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.

PCALR…

  • 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.

Meeting Location and Schedule
PCALR meetings are held four times per year on the third Wednesday of the month in April, June, August, and October, at 6:30 pm. Occasionally, additional meetings are scheduled.

All meetings will be held at the Polk County Government Center, second floor, in a newly AV-equipped meeting room. We will no longer meet at the Justice Center.

2018 Schedule

June 20

Interest has grown on alum treatment and many organizations have talked about and studied internal phosphorus loading. Here’s is a special opportunity to learn more, ask questions and discuss the science with guest speaker Professor William (Bill) James, UW Stout. If you have participated in an alum treatment management solution or are considering it, please plan to attend.

August 15

Curly leaf pondweed treatment
Panel discussion and lake group presentations

  • What kind of success is evident? When should treatment options and methods change?
  • How are native plants being impacted?
  • What are the impacts of management on phosphorus loading?
  • Results from lakes treating CLP under a lake management plan APM plan: seeking presentations by lake districts Bone, Balsam, Blake, Big, and Long and others
  • Panel of professionals to be invited: Steve Schieffer, Matt Berg, Alex Smith, DNR, Cheryl Clemens. Others?

October 17

Taking a watershed approach to lake management
Lead: Jeremy Williamson

Lake storytelling and collaboration
Meet your neighboring waters in connectivity exercises.
Apple River effect on impaired St. Croix River – include estimates of P contributions of each Polk County lake draining to the Apple River.
Dave Wedan, USFW may also participate in this session. He monitors for invasives around the county, particularly zebra mussels.  

What Happens at a PCALR Meeting

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.

Membership

Membership is open to lake organizations, businesses and individuals throughout Polk County. Annual dues are $25 for organizations and businesses, $10 for individuals and families, payable on a fiscal year basis, May 1 – April 30. Download a PCALR membership brochure (pdf) or join on-line.

Mailing Lists

There are two ways to receive messaging from PCALR.

  1. Our email contacts list is our primary means of sending meeting announcements and business actions. Sign up for PCALR’s email contacts list.
  2. 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 PCLAR News.
Officers, Elections, and Bylaws

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 Holm
  • Treasurer – Jim Maxwell
  • At-large, Webmaster – Larry Bresina
  • At-large – Jim Peterson

 

Current bylaws were adopted June 17, 2015.