April 25 Meeting to Focus on Property Value Study, Lake Levels and AIS Coordinator

April 25, 2019  6:30pm

Public and guests welcome!
Manitowoc County Office Complex, Room 300
4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc

The cost of poor water quality to property values, an analysis commissioned by Manitowoc County Lakes Association, and conducted by Drs. Wolf and Kemp of UW-Eau Claire, will be presented by MCLA past president John Durbrow. The study, which analyzed 8,372 property transactions between 2013 and 2016 in Manitowoc and adjacent counties, has demonstrated that lake water clarity directly impacts the property value of residences on that water body. The report concludes “…that a 1 meter increase in water clarity will result in a 10.5% increase in home values for properties located within 250 meters of a lake.” Conversely, the more water clarity is degraded, the more property values are reduced. Read more about this study here.

Lake Michigan water levels high and rising
Record snow depths and rainfall this past year in the Lake Michigan drainage basin has some concerned about lake levels in 2019. Lake Michigan does not respond immediately like inland lakes from flooding and runoff but generally peaks in August or late summer. Ron Schaper, a long time resident and property owner on the bluff of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc County has been an astute observer of lake levels and its impacts on the shoreline will present a history of lake level dynamics and what we may expect in the future. 

Newly hired AIS Coordinator for Manitowoc and Sheboygan County will be in attendance to personally meet our lake representatives. Samantha Lammers Olsen has accepted the position and will be hiring boat inspectors for both counties and conducting Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) monitor training. Samantha was a Natural Resource Specialist with the Wisconsin DNR and was a Deputy Conservation Warden. She has extensive experience in aquatic invasive species programming, and leading the Wisconsin Water Guard Team that oversaw education and enforcement of invasive species in the state. She trained and supported water guards and DNR Wardens across the state on invasive species identification. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from UW – Green Bay, as well as an Associates Degrees in Applied Science – Criminal Justice from Lakeshore Technical College, completing the 520-hour Police Academy program there.

 

The MCLA business meeting will follow. 

Updated: April 11, 2019 — 1:59 pm

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