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Wednesday Afternoon Workshops

April 1, 2020 ~ 1:00-4:00 pm


Lake District Treasurers Workshop (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


This workshop is designed specifically for Lake District Treasurers. Managing a lake district budget is not the same as working with finances for 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 and Lakes Specialist, Extension Lakes 
Dan Butkus, Treasurer, Squash Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District 

Link to presentation (PDF):
Lake District Commissioner Treasurer Workshop (Olson, Butkus)

Lake District Treasurer's Calendar - Things You Wish They Told You Ahead of Time

Link to video recording of live online event (YouTube):
Lake District Treasurers Workshop

Advanced Lake District Commissioner Workshop (Limit: 40) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 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 Madison Division of 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 effective meetings and using parliamentary procedure. 

Philip Freeburg, Local Government Law Educator, UW Madison Division of Extension Local Government Center
Daniel Foth, Local Government Specialist, UW Madison Division of Extension Local Government Center 

Link to presentation (PDF):
Procedures for Lake District Meetings Ethics-Mtgs 3-31-20.pdf

Link to handout (PDF):
Wisconsin Open Meetings Law Fact Sheet

Link to video recording of live online event (YouTube):

Advanced Lake District Commissioner Workshop

Introduction to Cyanobacteria: Identification, Ecology, Health Effects, and Tracking (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


Learn to identify and distinguish cyanobacteria (blue-grean algae) with this workshop! Topics in relation to the environmental conditions, health impacts, as well as the tools used to track and report cyanobacteria will be discussed. Intended for water professionals and field staff, we ask that you bring a hand lens or magnifying glass to assist with identification.

Presenter: Gina LaLiberte, Statewide Blue-green Algae Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Countywide and Regional Lake and River Groups: Coordination, Communication, and Capacity (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


The time has come for “countywides” to come together and build a plan for the future. Designed less as a “workshop” than the kickoff to a statewide initiative to help “countywides” be stronger, more effective, and work together, we’ll spend three hours discussing successes and challenges, brainstorming goals and needs, and establishing a road map to build an organized coalition of groups on a regional and statewide basis under the umbrella of Wisconsin Lakes and the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership. Let’s spend the time we need to discover what countywides can do. 

Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes 

Loon Ranger Training Workshop (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


This workshop is geared toward Loon Rangers and volunteers who are participating in Loonwatch's citizen science programs. We will cover the basics for both our Annual Lakes Monitoring Program (ALMP) and this year's special 2020 Wisconsin Loon Population Survey (WLPS), and will describe the important differences between these two programs.  Learn about loon identification, behavior, ecology, habitat, threats, and protection. Discover how to identify territorial pairs, gain knowledge about nesting loons and chick phenology, as well as learning about the latest loon research updates.  Gain knowledge to fill out the Annual Lakes Monitoring form and Loon Population Survey form. 

Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch & Citizen Science Coordinator, Northland College 
Gavin Fountaine, LoonWatch, Northland College 

Link to presentation (PDF):
Loon Ranger Training Workshop (LeMoine and Fountaine)

Link to video recording of live online event (YouTube):
Loon Ranger Training Workshop 


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