Wisconsin lakes featured event
North Central County Lakes Associations Workshop
Friday, June 15, 2012
Event highlights and presentation documents
People interested in lakes from the north central Wisconsin counties of Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Oneida, Price, Taylor and Vilas attended a free workshop at Nicolet College in Rhinelander on Friday, June 15, 2012. The workshop subjects were "The Impact of Lake Protection Efforts on Property Values", and "The Development of Early Aquatic Invasive Species Detection Lake Monitoring Teams." Individual county lakes and rivers associations also met at the workshop to formulate plans for the 2012 season.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Beardmore from the UW - Center for Limnology, addressed the relationship between property values and efforts to maintain or improve the quality of the lake.
Download his presentation here: Economics of AIS (11.4 MB)
Two of the research papers that Dr. Beardmore referred to in his presentation are available to download here:
For more information about:
Dr. Beardmore's research, visit Ben Beardmore, Center for Limnology
UW-Center for Limnology's Long Term Ecological Research on lakes, visit: Bioeconomics of Aquatic Invasive Species
Also, the Environmental Protection Agency recently released a new fact sheet that describes the many ways that healthy watersheds support healthy economies. In an easy-reading, consise (4-page) format this fact sheet provides strong economic reasons to protect watershed health.
Download the fact sheet here: Economic Benefits of Protecting Watersheds, EPA (696 KB)
The connection between local economies and healthy lakes is a topic that is of high interest to lake property owners, said Rollie Alger, president of the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association. One issue that has a major affect on lake quality is Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). The workshop also focused on a new tool to combat AIS – Early Detection Monitoring Teams. "The importance of the Early Detection workshop is to help lakes develop AIS monitoring teams. These AIS Early Detection teams will detect when new AIS show up so they can be controlled more easily and less expensively, " said Alger, "Those interested in forming teams on their lakes will learn about AIS identification, training, and team creation."
Oneida County Lakes & Rivers Association
Vilas County Lakes & Rivers Association
Special thanks to Nicolet College for providing us space in the Learning Resources Center & Nicolet Theatre for our lakes workshop!