Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lake Thompson Association News

Lake Thompson Association News
from Frosty Smith

Jan. 25, 2017                                                                                            Vol. 1



We had our Lake Thompson Association (LTA) Christmas Party this last Dec. 2 at Holiday Acres Resort.  There were 26 attending.  Social hour was great with wonderful tasting appetizers to sample.  We had a wonderful meal and an out of this world dessert!  I won’t tell you what it was, so you’ll just have to come next year.  We also collected nonperishable food for the Rhinelander Food Pantry.
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We have some sad news to report that Bob Haskins of Woodstock, IL, and Jean Kilbane of Rhinelander, passed away this last Fall.
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Paul Schreiber gave us some news about our lake’s weed condition.  So far we are okay without any of the bad weeds in our lake.  A BIG thanks to our boys that watch the boat landing!  Paul also announced that we received our grant money from the DNR for our AIS programPlease see reverse for a further message from Paul.
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A LTA board meeting was held to discuss events for 2017, which included mailing of the ice-out and dues notice.  Please see the enclosed form to be completed:

2017 Lake Thompson Association Membership
Annual Dues Invoice/Ice-Out Guess

  Also, please see this year’s LTA event dates on the reverse.  More to follow later.
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For those of you traveling to warmer climates this Winter, we wish you safe travels and look forward to seeing you when you return.  For everyone else who stays on the lake, we are hoping for lots of snow and good ice to enjoy Winter sports and activities.
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If you have any news to be mentioned, please let us know for the next newsletter.  Thanks.

Contact info to:  Frosty Smith (LTA President)
frosty@newnorth.net or 715-369-0520

Lake Thompson Association News
from Frosty Smith

Jan. 25, 2017                                                                                            Vol. 1
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A message from Paul Schreiber, Vice President /Aquatic Invasive Species  (AIS) Director,  Lake Thompson Association:

Greetings to our lake association members!  As we enter into the new year, our lake association will continue to be fully committed to the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species entering our lake.   Although Lake Thompson currently remains free of invasive plants such as Asian Water Milfoil, we continue to see rapid expansion of invasive plants and species throughout northern Wisconsin lakes.  These harmful invasive plants are not only harmful to ecosystems of lakes and rivers but also can have a potentially negative impact on lake property values.

As we approach the 2017 boating season, we will once again implement our
“Clean Boats/Clean Waters” program.  The core initiative of  the program will concentrate on boat inspections at our public boat landing.  We feel incoming boat inspections is the best ‘front line’ defense against invasive species entering into our waters.  Last season, our junior conservation officers registered 400 plus hours of boat inspections ranking Lake Thompson in the top 1% of all Wisconsin lakes.
We thank all of our association members for their continuing support in our lake management efforts.  Through your lake membership association fees, we are able to continue with our Clean Boat/Clean Waters program. 

Best Wishes in 2017!
Paul E. Schreiber
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Save these dates to attend your LTA events at Holiday Acres Resort:

Ø Friday, June 16, 2017                Annual Member Dinner Meeting

Ø Sunday, August  13, 2017        Annual Member Picnic

Ø Friday, December 1, 2017        Annual Member Christmas Gathering
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Remember to visit the Lake Thompson Association blog:

http://lakethompsonassociation.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Reminder

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: December 9, 2016 at 2:02:45 PM CST
Subject: News for Oneida County AIS - December 9, 2017
Good Afternoon,
I realize news from the AIS department has been quiet lately. That’s because November and December are the months when we roll up our sleeves and dive into grant applications and grant reports.  These grants are extremely important to Oneida County as they provide funding for projects that help protect our valuable water resources. I am happy to say that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

In the meantime, I wanted to share two fantastic educational to add to your calendars.
Wisconsin Wetland Association’s 2017 Wetland Science Conference
Tuesday February 28 - Thursday March 2, 2017 and the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point
·         Student scholarships applications deadline – January 13
·         Early bird registration deadline – January 20
·         Sponsorship deadline – January 20
·         Final registration deadline – February 23
·         For more information, the Association’s home page can be found at:  http://wisconsinwetlands.org/   http://conference.wisconsinwetlands.org/

