Lake & River Management Workshop
Presentations and References

The Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers (PCALR) in partnership with the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department (LWRD) arranged a 2013 Lake and River Management Workshop. Sessions were held on May 4th, May 14th, and June 4th. Below are presentations and references for each session.

WORKSHOP MODERATOR: Karen EngelbretsonKaren Engelbretson is a Polk County shoreline property owner, the third generation at her family property on Bone Lake. She is an active lake protection volunteer, a Lake Leader Crew VI graduate, and for the past twelve years has served as PCALR’s president. She is chair of Bone Lake’s wildlife and natural beauty committee and leads the District’s education initiatives for wildlife protection and habitat restoration. Karen is a graphic designer in advertising and marketing as well as a fine artist, expressing her observations of nature in botanical illustration and fiber art., President, Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers

SESSION 1: How Lakes Work-Lake Science for Anyone

Presentations

  • LAKE SCIENCE BASICS
    Presenter: Larry BresinaLarry Bresina is a retired imaging product developer. He has a BS from UW-Eau Claire in math and chemistry, and an MS in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He has built an understanding of lake management through course work, the Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute program and experience on the Pipe Lakes District Board as Water Quality Committee Chair. Larry enjoys building websites as an avocation., Webmaster, Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers
    (slide pdf), (slide video with audio)
  • POLK COUNTY LAKE CHARACTERISTICS AND CHALLENGES
    Presenter: Jeremy WilliamsonJeremy Williamson has worked for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department for the past 13 years. He received a BS in Biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1999, a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Michigan State University in 2003, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Water Resources Science under Drs Jim Cotner and Mark Edlund studying how aquatic macrophytes may help facilitate phosphorus burial in lake sediment. In all of his “spare time” Jeremy is busy running his three daughters to activities and attempts to spend some time with his wife., Watershed Biologist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department
    (slide pdf), (slide with notes pdf)
  • DETERMINING LAKE CAPABILITY
    Presenter: Jeremy WilliamsonJeremy Williamson has worked for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department for the past 13 years. He received a BS in Biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1999, a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Michigan State University in 2003, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Water Resources Science under Drs Jim Cotner and Mark Edlund studying how aquatic macrophytes may help facilitate phosphorus burial in lake sediment. In all of his “spare time” Jeremy is busy running his three daughters to activities and attempts to spend some time with his wife., Watershed Biologist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department
    (slide pdf), (slide with notes pdf)

Reference Links

UNDERSTANDING LAKE DATA
LIMNOLOGY 101 – GENERAL  ( Buzz Sorge)
LIMNOLOGY 101 – BIOTIC INTERACTION & HABITAT (Paul Cunningham)
LIMNOLOGY 101 – LANDUSE & WATERSHED IMPACTS (Paul Garrison)
UNDERSTANDING LAKES
NORTH AMERICAN LAKE MANAGEMENT SOCIETY
NEW YORK STATE LAKE & WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GUIDE
WATER ON THE WEB
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
UW-EXTENSION LAKES
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WATER RESOURCES CENTER
ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENCES OF LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPY

SESSION 2: Understand Your Lake and Users: Then Set Goals

Presentations

  • LAKE MANAGEMENT, AN ITERATIVE PROCESS
    Presenter: Cheryl ClemensCheryl works with lake organizations, governments, and land trusts, providing consulting services since 1998. Cheryl facilitates the development of and writes comprehensive lake management, aquatic plant management, and county land and water management plans. Her work also includes developing shoreline restoration and runoff management programs, providing technical assistance and designing waterfront practices, developing educational materials, and writing and managing grant projects. , Owner, Harmony Environmental
    (slide pdf)
  • WORKING WITH LAY VOLUNTEERS FOR DATA COLLECTION
    Presenter: Bob BoydBob Boyd is the designated Aquatic Plant Management lead for Bone Lake, responsible for the implementation of its Aquatic Plant Management Plan. He coordinates the lake’s Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring program, chairs their Evaluation and Studies Committee and is a member of the Fishery committee. Bob also manages Bone Lake’s Aquatic Invasives (AIS) Program, including their CBCW program and lake monitoring team and works with the lake district, WDNR and other agencies to coordinate strategies to deal with current and future AIS threats.
    , Bone Lake Management District

