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Martini: Local Citizens Need To Protect Lakes Now

Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Assoc.

Lake group leaders and members from six northern Wisconsin counties will convene for a discussion of current issues related to lake quality and shoreland habitat protection this summer at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Bob Martini is President of Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association. He says the meeting is being convened so local associations and citizens can find out what can be done to preserve water quality..

"...a lot of protections removed by the state legislature. A lot of the protective work is up to individuals acting on their own properties. We'd like to exchange information on what is working, what isn't working, what we might try in the future to implement mostly voluntary, educational types of protections...."

Martini says they've put together information for shoreline property owners to use...

"..In Oneida county, we've developed a packet of information that we're asking to give to every person who applies for a zoning permit for lake shoreline construction. This packet gives the background on why it's important to protect lakes, what is the economic value of protecting lake water quality and aesthetics. ..What are some of the simple and cost effective ways to do this...?"

He says the Planning and Development committee has positively received the material. The meeting is set for July 12 at Nicolet College. Attendees are expected from Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, and Iron counties.

The event includes exhibits from lake-related organizations and several presentations related to water-quality education and best lake management practices. For more information, contact Martini (715-282-5896) or the website oclra.org

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