2018 YLA Member Survey Results

Thanks to all our members who responded to the YLA survey sent out with our August newsletter to assess member interest in ideas to add value to your membership and improve the Yahara chain of lakes. We received 29 survey responses, an approximately 10% response rate.

The #1 issue was shoreline weed control and management including increased funding/discounts, assistance and education. The YLA board has formed an Aquatic Plant Management Committee to assist and educate our members in managing aquatic plants along their shorelines. We will research options and provide information to you in future newsletters and/or emails.

Not surprisingly, there was also a high level of interest in lake level management. This is an issue near and dear to our hearts, especially with the heavy rainfalls in May, June and August this year. The YLA is actively working with Dane County and others to mitigate future flooding and better manage lake levels. Other ideas that were strongly supported and the YLA board is exploring include:

  • Conversion of storm water outlets to better capture yard waste

  • Clean up of beaches, parks and other shoreline areas

  • Shoreline repair and reconstruction

  • Educational programs on: How Dane County manages the Yahara lakes; rules and regulations on piers; boat lifts and buoys and blue green algae

Based on member responses, we will continue to provide timely email updates, quarterly newsletters, educational seminars and annual social gatherings/events. All respondents who provided their names and contact information were entered into a drawing for free giveaways. We are pleased to announce that George Benton and John Bottorff were the winners of the boat yeti tumblers.

Thank you, once again, to all members who took time to respond to the survey.


Nancy Peckham is CEO and owner of Valicom, a technology expense management company, located in Fitchburg for the past 27 years. Nancy and her husband Paul have two adult children. After 30 years residing in the town of Oregon, they fulfilled a life-long dream of living on the water and moved to Lake Waubesa in late 2016. Nancy and Paul enjoy many activities including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking, biking and golfing.

Nancy feels the lakes are a huge factor in the quality of life in Madison but feels there are many issues that need to be addressed. Lake levels, clean water and beaches are high on her list. Nancy wants to be involved in making a difference for the benefit of the waterfront property owners and all who use our Yahara lakes.