aquatic invasive species

Wisconsin DNR

Residents who use Wisconsin's lakes and rivers are invited to see a new aquatic invasive species plan put together by the DNR.

Wisconsin's plan is available for use by the public after receiving approvals from the National Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. Wisconsin last completed an AIS management plan in 2002. State AIS outreach specialist, Tim Campbell, says the latest plan builds on the work of the previous plan.

Campbell says some of the old problems remain but a few new invaders have also arrived...

River Alliance of Wisconsin

This Saturday you can help with an inventory of aquatic invasive species on Northwoods water bodies.

Volunteers are needed to join the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department as they team up with the River Alliance of Wisconsin, DNR and others to search for AIS.

This one-day event is the Statewide AIS Snapshot Day, sponsored by the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Oneida County AIS coordinator Stephanie Boismenue describes what is happening..

Folks interested in finding out more about keeping aquatic invasive species out of their lakes are invited to a meeting Friday(4/26) at the Crescent town hall.

With the boating season coming soon, Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Stephanie Boismenue talks about the Clean Boats-Clean Waters meeting....

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If there's a non-native plant or an animal that you've noticed, there's an opportunity to get it among the species listed as invasive.

Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Stephanie Boismenue the DNR's Invasive Species Council is taking recommendations for a species you consider invasive to be assessed whether it should be included in the revised rule for invasive species.

She says they are also reassessing the current list of invasive species..

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Lake property owners and others concerned about Wisconsin lakes are invited to provide input to the state before the end of the month.

The DNR has announced a Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan is available for public review and comment through August 31.

Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says this update is a critical blueprint for controlling invasives in our waters... Meditations

A partnership between Vilas County and UW-Oshkosh for a pilot program to decontaminate watercraft using four lakes, two of which are infested with invasive spiny water fleas, was approved by the county board Tuesday.(2/27)

One of Wisconsin's worst aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, loves undrained live wells in boats.

This weekend, workers and volunteers will be out on area lakes hoping anglers and boaters help in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Oneida County

The first of three training sessions is set for Thursday designed to protect Northwoods waters from aquatic invasive species.

Oneida County AIS coordinator Stephanie Boismenue outlines how the Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop was developed....

NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The state's waters are open again for another boating year, but the DNR's top aquatic invasive species person says staying vigilant will slow the spread of unwanted plants and critters.

The DNR's Bob Wakeman says boaters are required to inspect their boats and equipment before they launch to see what plants might be attached to the boat. He says be sure to drain water from vehicles, boats and equipment...

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As you prepare your taxes, a DNR official hopes you consider a donation to the Endangered Resources Fund to help preserve rare plants and animals and high quality natural areas. The fund works with landowners, businesses, communities and other customers and partners to consider the potential impacts of land development, planning and management projects on rare and sensitive species and habitats very early in the project planning process.

The Director of the DNR Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau, Drew Feldkirchner says tax deductions are a key way they stay funded...

Educators remind boaters each summer about not transferring aquatic invasive species from one water body to another.

An Oneida County AIS coordinator says the same bit of wisdom also applies on frozen water. Stephanie Boismenue says invasives can spread as quickly in the winter as they do in the summer.

She says there are some things to remember...

A study by the DNR shows the spread of aquatic invasive species remains stable, which a leader says means prevention efforts are working.

DNR Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Bob Wakeman said they sampled 200 lakes over five years, the largest effort of its type in the nation...

"....we're happy to say the rate is not increasing. I wish I could say the rate was decreasing, meaning were beginning to stop the spread. The good news is it's not going up any faster...."

He says the longest term invaders continue to be the most difficult to deal with...

Volunteers are needed to help discover invasive species in the Northwoods. Volunteers will help the Oneida County AIS team search for invasive species in rivers and streams during the 3rd Annual Bridge Snapshot Day.

Oneida County AIS Coordinator Steph Boismenue talks about what happens..

"....AIS coordinators and volunteers go out in the field and we look at intersections where there is a road or bridge that crosses a river, thoroughfare or stream. We're looking for invasive species both terrestrial and aquatic...."

The July 4th holiday is traditionally one of the busiest boating times of the year. Lots of folks are going to be out trying to stop invasive species from going from one body of water to another.

This will be the DNR's 8th  annual invasive species landing blitz.

DNR aquatic invasive species communications specialist Tim Campbell says the effort focuses on reaching the largest number of boaters....

Workers will be out this weekend at Northwoods boat landings to try to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas says the first major weekend of the summer season is a good time to check boats and get out the word about stopping aquatic hitchhikers...