Lake groups from northern counties to discuss current topics of interest at July 13 meeting Lake group leaders and members from six northern Wisconsin counties will convene for a discussion of current issues related to lake quality and protection on Friday, July 13, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
The meeting, from 9 a.m. to noon, will explore ways to encourage lake residents and lake users to take actions to protect lake and stream water quality and the scenic values of the Northwoods. Attendees are expected from Oneida, Vilas, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, and Iron counties.
“The lakes and streams represent the heart and soul of the north country,” says Bob Martini, president of the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association, which is organizing the event with the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association. “The waters make the north a special place and are the backbone of a multi-million-dollar tourism economy. It’s up to all of us to do our part to see that they are protected for today and for our children and grandchildren.”
The event will include exhibits from lake-related organizations and several presentations related to water-quality education and best lake management practices. For more information, contact Martini at 715-282-5896.
Oneida County looks to craft mining ordinance to protect water resources The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee is at work crafting a mining ordinance to meet a state-imposed deadline of July 1. That is the date set by the state legislature for counties to adjust their local mining ordinances to reflect changes in state mining laws. A large metallic mineral deposit lies under county-owned forest land in the Town of Lynne, and the concern is that mining, if not effectively regulated, could damage lakes, streams and other valuable resources.
The county has hired an attorney, who is also a geologist, to help examine the existing county mining ordinance and recommend improvements. This issue is important to anyone who cares about the future of the county’s waters.
Climate change impacts on Northwoods fisheries On Wednesday, May 23, Dr. Jake Vander Zanden, Director of the UW-Madison, Center for Limnology, will give a presentation on how global warming has already affected Wisconsin's lakes and rivers, as well as the fisheries they support. Current projections indicate that these changes will accelerate. He will discuss the changes in fish populations and fisheries and what they likely mean for Wisconsin.
This presentation is part of the “Our Changing World” series, sponsored by Citizens' Climate Lobby of Oneida and Vilas Counties. The program will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the theater at Nicolet College, 5364 College Drive (off Highway G), Rhinelander. Admission is free. For information, contact David Barnhill, email@example.com.
OCLRA eNews: January 23, 2018 In the past two years, OCLRA has worked to educate Oneida County residents about good property management practices that can help protect our lakes. Now we are entering a new and exciting phase.
The Oneida County Planning and Development Committee has agreed to allow the county zoning department to work with OCLRA on educational materials for shoreline property owners. The materials will be created by the OCLRA Education Committee in cooperation with county staff. They will emphasize not only what is and what is not allowed under zoning regulations but what residents can do voluntarily to limit their impact on lake water quality.
OCLRA president Bob Martini noted that since the state legislature has limited the county’s ability to protect lakes through regulation, the best course is to emphasize enforcement of the zoning protections that remain, while relying on education to help people do the right things in their self-interest and for the lakes’ benefit.