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​​Wednesday Morning Workshops

April 5, 2017
9:00 am-12:00 pm

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

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Training (Limit: 40) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

There are more than one thousand citizen scientists throughout Wisconsin who are collecting data on area lakes. Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) volunteers are collecting water clarity, water chemistry, temperature and dissolved oxygen information. The data that volunteers collect is used to determine impaired waters status as well as assist with grants, long-term trend research and general lake health. In addition to water quality, volunteers are also monitoring their lakes for invasive species and native aquatic plants.

This workshop is designed as a refresher class for CLMN volunteers who are monitoring water chemistry (total phosphorus and chlorophyll-a) on their lake, but is open to anyone who has an interest in interpreting water quality data or learning more about this program. 
Kris Larsen, Water Resource Management Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Rachel Sabre, Water Resource Management Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Sandy Wickman, Outreach Specialist, UW-Extension Lakes


Healthy Lakes Initiative (Limit: 35) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Join Healthy Lakes team members and partners to learn about the statewide Healthy Lakes initiative with an emphasis on project planning. We will briefly share Wisconsin's 2014-2017 Healthy Lakes Implementation Plan, the five best practices described within it, and funding options. We’ll dive into a suite of tools that can be used before, during, and after your Healthy Lakes projects to make them successful. Specifically, we will discuss DNR’s Shoreland & Shallows Habitat Monitoring Field Protocol, Decision Tool: Managing Runoff with Healthy Lakes Best Practices, and the updated 350 square foot Native Planting Guidance.

Please note there is an afternoon workshop titled Techniques for Controlling Shoreland Erosion that will cover some of the technical aspects of the Healthy Lakes best practices.

Pamela Toshner, Lake Biologist, WI Department of Natural Resources
Tom Onofrey, Zoning Administrator, Marquette County
Scott Van Egeren, Water Resources Management Specialist, WI Department of Natural Resources
John Haack, Natural Resources Educator, UW-Extension
Dave Ferris, Conservationist, Burnett County
Patrick Goggin, Lakes Specialist, UW-Extension


Lake Associations: The Beginning (Limit: 48) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

No matter their size, lake associations can be more effective in managing their lake if they are effective in managing themselves. This basic-level workshop aims to answer many of the questions that lake associations frequently ask by providing training on areas such as good governance, record-keeping, obtaining and retaining a tax exemption, and more. You’ll also have 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.

Mike Engleson, Director, Wisconsin Lakes
Melissa Scholz, Attorney, Scholz Non-profit Law


Lake District Commissioner Training  (Limit: 48) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Are you a new member of a Lake District Board of Commissioners? Maybe your lake district recently formed. This workshop is meant to walk you through the basics of Wisconsin’s unique lake districts and the important roles that elected and appointed commissioners play in making them work. We’ll cover the basics of Chapter 33, the state statute that governs lake districts, and other relevant rules and laws that every commissioner should know.

Eric Olson, UW-Extension-Lakes


Systems  and Scenarios: New Ways of Engaging Your Community in Water Sustainability  (Limit: 48) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Achieving a future with clean and healthy lakes and rivers requires new ways of thinking. This workshop will present and engage participants in two innovative thinking tools that can enhance community engagement efforts among lake associations and related organizations. ThinkWater is a national initiative to promote and enable systems thinking in water education, outreach, and research. Yahara 2070 is a Wisconsin-based scenarios project intended to encourage long-term thinking in decision-making about land and water. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of these related ways of thinking and how they can employ them in their own outreach efforts. 

Jeremy Solin, Wisconsin ThinkWater Coordinator, UW Cooperative Extension
Jenny Seifert, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, UW Extension 


FULL - Aquatic Plant Ecology and Identification (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

In this aquatic plant workshop, we will focus on aquatic plant ecology and identification. Participants will learn to identify aquatic plants using freshly defrosted plant specimens collected last summer and a variety of plant keys and other resources. We will focus on distinguishing plants with similar growth forms and among species in the larger genera. If possible, participants should bring a hand lens although there will some hand lenses and microscopes available. There will be a packet of materials for each participant to keep including the latest edition of Through the Looking Glass (a book about aquatic plants) and keys to guide you through plant identification.

Additional Fee = $25
Susan Knight, Aquatic Biologist and Assistant Scientist, UW-Madison Center for Limnology Trout Lake Station
Michelle Nault, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Paul Skawinski, Statewide Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Coordinator, UW-Extension Lakes

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