This library provides lake protection and contact information for the Polk County region of Wisconsin.
Each year, PCALR tries to work on a project that is helpful to protecting lakes in Polk County. Below are examples of projects.
- Lake Management Workshop – Joint project with LWRD, spring 2013
- Poster Lake/River Management Workshop Announcement
- Poster 15 Ways to Protect Water Quality (Loon)
- Poster 15 Ways to Protect Water Quality (Fishing)
- Poster 15 Ways to Protect Water Quality (Splash)
- Bait Container Sticker)
- PCALR Membership Brochure
- Who’s Who… Contacts for Your Waterfront Property Questions
- 10 Ways to Protect Water Quality for Fish (jpg) – Joint effort with LRWD sent with fishing license in Polk County
Below is a start on providing basic educational information on lakes and their watersheds that applies to lakes and rivers in Polk County. PCALR will add to this list as new educational information becomes available.
- Blue-green algae effects on humans and pets – a guidance video from the Wisconsin DNR
- Habitat and Stewardship Tools The Minnesota DNR provides free tools for shoreland owners to self-assess habitat and stewardship on their land and adjacent aquatic areas. The tools include (1) a Quick Assessment Guide, (2) a Manual, and (3) Presentation Training Material.
- Lake Science Basics (includes audio) – 2013 PCALR/LWRD workshop
- Lake Characteristics & Challenges -2013 PCALR/LWRD workshop
- Lake Capability – 2013 PCALR/LWRD workshop
- Lake Management Workshop 2013-PCALR/LWRD Presentations and Reference Material
- Basic Lake Management and Protection Description – (LWRD 2016)
- Lake Data Understanding
- Lake Ecology (UW-Ext-Lakes)
- Limnology 101 – Basics – 2013 Wisconsin Lake Convention
- Limnology 101 – Landuse & Watershed Impact – 2013 Wisconsin Lake Convention
- Limnology 101 – Biotic Interactions & Habitat – 2013 Wisconsin Lake Convention
- Paleolimnology – Sediment Core Collection Video
Below are ideas on how to be effective when communicating about lake protection.
Native plants :
- Wild Ones The chapter closest to Polk County is the St. Croix Oak Savannah Wild Ones. Meetings are held on the third Thursday in Stillwater.
- Polk County Native Plants Lists [Contributors: Robert Bursik, Cheryl Clemens, Jeremy Williamson, UW Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium]
- Gardening for Life by Doug Tallamy
Use this brochure to learn about plants you can add to your landscape to provide food for birds and a place for wildlife. The brochure summarizes recent work by University of Delaware Professor Douglas Tallamy who has developed a list of native plants that host the most insect species, which in turn provides food for birds and other wildlife.
- Go Native Booklet
A guide to insect-attracting native plants for central Minnesota, by Audubon Minnesota.
- Blue Thumb
Planting for Clean Water
Learn about native gardens, rain gardens, shoreline stabilization
- Rain Gardens Work Regardless of Soil Conditons
“A five-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wisconsin Water Science Center has confirmed that even simple, residential-style rain gardens can capture nearly 100 percent of stormwater runoff from the roof of an adjacent building, even in thick clay soils. The key in temperate climates is to use native prairie vegetation, the long roots of which can penetrate the silt/clay layer of the subsoil, according to the study.” (Sustainable City Network website)
- Wisconsin State HerbariumSearchable website of Wisconsin’s vascular plants
habitat information, distribution maps
and “What’s Blooming!
Invasive plants and animals:
Consultants and Contractors
- Guidelines for Selecting a Contractor
- Selecting and Working with a Consultant Presentation
- Landscapers Serving Polk County – Completed Lakescaping Class
- Consultants & Contractors Serving Polk County
- Area Native Plant Nurseries
- County Land and Water Resources Department
- Polk County Board Members
- County Shoreland Zoning Ordinance
- County Storm Water Management &
Erosion Control Ordinance
- Polk County Website
State Government (Wisconsin)
- Wisconsin DNR Lakes
- DNR Pier Guide (DNR)
- DNR Regional Lake Coordinator
Alex Smith, 715-635-4124, email@example.com)
- Wisconsin University Extension-Lakes
- Wisconsin Lakes (non-government state-wide organization)