Contact Jeremy Williamson at the Polk County Land and Water Resources Department. He will likely ask for a sample and location where the potential invasive was found.
Polk County LWRD
100 Polk County Plaza, Suite 120
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
The brochure “Contacts for Your Waterfront Property Questions” provides a comprehensive list of contacts to help you.
Basic steps to follow to help the lake are to minimize runoff from your shoreland to the lake. This is usually accomplished with
- minimizing the amount of soil covered with impermeable materials
- diverting runoff to low areas where the water can soak in
- plantings to cover all exposed soil, especially the first 35 feet from shore
The University of Wisconsin Extension has many helpful publications. The staff at the Polk County Land and Water Resources will also help with suggestions for practical shoreland practices to implement.
Shoreland regulations can be difficult to understand and often time consuming to follow. In July, 2015, the Governor signed into law new Wisconsin shoreland ordinance provisions explained in main content area of our Management and Protection page. In 2016, Polk County updated its shoreland ordinance to conform to the law changes. Please contact the Polk County Zoning Division for help and visit the recent shoreland ordinance history explanations.
Unless a lake and its watershed has little development, helping nature protect lakes is usually beneficial.
Before the middle of the 19th century, nature did a great job of preserving lakes, and human influence was negligible. Today most lakes in Polk County could benefit from management or protection actions. Activities which modify the earth’s surface such as buildings, roads, and agriculture can increase runoff of nutrients and sediments to lakes, some of which is polluted with toxins. Many ways exist to lessen this effect.
Humans can also accidentally transport undesirable non-native plants (and animals) to lakes. These undesirables are called invasive species. Once present, invasive species tend to proliferate, spread, and replace the natives. Nature by itself has difficulty suppressing invasive species. Educating lake users to avoid putting invasive species in lakes and taking quick action as soon as invasive species are found in a lake are methods to fight entrenchment of invasive species.
Contacting the County Land and Water Resources Department and the regional Wisconsin DNR lakes coordinator is a good next step to get advice on this question.
- The Land and Water Resources Department for Polk County
- The Wisconsin DNR regional lakes coordinator.
- Private consultants familiar with Polk County’s lakes.
- The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership (DNR, Wisconsin Lakes, and UW-EX) provides many opportunities to interact with lake professionals. The best option is the Wisconsin Lake Convention held in April each year.
This system pays for most of the cost of approved projects with the lake organization contributing a smaller portion of the cost.