AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (AIS)
Exotic plants and animals can take over our lakes, because their natural predators
aren't here to keep them under control. They can spread quickly from lake to lake when boaters, fishermen, waterfowl hunters, trappers, or other lake users unknowingly transport them on equipment. Once established, they can spread out of control and threaten the existence of native plants and animals.
Click here to see which aquatic invasive species can be found in lakes within each county.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Golden Sands RC&D is collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension Lakes program, and eight Central Wisconsin counties to implement region-wide aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention programs.
WE WORK WITH:
Private Land Owners
AIS early detection/monitoring surveys
Point Intercept Aquatic Plant surveys (PI surveys)
AIS education/presentations for your class or organization meeting
AIS identification and removal training
Scuba diving teams for AIS removal
Purple Loosestrife & Eurasian water milfoil bio-control
Assistance with AIS lake management & strategic plans
Partnering with the community helps us prevent the spread of AIS and to create new control plans to help address this problem. If you suspect you have an AIS problem, are interested in having us give an AIS lesson for your school, lake association meeting etc., or are interested in any of our services please Contact us.
REGIONAL AIS PLANS/RESULTS
Click here to view the final report of our 2018 Regional AIS Program AEPP-558-18.
Click here to view the summary of our 2019 Regional AIS Program AEPP-588-19.
Management & Strategic Plans
Click here to view the 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Green Lake County.
Click here to view the 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Marathon County.
Click here to view the 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Marquette County.
Click here to view the 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Portage County.
Click here to view the 2018 revised AIS Management Plan for Taylor County.
Click here to view the 2018 revised AIS Management Plan for Waupaca County.
Click here to view the 2018 revised AIS Management Plan for Waushara County.
Click here to view the 2018 revised AIS Management Plan for Wood County.
Click here to view the 2019 revised Golden Sands Regional AIS Strategic Plan.
Recent Point Intercept Aquatic Plant Survey
Click here to view the 2019 Crystal Lake, Marquette Co PI.
Click here to view the 2019 Lake Helen, Portage Co PI.
Click here to view the 2019 Lake Sharon, Marquette Co PI.
Click here to view the 2019 Spencer Lake, Waupaca Co PI.
Click here to view the 2019 Wadley Lake, Marathon Co PI.
Click here to view the 2019 West Branch Mill Pond, Waushara Co PI.
AIS FACT SHEETS
Learn more about the numerous invasive plants and animals that have already invaded some of our lakes in Central Wisconsin, and others pose a threat to our state in the future.
These 1-2 page fact sheets are designed to be easy to read and reproduce. All of these fact sheets may be reproduced and distributed free of charge.
Phragmites a.k.a. common reed (Phragmites australis)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
WHO AIS IMPACTS
Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species isn't a concern only for boaters. Click here to learn more about how AIS impacts your favorite hobby/sport and what you can do to help prevent accidentally spreading these harmful plants & animals.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
are programs designed to help prevent the spread of AIS and detect new AIS populations early. Here at Golden Sands RC&D we provide the training for volunteers to participate in these wonderful programs. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
Educating our youth on AIS is important; having the materials readily available for our educators makes it easy! There are eight chapters. The lessons start with basics on the importance of water and move into more specific information about invasive species and how they affect the ecosystem. Click here to view and download the lessons!
If you have a new population of one of these aquatic invasive species to report, or you'd like more information about our AIS program please contact Chris Hamerla,Regional AIS Coordinator, by using the contact form below or by email/phone at Chris.Hamerla@goldensandsrcd.org OR
Eurasian water milfoil (EWM) is an extremely invasive plant that spreads by fragments that break off the plant, float away and re-root themselves. Early detection and manual removal are very effective at eradicating new populations of this plant. Click below for some removal instruction and EWM resources.