Study says city impact on lake minimal

Eric Thompson, middle, from MSA Professional Services, Inc., speaks Monday to the Green Lake City Council. Listening are, from left, Ald. Jon Smick, Ald. D’Lene Sandleback, Ald. Dusty Walker, Clerk/Treasurer Barb Dugeske, MSA project engineer Jeff Felland (“He’s the guy that actually does all the work,” Thompson joked), Mayor Jon McConnell, Green Lake Association Executive Director Stephanie Prellwitz, Green Lake Sanitary District Administrator Charlie Marks, Caestecker Public Library Director Linda DeNell, Ald. George King, Ald. Diana Galster-Kinas, Ald. Nancy Wells and City Attorney Dan Sondalle.

The city of Green Lake isn’t a major contributor to the lake’s phosphorus level, but it still may take steps to help clean up the waterway along which it resides.

During a presentation at Monday’s City Council meeting, Eric Thompson of MSA Professional Services, Inc., laid out the results of a study the firm conducted and accompanying recommendations to the city on how it can reduce its impact on Big Green Lake.

While Thompson pointed out the city’s responsibility for the lake’s phosphorus load is relatively small compared to the entire watershed, the city has a vested interest in the health of its namesake.

Following Thompson’s PowerPoint talk, Green Lake Association (GLA) Executive Director Stephanie Prellwitz noted to the council that the study confirms the city’s low impact, but she also remarked that the city “economically benefits from a clean Green Lake.”

MSA’s research was made possible in part to a grant application prepared by Prellwitz and the GLA in 2015, Thompson said.

Prellwitz and Green Lake Sanitary District (GLSD) Administrator Charlie Marks, who also was on hand for the meeting, both expressed gratitude toward the city for taking the issue seriously.

“You should be commended,” Marks said.

Read the full story in the Sept. 14, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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