WWTP. These other four areas are included in a management plan whereby the District monitors the removal and treatment of wastewater from these onsite systems.

  4. Recreational Activities - The primary activity in this area is the cutting and harvesting of aquatic plants (AQWEED) where they pose a problem for recreational activities. The GLSD is also involved with various other groups (i.e. DNR, fishing organizations, etc.) and activities for the betterment of the recreational users of the lake.

  5. Solid Waste: Garbage Collection and Recycling - The GLSD contracts garbage collection and recycling services for Sanitary District residents. The Sanitary District also assists with certain customer services and administrative issues associated with the solid waste collection program. The District also provides recycling service on a contracted basis for those residents not interested in dropping their recyclables at town recycling centers. Wisconsin law requires all residents who dispose of waste to recycle.

  6. Procurement and Protection of Conservancy Properties – The GLSD as part of the Big Green Lake Conservancy Partnership is actively involved in the acquisition, restoration, maintenance and protection of conservancy properties located on or around Big Green Lake.  The GLSD’s partners include:  the GLC, the Wisconsin DNR, the GLA and the public.  The mission of the conservancy partnership group is to acquire and protect environmentally sensitive properties (i.e. woods, waterfront, wetlands) that directly benefit the protection of Big Green Lake.  By putting these properties into conservancy, the properties continue to serve their environmental purpose for perpetuity.

Green Lake Area Conservancy Properties - updated 16 Feb. 2011
             Actual                      Funded By     Estimated 
        Date    Water  Frontage Purchase     Current
Site Description  Acres  Acquired     Body          Feet        Price      Grants    Public     GLSD      GLC  Other  Market Value
Forest Avenue Oak Savanna    < 1 1997   0 $85,000 $0 $85,000 $0 $0 $0 $85,000
abandoned service station at corner of                       
Forest Ave and S. Lawson Dr                      
Blackbird Point Wetlands    5+ 1998   0 $20,000 $15,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $25,000
five plus acres of marsh, wetlands                      
and some buildable lots                      
Norwegian Bay Wetlands   20+ 1998 Big Green       600+ $110,000 $75,000 $0 $17,500 $17,500 $0 $1,000,000
twenty plus acres of mostly wetlands                      
with some woods and buildable areas                      
Guskey Prairie   30+ 2001 Silver Creek    2,000+ $106,000 $79,500 $0 $13,250 $13,250 $0 $175,000
thirty plus acres of open prairie with some                      
woods, replanted in native grasses                      
Miller Prairie    8+ 2001 Silver Creek       500+ $13,500 $6,750 $0 $3,375 $3,375 $0 $100,000
just under ten acres of open prairie with                       
some woods, replanted in native grasses                      
Mitchell Glen Conservancy   12+ 2004 Glen Creek       500+ $100,000 $75,000 $0 $7,500 $7,500 $10,000 $200,000
twelve plus acres includes climax forest,                            (GLA)  
hundreds of native plants, Glen creek origin                      
Sugar Island Wetlands   30+ 2004 Silver Creek    2,400+ $195,000 $60,000 $85,000 $30,000 $10,000 $10,000 $250,000
thirty plus acres of woods and wetlands,                            (GLA)  
no pulic access other than by boat                      
Wick Nature Preserve    3+ 2004   0 $191,000 $75,000 $103,500 $6,250 $6,250 $0 $200,000
three plus acres of woods, wetlands and a                      
number of buildale lots, natural drainage                      
area for over 40 acres of agricultural land                       
Tuleta Hill Prairie    7+ 2007   0 $192,500 $0 $172,500 $10,000 $10,000 $0 $200,000
over seven acres of open prairie, taken out                       
of ag production and planted in native grasses                      
Silver Point Wetlands    2+ 2007 Silver Creek    1,500+ $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $25,000
over fidteen hundred feet of water frontage along                      
County Road A, low land with some vegetation                      
Assembly Creek and Springs Conservancy   20+ 2008 Big Green    1,100+ $100,000 $75,000 $0 $12,500 $12,500 $0 $1,000,000
twenty plus acres of woods, wetlands, natural                       
springs, a creek and a hilly terain on the lake                      
Sunnyside Nature Preserve   30+ 2008 Silver Creek    6,500+ $275,000 $200,000 $0 $37,500 $37,500 $0 $350,000
forty plus acres of woods, wetlands & waterfrontage                      
waterfrontage consists mainly of man made channels                      
Winnebago Trail Nature Preserve     7+ 2009 Big Green    1,500+ $100,000 $75,000 $0 $12,500 $12,500 $0 $1,000,000
just under 10 acres of woods with a great trail running                      
along the water                      
Pools Hill Nature Preserve 2.92 2010 Silver Creek       900+ $20,000 $0 $0 $10,000 $10,000 $0 $20,000
just under 3 acres of some woods, wetlands and nice                      
water frontage along the Southern shore of Silver Crk                      
Sunnyside Nature Preserve - Annex Property    14+ 2010   0 $27,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $22,000 $0 $27,000
mostly open farm land/prairie located directly North                      
of Silver Creek Property purchased in 2008                      
                               Totals   191+       17,500+ $1,535,000 $736,250 $446,000 $165,375 $167,375 $20,000 $4,657,000
1) The Pools Hill Property may still involve a State grant, but this needs to be determined in 2011.
2) The Silver Creek Annex Property assumes a $5,000 donation from the GLSD once the GLC completes a required agreement.