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CLMN Training Resources

​CLMN Training Coordinators


Regional CLMN Coordinators

These coordinators are your primary contact for equipment, reports, and additional training opportunities.

These contacts cover statewide issues in their area of expertise.
These coordinators work on lake planning and protection grants, as well as AIS grants.

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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 2017

Chemistry Procedures
Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Training Manual (Chemistry Procedures) - full version, 10.3 MB 
(revised 2017)
Individual Chapters (revised 2017)

Cover, Publishing info, and Table of Contents

Introduction - How is CLMN Data Used?
Chapter 1 - What is Expected of Me?
Chapter 2 - What Types of Monitoring Can I Participate In?
Chapter 3 - Factors That Affect Water Clarity
Chapter 4 - About the Chemistry Data You Will be Collecting
Procedures 1 - 6

1. Secchi (Water Quality) Monitoring
2. Temperature Monitoring: Using a Digital Meter
3. Temperature Monitoring: Using a Van Dorn Water Sampler with a Thermometer
4. Chemistry Monitoring: Phosphorus and Chlorophyll
5. Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring: Using a Digital Meter
6. Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring: Using the Titration Method​

Chapter 5 - Clean-Up
Chapter 6 - Taking Care of Data
Chapter 7 - Understanding Your Data
Chapter 8 - Record Keeping
Frequently Asked Questions​
Appendices 1- 8

Appendix 1: Secchi Collection Summary Sheet
Appendix 2: Sample Collection Summary Sheet
Appendix 3: Dissolved Oxygen On-Lake Procedure Summary LaMotte Titration Kit
Appendix 4: How to Report Data Online
Appendix 5: Sample Lab Slip
Appendix 6: Chemical Safety Information
Appendix 7: Forms

Additional Resources and Literature Cited​

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 (Second edition released in 2014)
This full-color, spiral-bound, photographic guide walks the reader through how to identify all 152 submergent and floating species of aquatic plants in the Upper Midwest, including the difficult macro-algae (Chara, Nitella, etc.). The second edition features  about 30 additional species, a large section on possible future aquatic invasive plant species, several new botanical keys, a new UV-cured coating on all pages to resist water damage, and more.”

Lake Plants You Should Know (A visual field guide)

Spiral bound and laminated, this beautiful guide includes 22 plant species both native and non-native that every lake lover should know. The guide boasts crystal clear scanned images of actual pressed plants and very descriptive narrative for easy identification.​


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. 



Lake Plants You Should Know (A visual field guide)


Spiral bound and laminated, this beautiful guide includes 22 plant species both native and non-native that every lake lover should know. The guide boasts crystal clear scanned images of actual pressed plants and very descriptive narratives for easy identification.​​​

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.

Current issue: Volume 3, Issue 3 Fall 2017​ (PDF)

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

Or go to

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources site
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