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New for 2021!
Northwoods Businesses for Clean Waters Program
The program is designed to create partnerships between conservation professionals and local businesses that rely on water resources, and to protect lakes and rivers vital to the Northwoods economy and recreation. Targeted businesses will include; fishing guides, docks and lifts sales, bait shops, watercraft rentals, boat dealers and campgrounds. OCLRA has joined with the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association (VCLRA) to help sponsor the program.
Watch this space for more information.
RESOURCES FOR LAKE GROUPS:
Our popular collection of essays on best practices for lake stewardship, lake science and shoreland restoration is available on this site to read and to download.
(click on "DO THE RIGHT THING" above) We also provide booklets in quantity for groups and organizations for a small donation.
Northwoods Six-County Lakes Meeting July 16, 2021 to highlight natural shorelines and lake stewardship.
Click on "OCLRA eNews" below for more information.
OCLRA Hosts Session as a part of
Wisconsin Water Week - 2021
OCLRA was part of the program at Wisconsin Water Week, a virtual event for 2021, replacing Wisconsin's annual lakes and rivers convention. 30+ attendees heard Walter Piper, lead researcher for the Loon Project provide an update on recent findings. Bob Thome of Lake Julia and Oneida County commissioner provided an update on recent Oneida County Board water-related activities, and Jim Kavemeier of Tomahawk Lake and Dan Butkus of Squash Lake provided an update on how to promote and develop natural shorelines. Dan also served as event moderator. Attendees joined in with questions for the presenters.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL 6-COUNTY LAKES MEETING WAS HELD ON FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020:
Pat Goggin from the University of Wisconsin Extension - Lakes office introduced seven expert guest speakers from Minnesota and Wisconsin who presented to over 75 area lake advocates via computer teleconference.
Presenters emphasized outreach to property owners as a way to advance natural shorelines and water-quality protection. Lake lovers from six northern Wisconsin counties joined in online virtual discussions of issues related to lake quality and protection.
The lively discussions explored ways to encourage lake property owners to follow lake-friendly and environmentally responsible practices.
Click below to view recordings of the speakers' presentations:
The event was jointly sponsored by OCLRA and the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association (www.vclra.org). We thank all involved for an outstanding event.
OCLRA ANNUAL MEETING
As is customary, the 6-county event was immediately followed by the 2020 OCLRA annual meeting. President Bob Martini led a review of the past year's significant accomplishments. 24 meeting participants joined with Bob to set a challenging list of goals for the coming year.
PROTECTING OUR WATERS:
Proposed mining activities may return to threaten Oneida County waters
Badger Minerals has conducted exploratory drilling in the town of Schoepke. The activity has taken place in close proximity to the Wolf River in southeastern Oneida County.
A few miles downstream, the Langlade County Board has registered its opposition to the proposed mining activity.
In 2017 through the passage of 'Act 134', the Wisconsin legislature repealed our 'Mining Moratorium Law' . This has resulted in reduced protection of our Wisconsin waters and diminished local government controls .
Oneida County Clean Waters Action calls upon area municipalities to resolve to support the repeal of Wisconsin 2017 Act 134.