PCALR provides a forum for county lake and river groups to share information, ideas and resources for managing, protecting and restoring their lake, river or stream. The organization works in concert with Polk County Land and Water Resources Department to provide information and education to the public on rules, regulations and ways to help preserve the vitality of our waters.
PCALR strives to contact and inform public officials of specific problems and issues deemed critical by the members.
- Offers quality programming from state and county agencies and educators as well as private organizations
- Maintains this website with information about management and protection of Polk County waters
- Publishes the Who’s Who… Contacts for your Waterfront Property Questions (pdf) brochure
- Provides scholarships to the annual 3-day Wisconsin Lakes Convention
- Publishes and distributes information and education materials to Polk County shoreland property owners and visitors
Please click on any item below for more detailed information about PCALR.
The next meeting of Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers (PCALR) will be held:
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. Annual meeting of members and elections
7:00 p.m. Presentation: Zebra Mussel Monitoring and Management
Second Floor Media Room
Polk County Government Center
100 Polk County Plaza
Board members are elected for two-year terms by the members at the annual meeting.
The Executive Board of the Association consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and no more than four persons elected at large.
Nominations may be submitted at the meeting or in advance to Larry Bresina.
All board positions will be elected at this meeting.
Zebra Mussel Monitoring and Management
Zebra Mussel Task Force
Guest speakers will share their work with the Task Force and focus on information useful to all water bodies, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.
- John Wright, Deer Lake: Lessons learned, how ZMs were found in Deer Lake, response/monitoring and prevention strategy;
- Dave Wedan, National Fish & Wildlife Service: ZM plate sampling and landing searches in Polk County;
- Jeremy Bates, Wisconsin DNR: Future eDNA project for Zebra Mussels and recommended prevention and decontamination steps;
- Byron Karns, National Park Service, and Katie Sickman, St Croix River Association: Veliger tows and monitoring;
- Katelin Anderson, Polk County Land & Water Resources Department: Polk County smart prevention monitoring.
Kayla Boyd, Black Crappie Sarcoma Study update, Columnaris virus, and other fish diseases.
Hope to see you there.
PCALR is a warm, friendly group with a common purpose: management and protection of Polk County waters. Meetings are designed by the membership to share information and interact with county and state government agencies and our representatives; feature guest speakers and special presentations are frequently offered. Member roundtable discussion are regularly held on a topics suggested by members — valuable to those newly elected to lake management.
- October 2016
- August 2016
- June 2016
- April 2016
- October 2015
- August 2015
- June 2015
- April 2015
- October 2014
- August 2014
- June 2014
- April 2014
- September 2013
- August 2013
- June 2013
- April 2013
- September 2012
- August 2012
- June 2012
- April 2012
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- October 2010
- September 2010
- July 2010
- June 2010
- May 2010
- April 2010
There are two ways to receive messaging from PCALR.
- Our email contacts list is our primary means of sending meeting announcements and business actions. Sign up for PCALR’s email contacts list.
- The PCALR News Feed menu tab posts news contributions pertinent to the County’s waterbody communities. Contributions can be from government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals. When you subscribe you get an email message whenever a news item is added. Give it a try. You can unsubscribe any time. Subscribe to Polk County Association of Lakes and Rivers email news.
Download these projects.
- Who’s Who? Contacts for your Waterfront Property Questions (in its 7th printing)
- Governors Fishing Opener coasters, 2014
- 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
- 10 Ways to Protect Water Quality for Fish (jpg) – Joint effort with LRWD sent with fishing license in Polk County
Officers are elected by the membership for 2-year terms at an annual meeting held the 3rd Wednesday of July. The next elections are to be in July of 2018. Current positions are:
- President – Karen Engelbretson
- Vice-president – open
- Secretary – Katelin Anderson
- Treasurer – Jim Maxwell
- At-large – Larry Bresina
- At-large – Jim Peterson
Current bylaws were adopted June 17, 2015.
Manage, promote, protect and preserve our lakes, rivers and streams
PCALR’s mission is to promote and preserve the natural, recreational, aesthetic and ecological qualities of our lakes and rivers; to provide a forum for public expression; to contact and inform public officials of specific problems of our area; and to join forces, if necessary, to achieve a goal deemed crucial by the members to change political opinion and influence governmental bodies.