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

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BE ALERT FOR SCUBA DIVERS IN SQUASH LAKE

Please be alert for Scuba Divers in Squash Lake this summer. Scuba divers who are under the surface will have a “diver-down” flag at the surface. Scuba diving, diver-down flags, are rectangular red flag at least 12 x 15 inches, with a three-inch white diagonal stripe and is mounted on a float or buoy. Scuba divers stay within 50 feet of the flag.

All vessels not engaged in the diving activity must stay 100 feet away from any displayed diver-down flag. (per Wisconsin Boating Regulations)

SCUBA Divers to Harvest Eurasian Water-milfoil

A massive Eurasian Water-milfoil harvesting weekend will take place on Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd, 2010.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Advanced Trimix Diver Mike Bernard and his company Mobile Divers LLC, are hosting a Northwood’s Trash and Treasure Dive in conjunction with PADI Project AWARE International Clean-Up Day – the “trash” part will be harvesting the Eurasian Water-milfoil in Squash Lake.

This is an amazing development for Squash Lake Association– Mike is hosting this event on Squash Lake at no charge to the Squash Lake Association except for a donation and the following support and request:

For both Saturday and Sunday, the Squash Lake Association needs to provide at least:

• 5 pontoon boats and each boat must have a front and back anchor,

• Each pontoon boat will be used as a station for 4-5 scuba divers

• Each pontoon boat must have two volunteers – volunteer #1 must be the boat owner (captain) to drive their boat and volunteer #2 will be a diver assistant. Please note that the 2nd volunteer (the diver’s assistant) must be a person who is strong and agile – able to lift the heavy bags of milfoil out of the water and assist the divers as they are coming on deck of the pontoon boats, etc.

• We need volunteers to provide snacks, refreshments etc.

The only PADI scuba divers allowed to dive during this event are ones who are signed-up with Mike specifically for this event. This event is limited to twenty divers and must be registered by May 15th. Mike can be contacted at 715-482-8919.

We will need the support of many volunteers to make this weekend successful.

I need the 5 pontoon boats and volunteers to be signed up with me by Saturday May 15th. Please contact me by calling 715-282-5079 or email boismens@newnorth.net

Thank you for your help.
Stephanie Boismenue, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, SLA

Slow No Wake Zone

NEWS FLASH

The State Assembly passed bill SB 12 that would establish a statewide slow no wake zone for motorboats within 100 ft of a lake’s shoreline. The Senate passed the bill earlier this month. It will become law upon the Governor’s signature.

A provision within the bill allows local boating ordinances to extend slow-no-wake zones farther from shore (for example, 200 feet as Dane County done) This provision recognizes that there are some locations where a more localized approach may be desirable to accommodate recreational use. An exemption is also included for water-skiers pick up and drop off zones.

Boating too close to shorelines can contribute to shoreline erosion problems, reduce water clarity by stirring up lake bed sediments, release phosphorusthe nutrient responsible for algae blooms– from lake bed sediments, and harm fish habitat when propellers uproot shore plants.