Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council members voted unanimously to adopt Green Lake County into their regional working area during their Council meeting on September 18th in Stevens Point. Green Lake has joined the counties of Adams, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe, Portage, Waushara, and Wood as the 10th county to be represented by the organization.
Golden Sands RC&D is a local non-profit that has worked for over 40 years to help protect and promote Central Wisconsin’s natural resources by partnering with state and federal government agencies, local governments, grass-roots organizations, teachers, farmers, conservationists and others to work toward common goals. They work every day on projects that support sustainable agriculture, healthy forests, clean water and abundant wildlife.
Green Lake County was previously represented by Town and Country RC&D, but decided to switch to make the switch after successfully partnering Golden Sands RC&D and Marquette County. “Green Lake County is located in a rural setting that better matches the interests of the group of counties within the Golden Sands District,” explained Paul Gunderson, Green Lake County’s Conservationist.
For the past year and a half, Golden Sands RC&D has managed and coordinated a Regional Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program in Green Lake and Marquette Counties.
“We are extremely happy with [the Regional AIS Coordinator] Chris Hamerla and the efforts that Golden Sands RC&D have taken to control AIS in Green Lake County. We look forward to a continued strong partnership with Golden Sands RC&D that promotes conservation and development projects with our area,” says Gunderson.
Chris Hamerla and Paul Meuer of Golden Sands RC&D conduct a point intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey at Twin Lakes in Green Lake County as part of ongoing monitoring and management of the invasive species Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and curly leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus). Not pictured but also present was Derek Kavanaugh of the Green lake Land and Water Conservation Department.
Golden Sands RC&D’s David Peterson assisting with the Carp Removal Project in which Golden Sands RC&D partnered with Green Lake Assoc., Green Lake Sanitary District, Green Lake County Land and Water Conservation Dept., and volunteers in efforts to corral carp for removal and separate non-carp species. This project is geared towards improving aquatic habitat and water quality on a connected bay of Green Lake through the removal of invasive carp.