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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 1971, 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


Clean Waters

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

Clean Boat

Keep your boat clean from aquatic plants and animals to avoid transferring aquatic invasive species 

Limit Runoff

Prevent runoff by planting plant buffers near the shoreline, picking up after pets, and organic gardening 

Contact Us

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


Board of Directors and Staff 2024


Patrick Kenny                  Chairman

Mary Jo Fesenmaier       Vice Chair

Rob Umans                      Treasurer

Patrick Kenny                  Village of Fontana

Rick Pappas                     Village of Fontana Citizen Rep.

Mary Jo Fesenmaier       City of Lake Geneva

Vacant                               City of Lake Geneva Citizen Rep.

Jim Weiss                          Town of Linn

Carol McAdam                 Town of Linn Citizen Rep.

Rob Umans                      Village of Williams Bay

LaMarr Lundberg            Village of Williams Bay Citizen Rep.

Alex Rasch                        Town of Walworth Citizen Rep.


Jacob Schmidt                 Executive Director

Aimee Townsend           Administrative Assistant

Henry Huss                     Lake Manager Assist. / Intern

Tyler Jochman                Attorney

Riley Hartnell                  Highschool Intern

Emma Olson                   Highschool Intern 

Meghan Rudd                 Highschool Intern 

Moira Gerard                  Highschool Intern




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