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​​Wednesday Afternoon Workshops

March 30, 2016
1:30-4:30 pm

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

Advanced Lake District Commissioner Training: Open Meeting Law, Public Records, and Tips for Effective Local Government Meetings (Limit: 48) -
Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 pm

Lake Districts are special purpose units of government state laws beyond Chapter 33 guide how they operate. These laws are meant to make all local governments in Wisconsin more transparent, accountable, professional, and effective. This training session will be presented by outreach staff from the UW Extension Local Government Center who have worked with town, village, city and county officials for many years to help them understand the laws and hold effective government meetings. We will cover open meetings law, ethics and conflicts of interest, and key methods for better meetings and using parliamentary procedure.
Philip Freeburg, Local Government Law Educator, UW-Extension Local Government Center
Dan Hill, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center


Healthy Lakes 102: The Process, Partners and Planning (Limit: 35) -
Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 pm

Join Healthy Lakes team members and project participants to learn how to get Healthy Lakes projects done.  We will share an overview of the 2014-2017 Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan and best practices but focus most of the discussion on tools, tips, and lessons learned from the lakeshore property owners and partners who are leading the initiative.  This workshop is intended for folks who are familiar with the Healthy Lakes initiative but would like more direction on how to make it happen in their communities.
Pamela Toshner, Lake Biologist, Wisconsin DNR
Healthy Lakes team member and/or "founders"


Lake District Treasurer Workshop (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 pm

This workshop is designed specifically for Lake District Treasurers. Managing a lake district budget is not the same as working with a lake association or other type of organization. This workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to create and manage your lake district’s budget. We will cover specific compliance rules that lake districts need to follow.
Eric Olson, Director, UW Extension Lakes
Don Putnam, Treasurer, Rice Lake Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District
Krista Olson, President, McDill Pond Inland Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District
Jeri McGinley, Clerk/Treasurer, Village of Park Ridge​


21st Century Communications (Limit: 48) - Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 

With school cancellations being announced on Twitter and “Happy Birthday” often delivered on Facebook, online forms of communication are becoming imbedded in our daily lives. One reason these communication tools are so popular is how it allows the user to effectively communicate with hundreds of people. If you would like to start utilizing these tools to tell your lake’s story and to communicate with your stakeholders, join us, to learn more about what these online tools are and how to use them. There will also be time to gain hands on experience creating content on these platforms during the session and throughout #WiLakesCon.
Tim Campbell, Aquatic Invasive Species Communications Specialist, UW-Extension/Wisconsin DNR
Aaron Conklin, Social Media Coordinator, UW Sea Grant 

Shoreland Zoning: Protecting Lakes through Partnerships (Limit: 48) -
Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 pm

Why do we have shoreland zoning in Wisconsin? Where did it come from and what are we trying to accomplish with it? In this workshop we’ll talk about the history of shoreland zoning, how it works today, and recent changes such as those in the state budget bill passed in July 2015 that went into effect immediately, plus any additional legislative changes made this spring. State law now says counties cannot have shoreland standards more protective than state standards. The state minimum shoreland standards since 1967 have become the minimum and maximum standards. We will discuss the specifics of this law, shoreland science, what county zoning staff are doing, how lake organizations can get involved, and the requirement for county shoreland ordinances to comply with the NR 115 standards by October 1, 2016.
Lynn Markham, Land Use Specialist, Center for Land Use and Education
Kay Lutze, Shoreland Zoning Policy Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR

Presentation: Shoreland Zoning​ (PDF)

Introduction to Lake Eutrophication Modeling and Using the Wisconsin Lake Modeling Suite (WiLMS) (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 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.
Paul McGinley, Water Quality Specialist, UW-Extension/UW-Stevens Point


Groundwater/Brewery Tour (Limit: 20, off-site, shuttle included, Special Fee $25) -
Wednesday, 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 groundwater experts on a fun and fact-filled tour of the Stevens Point Brewery.  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 DeVita, Environmental Lab Manager, Wisconsin Environmental Analysis Lab, UW-Stevens Point 

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