SLA Superstars Boismenue and Mehring honored by Wisconsin Lakes Partnership

SLA board members Stephanie Boismenue and Marj Mehring have been selected “Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) Superstars” for their Squash Lake volunteerism. Their efforts and accomplishments are detailed in Lake Tides, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership newsletter: http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/laketides/vol38-1/LTwinter2013web.pdf  (see page 5)

Mehring and Boismenue recently attended the Wisconsin Lakes Convention in Green Bay where Mehring was cited for 25 years of citizen lake monitoring.  Her Squash Lake water quality data can be viewed on the DNR web site:  http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/CLMN/Station.aspx?station=8128

Boismenue was a convention presenter and her topic “Citizens Response to AIS Discoveries: Pulling Together to Get to the Root of the Problem” prompted much interest and discussion about Squash Lake’s hand-harvesting project.  (Boismenue is the Volunteer AIS Coordinator and EWM Hand-Harvesting Project Coordinator for the Squash Lake Association.)

Boismenue and Mehring also presented “EWM: Getting to the Root of the Problem,” a detailed walk-through of the Squash Lake Association’s AIS hand-harvesting efforts and resulting successes.  To see their poster presentation:

SLA-2013 WI LksPosterPresentation            Page 2 of Poster Presentation

For over thirty years The Wisconsin Lakes Convention has been an annual gathering of lake stewards, lake leaders, lake professionals, and the members of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership for the purpose of sharing research, management options and educational strategies.

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Meet Oneida County’s new AIS Coordinator

Hello fellow lake and river lovers!

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Oneida County.  I am happy and excited to begin my new journey to combat aquatic invasive species in this wonderful part of the state. Continue reading “Meet Oneida County’s new AIS Coordinator”

Slow-No-Wake within 100 ft. of shoreline

The web address below will direct you to an article regarding the new Wisconsin boating rule designed to protect shorelines, improve water quality, and reduce the frequency of chopping up aquatic invasive species like Eurasian Water Milfoil.

http://dnr.wi.gov/news/DNRNews_article_Lookup.asp?id=1417

Lawrence Eslinger
Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

Clean Boats Clean Waters Volunteer Watercraft Inspection Program

See attachment from Stephanie Boismenue on the implementation of our DNR grant to revitalize AIS boat inspections at the landing.  This is designed to help prevent new infestations of Eurasian Water Milfoil from entering Squash Lake.

Meanwhile, Stephanie reports that our scuba divers have made significant progress in removing the majority of the known infestations of EWM through our DNR early detection grant.  Although we only had 3-4 divers over the weekend of May 22-23, Stephanie has hired other divers who have been working diligently since then.  The next step is to rigorously monitor the lake for any new growth of EWM plants and pull them before they can multiply.

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Squash Lake has Given Each of Us Enjoyment, Solitude, Recreational Opportunities, Gratitude towards our Natural Environment, and Life. Now it is our turn to give back to Squash Lake by taking the responsibility of keeping our beloved lake free of additional Aquatic invasive species.

With the growing number of concern over the spread of Eurasian water milfoil in Squash Lake and other potential aquatic invasive species entering the lake, many individuals and groups are looking for ways to get involved. The Clean Boats Clean Waters Volunteer Watercraft Inspection Program is an opportunity to take a front line defense against the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Your involvement as a Clean Boats Clean Waters Volunteer Watercraft Inspector will help to keep Wisconsin’s waters and Squash Lake free of additional Aquatic invasive species by increasing awareness about the potential impacts of aquatic invasive species and inspecting boats and trailers before entering and when leaving Squash Lake.

Clean Boats Clean Waters Volunteer Watercraft Inspectors are trained to conduct boater education at the boat landing. It’s a very simple and fun process that includes:
1. Educates boaters on how and where invasives are most likely to hitch a ride into water bodies and what they can do to help prevent the spread of invasives.
2. Communicate about the laws and issues surrounding the existence, spread, and effects of invasives to Wisconsin’s waters.
3. Perform boat and trailer checks -looking for any plants, animals and mud that must be removed before entering and when leaving every water body,
4. Distribute informational brochures and
5. Collect data that will assist the WDNR to evaluate the potential spread of invasive species, public awareness of invasive species issues, and the effectiveness of the invasive species program

As gratitude towards Squash Lake, please give back to this lake that you love and volunteer a couple of hours each month as a Clean Boats Clean Waters Volunteer Watercraft Inspector.

