The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency (GLEA) is appealing to the Wisconsin DNR for a multi-faceted abatement program to fight the spread of Starry stonewort, an invasive species of algae, in Geneva Lake. We have a short window of opportunity to stop this invasive organism before it spoils the health, beauty and vitality of our cherished Geneva Lake.
Sign our letter below in support of the GLEA's request for critical state funding. We will submit this letter to the DNR other environmental organizations who can address this serious threat. Dredging plans have already been postponed several months due to increased costs. We cannot afford for this ecological threat to go unchecked any longer! You can also support the GLEA by contributing directly through their Go FundMe page.
As a concerned member of the Geneva Lake community, I submit this letter urging the Wisconsin DNR to support the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency's (GLEA) efforts to stop the spread of Starry stonewort in our waterbodies by dredging in Trinke Estates Lagoon.
I have seen other invasive species infiltrate Geneva Lake in the past – and the lake has tolerated them – but Starry stonewort is a different beast.
This critical project has already been delayed several months, and officials are considering using potentially harmful chemicals in the lake to combat the species’ spread as an interim measure until dredging can commence. I share Care for Lake Geneva’s concern over this proposition, and I ask that the DNR stand up to protect our delicate ecosystem by approving the dredging project before more damage is done.
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 whole Geneva Lake community.
I urge the DNR and other state agencies to partner with our community to support dredging Geneva Lake for the following key reasons:
I proudly stand with Care for Lake Geneva in support of the GLEA’s funding request, and I hope we can all work collaboratively 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