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Local Events - Friday, March 12
Wisconsin Water Week

All of these events are planned for Friday, March 12 unless otherwise noted.
All times listed are CST.

Wisconsin Coastal Beaches Workgroup

Webinar: Connections Between Wetlands and Beach Water Quality Presenters: Kyle Magyera, Local Government Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Dr. Joanna Grand, Senior Spatial Ecologist, National Audubon Society Brought to you by the Wisconsin Coastal Beaches Workgroup

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Registration and more information is available at

Contact Sara Hudson with questions.

St. Croix River Association

Name of event: Emerald Ash Borer and Invasives in the St. Croix Watershed

Type of event: In-person

Time: 1-3:00 p.m.

Goal: to educate the public on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), threats & concerns to the St. Croix River watershed and what we are doing as an early detection project. We will also have samples and discuss other invasive species in the watershed along with citizen science opportunities in 2021.

Where: Osceola Landing - 040025400, Shafer, MN 55074

This is an outdoor event, but masks are required. We will utilize social distancing as well.

Join Katie Sickmann, Invasive Species Coordinator for the St. Croix River Association and Colton Sorenson, Water Quality Specialist for the Polk County Land & Resources Department, to learn more about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), threats & concerns to the St. Croix River watershed and what we are doing as an early detection project in partnership with the National Park Service & University of Minnesota to combat EAB. We will be taking a short walk to a logger site that has been taking temperature and light data all throughout the winter to predict EAB mortality rates and to determine if the EAB can establish themselves throughout the watershed, especially in the northern reaches. This event will be outdoors, please dress for the weather. Interested in learning more about how you can help protect the St. Croix River and its watershed? Learn more about hands-on citizen science projects coming up in 2021 and how you can help! Events include: Invasive Species Bike Tour, Algae Alert Network, Project RED, Snapshot Day (WI) and Starry Trek (MN). All events will be posted on

Friends of Clear Lake (Tomahawk, WI)

Name of event: Spring 2021 All Lake Meeting

Type of event: Virtual

Time: 11:00 a.m.

All members will receive a Zoom meeting link.

Contact: Diane Miesbauer for more information. miesbauerd at

Marathon County Conservation, Planning & Zoning

Name of event: Marathon County Eastern Lakes Group Meeting

Type of event: Virtual

Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

Discuss updates, concerns, and projects that are taking place in and around the Marathon County Eastern Lakes this upcoming season.

For more information, or to receive the meeting link, please contact Jared Mader at

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Name of event: City on the Kinni - River and Community Panel Discussion

Type of event: Virtual

Time: 1-2:00 p.m.

City on the Kinni - River and Community panel discussion on the dam removal project and health of the Kinni river

Hosted by UWRF faculty, this virtual discussion is part of the state-wide local events culminating WI Water Week 2021.It begins with watching The Dam Decision (2015 documentary by UWRF student Sydney Howell) followed by a discussion with the following panelists:

  • UWRF Professor of Plant and Earth Science,  Jill Coleman Wasik
  • River Falls Utilities Director, Kevin Westhuis
  • River Alliance and Trout Unlimited, Kent Johnson
  • Land Use Planning, Dr. Rita Kozak

To register for a meeting link go to: 

For additional information, contact Grace Coggio:

Gathering Waters

Name of event: Mastering Board Roles and Responsibilities

Type of event: Virtual

Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Wisconsin Water Week, Gathering Waters is co-hosting this training with Wisconsin Lakes Partnership for board members of land trusts, lake associations, and other conservation nonprofits.

Description: Explore how to advance your role as an effective board member to positively impact your organization and your community. Enhance your skills and add resources to your board's toolbox.

Cost: $25

Registration for this event closed on March 10.

To register: 

Lake Superior Collaborative

Name of event: Lake Superior Collaborative 2021 Virtual Symposium

Type of event: Virtual

Time: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


  • The purpose of the Lake Superior Collaborative Symposium is to share and discuss information on projects and data, provide networking opportunities among professionals working on conservation, restoration, and climate-adaptive projects in the Lake Superior Basin of Wisconsin, and to provide space for group input and action planning for the future.

To learn more visit, or contact Erin Burkett at

Northwoods Land Trust - Snowshoe Hike


Name of event: Snowshoe Hike

Type of event: In-person

Where: Thunder Lake Wildlife Conservation Area 

Participants should meet at the east parking lot (see map, red arrow) at 9 am with their own snowshoes and hiking supplies (suggested: hiking poles, water, winter gear).

The hike will last approximately 2 hours and will include the history and management of this beautiful wetland area along with nature interpretation along the way.

