Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

AIS Drain Campaign


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: June 7, 2017 at 3:25:05 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida Co. AIS News 6-7-17
Good Afternoon,

The statewide AIS Drain Campaign is this weekend from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th.

During the Drain Campaign, the Oneida County AIS Team, along with several lake associations and partnering agencies, will be reminding anglers and boaters to drain their boats, livewells and other gear before and after hitting the lakes. They will also be handing out free ice packs to anglers to aid them in taking this important step. The Drain Campaign aims to increase awareness of and compliance with Wisconsin’s draining laws among anglers, the campaign’s target audience. The campaign focuses on the AIS prevention steps, help anglers understand how and why some of Wisconsin’s worst AIS can spread through transported water, and helps anglers understand the rules on fish and water transport.

Boaters may know to inspect their boat for weeds before entering and when leaving the lake, but they may not realize that they could inadvertently transport one of the worst AIS through water.  Invaders like zebra mussel larvae or spiny water fleas are too small to readily see and can survive to the next lake when water is left in livewells, buckets, bilge, motors or equipment.

Why Give Away Ice Packs? Because once your day’s catch is out of water, the fish are not considered live and can be safely transported home. Since fish need to be kept fresh on the road, ice is an alternative to livewells that’s already preferred by many anglers. Some folks are used to taking their catch home in livewells, but ice is a legal and better way to get those fish home. It stops any bacterial growth, and then your catch isn’t ingesting the fish toxins that concentrate in fouled, low-oxygen water on the way home, which some say affects the taste. You also don’t want that water making it to a new lake. Fish diseases or very small invasive species can get around that way.

Examples of small invasive species that can easily hitch a ride in water are Zebra Mussels and Spiny Water fleas.  Though neither one has been found in Oneida County, they are extremely close to the county line. In Vilas County, the Spiny Water fleas have been found in Trout Lake, Star Lake, Stormy Lake, and Ike Walton Lake. To the East of us, in Forest County, the Zebra Mussels have caused significant damage to Lake Metonga. Anglers are really passionate about protecting their lakes, and will take time to remove and drain invasive species from their boats just because it’s the right thing to do. No one wants to bring zebra mussels or spiny water fleas to a new lake just because they forgot to drain their water.

It takes just a few minutes at the landing to keep our lakes beautiful and our fish healthy. Know the laws and follow the AIS prevention steps every time you leave the water.

INSPECT boats, trailers and equipment.
REMOVE all attached aquatic plants and animals.
DRAIN all water from boats, vehicles, equipment including livewells and buckets containing fish.
NEVER MOVE plants or live fish away from a waterbody.
DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash
BUY minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer. Use leftover minnows only under certain conditions*
*You may take leftover minnows away from any state water and use them again on that same water. You may use leftover minnows on other waters only if no lake or river water or other fish were added to their container.

The Clean Boats Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors throughout Oneida County have been doing an OUTSTANDING job of educating boaters.  But, it’s important to remain vigilant about educating why it’s important to drain boats, livewells and bait buckets and stop invasive species in their tracks.

If you have questions about AIS or think you may have discovered an AIS that is not known to that waterbody, please do not hesitate to contact me at 715-369-7835.

Enjoy the sunshine and have a great day.

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Sunday, June 4, 2017

CBCW Scheduled 2 more refresher Workshops

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: June 2, 2017 at 4:24:25 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida Co. AIS - CBCW Workshop Schedule
Good afternoon,

Would you like to attend a CBCW workshop? If so, there are two more CBCW Workshops being offered and both are free:

Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00 am – 9:00 am at the Crescent Lake Boat Landing. This workshop is geared as a refresher course. You do not need to register.

Wednesday June 7th from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at the Town of Minocqua’s Community Center (3rd floor) located at 415 Menominee Street, Minocqua. This workshop will offer plant ID, the DNR wardens perspective on invasive species, plus all the tips and tricks imaginable to help you conduct a successful watercraft inspection and stop AIS from spreading. Please register by calling Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),

1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Friday, May 12, 2017

Bear Spotted

Our neighbor Leon Sammuelson caught this photo on his Trail Cam a week or so ago. The Trail Cam is located in his front yard and the bear (Yogi) was about 10 feet from his living room window!  So it's that time again......be cognizant if you have bird feeders out and find them toppled or gone completely. Bears are creatures of habit and will go on the same nightly walk if they are finding plenty of things to get into. It can be a good idea to take bird feeders in at night if possible and you need to do this for at least 2 weeks and then they usually change their habits. Above all they are wild creatures and can be dangerous if you get between a mother and her cubs. So use good judgement. This bear was sighted on North Shore Dr. almost at the end of the road.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Change of Venue for Tomorrow April 26