Below are the links to the Clean Boats Clean Waters home page, the watercraft inspection questionnaire (that we ask boaters while inspecting their boats) and the instructions for the questionnaire. You can find the entire Clean Boats Clean Waters handbook and other goodies at this website.
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/cbcw/default.asp
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/cbcw/handbook_forms/WCIform2010.pdf
http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes/cbcw/WCIformInstructions2010.pdf

One last note:
I am turning over my Clean Boats Clean Waters Volunteer Watercraft Inspection Coordinator position to Jane Pfeifer. Jane, who has lots of experience at this, has been hired as the new Aquatic invasive species Coordinator for Squash Lake, Crescent Lake, and Lake Julia, which was made possible by the these three lakes combined Educational Grant. Please give Jane a warm welcome and lots of your time to volunteer.
Though I have had much weight taken off of my shoulder by handing over this coordinator position to Jane, I am still Squash Lake’s Aquatic invasive species/Eurasian water milfoil Coordinator – most likely until the day I leave this earth.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Jane Pfeifer.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Boismenue

Schedule of boat inspection times

Hello to all Squash Lake Association members!

Now that our Eurasian Water Milfoil eradication efforts are underway, we need to redouble our efforts to prevent any new infestations.

We are pleased to announce that Jane Pfeifer has been hired to coordinate AIS prevention/education efforts, including AIS boat inspections, for Lakes Squash, Crescent, and Julia as part of a 3-year DNR grant.

Attached is a schedule of boat inspection times already covered to date.  We are asking SLA members to volunteer for at least two 2-hour increments (4 hours total) to cover the landing for the following high use times through Labor Day:

Fridays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
July 5 (Monday after July 4 holiday) 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Labor Day Sept 6 (Monday) 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several of our SLA members have taken the Clean Boats/Clean Waters class, and together with Jane’s help you can be “trained on the spot.”

I hope to see you at our annual meeting on July 11, starting with a potluck brunch at 11 a.m.  Look for a flyer with the details coming soon.

Squash Lake Association’s 2010 Plan to Preserve its Natural Treasure from the Potential Devastation of the Aquatic Invasive Species, Eurasian Water-milfoil

By Stephanie Boismenue, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Squash Lake Association

During the 20210 season, the Squash Lake Association will preserve the lake’s natural treasure (it’s healthy ecosystem) from the potential devastation of Eurasian Water-milfoil (EWM) by hand harvesting. This will be done by trained scuba divers and trained snorkelers. By “trained”, I mean trained by professionals and as outlined by the DNR in the following areas:

1. Plant Identification – how to recognize native aquatic plants from non-native plants.

Why is this important?
Because EWM, which is an Aquatic Invasive Species, looks almost identical to the Native Water-milfoil. It is extremely important that the native milfoil remains in place. Don’t forget, that EWM is an opportunistic species and if it finds a bare spot to take root, it will do just that — take root and start a new colony. The more native plants that remain in the lake, the better chance that we have of fighting the EWM.

Native milfoil plays an important role in the lakes ecosystem. The life that lives within Squash Lake is dependent upon every native aquatic plant in the lake – in many capacities such as: for food, spawning and nursery areas, and protection from predators.

2. Harvesting Techniques—as defined by the DNR and coordinated with our professional harvesters.

3. How to mark the coordinates of the harvested plants with a GPS

4. Weighing the EWM as it is removed

5. Proper disposal.

In addition, the Squash Lake Association will also focus on monitoring the entire lake for EWM. Indeed, Squash Lake will be a busy body of water this summer.

2010 Goals
• To preserve Squash Lake’s natural treasure from the potential devastation of EWM.
•Removal of EWM – Single, Few, and Clumps of Plants: Hand harvesting to completely remove all single, few, and clumps of EWM plants and their root systems from the locations that have been identified and mapped by Onterra, LLC, and from any newly discovered plants.
• Removal of EWM – Larger Plant Colonies: Hand harvesting EWM plants and their root system’s to reduce the larger plant colonies to the greatest extent possible- by at least 50% and manage any remaining populations.
• Protect the native plant populations.
• Rapidly respond to new populations of EWM.
• Monitor the entire lake for EWM and other aquatic invasive species- starting at ice out and ending at ice in-every year.
• Recruit as many Squash Lake waterfront property owners as possible to serve as EWM Volunteer Milfoil Monitors
• A volunteer Monitor Captain will be designated to each section of the lake and they will oversee and coordinate the Volunteer Milfoil Monitors within their designated area.
• Train the Squash Lake Volunteer Milfoil Monitors in plant identification, hand harvesting techniques, recording and reporting data of existing and any new finding as outlined by the WI DNR.
• Inform all Squash Lake waterfront property owners and other lake recreationalists of the known EWM locations within Squash Lake and the importance of navigating away from those areas.
• Develop an EWM alert signs to be placed at the Squash Lake boat landing. This will include a map of locations of EWM in Squash Lake.
• Ensure that the DNR’s boat landing signage is in place.
• Update and improve the educational/informational material on the kiosk located at Squash Lake’s boat landing.

The above goals will end December 31, 2010.
During 2010, the Squash Lake Association and Onterra will start working on Comprehensive Management Plan.