2024 Six-County Lakes & Rivers Meeting
Friday July 12, 2024 — 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Lakeside Center, Nicolet College Theater, Rhinelander


8:30 Refreshments/Exhibits
9:00 Welcome/Updates from Moderator: Eric Olson, Director, Extension Lakes
9:10 Wisconsin Policy Picture: Mike Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes
9:30 Climate Change Effects on Our Lakes & Rivers: Noah Lottig, Associate Scientist, Trout
Lake Research Station, UW – Center for Limnology
10:00 PFAS Contamination of Our Surface Waters: Tom Jerow, President, Wisconsin’s Green
Fire, Rhinelander
10:30 Break/Visit Exhibits in Commons Area
10:45 Panel Discussion: We’re All Connected!
Experts in various fields to discuss preservation and conservation of our waterways,
including local initiatives. Will also address questions and comments from audience. Panel
members are:
• Ben Niffenegger – Executive Officer, Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company
Addressing: Wisconsin River Projects
• Jim Ruwaldt – Board Member, Wisconsin Wetlands Association
Addressing: Protection and Restoration of Wetlands on Private Lands
• JoAnne Lund – Special Projects Coordinator, Oneida County
Addressing: Assessing Impacts of Culverts on County Rivers & Streams
• Norm McKindles – President, Spider Lake Association of Iron County
Addressing: Turtle River Chain of Lakes – Associations Initiatives
• Johnson Bridgwater- Water Advocates Organizer, River Alliance of Wisconsin
Addressing: Grassroots Efforts Speaking Up/Clean Water Policies
11:30 Attendee Comments/Questions: Moderator Eric Olson, Director, Extension Lakes
12:00 Individual lakes or county association meetings (Breakout rooms provided)