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Wisconsin Lakes Partnership

2011 Convention Archive

Thursday Concurrent Sessions VI

April 13, 2011
10:30-11:30 am


A Stakeholder-Led TMDL Implementation Process for Mead Lake

Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

A local stakeholders group in Clark County formed the Mead Lake and Watershed Partnership. They completed a Lake Management Plan in 2010 that addresses many issues at the lake. This group is also working on a TMDL implementation plan, known as the Mead Lake Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS), focused more specifically on the issue of phosphorus loads to the lake and watershed. The WRAPS should be completed by early 2011. Once completed, the Partnership will be the guiding force behind implementation of the Mead Lake WRAPS which will hopefully lead to improved water quality and de-listing of the lake from the state's impaired waters list.
Presenter: Daniel Zerr, UW-Extension / Mead Lake and Watershed Partnership
A Stakeholder-Led TMDL Implementation Process for Mead Lake (presentation pdf)

Native Plants/Animals

Eagles and Ospreys: Natural History and Management

Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

Populations of both bald eagles and ospreys have recovered from the very low levels observed in the 1950s and 1960s. We will look at this remarkable recovery; explore their natural history, distribution, and abundance; and explain how lake associations can assist in conservation efforts.
Presenter: Ron Eckstein, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources & Bob Howe
Eagles and Ospreys (presentation PDF)

AIS Updates

Menominee River Watershed Zebra Mussel Response Planning Project: A Containment Strategy

Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

Zebra mussels were discovered in Keyes Lake, Florence County during fall 2010. While zebra mussels are not established in northeast Wisconsin, they are present in several neighboring waters in Michigan. In addition, most lakes in the region are susceptible to invasion. Following the discovery, a Zebra Mussel Response Planning Committee was formed that included federal, state, county, town, lake, and private entities from both Wisconsin and Michigan. The committee developed a three-tiered strategy which includes: lake management planning, graduate level research, and education. A final product of this project will be a strategic zebra mussel plan for the Menominee River Watershed. The framework upon which this project was developed could serve as a template for an aquatic invasive species containment strategy.
Presenters: Maureen Ferry & Kevin Gauthier, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Menominee River Watershed Zebra Mussel Response Planning Project (presentation pdf)

Water Quality

The Importance of Collecting Good Data

Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

Ever wonder "What do I need to do to ensure that I get data back from the State Lab of Hygiene?," "Am I doing what I am supposed to do with the lab slips and raw data?," or "How do I ensure I am collecting good data?" Learn how to avoid the common problems with samples and lab slips. As an extra bonus, we will cover how to collect high quality data for the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network and what errors can happen and what that means for your data.
Presenter: Ron Arneson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources & Laura Herman, UW-Extension Lakes
Importance of Collecting Good Data (presentation pdf)

Success Stories

Library Lake: Restoring a Legacy

Thursday 10:30-11:00 am

Fifty years ago Library Lake was the City of Cumberland’s pristine, sand-bottomed recreational treasure. Since the 1960’s, lake conditions had deteriorated at an alarming rate, and neighboring businesses turned their backs on this former jewel. Local enthusiasts have set out to restore Library Lake and its connection to Cumberland businesses and the tourism trade.
Presenter: Jay Michels, Emmons & Olivier Resources
Library Lake - Restoring a Legacy (presentation pdf)

Turning a Plan to a Project

Thursday 11:00-11:30 am

Watershed and comprehensive management plans are essential for successful lake management. At times, the transition from plan development to implementation can be difficult. The speaker will share lessons learned from a variety of projects and help inform the audience of how their lake management project can become a – Success Story!
Presenter: Mark Pranckus, JF New
Turning a Plan to a Project (presentation pdf)

Film Festival

Play Again (Part Two)

Thursday 10:30-11:30 am

One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtural world than in nature. This documentary follows six teenagers "unplugged" and on their first wilderness experience - no cell phones, no electricity, no virtual reality. Discussion to follow film.

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