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- Partnering with Mills Fleet Farm to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers (Summer 2009) - Getting youth involved and interested in slowing the spread of AIS
- Investing in Our Future: Recovery Act Benefits Wisconsin Lakes and Young Adults (Summer 2009) - Clean Boats Clean Waters makes yet another partnership to helps slow the spread of AIS
- Invader Crusaders (Summer 2009) - Celebrating volunteer and professional efforts to slow the spread of invasive species.
- Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (Summer 2009) - Find out what is new and improved with this program and also how to review data from the lakes that are monitored in Wisconsin.
- Harmful Algae Surveillance Program (Spring 2009) - Human and animal illness and death resulting from exposure of blue-green algae.
- Lake Healthy Food: Preserving Our Water Quality Through Positive Food Choices (Spring 2009) - How our food choices affect the water quality of lakes and streams - pesticides at the foundation.
- Keeping Lakes in the Family: Children's Books Help Us Share the Magic of Lakes (Fall 2008) - Children stories about lake experiences for everyone who recognize the magic of lakes.
- Stopping the Spread: Fire Departments Work to Suppress Fires...and AIS (Fall 2008) - Local firefighters joined the cause of stopping the spread of AIS by maintaining dry fire hydrants and other equipment.
- Buff Up Your Shoreline (Fall 2008) - Restoring shoreland buffers to enhance water quality and helping the lakes to become healthier and more satisfying for everyone.
- Wisconsin's Water Guard (Summer 2008) - Chris Hamerla of the DNR's new Water Guard Program tells a message for boaters, anglers, and anyone who enjoys the beauty and excitement that Wisconsin waters have to offer.
- If Plants Could Talk - Part Deux: EWM and Boats...the Early Years (Summer 2008) - Sandy Engel tells a story of a spry plant who reveals how boats changed its underwater world and enhanced its ability to grow, divide, and spread.
- WI Wetlands Strategy: Reversing the Loss (Summer 2008) - 16 conservations and governmental agencies create a vision for WI wetlands.
- Water, Water Everywhere: Examining Your Lake's Readiness For High Water (Summer 2008) - Due to the record breaking rainfall of southern Wisconsin, this shows how to protect, prevent, and prepare your lake for high water.
- Great Lakes Basin Compact (Spring 2008) - The Great Lakes Basin Commission protects this unique resource by providing a coordinated regional effort designed to sustain and manage the water inside the basin.
- A COOL Project (Spring 2008) - Luke and Kyle Leonard take a plunge by helping to clean all the lakes of Oneida County by forming a club in order to have help with the process.
2007 National Lake Survey: Preliminary Findings in Wisconsin (Spring 2008) - 58 Wisconsin Lakes got a checkup in water quality, ecological integrity, and recreational value.
- New DNR Staff Confront AIS (Spring 2008) - New staff help to raise public awareness of aquatic invasive species by providing information to folks at landings and watercraft inspections.
- What You Say Is What You Get: Choosing the Right Words to Protect Lakes (Spring 2008) - Findings from a study on behalf of the Nature Conservancy and Trust for Public Land - ways to discuss environmental conservation and water-related issues with the general public.
- Today's Catch: Tournaments and AIS (Winter 2008) - You would think that those involved in fishing tournaments would be at the forefront of stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), but are they?
- Paleolimnology: A Reflection of Our History (Winter 2008) - Get a quick overview of how the influx of settlers in Wisconsin has changed our lakes, and how we can trace these changes through our lakes' sediment.
- Clean Boats, Clean Waters: 2007 Watercraft Inspection Data Report (Fall 2007) - Compare numbers from previous years on watercraft inspections, number of boaters taking the AIS prevention steps, and number of boaters aware of the "Illegal to Launch" law.
- Citizen Lake Monitoring: Seasonal Steps for Lake Residents (Fall 2007) - A checklist for lake residents and volunteers of the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network.
- Invasive Species Prevention: One Step at a Time (Fall 2007) - Find out what Wisconsin is doing to encourage responsible behavior and thinking when buying plants, camping or boating out of state.
- Clean Boats, Clean Waters: The Value of Data Entry (Summer 2007) - Why is this data so important? Find out here as well as information on how the data entry process has become more streamlined.
- If Plants Could Talk: Eurasian Water-milfoil Transcribed (Summer 2007) - EWM "speaks" its travels to the waters of Wisconsin.
- CLMN Volunteer Update (Summer 2007) - New web updates, data entering improvements and training opportunities are avaialble.
- VHS - Summer Update (Summer 2007) - Find out what's happening with the emergency rules passed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for waters infected with VHS.
- Keep Your Cabin Safe (Summer 2007) - Some tips to follow whether you're renting your cabin to strangers, sharing it with relatives, or leaving it unoccupied until your next visit.
- Short-Term Lake Home Rentals: An Emerging Issue (Summer 2007) - Lake residents, businesses and the lake resource itself could be negatively effected by this increasingly popular trend.
- Life According to SCORP: Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) (Spring 2007) - Take a look to see how this plan describes our use of Wisconsin's water for recreation and some of the trends that may have an effect on our lakes.
