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.


Golden Sands RC&D is collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension Lakes program, and twelve Central Wisconsin counties to implement region-wide aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention programs. These programs are funded by the Lake Monitoring & Protection Network (LMPN) program through the DNR. 

As of January of 2022, Golden Sands RC&D’s AIS team has rolled out the new LMPN program by collaborating with Taylor, Marathon, Clark, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake, Columbia, Juneau, and Monroe 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. Our current AIS plans and survey results can be accessed here.

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.




  • Lake Districts

  • Lake Associations

  • Friends/Group Organizations

  • Concerned Citizens

  • Private Land Owners

  • Local Government

  • Businesses

  • Schools


  • 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.

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Chris Hamerla

Regional AIS Coordinator

715-343-6215 ext. 704

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Kendra Kundinger

Regional AIS Coordinator

715-343-6215 ext. 705


Clean Boats, Clean Waters and the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network

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.

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