The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department – AIS program has recognized several individuals, and one lake group, for outstanding achievement this past year for their activities in protecting Oneida County’s lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Winners received specialized award certificates at the 2014 AIS awards banquet held Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.
Outstanding Lake Stewardship awards were presented to Paul Schreiber (Lake Thompson) and Norris Ross (Three Lakes Waterfront Association).
Outstanding Stewardship awards were presented to Ron Paque (Crescent Lake) and to the Three Lakes Waterfront Association. A Special Stewardship and Technical Achievement award was presented to Reed Newlin, for his work on Laurel, Big Stone, Deer and Medicine Lakes.
Jim Allen (Dorothy Lake) and Carol Miller (Bird Lake) each received 15-year Citizen Monitoring awards while Eugene Ohm (Virgin Lake) received his 20-year Citizen Monitoring award.
Stephanie Boismenue, AIS program assistant and Squash Lake resident, was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Volunteer and a special Lifetime Stewardship award was presented to Nancy and Gary Blumreich (Pelican Lake).
Michele Sadauskas, AIS coordinator, also recognized her two other AIS program assistants, Alyssa Nycz and Sara Mills. Their hard work this summer, in addition to their creativity in the design of can koozies, wrist bands, pens and cocktail napkins, served to get the message, “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers” out to the public.
These recognized individuals and lake group, in addition to the dedicated Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) and Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) volunteers, educate the public on the importance of monitoring lakes and rivers in Oneida County and the dangers of the spread of aquatic invasive species.
If interested in being a part of this team, call Michele Sadauskas at 715-369-7835 or send an email to email@example.com.