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Keep Elkhart Blue is part of the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association(ELIA). Since 1964, ELIA has been a voice to preserve the beauty and native ecology of Elkhart Lake.  ELIA is compromised of Elkhart Lake residents, Sheboygan County community members, and advocates for the Lake.

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  • Charles Windsor says:

    Will you please provide the same information and notice of application date as last year regarding herbicide treatment? That information was very helpful to Windsor Industries, Inc.

  • Dan Raab says:

    It has now been more than 12 years ago, but when with a previous employer I used a very interesting aquatic weed control chemical. It is a chlorophyll inhibitor and as such has exceeding low impacts on all species except plants. The plants can no longer make chlorophyll and starve to death.

    The compound is called fluridone.

    Here is the DNR fact sheet: http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/plants/factsheets/FluridoneFactsheet.pdf
    Here is the manufacturer: http://www.fluridone.com/

    While I would rather use non-chemical mechanisms, I can attest that control of some exotic aquatics really only be achieved using the herbicide approach.

    I was very impressed with fluridonone it worked very well.

  • Paul La Pointe says:

    I returned this July to the property that I inherited from my mother for a 2-week vacation with my wife. We no longer live in the wonderful state of Wisconsin, and so it is very special for us when we can return and enjoy Elkhart. I have ancestors on my father;s side who lived around Fond du Lac in the late 1700’s, who worked for the Northwest Company. More recent ancestors on my mother’s side came to Sheboygan from Germany in the second half of the 19th century. We have owned a piece of land in our family on Elkhart Lake for over 100 years.

    The problems that I see impacting the lake are the density of residents and the density of users. In the 1950’s, when I first started spending summers at the Lake, fishermen has 5 – 10 horsepower engines on old rowboats. Motorboats had Johnson or Evinrude or Mercury 25 – 35 horsepower outboards. There was no Osthoff-like hotel, although there were resort complexes of the old style from the Village to Sheboygan Bay. Brosius was a true summer camp.

    I don’t want to go back to those times, but I realize as someone who has spent his entire professional life in the fields of geology, engineering, environmental restoration and hydrology, that we can make fixes to the ills of ever-increasing development, but they are at best band-aids. Two giants advance to destroy our lake: increasing population and increasing technology. The first is obvious, but the second may be less so. A motor boat with a 35 horsepower engine does far less damage to the lake than the modern 150 horse engines that I see now. We all used to get our water from the lake via pipes and a pump house. That no longer occurs, and we get water from wells or from municipal sources, so if we pollute the lake, we don’t notice or care quite so much.

    Sustainability is not applying band-aids. It requires a commitment to stabilize, and then to reduce, population, all the while trying to crack the so-far uncrackable conundrum of how to increase prosperity with a stable or decreasing population. And it requires a appreciation for the land unadorned with motorboats and large houses and man-made manufactured pleasures.

    Any comments?