What We Do

Founded in 1964 by local lake property owners, the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) has grown to include village residents and businesses, all of whom have a stake in making sure we help Keep Elkhart Blue.

ELIA works hand in hand with area governmental and regulatory authorities with jurisdiction over the lake and the surrounding community as well as with lake property owners, potential private buyers, and real estate agents and developers. The aim of ELIA is to encourage ownership and use of the surrounding lake community in ways that will not result in changes to the beauty, tranquility, and quality of the lake.

ELIA works to actively manage and monitor lake conditions, including water clarity, water chemistry, and invasive species. ELIA also works to make Elkhart Lake a safe place for all forms of recreation – swimming, boating and fishing. Elkhart Lake is an amazing resource enjoyed by many, and ELIA strives to ensure that Elkhart Lake will remain safe, clean and beautiful for the next generation.

Committees

To accomplish the above ends, ELIA is subdivided into five working committees pursuing educational programming, science, and political campaigns, among other things. A board member leads each committee and ensures activities are completed per the committee objectives. Please reach out to our President at contact@keepelkhartblue.org if you are interested in getting involved with any of the committees.

If you are interested in helping out with any of these activities, contact us!

Boating Safety

  • Help manage and identify concerns with boating regulations, lake safety, lake police patrols, buoy placement, and public boat landing use
  • Works with local government to help manage boating concerns
  • Shares in funding of the police boat patrol and police pier
  • Educates the public and membership on boating safety issues
  • Maintain and place buoys
  • Assist with the Wisconsin Shoreland Ordinance

Community Outreach

  • Increase public awareness of ELIA
  • Manage Keep Elkhart Blue merchandise
  • Distribute information to community and members through the Depot Dispatch newspaper, social media, newsletters and website
  • Educate residents on good shoreland living practices
  • Provide educational presentations in community

Government Relations

  • Encourage intergovernmental cooperation with the Village of Elkhart Lake, Town of Rhine, DNR and Sheboygan County
  • Attend or present at government board meetings
  • Educate local government on lake concerns and ELIA’s Mission
  • Partner with other conservation groups in watershed to increase awareness of lake issues

Membership

  • Maintain or increase membership
  • Prepare and send annual dues letters, reminders and notices of social events and the Annual Meeting
  • Work with ELIA Treasurer to maintain membership records
  • Plan annual meeting, Downtown Night booth, and other educational and fundraising events for membership and community

Lake Management

  • Water Quality
    • Monitor lake water quality, identify and work to resolve pollution sources
    • Perform lake sampling as specified by the DNR and Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. This program includes data online reporting, evaluation, and management to create a community of lake stewards through education and outreach.
  • Lake Ecology
    • Monitor and help control aquatic invasive species (AIS) through treatment
    • Identify best practice methods for managing AIS
    • Pursue grant funding from the DNR for lake studies and the Clean Boat Program
    • Manage the clean boats/clean water inspector/educator at the public boat ramp
    • Create a community of lake stewards through education and outreach
  • Lake Projects
    • Execute special projects than enhance Water Quality and Lake Ecology

Who We Work With

ELIA works with the following organizations and associations to further its goals and mission:

Meeting Notes and Minutes

Meeting Type Date Document
Board Meeting May 2, 2018 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting April 28, 2018 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting January 27, 2018 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting October 7, 2017 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting August 5, 2017 Meeting Minutes
Annual Meeting June 9, 2017 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting May 6, 2017 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting March 11, 2017 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting October 29, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting August 6, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Annual Meeting June 17, 2016 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting June 4, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting May 7, 2016 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting October 31, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting August 1, 2015 Meeting Notes
Annual Meeting June 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Board Meeting June 13, 2015 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting May 2, 2015 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting January 24, 2015 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting November 8, 2014 Meeting Notes
Board Meeting February 1, 2014 Meeting Minutes