Several months have passed since the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency (GLEA) announced its appeal to the Wisconsin DNR for grants and funding assistance for a multi-faceted abatement program to fight the spread of Starry stonewort (SSW), an aggressive, invasive species of algae detected in Trinke Estates Lagoon. The program, which includes hydraulic dredging, has been canceled until further notice.
SSW remains in the lagoon, and as we enter boating season, the chances of this harmful species infiltrating Geneva Lake becomes greater by the day. Our window of opportunity to stop this threat is closing! We must urge the DNR to step up NOW before SSW spoils the health, beauty and vitality of our cherished Geneva Lake.
Sign our letter urging Governor Tony Evers and the DNR to support the quarantine of Trinke Estates Lagoon, as well as timely hydraulic dredging efforts. We also encourage the community to directly contact the Governor's office to voice your concern about this threat.
Dear Governor Evers:
As a concerned member of the Geneva Lake community, I submit this letter urging the Wisconsin DNR to step in and protect Lake Geneva from an ecological disaster. Starry stonewort (SSW), an invasive and incredibly destructive species of algae, has been detected in Trinke Estates Lagoon, and we need quick action to ensure it does not spread into Geneva Lake.
We are disappointed that the DNR has not enforced a plan to fight the spread of SSW. The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency (GLEA) announced its appeal late last year for grants and funding assistance for a multi-faceted abatement program, which includes hydraulic dredging, our only hope of possibly removing the infestation. The DNR started on the right track by presenting a responsible eradication plan. They problem is, they also offered a secondary plan of chemical treatments, which has unfortunately become the chosen method – and the hydraulic dredging has since been canceled.
We are especially frustrated to learn that the DNR, whose core purpose is to protect our state’s natural resources, supports using potentially harmful chemicals in the lake as an interim measure.
The ecological damage that SSW will cause in Geneva Lake will devastate our local economy, as the lake is one of the state’s premier tourist destinations and a critical component of the state’s economic health.
There is a short window of opportunity to stop the spread of this invasive organism before it can become well-established and spoil the health, beauty and vitality of our cherished Geneva Lake. This is going to take a determined and collaborated effort by the Geneva Lake community and state agencies.
I urge the DNR to partner with our community to quarantine Trinke Estates Lagoon and to support hydraulic dredging for the following key reasons:
I proudly stand with Care for Lake Geneva in urging the DNR to work collaboratively with our community to stop the spread of this invasive species in an environmentally responsible and efficient manner. The future of Geneva Lake depends on it.
Geneva Lake Community Member
C.C. Preston D. Cole, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources