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A Different Kind of Blitz

When we hear the word "blitz," we often think of Clay Mathews diving over the offensive line of an opponent's team and sacking their quarterback. This Fourth of July weekend, a different kind of blitz will be taking place at public boat launches in Washington County: a Landing Blitz.

This year's DNR Landing Blitz defends against an extremely tough opponent: Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Washington County is partnering with the DNR Water Guards to promote awareness and stop the spread of aquatic hitchhikers during the busiest weekend on the lakes. Water Guards are Deputy Conservation Wardens who work in Limited Term Employment positions for the Department of Natural Resources. They perform law enforcement duties to protect Wisconsin's lakes, rivers and waterways; with their main efforts aimed at ensuring compliance with Wisconsin's laws relating to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and aquatic diseases. The busiest boat launches will have volunteers and Water Guards washing off boats with portable DECON pressure washer units, bleach solution, and drying off
boats with towels.

DNR Water Guard, Roger Arnould said "I will be talking with the boat owners and evaluating their boat usage in order to determine the need for decontamination. Not all boats will need to be decontaminated. I will, however, be performing inspections on every boat in my area."

The event is fun and positive; each boater who uses equipment to wash off their boat will be rewarded with a "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers" towel, and an array of other prizes.

Invasive species are bad because they ruin habitat for native species, and make for poor fishing in our local lakes and streams. Invasive species are only present in about half of the lakes in Washington County, so it is important to prevent the spread to lakes that are not yet infested.

Invasive zebra mussels are in only eight lakes out of the County's fifty-two, and hopefully will stay that way as long as the public is well informed of the laws prohibiting the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Volunteering to participate in the DNR Landing Blitz is an option to anyone who wants to contribute to conservation efforts over the 4th of July Weekend. A Training session will be held on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in room 1023 of the Public Agency Center in West Bend from 6:30pm-8pm. Volunteers will learn Invasive Species I.D. and how to inspect boats and boat trailers. The event is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Bradley Steckart, Washington County AIS Coordinator at 262-335-4806 or bradley.steckart@co.washington.wi.us or visit the
DNR website at www.dnr.wi.gov/lakes/invasives.


2014 Postponed Real Estate Taxes

2014 Postponed Real Estate Taxes

The second installment of postponed real estate taxes are due on or before July 31 to the Washington County Treasurer. Payments that are mailed must be postmarked no later than July 31st to be considered timely.

Checks are to be made payable to the Washington County Treasurer and mailed to 432 E Washington St, PO Box 1986, West Bend WI 53095-7986. Enclose the payment stub from your tax bill or write your tax parcel number on your check. If you would like a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

You can use the Washington County website www.co.washington.wi.us to look up your tax information by either your parcel number or the address of the property. From the County’s home page, click on Departments, then click on County Treasurer, and click on the Tax Information link.

If you need assistance, please contact the Washington County Treasurer's office at 262-335-4324. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

REMINDER: The City of West Bend collects the 2014 tax installments through July 31st.


World War II Veterans Wanted

Do you know someone who served in WWII? All Washington County WWII veterans will be honored at a special event at Senior Day/Military Day at the Washington County Fair.