October 2016 Meeting Minutes

Yahara Lakes Association, Ltd.

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

The Yahara Lakes Association Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2016, in the Monona Community Center (1011 Nichols Road) conference room.

The following members and advisors were present: Dick Adler, Stuart Allbaugh, Doug Bach, Roy Carter, Bill Fitzpatrick, Caroline Fribance, Carol Gillen, Annette Hellmer, Mike Jensen, Allan Levin, Bob Miller, Dick Pearson, Jerry Rekowski, Dan Schultz, Joe Tisserand, Debbie Waite, Rhonda Arries

Members and advisors not present: Mike Gerner, Sal Troia and James Tye

11:35 a.m. Call to Order: President, Roy Carter, called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m.

11:36 a.m. Roy Carter introduced guest speakers Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Dave Merritt, John Reimer and Kyle Minks to discuss Dane County’s 2017 budget proposal to remove legacy phosphorous from sediment in approximately 33 miles of headwaters of Lake Mendota. A pilot study has been ongoing for the last several years in Dorn Creek which is on the north side of Lake Mendota.

In 2012, there were 2 USGS gauges installed which have been collecting real time data. It was noted that since the 1980’s, there have been many conservation and agricultural projects completed in this area. For example, in the Dorn Creek watershed there are currently conservation practices in place on 5400 of the 6000 acres (i.e. barn yard and nutrient management plans, cover crops, etc.). Average phosphorous measured in this area is 3 lb/acre vs. a state standard of 6 lbs/acre. Soil loss is also looked at and this year it measured 1.8 tons per acre vs. a standard of 4.0 tons per acre per year. It appears that practices upstream are working. However, concentrations of legacy phosphorous in Dorn Creek sediment are 3X greater than state standards and are continuing to be flushed and leached into Lake Mendota which is negating much of the good conservation and agricultural project results. As an example, in a 2.3 mile stretch of Dorn Creek (along Hwy M) approximately 75,000 lb of phosphorous is being diffused from the sediment into Mendota. Therefore, it would take roughly 66 years to improve water quality if current practices were maintained and the sediment was left in place. How old is this legacy phosphorous in the sediment? The top foot of sediment is approximately 25 yrs and the next foot below that is roughly 75 yrs old. In order to see real improvement in water quality in our life time, Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi, has proposed a 2017 budget of $4 million to begin to remove legacy phosphorous sediment from 33 miles of the headwaters of Lake Mendota.

The total project cost over the next several years is $12 million – that would cover costs to remove 150,000 cubic yards of sediment at a cost of $60/cy or $9 million + $3 million for restoration work. This would remove an estimated phosphorous load of 870,000 lb along with providing a multitude of benefits including stream repair and prairie restoration.

The focus is on the headwaters of Lake Mendota because Mendota waters flow downstream to other waterways in the Yahara. The phosphorous laden sediment would take over 100 years to diffuse on its own. Science has shown that the built up sediment can be removed so we can get to the targeted 50% phosphorous reduction in our waterways in the next few years. Joe Parisi asked the YLA Board to write a letter to the Dane County Board of Supervisors as well as asked each YLA board member to contact their local County Board Supervisor asking them to support the 2017 Budget proposal of $4 million for the phosphorous removal project.

The County Budget will be approved in early November. Doug Bach will draft the YLA Board letter to the Board of Supervisors and Rhonda Arries will email it to YLA board members for comments and approval. Joe Tisserand asked that all board members contact Rhonda after they’ve contacted their local supervisor so she can keep track of what’s been done. Roy Carter thanked Joe Parisi and his staff for their presentation and for their proposed 2017 funding to clean our area lakes. 1:00 p.m. Minutes: Roy Carter made a motion to approve the September 8, 2016 meeting minutes. Annette Hellmer seconded the motion. Motion passed.

1:01 p.m. Board Nominees for 2017 - 2019: Terms ending in 2016 – Stuart Allbaugh, Roy Carter, Carol Gillen, Allan Levin, Dick Pearson and Joe Tisserand. All 6 board members will seek re-election for the upcoming 3 year term. Also, Bob Miller has sold his lake home and will be moving to Ireland. A board appointed replacement will need to be vetted and assigned Bob’s board term which expires 12/31/2018. Dan Schultz volunteered to ask Al Meyer and Lars Barber as potential board appointed replacements.

1:10 p.m. Since AnchorBank has been sold to Old National Bank, Sal Troia has been reviewing other banking opportunities. Joe Tisserand provided an update on Sal’s review process. Sal recommends moving YLA’s banking relationship and funds to Associated Bank and move future board meetings to the Associated Bank in Fitchburg. Dan Schultz made a motion to move YLA’s banking relationship and checking accounts to Associated Bank and move CD funds to Johnson Bank. Caroline Fribance seconded the motion. Motion passed.

1:15 p.m. Dick Adler made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Jerry Rekowski seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Next meeting date is November 10, 2016