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The North Lakeland Woods and Water Conference is a day-long gathering focused on partnerships and collaboration among lake groups in Vilas and Iron Counties. Held at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, topics covered will include water quality, wake boats, habitats, invasive species, and partnerships. It’s scheduled for Friday, May 3rd. Complete information can be seen here.

 

And, the annual Northwoods Six-County Lakes Meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 12 at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Lake association leaders and the general public will convene to learn about and discuss our interconnected water resources and our human connections to each other and to our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. Read the full press release here.

 

Hope some of us can get out to one or both of these local conferences.

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Winter Water Talks

Every year Extension Lakes (the educational arm of the Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Partnership) produces a series of hour-long YouTube presentations on topics of interest to lake groups. They call the series “Winter Water Talks.”  Here is a link to the talks that were given this year, along with talks from previous years. In 2024 the most interesting topics were about the legal rights of riparian owners (that’s us) and a talk about the unusual weather we’ve had this year and what it might mean for the future. Scroll to the bottom of the playlist to find them.

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Action alert: Proposed Wakesports bill falls short

From Mike Engleson, director of  Wisconsin Lakes: “A bill proposed by Rep. Robert Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) to regulate wakesurfing and wakeboarding fails to provide any meaningful protection against the activities’ impacts. While Wisconsin Lakes is pleased to see this issue being addressed, the bill falls far short of what is needed and even makes things worse by undercutting local efforts to manage impacts to lakes and streams. Rather than setting minimum levels of protection for Wisconsin, the bill as written would actually limit the regulation of wakesports.”

 

Left unregulated, the creation of artificial wakes could wreak havoc with the ecology of a lake like ours.

 

Read the whole article here, including how you can contact your legislator to tell them that this bill is inadequate, and to call for meaningful discussion to pass minimum state standards that balance the right of everyone to recreate on our waters.

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Our fall board meeting is this Sunday

The Lake of the Falls Association Board of Directors will have our fall board meeting this Sunday morning at 10:00 at Beaver’s Resort. We’ll have updates on the DNR’s Directed Lakes project, our efforts to control Curly Leaf Pondweed upriver, and anything else anyone would like to discuss. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Dave Sino

The Lake of the Falls Association board of directors and all of our members extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of long-time member Dave Sino, who passed away on the morning of September 2. Dave served on the LOFA board from 2017-2023, and was a good friend and neighbor to many around the lake. He will be greatly missed.

 

Beaver’s Resort will host a celebration of life in remembrance of Dave on Saturday, October 14 from 1:00 to 4:00. Memorials may be sent to Mercer Area Ambulance & Rescue, P.O. Box 409, Mercer, WI 54547. Condolences can be posted at www.bolgerfuneral.com.

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