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2021 Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference

The Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference provides an annual opportunity for lake enthusiasts, local government officials, and others interested in protecting our water resources to take in educational presentations and network with conference attendees.

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 conference will be held online. We hope you enjoy the interactive event from the comfort of your home or cabin!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Online Event

$10 / Students Free

Click on the red button above to go to the registration page (courtesy of the St. Croix River Association)

Registration ends June 17, 2021

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Cathy Techtmann

Climate Change: Game Changer or Change the Game?

Climate change may be a game changer for our lakes. While this wicked issue can divide us, it impacts what we value about our lakes. Let’s change the game! First, by building awareness of how climate change is affecting species and habitats that support activities we value in our lakes, using evidence we can observe with science. Then stacking the deck in favor of our lakes by taking action to build resiliency. Be prepared to become a climate game changer!

Session I


Lesser Known Invaders of Wisconsin Lakes
Paul Skawinski, Extension Lakes

Geologic History and Setting of Lakes in Northern Wisconsin
Tom Fitz, Northland College

Grindstone Lake Foundation: Driven to Preserve a National Treasure
Cindy Parker, Grindstone Lake Foundation, Inc.

Session II


“Friend or Foe?” Native Plant or Exotic Look-a-Like
Sarah Boles, Northern Native Plantscapes

Lake-Specific Climate Adaptation Solutions for Preserving Cold Water Fish Habitat in Wisconsin Lakes
Madeline Magee, WDNR

Legislative Update
Mike Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes

Session III


Evaluating Zebra Mussel Sustainability in NW Wisconsin Lakes
Tom Boisvert, Burnett County LWCD and Lisa Burns, Washburn County LWCD

Shoreline Erosion, What are my BMP Options?
Stacy Dehne, DATCP and Travis Tulowitzky, Bayfield County LWCD

Wave Propagation and Water Quality Impacts on Fresh Water Lakes
Capt. Tim Tyre, PhD, USN (ret), Terra Vigilis Security Group and Mike Mortensen, Carroll University

Session IV


Empowering Citizen Lake Stewardship in the Northern Highlands Ecological Landscape
Michael Meyer, Wisconsin’s Green Fire and Jim Kreitlow, Nova Ecological Services

I Have Erosion on My Property, Now What?
Dave Ferris, Burnett County LWCD; Dan Harrington, WDNR; Jason Kjeseth, Polk County Zoning

The Near Shore Critter Corps
Emily Stone, Cable Natural History Museum

The conference is brought to you by a partnership of the lakes and rivers associations of Bayfield, Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn counties, the UW-Madison Division of Extension, Wisconsin Lakes, Extension Lakes Program of UW-Stevens Point, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, St. Croix River Association, and the Land & Water Conservation Departments of Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Polk, and Washburn counties.

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