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Wednesday Morning Workshops

April 1, 2020 ~ 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Pre-registration required to attend.
Agenda subject to change.

Writing and Securing Grants Under the New Surface Water Grants Program (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 

The WDNR Surface Water Grant program will undergo significant changes in 2020. During this workshop, we will discuss identifying a funding source, planning a project, and developing a strong application. This workshop is designed for anyone who would like to apply for a DNR grant to help protect and restore surface water: from lake association and river/watershed organization volunteers to municipal or county staff. No previous grant management experience necessary. All are welcome.

Alison Mikulyuk, Lakes/Rivers Team Lead, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Alexandra Delvoy, Surface Water Grants Program Assistant, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Laura MacFarland, Financial Assistance Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Lake District Commissioner Introduction (Limit: 40) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


Are you a new member of a Lake District Board of Commissioners? Maybe your lake district recently formed. This workshop is meant to walk you through the basics of Wisconsin’s unique lake districts and the important roles that elected and appointed commissioners play in making them work. We’ll cover the basics of Chapter 33, the state statute that governs lake districts, and other relevant rules and laws that every commissioner should know.

Presenter: Patrick Nehring, UW Madison Division of Extension 

Everything You Wanted to Know about Conservation Farming (But Were Too Afraid to Ask) (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


There are changes afoot in Wisconsin’s agricultural landscape that promise positive impacts for streams, rivers and lakes. More farmers than ever are utilizing cover crops, reduced or no-tillage, and other approaches to build soil health. Permanent plant cover is being sown in areas sensitive to erosion and runoff. Finally, agricultural producers are forming new bonds with each other and their customers to strengthen the resiliency of Wisconsin communities. This workshop will explore the most prominent trends in conservation agriculture and summarize local, state and federal programs that are facilitating farmer adoption of water-friendly practices. We will conclude with a facilitated discussion of ways that lake organizations and the agricultural community can collaborate towards a healthier landscape for all.

Jacob Grace, Grazing & Perennial Agriculture Specialist, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems 
Jason Cavadini, Assistant Superintendent/Agronomist, UW-Madison Marshfield Agricultural Research Station 
Sarah River, owner, Primitive Pastures & Primitive Provider 
Derek Kavanaugh, Lakes and River Specialist, Green Lake County Land Conservation 

Streams and Rivers: Aquatic Plants and Invasive Species (Limit: 20) (Additional Fee: $25) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


The first half of this workshop will focus on the identification and prevention of aquatic invasive species, as well as photographing, vouchering, and reporting them. The second half of this workshop will focus on the ecology and identification of the most common stream aquatic plants using specimens, plant keys, and other resources. Each participant will receive a plant identification book and additional resources.

Amanda Smith, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Paul Skawinski, Statewide CLMN Educator, Extension Lakes

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN): Monitoring Refresher and Get Together (Limit: 40) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


This workshop gives existing volunteers the opportunity to review monitoring protocol, catch up on changes, and meet with their CLMN Coordinator. People who are considering becoming a volunteer are also encouraged to attend and see what the program is all about. This workshop includes regional updates, monitoring protocol review, dissolved oxygen meter review, supply distribution and more! The last 30 minutes of this workshop will be dedicated to the topic of remote sensing. Remote sensing presents a cost-efficient complementary approach for a more comprehensive assessment of our freshwater resources and increases the number of waterbodies monitored in Wisconsin. The operational annual satellite retrieval of the water clarity for thousands of lakes across Wisconsin from Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 8 OLI-TIRS data assists the Wisconsin DNR in trophic state assessments for the State of Wisconsin. This presentation provides insights in the integration of satellite data analysis into our water quality monitoring program and an outlook on recently started satellite data analysis projects.

Sandy Wickman, CLMN Regional Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources & Extension Lakes 
Rachel Sabre, Water Quality Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Kris Larsen, Water Resources Regional Coordinator Northwest Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Daniela Gurlin, Research Scientist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Lakes in Action: Lake and River Organization Advocacy Training (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


The Lakes in Action advocacy workshop will provide you the advocacy skills you need. You’ll learn best practices, how to build an advocacy campaign, how to craft your message to the proper audiences, as well as just what you can do as a nonprofit organization under the label of lobbying. Plus, we’ll pay special attention to what you can and cannot do as an organization during an election year such as 2020.  Through presentations, discussions, and roleplaying you’ll leave a better advocate and be able to lead your lake or river organization to become one as well.

Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes 

Climate Adaptation Training for Water Resources People (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


Climate change is impacting lakes in a variety of ways and we, as lake stewards and managers, can help lakes be more resilient in the face of change. This workshop will give participants enough background on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies to begin applying these concepts to individual lakes of interest. Participants will then be led through activities to identify which impacts their lakes might be most vulnerable to and adaptation strategies they might employ. The ideas generated throughout the workshop could become the seeds of future climate adaptation plans for lakes in Wisconsin.

Madeline Magee, Great Lakes and Mississippi River Monitoring Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Katie Hein, Lake Monitoring Technical Lead, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 
Danielle Shannon, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science 

Volunteer Management for Water Organizations (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


Volunteers are an integral part of our Lakes Partnership and many local agencies  and organizations count on volunteers to make specific projects successful. However, few people are trained in the fine art and science of volunteer coordination. This workshop will provide participants with best leadership practices and practical advice for recruiting, orienting, engaging, and recognizing volunteers.

Presenter: Michele Miller, Student Employment and Volunteer Coordinator, UW-Stevens Point 

Wisconsin Mussel Monitoring Program Training (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm 


This workshop serves to train volunteers to monitor mussels, but anyone with an interest in learning more about mussels is welcome to join. Classroom instruction will cover native mussel ecology, habitat, threats, and resiliency. Participants will also learn hands-on, how to identify native mussels using shell specimens collected from Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. We will focus on distinguishing mussels with similar growth forms and the differentiating habitats they occupy. This workshop will cover the guidelines for completing a mussel monitoring survey, as well as address the latest updates on mussel monitoring and research.

Jesse Weinzinger, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  
Lisie Kitchel, Conservation Biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 

Healthy Lakes and Rivers: Building Resilient Shorelands with Relatively Simple Best Practices (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm


Join Healthy Lakes & Rivers team members to learn about the statewide initiative launched in 2015. We will share Wisconsin's updated 2019 Healthy Lakes & Rivers Action Plan, the five best practices to improve habitat and control runoff described within it, and tips for marketing and communicating local efforts. Please note: we will briefly cover the grant/funding aspects. A simultaneous and separate surface water grant workshop is a better fit if you are mostly interested in grant funding and administration. 
This workshop is intended for lake and river group leaders and partners interested in doing Healthy Lakes & Rivers projects and professionals positioned to promote and support them. There will be plenty of time for questions, and existing participating property owners will be encouraged to share their experiences.

Pamela Toshner, Healthy Waters Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resouces 
Tom Onofrey, Zoning Administrator, Marquette County
Dave Ferris, County Conservationist, Burnett County
Jim Giffin, Healthy Lakes Project Manager, Lake Minnesuing Sanitary District  

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