Frequently Asked Questions

General

  1. You may use our Contact form or
  2. Send an email to any of our Officers:
    • Dave Trudeau – dtrudeau@wctc.net
    • Dave Keuler – david.keuler.dk@gmail.com
    • Barb Herreid – bherreid@wctc.net
    • Phil Rockenbach – pcrocky@sbcglobal.net

Meetings are generally held the second Monday of each month at 6:00pm at the Lake Sherwood Lodge.

Meetings are open to the public either in-person or via Zoom.

Water Quality Issues

Lawns/Fertilizers

Follow Fertilizer Application Best Practices for Lake Health

Everybody looks forward to the spring and summer months as it means enjoyable times spent on our lakes.  Good water quality is something we all appreciate and want to achieve on a continuing basis.  When conditions are right, algae blooms can occur and sometimes even result in toxic Blue-Green Algae.

Algae blooms are caused by high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus.  There is not a single cause that creates increased levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in our lakes.  We, as property owners, can do our part to help stop nitrogen and phosphorus from our properties entering the ground water or running directly into the lakes.

A HUGE contributor to this runoff is lawn fertilizer.  Recognizing the importance of healthy lakes to our community, the Town of Rome encourages lake frontage property owners to consider use of lake water irrigation as a source of natural fertilization in lieu of applying commercial lawn fertilizer products.

Further, the Town has enacted a fertilizer ordinance that includes the following:

  • No fertilizer can be applied within 35 feet of the shoreline or to an established natural buffer zone
  • Zero % phosphorus (the middle number on the package) is required by Wisconsin State Law
  • Any fertilizer applied to impervious surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks needs to be immediately contained and either legally applied to turf or placed in an appropriate container
  • No person shall apply any lawn fertilizer within the Town of Rome that is labeled as containing less than 20% slow-release nitrogen.

Many of us come to our lake community from the city.  Often there, pride in maintaining a pristine, weed-free green lawn is the norm.  However, in lake communities, the opposite is required in order to affect the good water quality that we all desire.  The best practice for shoreline properties is to stop fertilizing or to switch only to lake water irrigation.  For those properties that are offshore, we recommend that you consider stopping fertilizing or using a fertilizer product with a high content of slow-release nitrogen.

Please join us in implementing these efforts to improve our lakes.

Leaving long grass or better yet planting native plants along your shoreline creates a buffer. This buffer filters runoff to decrease the amount of pollutants entering the lake. The buffer also slows erosion of your property by the long roots of the native plants holding the soil in place. When mowing right down to the water’s edge, you create a direct path for pollutants to enter the lake, an inviting area for geese, and a weak shoreline is very susceptible to erosion. Healthy Lakes Grants are available to help cover the costs of redoing your shoreline.

Lake Drawdown

In the early years, after the lakes were first developed, winter drawdowns of water levels occurred annually.  Although this was a popular practice, scientific studies were conducted to determine the impact of the drawdowns on the health of the lakes.  It was actually determined that as the water levels were lowered in the fall, phosphorus and nitrogen was pulled from lakeshore properties into the lake water.  These two elements are the chief source of excessive lake weeds and algae growth.  Because the drawdowns were actually resulting in worse lake conditions, the practice was discontinued.

Wake Boats/Overuse of Lakes

Invasive Species

Water Levels and Dams

Shoreline Erosion

Healthy Lakes

Education