To Register or for more information: Contact Troy Walters, NWLT Monitoring and Outreach Coordinator

Salt Wise

Name of event: Smart Salting for WI Roads training

Type of event: Virtual

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Learn how using the right amount of salt can save time, budget and our waters.

The training will include: best management practices to keep paved areas safe, benefits of using a liquid salt system, guidance on how to determine the right amount of salt to use, and case studies from local applicators.

Event Details and to Register: 

Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Name of event: One Earth Film Fest - screening of Kiss the Ground

Type of event: Virtual

Goal: Host a virtual film screening to promote people thinking and taking action in our watershed

Date: Saturday, March 13

Time: 11:00 a.m. as part of the One Earth Film Festival

To register or for more information, visit or contact Jeff Mengler at

Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association

Name of event: Healthy Lakes for Oneida County

Oneida County resident can learn about loons, key issues facing the county's waters, and the route to healthy shorelines in a Wisconsin Water Week presentation on Friday, March 12, sponsored by the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association. 

Type of event: Virtual

Goal: Raise awareness of critical local issues facing lakes and rivers. More info at this link

Time: 10am-Noon

To register: Email

For more information: Contact Ted at

14 Mile Watershed Alliance

Name of event: Learn about the "new" 14 Mile Watershed Alliance

Type of event: Virtual


  • 14 Mile Watershed - from a lakes-area committee to a watershed-wide alliance in four years

  • review the mission to include all stakeholders throughout the watershed

  • discuss the plans for water quality improvement in 2021 and beyond

  • learn how we can all partner and work towards a solution

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

To register: 

For more information: Contact Karen, 14 Mile Watershed: 

Portage County Lakes and Rivers Association

Name of event: Portage County Lakes and Rivers Virtual Meeting

Type of event: Virtual


  • Connect with other lake/river groups and interested citizens. 

  • Share information and learn about projects and resources to improve your waters.

  • Discuss the formation of a Portage County Lakes and Rivers Group.

Time: 2-3:00 p.m.

To register:

For more information, contact Tracy Arnold, Portage County Land and Water Conservation: 

Green Bay Conservation Partners and Northeastern WI Audubon Society

Name of event: Community reading of A Sand County Almanac

All are welcome. Just listen in or bring your copy of A Sand County Almanac to follow along!

Type of event: Virtual

Goal: Virtual gathering to commemorate Aldo Leopold Week in WI

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

To register:

For more information, contact Green Bay Conservation Partners (GBCP) at or NEW Audubon at

Wisconsin Conservation Voters

Name of event: Virtual Conservation Water Lobby Day Training

Type of event: Virtual

Goal: Learn how to talk to your legislators about important water programs and initiatives you support in the state budget

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

To register:

For more information: Jennifer Giegerich,

Details coming soon.

For more information:

Lake Leaders Virtual Networking Hour

Name of event: Lake Leaders Virtual Networking Hour

Join us for an hour to learn more about Lake Leaders as well as to reconnect with crew members from years past. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Type of event: Virtual


  • Increase awareness of what the Lake Leaders Institute is and how people can get involved

  • Reconnect past Lake Leaders with each other and former Institute instructors

Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

To register:

For more information, contact: Sara Windjue 

Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin

Join our virtual exhibit and chat with members of the Council. Other details coming soon.

Lower Fox River Water Monitoring Program/Wild Rice

Name of event: Planting Wild Rice in the Classroom

Type of event: In-person (for select classrooms) - This event will be held in various classrooms in the watershed with teachers that were previously trained.

Goal: Involving students in environmental restoration

For more information: Contact Lynn Terrien, UW-Green Bay or visit 

Wildwood Lodge Club

Details coming soon.

For more information:

Resources for Local Event Planning - Friday, March 12


Plan a local event for March 12.

If you would like to plan a local event, we will help! Specifically, we are looking to help local groups organize meetings and events on Friday that develop and share action plans for the 2021 field season. We want to provide community-building exercises and strategic thinking activities for local groups to use in preparing for a season of actions that protect healthy waters, restore waters needing help, and prevent the spread of invasive species. The Friday, March 12 meetings may be virtual/online, or in-person, depending on the size of the gathering and the evolving public health situation. At this stage, we are merely looking to gauge interest levels, ask potential participants to “save the date,” and solicit your ideas for the online Wisconsin Water Week. We will use your contact information to send out more details and updates as our planning evolves.

We think this week-long focus on surface water will strengthen collaborations and increase the number of individuals and groups working toward shared water goals. Will you join us?

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