Want to learn more about invasive species in central Wisconsin, or those that water resource managers are worried might arrive soon? Download our aquatic invasive species fact sheets
What We’re Doing
Golden Sands RC&D is currently collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension Lakes program, and seven Central Wisconsin counties to implement region-wide aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention programs. We work with individual lake management units to prevent the spread of AIS and to create new control plans, empowering homeowners and lake users alike to help address this problem. View our latest Annual Report of the Regional AIS Program.
We are implementing county-wide AIS Plans for eight of our nine partner counties: Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Marathon, Taylor, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood. To see a list of lakes with AIS issues or the plan for your county, visit your county's website below.
Click on the counties below to see maps of the AIS, and the native plant lists from the lakes in our surveys:
Marathon County was originally surveyed in 2010, Waupaca County in 2011, Portage County in 2012. Waushara and Wood Counties were surveyed in 2013. Marathon County was re-surveyed in 2014 to update distribution lists and maps. Taylor County was surveyed for the first time in 2015. Waterbodies are periodically resurveyed as requested or in cooperation with other projects.
"Clean Boats, Clean Waters" and the "Citizen Lake Monitoring Network" volunteer programs give lake groups and concerned citizens the tools and training needed to monitor for, and prevent the spread of, AIS. These programs have been very successful, and are provided for FREE!
Environmental Education is a priority in our AIS program. We work hard to reach out to our future generations by bringing AIS lessons into classrooms in five of our partnering counties. To request an AIS lesson for your school, Contact us
Take a few minutes to watch our instructional video on how to manually remove Eurasian watermilfoil! These techniques have been used on many area lakes, and on several lakes, have removed so much EWM that we can't find any more left to remove. One lake has been free of EWM since 2010. View the video here:
We Need Your Help
Golden Sands RC&D is focused on educating and working with homeowners, anglers, and anyone who uses our lakes. We all need to better understand what is going on and how to do something about the problem of AIS. This problem affects all of us, and it is up to us to keep our lakes healthy for future generations.
Check our events page for Volunteer Events in your neighborhood.
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Donate to keep Wisconsin waters clean.
Visit our Store so you can grab a pack of AIS Playing Cards while they're hot!
Our AIS playing cards are fun and educational, and include 13 color photos of AIS with descriptions. They are made in the USA and they support our Regional AIS Program!