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: April 26, 2017 at 10:07:58 AM CDT
Subject: Thursdays CBCW Workshop-Change of Location
Good Morning,
Due to weather, tomorrows (May 27th) Clean Boats Clean Waters workshop has moved indoors to the Oneida County Courthouse, Committee Room 2 (second floor, across the hall from Planning and Zoning). The courthouse is located at 1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander WI.     Same time 5:-6:30 pm.   Bring a coat because at the end of the workshop, we will head outside to go over watercraft inspection checkpoint on the DNRs boat.
There is still time to sign-up for the workshop. Please call 715-369-7835 to register.
Please pass this information on to your lake groups, neighbors and friends.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Visit us at: Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Celebrate Earth Week April17-22

From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: April 13, 2017 at 5:13:22 PM CDT
Subject: Oneida County AIS Presents A Night at the Movies
Good Friday Afternoon,

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Earth Week (April 17-21) and Earth Day (April 22)?   If so, bring the entire family to the movies to see the spectacular documentary “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” on the big screen.  
You can see it on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in Three Lakes, WI.  It is FREE to the public.   Seating is still available and an RSVP is encouraged. Call Oneida County Land & Water at 715-369-7835 to reserve your seat.

This two-hour documentary about aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, will take viewers below the surface of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem and into the middle of a complex war for survival. Narrated by Bill Kurtis, “Making Waves” traces the path of the invasion and joins researchers on the front lines as they combat invasive species and work to restore native species, in an effort to prevent a biological takeover of the Great Lakes. This documentary includes our own AIS Coordinator, Stephanie Boismenue and County Conservationist, Michele Sadauskas as they highlight “local” AIS issues throughout Oneida County. To view a trailer of Making Waves, visit www.makingwavesdocumentary.com

This special presentation of “Making Waves” is provided by Oneida County and Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Departments. 

Have a great weekend,

Steph

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-6293
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),
1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501


Clean Boats Clean Waters Workshops


From: Steph Boismenue <sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us>
Date: March 21, 2017 at 12:08:08 PM CDT
Subject: 3 CBCW Workshops Offered in Oneida County
Good afternoon,

As the 2017 boating season begins, the Oneida County AIS Team is gearing up to help both new and seasoned Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors become armed with how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of AIS and learn the tips and tricks of the trade.  This fun and educational event will take place during three FREE Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshops, hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department.

Thursday April 27th         5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Rhinelander at Hodag Park’s Boom Lake Landing
Thursday May 25th          5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park’s Picnic Shelter
Wednesday June 7th      5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor

See attached flyer for a list of guest presenters and additional information. Please register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email me, Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us
For more information about the workshops, please visit www.oneidacountyais.com

Stephanie Boismenue
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
715-369-7835
Visit us on the web at www.oneidacountyais.com
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Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department
Oneida County Courthouse (second floor),

1 South Oneida Avenue, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501

Three Clean Boats, Clean Waters Workshops
Offered in Oneida County
As the 2017 boating season begins, the Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Team is gearing up to help both new and seasoned Clean Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspectors become armed with how and why educational awareness is so important in preventing the spread of AIS and learn the tips and tricks of the trade. This fun and educational event will take place during three FREE Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshops, hosted by Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department.
 Thursday April 27th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Rhinelander at Hodag Park’s Boom Lake Landing
 Thursday May 25th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Three Lakes at Cy Williams Park’s Picnic Shelter
 Wednesday June 7th 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Minocqua Community Center, 3rd floor
Workshop presenters include:
 Sandy Wickman, Outreach Specialists - University of Wisconsin Extension Lakes and Water Resource Management Specialist - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will present “Hands-on Aquatic Plant Species Identification.” Her wealth of knowledge will help you understand the beautiful underwater gardens that live below the water’s surface and help you to become a pro at spotting native and invasive plants.
 Stephanie Boismenue, AIS Coordinator - Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department, will present “Look What the Craft Dragged In” as she walks you through a real watercraft inspection from start to finish and shows you how and where invasive species are most likely to hitch a ride. She will also discuss the upcoming statewide AIS Drain Campaign and the Fourth of July Boat Landing Blitz.
 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden’s will present “A Law Enforcement Perspective” and share their role in protecting our natural resources by preventing the spread of AIS.
o Jim Jung, Conservation Warden, will present in Rhinelander
o David Walz, Supervisor, Conservation Warden, will present in Three Lakes
o Tim Ebert, Conservation Warden, will present in Minocqua
Clean Boats, Clean Waters resources, door prizes, refreshments and lite snacks will be provided. Please register soon by contacting the Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department at 715-369-7835, or email Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County AIS Coordinator at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us. For more information about the workshops, please visit www.oneidacountyais.com. In the event of severe weather, please visit the website for up-to-the-minute updates.