Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wisconsin DNR announces new website

You are invited to explore the Wisconsin DNR's new website! The old site will remain available until mid-2010.

Organized by topic, the new website is much easier to navigate. "Lakes" appears within several spots, most notably:

1.) Environment & Health -> Natural Resources -> Lakes


2.) Outdoors and Nature -> Public Lands in Wisconsin -> Lakes & Flowages


 A few notes about the new site:

Some pages link back to the old site. Over the coming months, Jim, Dennis and Jennifer will finish moving those pages over to the new site.

We will set up "redirects" from our old web addresses, so your links should still work. If you notice a problem, let us know. 

New Dynamic Web Pages - Some new "dynamic" web pages are available!http://new.dnr.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=391c2658-429f-4eab-af05-128368702c28

1.) The "Lake Pages" - Find a lake. Work in progress, with data updates and additional information (water quality, etc.) forthcoming.

2.) "Contacts" - instead of being maintained by hand, the contact information is coming out of SWIMS, enabling us to cross-link people and lake organizations to projects, etc. Recent updates will be reflected soon.

3.) "Lake Contour Maps" - The maps Jim has worked so hard to scan. Now, lake name, area, etc. table is coming from the DNR Register of Waterbodies to keep information consistent across our pages.

4.) "Local Projects" (via. Grants)-- Click Grants to browse grants awarded. Work in progress with recently awarded grants yet to be geo-located, more "activities" to be added, and more final reports yet to be uploaded.

5.) "Invasives"and "Clean Boats, Clean Waters" -- these pages are the same for the most part.

Jim Vennie and Jennifer Filbert, Lakes-L Blog for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 101 S. Webster Street • PO Box 7921 •Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921 • 608-266-2621

Asian Clams in Lake George

Lake George Mirror article on Asian clams in Lake George, NY  December 3rd, 2010



2011 National Beach Conference

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 2011 National Beach Conference March 15-17, in Miami, Florida.This conference will provide a forum for discussing national beach water quality issues, exchanging information, and coordinating efforts in research and decision-making. Prior to the start of the conference,on March 14, EPA and its partners will provide training on beach monitoring, rapid methods, and predictive tools. 

Source: EPA WaterHeadlines 

EPA Completes Research to Inform Development of New Recreational Water Quality Criteria

EPA has completed studies that serve as a scientific foundation for developing new or revised water quality criteria for recreational waters, such as lakes, rivers and oceans, by October 2012. EPA's research studies were focused on predictive modeling, method development and validation, and epidemiological studies. The new or revised criteria will replace the current criteria recommendations EPA issued in 1986 and are to be used by states, tribes and territories in their adoption of new water quality standards. These standards are to protect people who engage in recreational water activities from potential illness associated with fecal contamination in the water. The completion notices and reports from the studies are available on EPA's website at http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/waterquality/standards/criteria/health/recreation/index.cfm. Some of the studies have also been published in professional journals and others are in the process of being submitted for publication.

For more information contact Lisa Christ at christ.lisa@epa.gov

Source: WaterHeadlines

Thursday, December 02, 2010

LCBP announces aquatic invasive species grant recipients

Congratulations to the NY recipients of aquatic invasive species grants from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Your great work and commitment to stewardship through innovative projects leveraged $233,704 to help protect aquatic resources from invasives, way to go!

• Ausable River Association - river steward
• Boquet River Association - wetland monitoring
• Darrin Freshwater Institute - Asian clam response
• Lake Champlain Maritime Museum - Asian clam response
• Lake Colby Association - Eurasian milfoil control
• Lake George Association - lake steward program
• Rainbow Lake Association - lake steward
• Research Foundation of SUNY - AIS prevention at fishing tournaments
• The FUND for Lake George - Asian clam response
• Upper Saranac Lake Foundation - Eurasian milfoil control and prevention
• Watershed Stewardship Program, Paul Smiths College - spread prevention and early detection
• Lewis Creek Association (VT) - European frogbit spread prevention and control

Source: Hilary Smith, APIP