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ALERT: P&D Committee proposals would weaken shoreland protections

The day likely will soon come for OCLRA and lake advocates to stand up and be counted on protection of our vital lake shorelands. Revisions to the Oneida County Shoreland Protection Ordinance are now being considered by the Planning and Development Committee.

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OCLRA to discuss resolution favoring action on hazardous boat wakes

The OCLRA board is considering adoption of a template resolution in support of responsible regulation of hazardous wakes such as those caused by wakeboarding and wake surfing. Enhanced boat wakes have caused significant concern related to shoreline erosion, roiling of lake bottoms and resuspension of phosphorus, property damage, and safety risks for people enjoying paddling…

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OCLRA supports effort to curb salt runoff to Lake Julia

OCLRA board member and Oneida County Supervisor Bob Thome is working with the Rhinelander School District, Nicolet College, Oneida County Planning and Zoning, Wisconsin Lakes and the DNR on plans to mitigate salt-bearing runoff from parking lots into Lake Julia. The lots in question are at the college and at Crescent Elementary School. Analyses conducted…

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Clean Water Act funds for lake improvement? NALMS plans campaign

Did you know that the Clean Water Act once included funds available for monitoring and improving water quality in inland lakes such as those in Oneida County? Such funds were included under Section 314 when the CWA was passed in 1972, but that funding dried up about 25 years ago. Now the North American Lake…

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Wisconsin Lakes to hold Annual Membership Meeting December 6

Wisconsin Lakes will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., via Zoom. Guests are welcome. This is a good chance to get an update on what our statewide lake association is doing, and to decide whether you or your lake association might like to become a member. If…

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County lake associations launch Shoreland Protection Legacy Initiative

The Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association and the Langlade County Waterways Association have partnered with the Northwoods Land Trust in a Shoreland Protection Legacy Initiative to permanently conserve extensive stretches of privately-owned natural shoreline on lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. The expectation is that this program will be extended to Oneida County as well. The initiative…

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New book traces history of Wisconsin’s waters

People are always more interesting if you know their back story. The same is true of our lakes and streams. Author Scott Spoolman brings us the back stories of our state’s lakes, rivers, waterfalls and wetlands in his book, Wisconsin Waters (Wisconsin Historical Society Press). It presents a tour of the geologic, natural and human stories around…

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UW Madison’s Steve Carpenter wins prestigious Blue Planet Prize

Steve Carpenter, director emeritus of the UW Madison Center for Limnology, is one of two recipients of the Asahi Glass Foundation’s 31st Blue Planet Prize. The annual award is given each year to two individuals or organizations working to make the earth more sustainable. Carpenter received the award in recognition of more than 40 years of…

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Your County Association Needs You. Please Consider Lending a Hand.

The Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association is revisiting its mission and looking to strengthen its role as an advocate for our county’s lakes and streams. To become more effective, we need more resources, most notably people willing to give their time and talent. Our lakes are at a critical juncture, as they face growing…

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Future Direction for OCLRA

At the next OCLRA board meeting on Monday, August 8, 9 a.m., the key topic of discussion will be the future direction for the organization. We will explore where to focus our time and resources so as to have the greatest impact. There will be changes among the officers, most notably that Bob Martini has…

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