Registration Now Open for July 10, 2021 Vatten Paddlar

Join the Fun! Paddle northwestern Wisconsin’s most beautiful chain of lakes in Barnes, Wisconsin. This year’s Vatten Paddlar will be held on July 10. Whether you decide to enter to win or to just enjoy an adventure with dozens of other paddling enthusiasts, your day on the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes will be amazing. Learn more/register HERE for the 10 Mile Canoe and Kayak Race or the 5 Mile Canoe, Kayak and SUP Race.

Covid-Cautious Event:  Organizers will follow public health guidelines to make it a safe experience for everyone.

You Are Invited to Our Annual Meeting!

Please join us on Saturday, July 17, 2021 for our annual meeting. Following the 9 am business meeting, we will welcome our guest speaker, Jim Bakken. Jim will present information about why area lakes rise and fall, current lake water levels, and a new project undertaken by Friends of the Eau Claire Lakes Area to monitor lake levels. We hope you will leave with an understanding of why we are concerned about high lake water levels and steps we can all take to mitigate damage.

Registration Now Open for 2021 WI Lakes and Rivers Convention, March 8-12

Anyone who loves water is invited to participate in Wisconsin Water Week, a virtual, interactive event occurring March 8-12. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from respected experts, engage in discussion sessions and interactive workshops, and enhance their network of water-focused professionals. Join the event online from wherever you are for one day or the whole week using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. 

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all include mornings with an impressive offering of live, content-rich educational presentations and time for speakers to answer questions from the audience. Afternoon content will be more interactive, with live panel presentations and small group discussion breakouts that invite participants to contribute their ideas and experiences to the gathering. Thursday focuses on ten simultaneous regional water conferences that will explore issues and solutions specific to their area. Friday, March 12, provides an opportunity to connect with your local lake, river, or watershed organization (or maybe just a small group of neighbors) to take what you’ve learned and turn that enthusiasm, knowledge, and shared experience into local action.

Each of the first three days feature unique themes. Monday is a day for big water systems, looking at climate, groundwater, and massive waterways like the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. Tuesday’s agenda focuses on the water bodies of Wisconsin, including the plants and animals that live in and around them, exploring the science of monitoring the health of lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Wednesday highlights water actions, with presenters sharing success stories and discussions centered on how individuals and communities can take action to improve their local waters. Nearly 200 different presenters will join the event live to share their knowledge of water, ecology, advocacy, and management.

Several keynote presentations are scheduled throughout the week. Monday’s keynote will be presented by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. Her presentation will integrate social science and climate research to explain why we need more than just facts to help us avoid the worst consequences of climate change. The keynote session on Tuesday will feature former Wisconsin Governor Tommy G. Thompson, now President of the UW System, and Dr. Marissa Jablonski, Executive Director of the new Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin based at UW Milwaukee. They will explain how all the campuses of the UW System are contributing to water management solutions. Wednesday’s schedule includes a morning keynote from Dr. Patty Loew, a longtime journalist on Wisconsin Public Television who is now Co-Director of Northwestern University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. A lunchtime presentation will highlight new science-policy fellowships that leverage the research capabilities of UW Madison to help state agencies like the Wisconsin DNR accomplish their missions.

Registration for Wisconsin Water Week is open now at wisconsinlakes.org and costs only $20/day. The registration site linked at wisconsinlakes.org includes the entire week’s agenda. This event was created through the efforts of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, including Wisconsin DNR, Extension Lakes, and Wisconsin Lakes. Stop by and see how you fit into this unique Partnership and help care for our shared water legacy.

Northwest Cleansweep – Protect Our Lakes and Groundwater

Septic tanks can’t treat everything, so don’t pour hazardous waste such as paints, solvents, pesticides, antifreeze, and hazardous cleaners down the drain or flush old medications down the toilet.  Wastewater eventually makes its way to your drainfield and joins groundwater traveling towards surface waters.  Protect our precious lakes and rivers by properly disposing of hazardous household waste at one of nine collection events starting on August 5 in Douglas County.

Materials from Our Annual Meeting via Zoom July 18

Download the meeting packet here.

Download the PowerPoint slides from Erosion and High Water: Landowner Options for Mitigating Shoreline Damagehere (PDF file – view with Adobe Acrobat).  If you have any questions, please contact the presenter (Andy Teal, AIS Project Coordinator/Surface Water Conservation Specialist, Bayfield County Land & Water Conservation Dept., (715) 373-3417, ATeal@bayfieldcounty.org)

July 17, 2020 – Free Webinar on Wisconsin Frogs

Wisconsin Wetlands Association is hosting “Wetland Coffee Breaks” this summer. These brief webinars can be watched live and are recorded and posted for later viewing as well. On July 17, Rori Paloski (DNR) will discuss the mid-summer habits and habitats of Wisconsin frogs, as well as how to identify them if you see or hear one. Register here for “Wisconsin frogs: Where are they and what are they doing mid-summer?”. Earlier this year, Emily Stone from the Cable Natural History Museum presented “Treasures of the Secret Fen.” Emily’s recorded presentation is available here.

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