The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency is determined to maintain Geneva Lake's resources by protecting, preserving and enhancing a desirable lake and watershed quality.
The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency was formed in the early 1970's by a group of citizens concerned about Geneva Lake's future. The Agency was formed as a shared unit of the local governments of the Towns of Linn and Walworth, the Villages of Fontana and Williams Bay and the City of Lake Geneva.
Since 1975, the Agency has operated under a Uniform Resolution and By Laws signed by the sponsoring units of government. The resolution calls for the
Agency to study the 5,262 acre Geneva Lake and its 13,045 acre watershed regarding its physical, chemical and biological characteristics, water quality, lake and land use; protective measures, recreation and resource related problems and to make recommendations to protect resources, improve living conditions and foster legislation to accomplish these recommendations. This program is implemented by the director, administrative assistant, board members, college intern, and multiple part-time employees.
All too often, many of us take the quality of the lake and diversity of plant and animal life for granted. We seem to expect a healthy and diverse lake, clean and plentiful water to view, swim, fish, and boat in. A healthy Geneva Lake also increases tourism and property values, and is good for the local economy.
Not only is it critical to protect the lake today, but it is important to protect it so we can pass it down to future generations. If we do not take steps to ensure that the Geneva Lake's water quality remains suitable for these purposes, the excellent water quality we take for granted may vanish. The Agency is determined to maintain Geneva Lake's resources by protecting, preserving, and enhancing desirable lake and watershed quality.
The most important thing you can do is
Keep our waters clean by keeping trash out of the lake and being sustainable with water use
Support environmental protection by voting and calling governmental officials with suggestions and opinions
Keep your boat clean from aquatic plants and animals to avoid transferring aquatic invasive species
Prevent runoff by planting plant buffers near the shoreline, picking up after pets, and organic gardening
If you see something, say something! Contact us with any concerns of our lake
Educate yourself and others by reading articles, watching documentaries, or participating in meetings
GENEVA LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY
Board of Directors and Staff 2022
Patrick Kenny Chairman
Mary Jo Fesenmaier Vice Chairman
Patrick Kenny Village of Fontana
Rick Pappas Village of Fontana Citizen Rep.
Mary Jo Fesenmaier City of Lake Geneva
Terry O’Neill City of Lake Geneva Citizen Rep.
Jim Weiss Town of Linn
Boyd Whiting Town of Linn Citizen Rep.
Rob Umans Village of Williams Bay
LaMarr Lundberg Village of Williams Bay Citizen Rep.
Jim Lovell Town of Walworth Citizen Rep.
Jacob Schmidt Executive Director
Ted Peters Consultant
Aimee Townsend Administrative Assistant
Alyson Wisnionski Lake Manager Assist. / Intern
David Rasmussen Attorney
Eileen Mandera Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspector
Anastasia Doyle-Bruce Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspector
Lynn Burchard Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspector
David Longaker Clean Boats Clean Waters Inspector
BOARD OF DIRECTORS