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To view the most recent Lake Level Reports, click on the “Reports” page.
Did you hear the latest news regarding Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)? Many AIS activities are taking place in the area. You are invited to kayak the Bark River on September 24, 2016 to inspect the waterways for Java Water Dropwort. Duckhunters, your help is needed in avoiding the construction of your duck blinds with phragmites. If you don’t know what these are, please follow the link to the mid-September newsletter now! Read all about it in the mid-September newsletter now! Each newsletter is available to you in by clicking on the “Reports” page of this website or by visiting the Waukesha County AIS webpage at www.waukeshacounty.gov/AIS which also contains other pertinent information. The mid-September 2016 AIS update newsletter is under the “Newsletters Press Releases Articles” tab.
Everyone needs to replace or rebuild a pier now and then. Not sure of the correct size or location? Sometimes the rules have changed since the last pier construction. Don’t worry! There is a place where people can go to find out the DNR rules and regulations. Please click the following link to visit the DNR webpage that will answer many FAQs:
Starry Stonewort has recently been found in Sturgeon Bay. Please see the article on the “Reports” page. Please continue to be diligent in keeping your boat, trailer and recreational equipment clean after traveling to other lakes. Also, please continue to be watchful for Starry Stonewort in area lakes- especially near boat launch sites. If you believe you have located Starry Stonewort, please contact Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator at 262-335-4806 and leave a message if he is unavailable noting the location you believe you saw the plant.
The Okauchee Lake Management District has conducted aquatic plant surveys regularly since 1992. Eurasian Water milfoil has been present in each survey and was found in a survey in 1977. In 2013, milfoil was found in 43% of the sample points. This was down slightly from 56% in 2008. The native milfoil was found in only 5% of the sample points in 2013. Milfoil covers a wide range of areas in Okauchee Lake, from the shallow bays to the deep water. Okauchee Lake also has a native milfoil. Native plants, although sometimes a nuisance as well, have helped control the amount of milfoil. The District’s efforts, relying on herbicides and harvesting, is effectively managing the milfoil in Okauchee Lake. To date, there have been no signs of milfoil herbicide resistance in the lake.
Please visit the “Reports” page for the DNR article: “The Science Behind The Superweed – Eurasian Water Milfoil.” This article has been reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.