Aquatic Invasive Species Newsletter – November 2017

The month of November brought many changes to the area lakes. Little Muskego Lake experienced a draw down in an attempt to reduce the Starry Stonewort population. With many area lakes still remaining open, it is important to be sure to clean boats and trailers when exiting a lake and prior to entering another. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters program provides many useful tips for boaters on how to keep AIS out of southeastern Wisconsin lakes. Washington County and Waukesha County AIS newsletters are now provided monthly in a singular format so you have access to more AIS information. These recent AIS activities can be found on the Waukesha County website via www.waukeshacounty.gov/AIS.

Please Remember To Secure Valuables – Recent Reports of Theft

In recent weeks, Okauchee Lake residents have reported items being removed from their shoreline, boat lifts and boats without permission. Consider taking items of value off your boat, lift and shoreline to prevent thefts from happening. Please be aware and if you see something, say something! Call “911” or the Town Police if you see theft occurring in your area.

Starry Stonewort Found In Sturgeon Bay!

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.

Read A DNR Article: The Science Behind The SuperWeed – Eurasian Water Milfoil

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.

2015-2016 Shoreland Zoning Changes – Video Presentation Available

The Wisconsin Legislature has made major changes to shoreland zoning in 2015-16. These changes are described in three short video presentations. Please click below to access the new shoreland zoning video presentations.

1. Introduction to shoreland zoning and recent changes to required shoreland lot sizes

2. Changes to shoreland setbacks, vegetation protection and impervious surface standards

3. Changes to standards for buildings located close to the shoreline

Whole video (all three parts combined; 30 minutes)

Stop The Spiny Water Flea!

As you may be aware there are several aquatic invasive species to be mindful of when boating. The Spiny Water Flea is one such species! The Spiny Water Flea is a small crustacean that hurts lakes by making the water green in color and degrades fisheries. Always remember to clean your boat when removing it from the lake and empty any live wells aboard to prevent the spread of any aquatic invasive species. There is a great video available to boating enthusiasts and kids of all ages below.