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CLMN Training Resources

​CLMN Training Coordinators

These coordinators are your primary contact for equipment, reports and additional training opportunities.
CLMN & AIS Statewide Contacts
These contacts cover statewide issues in their area of expertise.
Wisconsin DNR Lake Coordinators​
These coordinators work on lake planning and protection grants, as well as AIS grants.

These staff are great local contacts for AIS issues.

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CLMN Training Manuals

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring

Water Clarity - Secchi Monitoring
Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Training Manual (Secchi Disc Procedures) full version​, 6.8 MB PDF (revised 2020

Chemistry Procedures
Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Training Manual (Chemistry Procedures) - full version, 8.5 MB 
(revised 2020)

Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring
Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Training Manual - AIS Monitoring Procedures​​ - full version, 18MB  (revised April 2014 - contacts updated Feb. 2016)

Individual Chapters

Weevil field guide - full color
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AIS Fact Sheets



Carolina Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)























This delightful, large-format field guide to aquatic plants in North America is accessible and inviting to general readers, yet detailed enough for use by botanists and natural resource managers.


Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest (Fourth edition released in 2019)


Over 570 high-resolution, color photographs fill this easy-to-use field guide. Beginners to the world of aquatic plants will enjoy the easy descriptions and abundant photographs, while more advanced biologists will appreciate the comprehensive treatments, dichotomous keys, and other resources. It covers 164 species in total, including both native and non-native species, over 20 species of macro-algae (Chara, Nitella, etc.), and an appendix of non-native species in nearby states that are threatening to invade our region in the future.

The 4th Edition contains two updated keys, new photographs, and updated scientific names. It features a new, slim design for easy packing. Spiral-bound with laminated covers for utility in the field.


This guidebook will provide useful information to lake organizations, conservation groups, municipal governments, and others for the management of aquatic invasive species. The guide provides biological information about some of the aquatic invasives found in Wisconsin, current control and treatment options available, and tips about funding the various treatment methods. Ideas are offered about warding off potential introductions of aquatic invasive species (proactive management) and about how to cope with an existing infestation (reactive management). This source is not intended to provide a comprehensive literature/research review or reference listing, but instead is meant for use as a convenient starting point in the search for answers to tough questions about AIS management.


Many of these publications are available in PDF and can be printed directly from your computer. Others can be ordered and sent to you directly.

Understanding Lake Data​ (A guide to interpreting lake data)

This guide was written to help people understand information about lake water quality and to interpret lake data. Each lake possesses a unique “personality,” or set of physical and chemical characteristics which may change over time. Lakes exhibit chemical changes on a daily basis while other changes, such as plant and algae growth, occur seasonally. A glossary of technical terms is included to help the reader understand the language used in the study of lakes (limnology). 


Use this short guide to interpret the data that is included in your lake's annual reports.​

CLMN brochure

Are you a citizen lake monitor and want to share what you do with others? Hand them a CLMN brochure! Maybe you know someone who is interested in the program, but doesn't go online much (or at all). This is a quick reference to the types of monitoring done by CLMN volunteers. 



CLMN Newsletter - The Monitor

This newsletter of the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network is intended for volunteer citizen scientists already involved in CLMN as well as friends and neighbors who might be interested in the program. You are encouraged to reprint or reproduce these articles for further distribution with acknowledgements to the author, The Monitor (including volume and number of edition), and the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership.


For older issues of The Monitor, please contact us for a copy.

CLMN Webinar Series (recordings)

The Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Program began hosted a webinar series in 2019-2020. Here is a list of these webinar topics and links to recordings on the UWEX Lakes YouTube channel. If you would like to view the full playlist, CLICK HERE.
See the Fall 2020 issue of The Monitor for the 2020-21 webinar schedule!

​CLMN Trainin​gs Calendar​​​


To see our FULL Lake Event Calendar, click here​​.

For more information contact
Paul Skawinski, Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator
(715) 346-4853

Or go to

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site
at (exit Extension Lakes)​​​​​​​

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