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​Thursday Afternoon Workshops

April 24, 2014
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Pre-registration required to attend.
Agenda subject to change.


Erosion Control

1:30 - 4:30 pm 

Looking for erosion solutions? By identifying and understanding the various causes and the effect of erosion factors, certain techniques can help you control or eliminate erosion altogether. This presentation gives you answers: samples, photographs, case studies, drawings, and techniques to help you face this challenge with success. Findings from a three year study at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station, comparing traditionally-built and prefabricated soil lifts, will provide valuable guidance to some of these erosion control techniques.​
Mariquita Sheehan, Vilas County Land & Water Conservation Department
Stacy Dehne, Department of Agriculture Trade & Consumer Protection
Jane Herbert Jane Herbert is a senior water resource educator with Michigan State University Extension and the recipient of the 2013 MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Award. She is past president of the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, vice-chair of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and lead educator for the Certified Natural Shoreline Professional certification training. She also served as coordinator for the 400-foot long Shoreline Management Demonstration Area at MSU's Kellogg Biological Station. Jane holds a BS in natural resources from the University of Michigan and an MS in agricultural and extension education from Michigan State University. , Michigan State University Extension​



Manual Removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil

1:30 - 4:30 pm 

Manual removal strategies have been utilized to drastically reduce and even eliminate Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) from many central Wisconsin lakes. Proper preparation and identification are crucial for a manual removal program to be successful. When conducted properly and employed early, manual removal can be a highly effective, low-cost strategy with minimal negative impacts to the native aquatic plant community. This workshop will discuss identification of EWM and similar species, as well as mapping, removal, and disposal. Above-water and underwater video footage will be shown to illustrate the removal process.
Paul Skawinski, Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Education Specialist for Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc 
Chris HamerlaPaul Skawinski is the Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Education Specialist for Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc. He covers Portage, Wood, Waushara, Marathon, and Waupaca Counties, and is based out of Stevens Point. Paul is also the co-author of the WDNR publication "Manual Removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil", and is the author/photographer of the popular field guide "Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest". He is also finishing a master's degree program at UW-Stevens Point, where he is studying sediment and water chemistry relationships to EWM and milfoil weevils.
, Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Education Specialist for Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc.

Legal Issues for Non-profits

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Lake associations can be complicated organizations and often have similar legal questions and needs as larger businesses. Unfortunately, budget pressures might prevent your lake organization from seeking assistance. This workshop aims to answer many of the questions that lake associations frequently ask by providing access to an attorney whose practice focuses on small nonprofits. From questions of initial formation to tax exemption to employment law to the thorny issue of lobbying, this workshop combines short educational presentations with discussions of participants' issues in a free flowing exploration of legal topics often faced by Wisconsin's lake associations.
Melissa Scholz Melissa Auchard Scholz is the principal attorney for Scholz Nonprofit Law. She brings over 20 years of practical experience as a lawyer, fundraiser, policymaker, nonprofit employee, and community volunteer. Her goal is to use this expertise and perspective to strengthen community organizations. She seeks to be a partner with her clients to make business transactions, governance, and legal compliance as straightforward as possible and keep them focused on what they do best – serving the community., principal attorney for Scholz Nonprofit Law

SWIMS and Viewers for Professionals

1:30 - 4:30 pm 

Interested in learning more about the new Surface Water Data Viewer and the lesser known Lakes and AIS Viewer? Come and get a general walk-thru of both viewers and stay to get more in-depth information of how to maximize the available tools. Demos provided will include how to create a quick map, add graphics, share maps, add your own data to the viewer, and many others. Time will also be set aside at the end for questions and answers as well as a brief overview of new tools and functions that will be coming for Summer 2014.


Dennis Wiese, Wisconsin DNR GIS Analyst / Cartographer
Jennifer Filbert, WDNR Lakes and AIS Database Services

Workshop takes place off-site. Transportation provided.
Limit: 20     Additional Fee: $10


Introduction to Lake Eutrophication Modeling and Using the Wisconsin Lake Modeling Suite (WiLMS)

1:30 - 4:30 pm 

 Lake eutrophication modeling uses characteristics of the lake and watershed to better understand the current trophic condition of a lake and evaluate how that has or could change.  This workshop will examine some of the principals of lake eutrophication modeling and introduce attendees to the Wisconsin Lake Modeling Suite (WiLMS) for lake water quality evaluation and planning. This workshop is geared towards individuals interested in performing simple lake eutrophication modeling or to better understand modeling results developed for their lake.  Participants will need to provide their own laptop computer as this session will include hands-on applications of WiLMS.   
Dr. Paul McGinleyPaul McGinley teaches in the College of Natural Resources and is a UW-Extension Water Quality Specialist. His extension teaching and research emphasizes understanding and improving the water quality in lakes, streams and drinking water. Specific applications include lake management, impacts of land use change, water treatment, stormwater management, and the fate and transport of aquatic pollutants. , Associate Professor of Water Resources, UWSP and Extension Water Quality Specialist
Nancy Turyk, Water Resources Scientist, UW-Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education​ 

Limit: 20     Laptop required.


Groundwater and Breweries

1:30 - 4:30 pm 

Wisconsin’s freshwater resources have long supported a vibrant brewing industry. Beer producers are increasingly realizing the importance and value of water and are developing strategies to use water more wisely and make their operations more sustainable. Join two of the state’s groundwater experts on a fun and fact-filled tour of the Stevens Point Brewery and O'so Brewery in Plover. We’ll highlight the connections between the beverages we enjoy and groundwater quality and quantity. We’ll also explore the impact of groundwater use on lakes and rivers.
Bill DeVitaBill DeVita is an environmental chemist and lab manager of the Water and Environmental Analysis Lab on the campus of UW-Stevens Point. In addition to having great appreciation for an analytical process, he also enjoys a finely crafted beer. He has been an avid home brewer for nearly 20 years and uses homegrown hops for his brews. As a chemist, he realizes the connection between source water and beer styles, and the need for good water to brew good beer. , Laboratory Manager, Water and Environmental Analysis Lab 
Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Education Specialist
Tour takes place off-site. Transportation provided.
Limit: 20     Additional Fee: $20


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