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 eleven Central Wisconsin counties to implement region-wide aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention programs. These programs are funded by two different programs through the DNR. One is the original AEPP (AIS Education, Prevention & Planning) Program that nine counties are still working under through the remainder of 2021. The other program is the new LMPN (Lake Monitoring & Protection Network) Program that all AIS Coordinators will be switching to following the completion of any AEPP funding.
As of January of 2021, Golden Sands RC&D’s AIS team has rolled out the new LMPN program by collaborating with Juneau and Columbia Counties. This program is meant to empower the community to learn about and protect their water resources and have a professional on hand to answer questions, host trainings and, in general, be a resource for the community.
The AIS program provides many helpful tools for people who live, work or simply enjoy recreating on the water or in wetlands. Citizens, lake & river residents, boaters, anglers, waterfowl hunters and trappers are among the many groups that can learn to identify AIS and take precautions to prevent their spread.
Sometimes AIS projects fall outside the boundaries of our current grant funding. Our knowledgeable staff is available to complete these projects as contracted services. Feel free to contact us to see how we can work with you.
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.
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.
REGIONAL AIS PLANS/RESULTS
Click here to view the 1st Reimbursement Summary of our 2020 Regional AIS Program AEPP-617-20.
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 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Taylor County.
Click here to view the 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Waupaca County.
Click here to view the 2020 revised AIS Management Plan for Waushara County.
Click here to view the 2020 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 2020 Crystal Lake, Marquette Co PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Lake Helen, Portage Co PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Lake Emily, Portage Co PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Springville Pond, Portage Co PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Esadore Lake, Taylor Co Full PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Esadore Lake, Taylor Co CLP PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Silver Lake Scandinavia, Waupaca Co PI.
Click here to view the 2020 Lake Joanis, Portage 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.
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!
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.
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 email/phone at Chris.Hamerla@goldensandsrcd.org OR