This is the Official Mount Morris Lakes Management District Website
We are a Lake District, not a Lake Association. This website provides straight-forward, factual data and information to District electors and stakeholders about the District's plans and activities. Through this site, District residents can are updated as to what is important for them to know as a property owners.
The District is located in the Town of Mt. Morris in Waushara County, just 7 miles northeast of Wautoma off of State Highway 152. Those who reside in the District are referred to as "electors" or "stakeholders."
Please preserve the quality of the lake system through responsible boating, fishing, and water activity that is respectful of the lake environment. A lake is a precious resource that must be cared for by all.
Always check the shore land zoning regulations that may impact your property before implementing construction or improvement plans. Click to see: Wis. Admin. Code. NR 115-2015 changes.
JULY 17, 2021 Annual Meeting: Will be held as a live meeting at:
Veterans Memorial Hall, 441 w. Main Street, Downtown Wautoma
Membership Breakfast: 8:00 am Meeting: 9:00 am
Scroll down to see the Meeting Agenda
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL DISTRICT MEMBERS
Due to rapid changes in the COVID-19 meeting guidelines, the QUARTERLY OMMISSIONERS' MEETING on SATURDAY MAY 8, 2021, at
9:00 AM was held LIVE at the Mountainview Community Center in Mt. Morris (HWY 152 and HWY S)
District electors are always welcome to attend the Quarterly Meetings
LAKE DRAWDOWN REFERENDUM VOTE RESULTS
THE ADVISORY REFERENDUM VOTE FOR A WINTER DRAWDOWN OF ALL MT. MORRIS LAKES FROM OCTOBER 2021 - MAY, 2022, HAS PASSED. THE RESULTS:
The vote only considered one option for a winter drawdown that would kill aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as the new hybrid Eurasian Water Milfoil, compress some of the silt that has accumulated at the bottom of our lakes, and freeze out the development of new AIS. Details of this plan can be found at this link: (Presentation Link). The second option... a full year drawdown... has been taken off the table. It was found through data research of this past 2019 summer that there is not enough silt level accumulation on the lake bottom for compression by a full year draw-down that would make a significant and long lasting benefit to improving the depth of all of the Mt. Morris Lakes. (See new lake data)
The advisory referendum vote was conducted by mail. Everyone was sent a ballot by USPS to cast their vote, using the official County Tax role as the mail list. The ballot was returned by May 1st, 2021. Results have been tabulated and announced on this website (and the Newsletter) before the Annual Meeting in July 17, 2021... which will be held live at the Veterans Memorial hall, 441 W. Main St. in Downtown Wautoma.
The results of the referendum vote were discussed at the Regular Commissioners' meeting on May 8, 2021,and the data was used to compile a budget for presentation at the annual meeting. At the annual July meeting, the District Membership will be presented with the vote results, and a confirmation vote of the result will be taken with all those present to officially confirm the result and authorize the action to take.
NEXT STEPS TO BE TAKEN:
More Lake research data will be conducted this summer by Onterra, LLC, our AIS and lake management consultant. This updated information will be posted on this website under the DRAW DOWN tab and will always contain new data about what has been found to be impacting our lakes. Preliminary information suggests that our future strategy will continue to require a combination of mechanical weed harvesting and chemical treatment. A presentation on what new equipment the District will have to purchase to improve our weed harvesting and debris collection capabilities over the next few years will be given at the Annual July District Meeting by Joe Slezak, Weed Harvesting Manager.
Please view the Onterra LLC You Tube video presentation before the Annual July 17 2021 meeting:
THE 2021 ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING, SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2021, 9:00 AM
WILL BE HELD LIVE AT THE
VETERANS MEMORIAL HALL, 441 w. MAIN ST. DOWNTOWN WAUTOMA
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AT 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
ALL DISTRICT MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND AND VOTE
PROPOSED MEETING AGENDA:
Convene meeting - Approve / modify the agenda
Welcome of New District Members, Introduction of District Officers and Membership present
Secretary's Report of July 18, 2020 Annual Meeting: Joe Slezak
2020-2021 Treasurer's Report: Peggy Thiel
Friends of Mt. Morris Lakes Fund (FOMML) Endowment Fund Report: Bob Jozwowski
Drawdown Referendum Results: Tim Dahlstrand & Joe Slezak
Lake Drawdown Q & A Discussion, and Legal shoreline modifications during drawdown: Rob Adams & Ted Johnson ( DNR Invited )
Boating Safety and Lake Behavior Etiquette: Joe Slezak
Aquatic Plant Harvesting Equipment: Future Plans & Costs - Joe Slezak
Presentation and approval of the District Operating Budget for 2021-2022: Peggy Thiel
Election of a Commissioner: Rob Adams nominated for a 3 year term
Other topics for discussion from the floor
MMLMD LAKE ENDOWMENT FUND (FOMML)
The "Friends of Mt. Morris Lake Endowment Fund" was set up by the District Board. You can donate tax-deductible money to the fund to preserve the future quality of our lakes. The fund is managed by the "Oshkosh Area Community Foundation." Make a contribution online at: https:///fund/friends-of-the-mount-morris-lakes-endowment-fund/ or you can mail in the official contribution form. To read the letter or get more information, go to the Endowment Fund page. This fund is important for future funding of lake projects. The committee has developed a brochure to explain the fund's purpose. Thanks to all who have contributed to the Fund at this time. A list of contributors can be found at this link: FOMML CONTRIBUTORS.
SPRING & SUMMER NIGHT SKY VIEWING ENJOYMENT
People like to enjoy the night sky! Are your property lights directed downward from the sky to the land? Consider installing side shields so that the light does not spread out from the sides and distract from dark, peaceful, night starry sky viewing.
BY-LAWS REVISION COMMITTEE
A Committee was authorized to be appointed at the last Annual District Meeting in July, 2019. No one volunteered. We still need members to review District By-Laws before the 2021 Annual Meeting. Contact Joe Slezak if interested in joining the committee.
WAKE BOAT LEGISLATION BEING PROPOSED IN MINNESOTA AND MICHIGAN
District shore owners have been asking questions about how to prevent shoreline erosion and rapid build-up of celery weed.
One of the topics mentioned was boat wakes as a cause of the problem. Please review these 2 links to learn about how some wake boats are designed to produce large wakes and underwater pressure that uproots vegetation and can damage shorelines: https://www.minnpost.com/environment/2020/03/the-battle-over-wake-surfing-has-made-its-way-to-the-minnesota-legislature/