    (slide pdf)
  • COLLECTING DATA
    Presenter: Jeremy WilliamsonJeremy Williamson has worked for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department for the past 13 years. He received a BS in Biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1999, a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Michigan State University in 2003, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Water Resources Science under Drs Jim Cotner and Mark Edlund studying how aquatic macrophytes may help facilitate phosphorus burial in lake sediment. In all of his “spare time” Jeremy is busy running his three daughters to activities and attempts to spend some time with his wife., Watershed Biologist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department
    (slide pdf)
  • UNDERSTANDING LAKESHORE OWNERS’ INTERESTS
    Presenter: John HaackJohn works for the University of Wisconsin Extension as a Regional Natural Resource Educator out of the Spooner Agricultural. Research Station. His work includes a range of natural resource educational programs such as water quality, forestry, wetlands and wildlife. He spends much of his time working with counties, lake organization and citizens on lake related educational programs., Natural Resource Educator, St. Croix River Basin, UW Cooperative Extension
    (slide pdf)
  • CONFLICT, FUNDING, REGULATIONS
    Presenter: Katelin HolmKatelin is the Information and Education Coordinator/Water Quality Specialist for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department. She coordinates the water quality education and information activities for the department, solicits and administers grants for water quality improvement for Polk County and individual lake groups, and collects and analyzes a wide range of data on numerous Polk County waterbodies. She received a BS degree in Biology in 2007 from UW-Eau Claire and an MS degree in Agroecology in 2009 from UW-Madison., Information and Education Coordinator/Water Quality Specialist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department
    (slide pfd)

Reference Links

CITIZENS LAKE MONITORING NETWORK
WATER WORDS THAT WORK
SCORE YOUR SHORE
UW-EXTENSION LEARNING STORE
POLK COUNTY ORDINANCES
COMMUNITY-BASED SOCIAL MARKETING

SESSION 3: Bringing It All Together with Positive Results

Presentations

  • LAKE MANAGEMENT PLANS
    Presenter: Alex SmithAlex Smith is a Lakes Biologist for WI DNR for Polk, Barron, Rusk, and Sawyer counties. His office is located in Spooner. Alex approves and manages grants for aquatic invasive species, lake planning, and lake protection. He also manages monitoring for water quality, aquatic plants, and aquatic invasive species. Alex lives on a small lake in Burnett County with his wife Amber, son Adrian, and two dogs, Joey and Gus., Water Resources Management Specialist, Wisconsin DNR
    (slide pdf)
  • PLAN AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
    Presenter: Patrick GogginPatrick works closely with the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership team, collaborating on the development of educational programming and materials for people of the lakes. Areas of interest for him include lake districts and water law, human affects on water, capacity building of lake organizations, aquatic ecosystems, and the native flora of Wisconsin shorelands. He works for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Lakes out of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Service Center in Rhinelander., Lake Specialist, UW-Extension Lakes
    (presentation notes pdf)
  • LAKE MANAGEMENT PROCESS AND ESSENTIALS SUMMARY
    Presenter: Jeremy WilliamsonJeremy Williamson has worked for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department for the past 13 years. He received a BS in Biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1999, a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Michigan State University in 2003, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Water Resources Science under Drs Jim Cotner and Mark Edlund studying how aquatic macrophytes may help facilitate phosphorus burial in lake sediment. In all of his “spare time” Jeremy is busy running his three daughters to activities and attempts to spend some time with his wife., Watershed Biologist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department
    Presenter: Larry BresinaLarry Bresina is a retired imaging product developer. He has a BS from UW-Eau Claire in math and chemistry, and an MS in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He has built an understanding of lake management through course work, the Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute program and experience on the Pipe Lakes District Board as Water Quality Committee Chair. Larry enjoys building websites as an avocation., Webmaster, Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers
    (slide pdf)

