The Wind Lake Management District (WLMD) is a special purpose government whose focus is strictly Wind Lake and its watershed. Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 33 provided for the creation of lake districts, recognizing that volunteer associations could not meet the needs facing the water resources in the state. Unlike towns or cities, a lake district has very specific responsibilities that are dictated by Wisconsin Statute Chapter 33. The Statute says that activities can include development and implementation of lake studies and plans, monitoring and improving water quality, aeration, dredging, surveys and water safety patrols.
The Wind Lake Management District (WLMD) was created in 1985, following the procedures outlined in Chapter 33. The objectives include improving the overall appearance of the lake and the water quality. The goal is to make Wind Lake a better place to live and raise our families through improved water quality.
The Annual Meeting, usually held in early September of each year, approves a budget and projects for the year. The Board of Commissioners implement the directives of the annual meeting. The WLMD must comply with many of the same State Statutes that any village, town, or city must follow, including Open Meeting laws and reporting.
The WLMD conducts aquatic plant management (chemical treatment, harvesting and roadside pickups), water quality monitoring, educational newsletters and goose roundups. Completed activities have included the development and implementation of a Lake Plan, sensitive land acquisition, dredging, an alum treatment to reduce algae blooms and community surveys.
The WLMD funds its various projects using Special Charges. At the Annual Meeting in September 2019, the district approved shifting to a calendar-year budget. That means that charges for 2020 will be billed to cover July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020. Those charges will be place on the December 2020 tax roll. The special charges are:
Lakefront - $330.00
Canal Front: $195.00
Off-lake Properties - $135.00
Unless modified by the next Annual Meeting, the charges in 2021 will revert to $220, $130.00 and $90.00.
The WLMD aggressively seeks state, federal and private grants to conduct the rehabilitation efforts. Since its creation in 1985, WLMD has received more than $2.5 million in grants.