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2021 Spring newsletter available

In addition to our online (blog) Article and News items, VCLRA publishes 2 print newsletters per year that are mailed to members (unless a member requests digital only). The 2021 Spring printed version will be mailed out later this month; however, view the digital version now:


2021 Multi-county Lakes Workshop

Vilas and Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Associations will again co-host a multi-county lakes workshop on July 16th 2021 from 9am-1pm. Climate change, high water, development, and less state protections can all impact water quality in the Northwoods and will be addressed during the meeting. Six counties are expected to participate: Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, and Iron.

The annual event will again be conducted via Zoom, which permits a larger audience to participate than usual with in-person venues. Below is the preliminary agenda. Please check back for zoom link information and revised program details. There is no charge for the workshop.

9:00 am to 9:10 am – “Welcome & Zoom etiquette review”– Patrick Goggin, Extension Lakes (Host)

9:10 am to 9:30 am – “Legislative update”-Mike Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes (Executive Director)

9:30 am to 9:50 am – “Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources updates”-Scott Van Egeren, WDNR (Water Resources Management Specialist & Lakes and Rivers Biologist)

9:50 am to 10:10 am – “Lake Steward Program”– Dorothy Whitmer, Gull Chain of Lakes Association, Nisswa, MN

10:10 am to 10:30 am – BREAK

10:30 am to 10:50 am – “Wisconsin Shoreland Evaluation Tool” – Alex Delvoye, WDNR (Surface Water Grants Program Assistant)

10:50 am to 11:10 am – “Clearcutting to water: incompatibility with local shoreland rules” – Bob Thome, Jr., District 11 Oneida County Board (County Supervisor)

11:10 am to 11:30 am – “Wisconsin’s Green Fire partners for Healthy Lakes” – Mike Meyer, NOVA Ecological Services (Research Scientist)

11:30 am to 11:50 pm – “Fish hatcheries & fish habitat support by Wisconsin Tribal Nations” – Tom Melnarik, Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC), (Civil Engineering Technician)

11:50 am to 12:00 pm – “Shoreline stabilization: a guide for homeowners” booklet – Quita Sheehan (or other Northwoods county rep), Land and Water Conservation Departments

12:00 am to 12:20 pm – “Current trends and challenges related to recreational water use in Wisconsin” – Mike Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes (Executive Director)

12:20 am to 1:00 pm – Lake Organizations Annual Meetings in breakout rooms