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​​Special Technical Sessions

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 ~ 4:45-5:45 pm

Agenda subject to change.

Preparing for and Responding to Extreme Weather Events - Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 pm - Expo 1 Room

Many of our lake and riverine communities have been impacted recently by flooding from extreme rain events. This session will bring together people from both northern and southern Wisconsin with expertise to share what they know about dealing with extreme weather and the preparations we can make in our communities to mitigate the effects of any future events. Ten-minute presentations followed by discussion time with the panel.

Shiba Kar, Assistant Professor and Sustainable Energy Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point PRESENTATION: Preparing for Extreme Weather Events in a Changing Climate (PDF)
Cathy Techtmann, Environmental Resource Specialist, Extension Iron County
John Reimer, Assistant Director of the Dane County Land & Water Resource Department PRESENTATION: Improving Flood Resiliency for the Yahara River Chain of Lakes (PDF)

Surface Water Grants NR 193 - Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 pm - Expo 2 Room


Be part of the NR193 Surface Water Grants code revision process. The goals for the process include supporting management at the watershed scale, uniting programs under a consistent code, updating the program to current standards and allowing for performance standards. By the end of March the code should be open for public comment, followed by public hearings in mid-April, with Spring 2020 as the target for rule promulgation.  Your input is important, join us.  

Presenter: Carroll Schaal, Section Chief, Bureau of Water Quality, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Watercraft Cleaning and Decontamination Implementation Discussion - Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 pm - Sands Room


Implementing aquatic invasive species prevention actions at boat landings beyond Clean Boats Clean Waters can involve additional coordination and problem solving. This session will lead a discussion among interested stakeholders to connect interested parties, identify common issues, and to develop solutions that help groups implement these practices on the landscape. 

Mike Engleson, Director, Wisconsin Lakes
Tim Campbell, AIS Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Extension at UW-Madison

Resource Specialists:
Cathy Higley, Invasive Species Coordinator, Vilas County
Andrew Teal, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Bayfield County Land & Water Conservation Department
Anna Cisar, Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.

Intro to and Wordpress Websites - Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 pm - Wisconsin Room


Is your lake organization in need of a website or is your site ready for an overhaul? In this session you’ll be introduced to the basic features of the popular, easy, and adaptable WordPress platform for building websites, and to, a program of Wisconsin Lakes. Lakekit takes advantage of a powerful networking feature of WordPress allowing individual sites to be hosted within one network. That allows us to provide backend management while leaving you free to manage your site’s content. In addition, Lakekit is available for a low annual fee and features a volunteer community ready to help with a professional service provider waiting to aide on the really big problems. Come see if Lakekit and WordPress would be a good option for your organization! 

Ken Justiniano, Northern Graphics OPS
Karen Reynolds, President, Gilbert Lake Advancement Association

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