The Beaver Dam Lake District
A lake district is:
The Beaver Dam Lake District is a protection and rehabilitation district which is a special purpose unit of local government established by Dodge County on March 17, 2020 under state statutes for provision for inland water.
Purpose of a lake district:
The purpose of a lake district is to maintain, protect and improve the quality of a lake and its watershed for the mutual good of the members and the lake environment. It can address challenges facing Beaver Dam Lake including:
- Poor water quality
- Eroding shorelines
- Excessive carp
- Algae outbreaks
- Excessive growth of invasive aquatic plants
- Nonpoint runoff of sediment and nutrients into the lake
Benefits to Beaver Dam Lake include:
- Improved chances of better water quality
- Better fishing and hunting through better habitat
- Better lake recreational opportunities
- Protected or increased value to lake property
Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association (BDLIA)
The BDLIA is a volunteer non-profit association made up of lake property owners and others including businesses interested in the betterment of Beaver Dam Lake. Among its activities It is a promoter of recreational activities and awareness of the lake. It is funded through membership dues, donations and fund raising events. The association and lake district work in coordination with one another. The BDLIA was a driving force behind the development of the Beaver Dam Lake District and gave it full support. For more information see their website.
Beaver Dam Lake District boundaries:
All properties that touch Beaver Dam Lake are in the district. This consists of over 1,000 individual properties. Click here for a boundary map.
Lake District Governance:
The district’s day to day activities are carried out by a board of five commissioners. One is appointed by the county, one by Town of Westford (the township with largest portion by valuation). The remaining three are elected by the electors and property owners in the district. At all times, the power of the commissioners are subject to the decisions of the membership at the annual meeting. Commissioners can:
- Manage fiscal matters
- Maintain working relationships and cooperation with government and agency officials
- Develop plans, goals, research, and surveys for the protection and rehabilitation of the lake
A lake district is a true example of participatory democracy. Residents who live in the district and are eligible votes and all property owners have a vote in the affairs of the district. This is accomplished at an annual meeting which must be held during the summer months.
Major decisions of annual meetings include:
- Election of commissioners
- Approval of budget
Lake District Finances:
Property owners living within the boundaries of a lake district are required by law to pay the fees. The amount of those fees is voted on by members at the Annual Meeting. The only exception to this is the fee charged by the initial board of commissioners to set up the district prior to first Annual Meeting. The lake district fee will appear on the annual property tax bill. Borrowing or grant programs can also be used to raise money if approved at the annual meeting.