Q&A Responders

Matthew BergAfter earning his master’s degree in biology from UW-Eau Claire in 2004, Matt started his company Endangered Resource Services, LLC, specializing in biological surveys, habitat assessment, and endangered species mitigation. Initially focusing on breeding bird and forestry management, the company has expanded its services to include surveys of freshwater mussels, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, and, since 2006, aquatic plants. In 2012, Matt, his sons, and five other part time employees worked on over 40 lakes in WI and MN including many in Polk County.
Matt teaches high school biology in Grantsburg and lives in St. Croix Falls. When not in a boat identifying plants, Matt enjoys SCUBA diving with his two sons and traveling with his wife.
, Endangered Resource Services, Regional Consultant

John HaackJohn works for the University of Wisconsin Extension as a Regional Natural Resource Educator out of the Spooner Agricultural. Research Station. His work includes a range of natural resource educational programs such as water quality, forestry, wetlands and wildlife. He spends much of his time working with counties, lake organization and citizens on lake related educational programs., Natural Resource Educator, St. Croix River Basin, UW Cooperative Extension
Katelin HolmKatelin is the Information and Education Coordinator/Water Quality Specialist for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department. She coordinates the water quality education and information activities for the department, solicits and administers grants for water quality improvement for Polk County and individual lake groups, and collects and analyzes a wide range of data on numerous Polk County waterbodies. She received a BS degree in Biology in 2007 from UW-Eau Claire and an MS degree in Agroecology in 2009 from UW-Madison., I and E Coordinator/Water Quality Specialist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Dept.
Patrick GogginPatrick works closely with the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership team, collaborating on the development of educational programming and materials for people of the lakes. Areas of interest for him include lake districts and water law, human affects on water, capacity building of lake organizations, aquatic ecosystems, and the native flora of Wisconsin shorelands. He works for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Lakes out of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Service Center in Rhinelander., Lake Specialist, UW-Extension Lakes
Steve SchiefferSteve Schieffer has been a consultant for numerous lakes in NW and NE Wisconsin over the past several years. His experience is mostly in the areas of nutrient/water budget analysis, aquatic plant management, AIS management and surveys. In addition, he is the chairman of the Amery Lakes P&R DIstrict which oversees North Twin Lake, Pike Lake and South Twin Lake. He is also a biology and chemistry teacher at Amery High School.
, Ecological Integrity Service, Regional Consultant

Alex SmithAlex Smith is a Lakes Biologist for WI DNR for Polk, Barron, Rusk, and Sawyer counties. His office is located in Spooner. Alex is responsible for managing Aquatic Invasive Species, Lake Planning, and Lake Protection grants, monitoring for water quality, aquatic plants, and Aquatic Invasive Species, and approving lake management plans. Alex lives on a small lake in Burnett County with his wife Amber, son Adrian, and two dogs, Joey and Gus., Water Resources Management Specialist, Wisconsin DNR
Jeremy WilliamsonJeremy Williamson has worked for the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department for the past 13 years. He received a BS in Biology from UW-Eau Claire in 1999, a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management from Michigan State University in 2003, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Water Resources Science under Drs Jim Cotner and Mark Edlund studying how aquatic macrophytes may help facilitate phosphorus burial in lake sediment. In all of his “spare time” Jeremy is busy running his three daughters to activities and attempts to spend some time with his wife., Watershed Biologist, Polk County Land and Water Resources Department

Reference Links

WDNR GRANTS
EXPOSED LAKE BED CARE
LOW WATER FACTSHEET
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IMPORTANCE
LAKE MANAGEMENT FOCUS AREAS
THE LAKE LIST & LAKE TIDES
PEOPLE OF  LAKES – A GUIDE FOR WISCONSIN LAKE ORGANIZATIONS