Healthy Lakes Conference Highlights

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Healthy Lakes Conference, held at the Seven Seas Restaurant in Delafield, Wisconsin!

The following links include background highlights and speaker presentations from the conference. Topics included are: an Introduction to Lake Country Lakes and Waterways (Jill Bedford, Tall Pines Conservancy); Blue Green Algae (Gina La Liberte); highlights from the Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program (Tom Steinbach); and, WDNR Financial Grants for Rehabilitating Surface Water (Alison Mikulyuk).

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Introduction to Lake Country Waterways

Introductions and Regional lakes overview.

Blue Green Algae (Gina La Liberte)

Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, are in every water body in Wisconsin. Learn to identify them and how you can determine safe levels of blue-green algae in your lake.

Oconomowoc Watershed Protection Program (Tom Steinbach)

Tom discusses the many successes throughout the watershed on 1000s of acres, the tons of algae reduced by reducing phosphorus laden runoff and how we can help your lake management groups diagnose and reduce threats to water quality.

WDNR Financial Grants for Rehabilitating Surface Water (Alison Mikulyuk)

Nutrient pollution is the most widespread cause of impairment to lakes in the US, with elevated phosphorus levels estimated to occur in nearly 40% of lakes and reservoirs. Implementing agricultural and urban best practices can reduce levels of stress and impairment.  

The Department of natural resources provides financial assistance for eligible groups to help protect or rehabilitate surface water. The healthy lakes program provides up to $1,000 per project and up to $25,000 per grant that supports work to install native plantings, rain gardens, diversion and infiltration practices, and improve fish habitat by installing ‘fish sticks’. In-depth planning projects may be eligible for up to $25,000 in support, while other programs support AIS control and lake management implementation projects ranging all the way up to $200,000 for very large-scale projects. More information can be found by searching the web for “WDNR Surface Water Grants”.

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