Wisconsin DNR

Preserving Wisconsin's surface watershed was the focus of the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium last week in Stevens Point.

Eric Olson Director of the UW-Extension Lakes Program based in Stevens Point.


The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association has finished consolidating nine represented lake associations along the popular chain of lakes.

The Watersmeet Lake Association became the final association of 10 lakes on the chain to dissolve and join the larger lake association.

Dave Tidmarsh is president of the unified association. He says over time the lakes members were confused by the many groups that were representing lakes on the chain.

Split Opinion On Plum Lake Protection District

Jun 17, 2017

A public hearing on a petition to form a lake protection and rehabilitation district for Plum Lake was attended by 65 persons in Sayner Thursday night where more lake property owners were opposed than favoring the district.

Lake districts can be created by town boards if the entire district is within town boundaries and the petition is signed by at least owners of 51% of the land around the lake.

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With the help of citizen lake monitors, UW-Madison and the DNR have released a study of over 5,000 Wisconsin lakes showing nearly a quarter of them have become murkier in the past two decades.

It also shows this trend could get worse as a changing climate leads to increased precipitation. UW-Madison's Dr. Monica Turner was one of the lead researchers on the study. She says the use of satellite technology along with local monitoring data over many years provided data to conclude what is happening to lake water quality...

A webinar Thursday will give lakeshore property owners information on  a new DNR initiative boosting private sector involvement to care for Northwoods lakes.

The Healthy Lakes effort will help fund a limited number of local projects focusing on simple ways to improve fish habitat, improve native plantings, divert and clean runoff water and promote beauty.

The DNR's Carroll Schaal says  this grant program was carved out the lake protection grant program.....

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The DNR has confirmed the presence of blue-­green algae located in Pelican Lake in eastern Oneida County.  The algae appears in late summer and can be a health hazard for humans and animals. Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney talked with Ken Krall about the problem. 

McKinney says seek immediate medical help from a doctor or veterinarian if people or pets are exposed to blue­green algae.

County Lake Associations Will Meet Friday

Jun 9, 2014
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Six county lake associations are meeting on Friday in Rhinelander.

It’s a meeting that happens every other year…so groups can share ideas about protecting shorelines and waters.

Bob Martini is President of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association.  He says counties face very different situations depending on how protective shoreline ordinances are.  But some issues are shared.