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Friday Concurrent Session 6
60 minutes

April 3, 2020 ~ 10:45-11:45 am

Agenda subject to change.

Basics of Lakes and Rivers - Friday, 10:45-11:45 am

Designing Road-Stream Crossings to Create Resilient Waterways and Communities             

Traditionally designed road-stream crossings often degrade aquatic habitat, block aquatic organism passage, and increase damage from floods and other hazards. This presentation will go through the basics of assessing crossing conditions, prioritizing projects, designing alternative structures, and funding projects. We will also cover how using these alternative designs create more resilient streams and safer communities. 
Presenter: Chris Collier, Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager, Trout Unlimited 

People and Policy: Action and Updates - Friday, 10:45-11:45 am

Wisconsin DNR Surface Water Grants: Program Orientation for 2020 and Beyond          

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources surface water grant program has a new look for 2020. Program funds will still continue to support a wide range of projects on lakes, rivers and wetlands, but some of the policies and procedures have changed. During this talk, program staff will provide a quick orientation to the updated program. We will highlight available funding opportunities, outline the steps you can take to develop a project and apply for a grant, and provide helpful tips on grant management and administration. 
Alison Mikulyuk, Lakes and Rivers Team Leader, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Alex Delvoye, Surface Water Grants Program Assistant, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ecology: Life In and Around Our Waters - Friday, 10:45-11:45 am

Important Aquatic and Wetland Grasses and Sedges in Wisconsin          

Grasses and sedges include the largest number of species of vascular plants and the majority of the vascular plant biomass in wetlands and shallow water. Some species dominate these plant communities. They include species that are of great ecological value, and others that are among the worst invaders in our area. Accurate identification of the species can be critical to decisions on management or preservation. Unfortunately the grasses and sedges present the greatest challenge or identification for most people working in these habitats. 
Presenter: Bob Freckman, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Herbarium Curator, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Lake and River Science - Friday, 10:45-11:45 am

*One 20 minute presentation & one 40 minute presentation

Prioritizing Wisconsin Lakes for Conservation and Restoration          

This presentation will provide results of research about how to prioritize Wisconsin lakes for conservation and restoration activities, based on biophysical responses (e.g. reduced phosphorous loading) and cost-benefit performance (e.g. ability to create efficiencies and value premiums). This project involves building a series of databases, models, and other decision support tools to aid Wisconsin lake and watershed groups, land trusts, counties, and other stakeholders in identifying priority targets for conservation and restoration efforts and selecting optimal management strategies. 
Presenter: Robin Rothfeder, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Planning & Land Use Specialist, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point & Division of Extension

Conservation Planning for Your Lake: Midwest Glacial Lakes Conservation Planner Tool          

The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership Conservation Planner provides lake data to inform communication, management, and research to benefit fish habitat and lake ecosystems. Specifically, the Conservation Planner provides data on likely suitability for fishes, land cover along the shoreline and in the lake’s watershed, and conservation recommendations to supplement existing information for each lake. Its recommended uses include provision of data to inform single-lake management, establishment of a framework for conservation strategies in each lake, identification of patterns in fish habitat due to climate and land use change, and as a supplement during potential prioritization of limited resources among lakes. This presentation will provide information on the data used within the Conservation Planner and how to use the tool for conservation on lakes in Wisconsin. 
Presenter: Joe Nohner, Coordinator, Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Lakes and Rivers - Friday, 10:45-11:45 am

Seeing the Invisible Present and Place: from Years to Centuries with Lake Ice from Wisconsin to the Northern Hemisphere          

The decline in ice cover on lakes has been an early warning for the onset of today's climate change. Records of ice-on and ice-off dates and the duration of ice cover were commonly kept by citizens over the last 50 to 150 years often prior to the establishment of weather stations. These records allow us to visualize lake ice in the context of change that occurred over decades to centuries. One Shinto Shrine record began in the 1400s in Japan. Ice records allow us to see what has been happening not only to our lake, or Wisconsin lakes, but to lakes around the Northern Hemisphere. Declines already have affected human uses of winter lake ice. Several lakes in Wisconsin experience winters without complete ice cover; such winters are forecast to become more common in Wisconsin's future. Declines in ice has increased winter drownings, and has decreased days for winter fishing, festivals, skating, iceboating, skiing, walking, and viewing, as well as transportation on winter ice roads. Climate change has been eroding a part of our "sense of place" for those of us who include lake ice in our lives. 
Presenter:John Magnuson, Professor in the Department of Integrated Biology and Emeritus Director in the Center of Limnology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Monitoring to Action: Stories from the Field - Friday, 10:45-11:45 am

*One 40 minute presentation & one 20 minute presentation

How a Lake Habitat Survey Produces More Than Just Data          

In 2019, Langlade County received a Lake Classification Grant to hire a Shoreland Specialist with the purpose of conducting habitat and land use surveys on lakes in the county. The valuable data has been used as a tool to motivate lake associations and property owners to reduce runoff and impervious surfaces on their lakes. The momentum has resulted in several Healthy Lakes projects for the 2020 season. Learn how a Lake Classification Grant can be used in a unique way to monitor the health of lakes and then utilize that data to educate and take action. 
Presenter: Haley Lucas, Shoreland Specialist, Langlade County

Using Shoreland Assessments and Critical Habitat Mapping to Promote Shoreland Best Management Practices on Tomahawk Lake          

Lakeshore habitat benefits fish, wildlife, and water quality, but habitat destruction is a leading threat to lakes nationwide. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and partners monitor lakeshore habitat conditions to guide habitat protection and restoration activities. Habitat information on many Wisconsin lakes are displayed online. We will share one example from Tomahawk Lake in Oneida County where we assessed the shoreland buffer condition and identified erosion and run-off issues on 417 tax parcels adjacent to the lake. We also mapped 39 critical habitat areas. This approach uses shoreland physical attributes (coarse wood, wetlands, rock and rubble, natural shoreline, aquatic plant diversity) to identify high quality fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands, and areas of natural scenic beauty on Tomahawk Lake. We will use the results from both efforts to target individual properties for shoreland management education and outreach efforts including site assessments and recommendations for best management practices. 
Presenter: Mike Meyer, NOVA Ecological Services


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