Our Committes

ElkHart Lake IMprovement Association

ELIA is subdivided into five working committees pursuing educational programming, science, and community development , among other things. A board member leads each committee and ensures activities are completed per the committee objectives. Please reach out to our President at contact@keepelkhartblue.org if you are interested in getting involved with any of the committees.

Boating Safety

  • Help manage and identify concerns with boating regulations, lake safety, lake police patrols, buoy placement, and public boat landing use

  • Works with local government to help manage boating concerns

  • Shares in funding of the police boat patrol and police pier

  • Educates the public and membership on boating safety issues

  • Maintain and place buoys

  • Assist with the Wisconsin Shoreland Ordinance

Community Outreach

  • Increase public awareness of ELIA

  • Manage Keep Elkhart Blue merchandise

  • Distribute information to community and members through the Depot Dispatch newspaper, social media, newsletters and website

  • Educate residents on good shoreland living practices

  • Provide educational presentations in community

Government Relations

  • Encourage intergovernmental cooperation with the Village of Elkhart Lake, Town of Rhine, DNR and Sheboygan County

  • Attend or present at government board meetings

  • Educate local government on lake concerns and ELIA’s Mission

  • Partner with other conservation groups in watershed to increase awareness of lake issues


  • Maintain or increase membership

  • Prepare and send annual dues letters, reminders and notices of social events and the Annual Meeting
    Work with ELIA Treasurer to maintain membership records

  • Plan annual meeting, Downtown Night booth, and other educational and fundraising events for membership and community

Lake Management

  • Water Quality

    • Monitor lake water quality, identify and work to resolve pollution sources

    • Perform lake sampling as specified by the DNR and Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. This program includes data online reporting, evaluation, and management to create a community of lake stewards through education and outreach.

  • Lake Ecology

    • Monitor and help control aquatic invasive species (AIS) through treatment

    • Identify best practice methods for managing AIS

    • Pursue grant funding from the DNR for lake studies and the Clean Boat Program

    • Manage the clean boats/clean water inspector/educator at the public boat ramp

    • Create a community of lake stewards through education and outreach

  • Lake Projects

    • Execute special projects than enhance Water Quality and Lake Ecology