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 18, 2019 Annual Meeting Notes:
It was held at the WWII Veterans Memorial Hall, 440 Main St., Downtown Wautoma
Two Commissioners were elected to 3 year terms (Joe Slezak, Karen Tschurwald)
A budget was passed for 2020-2021
Some discussion was held on lake draw down options
More education and research will occur during 2020-221 on lake draw down options
There will be a full District meeting in May to learn about the options (DATE TO BE DETERMINED)
A vote on draw down options is planned for the July 17, 2021 meeting
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL DISTRICT MEMBERS
THE PAST QUARTERLY COMMISSIONERS' MEETING S ATURDAY, MARCH 6, 9:00 AM
WAS AN ON-LINE ZOOM MEETING ONLY.
THE QUARTERLY OMMISSIONERS' MEETING, SATURDAY MAY 8,2021, 9:00 AM will be 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 VOTING OPTIONS HAVE CHANGED
THERE WILL BE NO FULL YEAR DRAWDOWN AS A VOTING OPTION FOR THE ANNUAL 2021 MEETING
The Lake AIS and Silt Accumulation committee was charged at the Annual Meeting in July 2019, to investigate and report information that would allow for a plan to address the increasing aquatic vegetation and silt accumulation problem in our lakes. This plan was to involve one of two options. The first option was for a partial year drawdown of the water levels of all Mt. Morris Lakes by 6 feet that can compress some of the silt accumulation on the bottom of the lakes and freeze out the rapid development of aquatic vegetation. 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 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)
This NEW INFORMATION was found through research conducted by our consultant, Onterra, LLC, Significant data gathering and base level measurements were taken THIS PAST SUMMER of the lakes to determine what plan was appropriate to implement. At this time, the science data has determined that only one option was best for Mt. Morris Lakes at this time.: A draw down of 6' (SIX FEET) over the winter of 2021-2022 should be implemented as an appropriate first step to gather data. The advisory referendum vote on this option will be conducted by mail. Everyone will get a ballot to cast their vote, and it is to be returned by May 1st, 2021 before the Annual July 17, 2021 meeting. Results will be tabulated and announced before the meeting. The ballot will simply ask one-question... a YES or NO vote.
This is only an advisory referendum vote to learn about what the opinion of District members is to implement a winter drawdown. The results of the vote will be discussed at the Regular Commissioners' meeting on May1, 2021,and revealed before and at the July 17,2021 Annual Meeting. At the annual July meeting, a confirmation vote of the referendum results will be taken from the members present to authorize what action to take. The Annual Meeting will be held live at the Mt. Morris Community Center this year. There is only ONE OPTION to be voted upon in the mailed advisory referendum:
Should the District conduct a partial year lake drawdown of 6' (feet)
during the Winter of October 2021 through May 2022?
YES...Will authorize the District to proceed with the drawdown
NO...Will not authorize the District to proceed with the drawdown
OFFICIAL ADVISORY REFERENDUM BALLOTS HAVE BEEN MAILED TO ALL
DISTRICT ELECTORS WITH STAMPED RETURN ENVELOPES.
NOTE: The ballots mailed contained an error. The vote is for a 6' drawdown not for 6 inches.
Please hand-correct the ballot (write in 6' or 6 FEET) and send it in.
A notice has been sent about this procedure.
More Lake research data will be conducted and posted, and will be collected by our Onterra, LLC consultant this summer. This updated information will be posted in the DRAW DOWN tab about what has been found to be impacting our lakes. Preliminary information suggests that our strategy will continue to be 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 strategy 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:
TRAVEL ADVISORY TO WAUSHARA COUNTY: Click on this link for further details
MMLMD LAKE ENDOWMENT FUND
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.
SPRING & SUMMER NIGHT SKY 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 night viewing.
BY-LAWS REVISION COMMITTEE
Committee appointed at the last Annual District Meeting in July, 2019. Need additional 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/