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 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.
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.
ANY QUESTIONS? CONTACT US
Regional AIS Coordinator
715-343-6215 ext. 704
Regional AIS Coordinator
715-343-6215 ext. 705
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.