Minding Our Waters
2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention
Wednesday April 5 – Friday April 7, 2017 and the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point
During the 39th annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention, Minding Our Waters will emphasize our responsibility to keep the welfare of our water resources on the forefront of our minds as we manage and care for them.
·         Nominate a Person or Group for an Award. There are five Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award categories to recognize outstanding contributions of time and effort to the future of our lakes: Citizen, Organized group, Public service, Youth and Business.  Award nominations deadline – February 3, 2017
·         Call for Posters: A poster display is an excellent way to share your research, project or success story at the convention. Submission deadline – February 23, 2017
·         Photo Contest. To celebrate the 39th Lakes Convention, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership is sponsoring the 15th annual photo contest. It is an opportunity to show the state why you love your lakes as well as display your skill with a camera. Photo submission deadline – March 10, 2017
·         Registration for the event opens in January.
·         For more information, the convention home page can be found at:  http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/programs/convention/default.aspx

Minding Our Water - Did you know that the human body undergoes remarkable changes every time you go underwater? The heart rate slows and the cardiovascular system shifts gears, allowing people to hold their breath much longer than they can above land. Did you also know that, even when controlling for all other variables, people who live near lakes, rivers and oceans experience significant benefits in terms of happiness, longevity, and absence of diseases? These are just some of the many fascinating ways that being near, in, on, and under water affects people. We invite you to take a closer look at these phenomena during the 2017 Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention in Stevens Point April 5-7 as we “go deeper” and explore the mind-body-water connection.

Have a great weekend and Happy Holidays,

Steph
Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
Fax:  715-369-6268
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us


Public Input Opportunuty

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: January 6, 2017 at 8:59:08 AM CST
Subject: Public Input Opportunities
Good morning everyone,

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on two water-related proposed program guidance:
WETLANDS - "Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust Program Guidance" draft guidance is now open for review and public comment until January 25, 2017.
WATER QUALITY - “Updates to Wisconsin's Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methods (WisCALM) - Surface Water Quality Assessment Guidance” is open for public comment until January 17, 2017.

Your voice plays an important role in protecting our invaluable water resources.  To view and comment on these proposed program guidance go http://dnr.wi.gov/news/input/guidance.html

Have a great day,
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
Fax:  715-369-6268
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us

Shoreline Protection and Fish Populations

From: Michele Sadauskas <msadauskas@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: January 17, 2017 at 11:23:52 AM CST
Subject: shoreline protection and fish populations
Good morning everyone!

Another great report has made it across my desk, ‘A Fish Habitat Conservation Framework for Minnesota Lakes’.  Simply put this report delves into how shoreline development and watershed disturbances affect both physical structures (aquatic vegetation, woody habitat, substrate) and water quality (clarity, oxygen) in our lakes, thereby affecting fish populations.

For decades, the Oneida County Land & Water Department has worked with lake shore property owners to restore their degraded shorelines.  Within the last two years, we have begun to focus additional attention on the protection and restoration of woody habitat and floating and emergent aquatic vegetation.  It is good to see research that both justifies and guides the work that our department and our volunteers do!



News from OCLRA

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: January 19, 2017 at 9:16:31 AM CST
Subject: FW: News from the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association
Good Morning,

Hot Off the Press.  I’m forwarding to you the Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association’s (OCLRA) January newsletter (see below). For more information, visit their website at www.oclra.org .
Have a great day,

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835  
Fax:  715-369-6268
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Annual Holiday Gathering

Remember to click on post to enlarge.....



Thursday, November 10, 2016

AIS Documentary to Air Tomorrow Friday Nov. 11,2016


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: November 10, 2016 at 2:38:36 PM CST
Subject: AIS Documentary to Air Tomorrow
Good Afternoon All,
I wanted to share with you a fantastic documentary that will be airing tomorrow:
Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, a two-hour documentary about the effects of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes and the efforts under way to control and prevent them. Friday, Nov. 11, from 12-2:00 P.M., on WNMU-TV, in the Upper Peninsula and parts of Northeastern Wisconsin.  It can be seen on public TV channel 13 or through various cable providers (channel number will vary).
Two years ago, Michele Sadauskas (County Conservationist) and I were included in the filming of this documentary and it’s finally here. I hope you will be able to see it or set your DVR’s – you won’t want to miss this.
Enjoy,
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse, 2nd floor
PO Box 400
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone:  715-369-7835    
Fax:  715-369-6268
sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us