Statement From County Board Chair John West Regarding the County Clerk Resignation
Sherwood Lake Dam Actuator Fix Notice
Road Closure Update - Flooding, High Water
STORM DAMAGE REPORTING AND ROAD CLOSURE UPDATEread more
Press Release - Flood Preparedness
Flooding, High Water and Storm Damage
Response to Liberty ID Press Release
UPDATE: Adams County Public Beach Closures
UPDATE 8-22-18 9:15am Friendship Lake Beach has been closed due to Blue/Green Algae.
UPDATE 8-14-18 4:25pm Petenwell Park beach has been reopened.
UPDATE 8-14-18 1:20pm Castle Rock Lake as been reopened. Conditions at Petenwell Park are being assessed but are currently still closed.
UPDATE 8-10-18 9:00am Lake Arrowhead has been reopened. Conditions at Castle Rock Park and Petenwell Park are being assessed but are currently still closed.
Due to Blue-Green algae, the public beaches at Lake Arrowhead, Castle Rock Park and Petenwell Park are currently closed. As water conditions improve, the lakes will be reassessed to potentially reopen.
Be Aware of Blue-Green Algae
DATE - AUGUST 8, 2018
Be Aware of Blue-Green Algae
Blue-Green Algae continues to be a concern in our local lakes. Some blue-green algae can cause illnesses for people and animals who accidentally ingest or inhale it, or have prolonged skin contact with the algae. Public beaches are monitored and advisories and closures are posted as necessary.
"Blue-green algae are in all lakes and rivers in Wisconsin, but they only become a problem when they grow to high concentrations, called blooms, on some water bodies," said Gina LaLiberte, DNR's statewide blue-green algae coordinator. "Actively growing blooms are usually green and have a 'pea soup' appearance, but blooms may also appear as blue, white, red, or brown scums that may be foamy or in mats."
While not all blue-green algae produce toxins, the presence of blue-green algae blooms in lakes, ponds or rivers may indicate a potential health hazard, LaLiberte said.
"One easy way to identify potential risk from blue-green algae is that if adults are in knee-deep water and can see their feet clearly, the risk of acute illness is low to moderate for adults, but it's still a good idea to choose the clearest water possible for small children and dogs, and to avoid swallowing water that could contain other bacteria, viruses, and parasites," LaLiberte said. "When you can't see your feet, keep children and dogs out of the water and consider having the whole family pursue another activity that day."
Public health officials encourage people to avoid swallowing any water and to always wash off after swimming in any lake, pond or river. Dogs should always be rinsed off with clean water to remove algae from their coat. If people have any doubts about the appearance of water, they should stay out. They should ensure that children and pets do not swim in or drink water with a blue-green algae bloom.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, common symptoms of exposure to toxic blue-green algae blooms include rashes, gastrointestinal ailments and respiratory irritation. People experiencing symptoms that may be due to blue-green algal exposure should contact their health care provider or the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Animals have a higher risk of dying after exposure to blue-green algal toxins because they are smaller in size and may ingest large amounts of toxins from drinking lake, pond, or river water or licking algae from their coat. Symptoms in dogs can include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea or even seizures. If your animal shows any of these symptoms contact your veterinarian immediately.
People are also encouraged to report potential algae-related illnesses in both people and animals to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services by filling out the Harmful Algae Bloom Illness or Sighting Survey (exit DNR) or by calling 608-266-1120.
To help track the occurrence of blooms around the state, blooms may be reported to the DNR at DNRHABS@wisconsin.gov. Descriptions of bloom size, duration, location with lake, town, and county name, and photos for verification are particularly helpful.
Blooms tend to grow when there is a lot of sunlight, water temperatures are high, and there is little wind. In Wisconsin, blooms typically peak from July through September.
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Update on Lake Sherwood Dam (Press Release 2)
Because of the multiple rain/snow events that have occurred since then we have been forced to install temporary measures to ensure the stability of the actuator. As a result the DNR has determined that the project is no longer an emergency and needs to go through the normal approval process. We do not anticipate this having any impact on summer lake levels or lake usage.
Adams County Building Project
On March 1, 2017 the County board formed an Ad Hoc Building Committee to examine and develop a proposed solution to the security issues raised by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections during the annual jail inspections. The committee reviewed potential options that ranged from internal construction processes to new facility construction. Through the process it was determined that there are safety and security deficiencies that exist in multiple areas of the courthouse. Since it was determined there was not enough space available to address the jail concerns properly, it was decided to look at options that would satisfy all the existing issues in the most cost effective manner possible.read more