Hard to believe, but 2011 is quickly drawing to a close. “Clean Boats, Clean Waters” and the “Citizen Lake Monitoring Network” continue to grow in popularity and the data is still coming in! Let’s take a look at some of the terrific accomplishments and efforts made by volunteers and our organizations to help learn about, inform the public and protect Wisconsin lakes.
2011 Lake Efforts by the Numbers…
- 47 counties actively partnering with the state to combat the spread of aquatic invasive species.
- 211,320 boater contacts raising awareness about aquatic invasive species.
- 53,110 hours spent educating boaters about aquatic invasive species prevention at boat landings.
- 97% of the boaters contacted are now aware of invasive species laws.
- 98,613 boats were inspected for aquatic invasive species and 95% of boaters inspect and remove invasive species form their boats.
- Over 25 training sessions were held throughout the state teaching volunteers how to correctly identify invasive species.
- 147 new volunteers trained to monitor for invasive species.
- 927 volunteers monitoring water quality at over 808 lake monitoring stations.
- 115 new volunteers trained to monitor water quality.
Wishing you a happy holiday season and looking forward to the 2012 efforts to protect Wisconsin Lakes!