Aquatic Invasives

Wisconsin DNR

BOULDER JUNCTION – A research project regarding the application of 2,4-D herbicides to control Eurasian water milfoil showed no statistically significant effects on fish or zooplankton in three Northwoods lakes, according to the principal investigator of the study.

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The next Science on Tap in Minocqua is set for Wednesday(10/3/18) in Minocqua.

More money to fight Northwoods invaders.

The Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species program has been awarded a $25,000 AIS Education, Prevention and Planning grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources..

As Oneida County AIS coordinator Stephanie Boismenue says,  the money will enable the Land and Water Conservation Department to hire three temporary employees to do work this summer...

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Three aquatic invasive species experts will provide an update on efforts to control the invaders at an upcoming meeting.

The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods is hosting the meeting next week in Rhinelander. The invaders include plants and animals that are not native to the Northwoods yet get introduced and cause problems with the natural ecosystems. / River Alliance of Wisconsin

The Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species team is looking for volunteers to help out with the 3rd Annual AIS Bridge Snapshot Day. Volunteers will be working in teams to look for, and identify invasive species.

The event will be held Saturday, September 10th from 9am to 1pm. Snacks and beverages will also be available for volunteers.

The identification of zebra mussels in Lake Mendota in Madison was the result of a class project from UW-Madison.

DNR aquatic invasive species coordinator BobWakeman says one bright note is only five percent of Wisconsin lakes are susceptible to zebra mussels. He says most lakes don't have enough calcium in the water to enable the mussels making protective shells. But he says it is a wakeup call to be vigilant against aquatic invasives...

"....remove plants, drain water, inspect it, and don't move live fish from one lake to another lake...."

Iron county will get $3,000 to help keep invasive species out of their mostly pristine waters.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin announced three grants for the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. The largest grant was to Iron County Land and Water Conservation to expand invasive species monitoring and education.

County conservationist Heather Palmquist says the grant money will help them broaden their efforts..

Boat Monitors Prepare To Defend Lakes Against Invasives

May 1, 2014
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Our lakes may still be covered in ice, but volunteer lake monitors are gearing up for a season of keeping invasive species at bay. 

Dozens of volunteers gathered this week in Rhinelander for a refresher on rules and protocols.  Oneida County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says they’re a fraction of those working in Oneida County alone.

Add Yellow Floating Heart to the growing list of aquatic invasive species in the Northwoods.

Recently a group pulled the lily-pad-like invasive from Gordon Lake in Forest county.

Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator Michele Sadauskas

says like many invasives, the plant is a fast-grower....


Boaters can expect to see local volunteers at Northwoods boat landings this weekend wondering if your live well has been "drained".

The "Draining Campaign" is a statewide initiative to get anglers to not take water from lake to lake.

Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says the effort started here...