The Lake Galena watershed has been declining for a number of years due to soil erosion, siltation, and excess nutrients in the lake. Soil is eroding in streambeds, deep runoff gullies, and washouts; erosion occurs in the ditch lines on the entrance side of the culverts and scour holes are formed on the exit side. Because of the hilly topography and soil types of the area, soil from nearby farm fields also makes its way to Lake Galena. As a result, the lake is receiving a high amount of nutrients and its bays are silting in.
To address these problems, the Galena Territory Association has applied for, and received, a second 319 streambank erosion control grant. The purpose of the grant projects are to preserve habitat for plants and animals as well as maintain the natural beauty and recreational opportunities of the both the lake and the watershed. Lowering nutrient levels and slowing siltation of the lake by reducing erosion of slopes, gullies, culverts, ditches, and lake tributaries will accomplish these goals.
The 319 grant is generally a combined effort of the GTA, Eagle Ridge, Guilford Township, and the Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District. For additional information, please contact the Owners’ Club.