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“Lake Plants You Should Know”

, , , is a field guide published by UW-Extension Lakes, the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network, and Clean Boats Clean Waters that features LIFE-SIZE photos of many of the aquatic plants we find in our lakes, plus a few we hope never to find. And it’s waterproof, so you can take it out in your boat and use it to get to  know your plants. And now the Lake of the Falls Association has it’s own copy, which you can borrow by sending a note to lofassociation@gmail.com. Take this book out for a paddle and get it dirty! Get to know what’s growing in your water!

 

And don’t forget Conservation on Tap this Thursday evening, June 9th, at 6:00 at The Pines, where Zach Wilson will present on everyone’s favorite topic, invasive species and what we’re doing to stop them. See you on Thursday!

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Zach Wilson to speak at the May board meeting

Join Iron County Land and Water Conservation Specialist Zach Wilson on Sunday, May 29 at 11:00 (after the board meeting) at Beaver’s Resort to learn about Water Quality and Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring. Zach will be discussing the latest information on the Turtle River curly leaf pondweed occurrences and spread, as well as proper monitoring techniques for Lake of the Falls.

 

This is a good chance to get your questions answered by someone who knows the situation inside-out. Hope to see a lot of LOFA members there.

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Science on Tap and the ICLRA

Science on Tap Minacqua is hosting a presentation called, “Using Science to Wrangle Aquatic Invasive Species,” featuring Michelle Nault of the Wisconsin DNR. It’s tomorrow night (Wednesday, January 5) at 6:30 pm, but will also be available live on YouTube. Here is all the info about it, including the YouTube link, for anyone who is interested.

 

The announcement about this came in an email from the Iron County Lakes and Rivers Alliance (ICLRA, of which LOFA is a member), in which association secretary Dick Thiede also said, “We desperately need people to take on leadership roles. Please contact us if you can serve as any of our officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer). We also need help with things like our email list.” The ICLRA does a lot of good things for our lakes! Anyone with a few spare minutes to help out can contact him at ironcountylakesandrivers@gmail.com. Thanks!

 

 

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Waiting out the winter – 2 things to do

Happy New Year! Only a few more months until ice-off, so here are some things to do while we’re waiting. Coming next week is an online seminar presented by Wisconsin Lakes (LOFA is a member) titled, “Understanding the Aquatic Plant Management Rulemaking: A Webinar.” They always make their webinar titles sound so exciting (not). But if the state of Wisconsin is changing the state regulations “related to chemical and mechanical/manual management of aquatic plants,” and since we put in a lot of time and effort over the last 2 years pulling Curly Leaf Pondweed out of the Turtle River in an effort to keep it out of Lake of the Falls, maybe we should pay attention to this. The webinar is next Tuesday, January 4 at 4:30 pm and will be presented over Zoom. Registration is required and you can follow this link to sign up.

 

Next is Wisconsin Water Week, coming the first week in April.The annual Lakes and Rivers Conference is expected to be an in-person event this year and is scheduled for April 6-8 in Stevens Point. For people who would rather not attend in person,

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