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Wednesday Afternoon Workshops

April 1, 2020 ~ 1:00-4:00 pm

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

Post-Award Grant Administration and Seeking Reimbursement (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Surface Water Grant program will undergo significant changes in 2020. During this workshop, we will discuss both recommended and required project management techniques and accounting principles to ensure a grantee’s success in seeking reimbursement. This workshop is designed for anyone who anticipates being involved in the management of a surface water grant 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 Treasurers Workshop (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


This workshop is designed specifically for Lake District Treasurers. Managing a lake district budget is not the same as working with finances for a lake association or other type of organization. This workshop will provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to create and manage your lake district’s budget. We will cover specific compliance rules that lake districts need to follow.

Eric Olson, Director and Lakes Specialist, Extension Lakes 
Dan Butkus, Treasurer, Squash Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District 

Advanced Lake District Commissioner Workshop (Limit: 40) - Wednesday, 1:30-4:30 pm 


Lake Districts are special purpose units of government state laws beyond Chapter 33 guide how they operate. These laws are meant to make all local governments in Wisconsin more transparent, accountable, professional, and effective. This training session will be presented by outreach staff from the UW Madison Division of Extension Local Government Center who have worked with town, village, city and county officials for many years to help them understand the laws and hold effective government meetings. We will cover open meetings law, ethics and conflicts of interest, and key methods for effective meetings and using parliamentary procedure. 

Philip Freeburg, Local Goverment Law Educator, UW Madison Division of Extension Local Goverment Center
Daniel Foth, Local Goverment Specialist, UW Madison Division of Extension Local Government Center 

Planning to Plan: Getting Your Ducks in a Row for Lake Organization Strategic Planning (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


A strategic plan can help a lake organization improve their capacity to carry out projects and programs to restore and protect lake health. In order to develop a high quality strategic plan, a group must pay close attention to the process of planning. The very first step is “planning to plan” - spending time to ensure that your group understands what a strategic plan is, and examine your readiness to move forward by understanding what resources such as time, money and energy are needed for the process. This interactive workshop is meant for groups that are considering a strategic planning effort and want to know more about how to get started on the right foot. We encourage lake groups to send two or more representatives to the workshop as we will be asking you to begin with some preliminary discussions  and  exercises to help you prepare for the process.

Mindy Habecker, Dane County Natural Resources/Community Development Educator, UW Madison Division of Extension
Michelle Scarpace, Natural Resource Educator, UW Madison Division of Extension

Water Action Volunteers for New Coordinators, Trainers, and Mentors (Limit: 12) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


Participation in the Water Action Volunteers (WAV) program helps with statewide monitoring of local streams and rivers, and volunteers are vital to this process! This workshop is for you if: your organization would like to train your own WAV, your agency or office needs water quality date and can train/support volunteers, or you are an individual interested in mentoring volunteers to get started in WAV monitoring.

Presenter: Peggy Compton, WAV Coordinator, UW-Madison Division of Extension 

Introduction to Cyanobacteria: Identification, Ecology, Health Effects, and Tracking (Limit: 25) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 

Learn to identify and distinguish cyanobacteria (blue-grean algae) with this workshop! Topics in relation to the environmental conditions, health impacts, as well as the tools used to track and report cyanobacteria will be discussed. Intended for water professionals and field staff, we ask that you bring a hand lens or magnifying glass to assist with identification.

Presenter: Gina LaLiberte, Statewide Blue-green Algae Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Countywide and Regional Lake and River Groups: Coordination, Communication, and Capacity (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


The time has come for “countywides” to come together and build a plan for the future. Designed less as a “workshop” than the kickoff to a statewide initiative to help “countywides” be stronger, more effective, and work together, we’ll spend three hours discussing successes and challenges, brainstorming goals and needs, and establishing a road map to build an organized coalition of groups on a regional and statewide basis under the umbrella of Wisconsin Lakes and the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership. Let’s spend the time we need to discover what countywides can do. 

Presenter: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes 

Loon Ranger Training Workshop (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm


This workshop is geared toward Loon Rangers and volunteers who are participating in Loonwatch's citizen science programs. We will cover the basics for both our Annual Lakes Monitoring Program (ALMP) and this year's special 2020 Wisconsin Loon Population Survey (WLPS), and will describe the important differences between these two programs.  Learn about loon identification, behavior, ecology, habitat, threats, and protection. Discover how to identify territorial pairs, gain knowledge about nesting loons and chick phenology, as well as learning about the latest loon research updates.  Gain knowledge to fill out the Annual Lakes Monitoring form and Loon Population Survey form. 

Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch & Citizen Science Coordinator, Northland College 
Gavin Fountaine, LoonWatch, Northland College 

Designing Road-Stream Crossings for Resilient Waterways (Limit: 20) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


Learn the proper techniques for designing road-stream crossings to improve aquatic habitat, as well as creating road-stream infastructure more resilient to floods. A special focus of this workshop will be on alternative designs to create a resilient landscape, as well as the funding of these structures. 

Presenter: Chris Collier, Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager, Trout Unlimited 

Aquatic Plant Identification (Limit: 25) (Additional Fee: $25) - Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 pm 


This workshop focuses on aquatic plant ecology and identification with the use of freshly defrosted plant specimen. Learn how to distinguish plants with similar growth forms and habitats, as well as receive two plant ID books and a packet of reference material for your future use! 

Susan Knight, Associate Scientist, UW Madison Trout Lake Station 
Paul Skawinski, Statewide Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, Extension Lakes  
Michelle Nault, Statewide Lakes & Reservoir Ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 


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