Starry Stonewort is a new aggressive invasive species found in Wisconsin Lakes. To date, it is not in Okauchee Lake. The Okauchee Lake Management District sent letters to several DNR officials, state and municipal leaders to draw attention to the immediate need for action by the DNR to prevent Starry Stonewort from spreading to Okauchee Lake. Please visit the “Reports” page of this website to view correspondence between the DNR, Senator Chris Kapenga’s office and OLMD representative, Tom Godar.
As you may be aware, Starry Stonewort, a macroalga invasive species, has been found in area lakes. The OLMD is asking for your help in keeping it out of Okauchee Lake. There are several things you can do to keep it out of Okauchee Lake waterways.
1) Please look for this invasive species in the lake. It can often be found near boat launch sites.
2) Please thoroughly inspect and clean your boat, watercrafts and trailer if you have been in Little Muskego Lake, Big Muskego Lake and Long Lake in Racine County recently.
3) Learn about Starry Stonewort. Public education and prevention is critical to keeping this plant out of Okauchee Lake!
Please visit the following link to the DNR website for identification information: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/fact/starrystonewort.html
Identification information on Starry Stonewort can also be found on the “Reports” page of this website. Contact the DNR or the OLMD if you believe you have spotted Starry Stonewort.