1555 Apache Ave

Nekoosa, WI 54457

Fourteen Mile Watershed and Rome lakes and streams

The Fourteen Mile watershed is the primary source of surface water for lakes Camelot, Sherwood and Arrowhead, eventually emptying into Lake Petenwell under Highway Z at the western boundary of Rome.  Approximately 5,000 properties surround the threes lakes directly, or in beach clubs and subdivisions providing access to the lakes, and along the eastern shore of Lake Petenwell.  We share the watershed with upstream agriculture and forests extending into Waushara, Wood and Portage counties.  Currently, lakes Sherwood, Arrowhead and Petenwell are on the state’s impaired list because of excess nutrients in the water, and all of our lakes have experienced blue-green algae warnings over the past few years.  We understand that reduced water quality negatively impacts our quality of life, as well as the the value of our property in our lakes community.  Total assessed value of lakes associated property in our town at the end on 2016 was nearly $600,000,000 and we’ve been a major contributor to Adams County’s # 19 tourism ranking and it’s nearly third of a billion dollars in tourism revenue.  That’s  led us to create the citizen led Fourteen Mile Watershed Joint Committee, funded by the Town of Rome and TriLakes Management Association, to assess the water quality problems throughout our town, identify meaningful solutions, and make lasting improvements. 

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