- Citizen Lake Monitoring Network: 20+ Years and Still Going Strong (Spring 2007) - A wonderful history of a great network of volunteers and a few personal accounts of what it's like to be a long-time volunteer.
- Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS): Another Aquatic Invasive (Spring 2007) - This disease, effecting both freshwater and saltwater fish, is now present in Lake Michigan and the Winnebago system.
- EPA Launches National Lake Survey (Winter 2007) - Wisconsin has 29 lakes included in the survey which is designed to strengthen state, tribal and interstate monitoring programs.
- Paleolimnology: History in the Mucking (Winter 2007) - A way to view changes in lakes over the last 200 years or more by studying lake bottom sediment.
- What's in a Name? (Fall 2006) - How do our lakes get their names?
- Predicting Boater Behavior: Survey Says... (Fall 2006) - The Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspection program has compiled some numbers collected over the past four years by volunteers.
- Citizen Lake Monitoring Network: 20 Years of Giving a Little Back (Fall 2006) - A big "thank you" goes out to all of the volunteers around the state!
- Mapping the Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil (Fall 2006) - Data from the 1960s gives us a picture of how EWM has spread throughout the state. Web resources available.
- Boat Landing Signage: Is it Effective? (Fall 2006) - Are signs working to inform lake users? Find out the key points to remember if you're thinking about creating a sign at your boat landing.
- Rain Gardens: Controlling Runoff Naturally (Fall 2006) - See how human impact can be beneficial to our state's waters.
- Volunteer Monitoring of Atrazine in Wisconsin Lakes (Summer 2006) - This study creates a baseline of data for the effects this common pesticide has on our lakes.
- Green Lawn...Green Lake? Phosphorus Bans Gain Momentum (Summer 2006) - Can you prevent excess phosphorus in your lake?
- Northwoods Reflections (Summer 2006) - Excerpt from Sandy Gillum's speech at the Northwoods Lakes Workshop held July 2006.
- Thinking It Through: Our History of Chemical Use on Aquatic Plants (Spring 2006) - Lake management has not escaped the debate over chemical use. What have we done in the past and what can we do now?
- Hard Ground, Hard Times: Manure Management in Wisconsin (Spring 2006) - Wisconsinites have been jolted by recent news headlines revealing manure running off farmfields after a rain or snowmelt.
- The Secchi Disk and Our Eyes: Working Together to Measure Clarity of Our Lakes - full article (a shortened version was offered in the Spring 2006 Lake Tides)
- Hold the Salt? The Impact of De-Icing and Other Chloride-Containing Compounds on Lakes (Winter 2006) - No one likes driving on icy roads, but what is all that salt doing to our treasured water resource?
- CBCW: Volunteers Reaching 26,000 Boaters (Winter 2006) - The Clean Boats, Clean Waters program is increasing education about aquatic invasive species at boat landings across the state.
- Paying for Plants: First Citation for Plants on Boat (Fall 2005) - Caring volunteers say there's a price for keeping our lakes healthy
- Milfoil Control: Let Nature Take Its Course? (Fall 2005) - How do weevils effect the fight against Eurasian Watermilfoil?
- Getting It Right: Whole-lake Herbicide Debate Deserves A Dose of Science (Fall 2005) - A few assumptions are set straight in this article about whole-lake herbicide treatment of invasive aquatic species
- Partners in Preservation: Saving Through Land Trusts (Summer 2005) - How Land Trusts work along with a couple of examples
- Volunteer Monitoring Update: The 2005 Great North American Secchi Dip-IN (Summer 2005)
- New Study of Atrazine in Lakes (Summer 2005)
- Self-Help Lake Monitoring (Spring 2005) - Celebrating Self-Help Lake Monitors
- Thrills & Chills: Fireworks on Our Lakes (Spring 2005) - Fireworks over the water seem to be a "no brainer" as far as fire safety is concerned, yet doing so can cause
- Night Bowfishing: Some People are Carping About It (Spring 2005) - Conflicts can occur when public waters and private lands meet - in 1999 state laws changed to allow bowfishing with lights at night
- Volunteers: More Important Than Ever (Fall 2004) - Improvements to Self-Help manuals, grants, databases and training opportunities are on the way for Wisconsin's Self-Help volunteers
- Hitchin' A Ride: Clean Boats, Clean Waters Slows the Spread of AIS (Fall 2004) - Attend a CBCW workshop and help slow the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
- Turf vs. Trees: What's Best on the Lakeshore? (Summer 2004) - study finds nutrient loss from near shore areas in northern Wisconsin is 8 times greater from turf than from trees.
- Drugs & Water Don't Mix: A Pharmaceutical Cocktail (Spring 2004 - page 1) - exposure of pharmaceuticals and personal care products to aquatic critters
- So You're Considering a Boat Washing Facility (Summer 2003) - Guidelines for boat washing facilities
- Little Fly:: West Nile Virus…A Concern for Lake Users? (Spring 2003) - History and symptoms of West Nile Virus, with comments on mosquito control
- A Shoreline Examined...And Protected? (Summer 2002) - Discusses value of natural shoreline
- Musing on Mercury (Spring 2002) - All about mercury, in us and in our lakes
Stirring Up Trouble? (Spring 2002)- Measuring the disturbance induced at the lake bed by passing watercraft
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