Applications for WDNR Lake Planning Grants are due December 10, 2016. This grant category includes Lake Management Planning, Lakes Classification and Ordinance Development, Aquatic Invasive Species (Clean Boats, Clean Waters and Education, Prevention, and Planning), and River Planning.
Applications for WDNR Lake Protection Grants are due February 1, 2017. This grant category includes Lake Protection (including Healthy Lakes), AIS Established Population Control, and River Protection.
Applications for AIS Early Detection and Response and AIS Maintenance and Containment are accepted year round.
For more information and how to apply visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/aid/surfacewater.html
Excerpts below relate to the Polk County region
|Award Nomination Season is Here!
Nominations for the 2017 Lake Stewardship Awards will be accepted through Feb. 3, 2017
The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership presents these awards each year at the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in celebration of the extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts made to protect and improve lakes in Wisconsin. The Stewardship Awards represent our best collective effort to honor and celebrate all the incredible work that goes into securing a bright future for Wisconsin’s lakes.
2017’s winners will be awarded in Stevens Point on Thursday, April 6, as part of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention, but for awards to be handed out, we must have nominees!
We’ll be accepting nominations in five categories through Feb 3, 2017, so start considering who you’d like to see recognized as Lake Stewardship Award winner.
Click here for info and nomination forms for the 2017 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards.
|Get Strategic on Plants with DNR
DNR invites public comment to develop aquatic plant management strategic analysis
The Wisconsin DNR is asking for your help to develop as it conducts a strategic analysis of its aquatic plant management program.
Aquatic plants provide fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality and clarity, sediment stability, nutrient uptake and a water body’s oxygen content. However, invasive species and other waterbody impairments can limit these beneficial functions and affect the use of a water body. DNR’s duties involve balancing the protection of aquatic plants and their benefits with management of invasive species.
To get involved with DNR’s project, the agency invites you to review the list of topics to be included in the aquatic plant management strategic analysis, and supply your comments or additions. The public comment period is open until November 16, 2016, and all the information you need to know to participate can be found here.
|Lake News Digest
- Introducing a brand new wisconsinlakes.org: If you haven’t seen it already, head on over to the newly redesigned wisconsinlakes.org. With a modern design and great new look, it still is packed with all the information (and with lots more coming!) to which you’ve grown accustomed. For providing news and analysis on everything from water policy developments to news from our lake partners, it’s going to be an awesome tool. Check us out!
- It’s Your Water Wisconsin!: Join the many individuals and organizations that have signed onto our campaign to raise awareness of the importance of sound water policy for Wisconsin. If you believe in the value of our water and the need to protect it, head on over to itsyourwaterwisconsin.org and sign on to support the Declaration of Principles for Wisconsin’s Water.
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If you are involved in monitoring lakes/streams or other environmental monitoring, please note that the Citizen Science Association Conference will be held in St. Paul, MN next May 17-20th. Many ways to participate are available. Visit this link to learn more -> http://microbe.net/2016/08/30/for-abstracts-citizen-science-may-2017-conference-in-minnesota/. … Continue reading →