July has flown by!

Vilas County volunteers talking to a boater during the 2011 Landing Media Blitz

One hot 90+ degree day this month, my husband and I took our two-year old to Sandy Beach on Rock Lake (Lake Mills). My son loved the water The lake was beautiful. Just a lone floating fragment of milfoil spotted. Seeing so many people swimming and boating reminded me how much we value our lakes in Wisconsin.

My role here at DNR is to help oversee the database, where we track the health of our 15,000+ lakes (and rivers,streams and wetlands

July started with a bang! Over 90 groups participated in the Landing Media Blitz – inviting the media to see – as they educate boaters about invasive species. At least 22 local TV radio and newspaper stories resulted! (details)

Other accomplishments:

  • Over 42,000 boats have been inspected for invasive species this year by local volunteers, interns and others.
  • More than 1000 volunteers, with 618 locations reporting so far this year, are testing the water & watching for invasive species in lakes
  • Over 230 local ais &amp over 360 local lake grant projects in progress.

Keep up the good work! People are doing a great job entering their data. With it, we are able to make smart decisions to effectively protect and improve our lakes, rivers, streams & wetlands.

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2 Responses to July has flown by!

  1. bruce hendry says:

    I heard that the DNR has ranked Wisc. lakes as to which is the best ones.
    do you know of a rating system that they use or any articles that name such lakes?
    hendryabc@aol.com

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