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.
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.
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.