Tools to help preserve and protect our waterways and shorelands
Blue Heron Shoreland Stewardship Award Program
The Blue Heron Shoreland Stewardship Awards Program was established to recognize lake property owners who champion strong lake stewardship principles in the development and use of their waterfront property to minimize environmental impacts. VCLRA makes these annual awards to generate awareness and educate lake property owners on the importance of shoreland stewardship, and showcase excellence in lake-friendly waterfront development.
Whether they come in ballast water, on the hulls of recreation boats or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, many non-native species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil have found their way into Wisconsin’s waterways. Their presence can cause severe damage to local ecosystems, industry and tourism.
CBCW is the front-line defense against AIS. On weekends and busy holidays, watercraft inspectors statewide educate boaters on how and where AIS are likely found and how to perform a watercraft inspection. Learn about CBCW and how you can get involved.
Healthy Lakes includes 5 simple and inexpensive best practices that improve habitat and water quality on your lakeshore property. Check out the best practices, supporting technical guidance, and other information.
Wisconsin has a long history of volunteerism protecting lakes in Wisconsin. With 15,000 lakes, this vast army of volunteers has been an essential partner to the state to help preserve and protect our lake heritage. Be sure to also view this extensive lake organization GUIDE.