Join the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association for its 22nd annual meeting and picnic Saturday, July 26, 4-6:30 p.m., with sign-in beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The meeting and picnic will be held in the Lions pavilion at the Manitowish Waters community center,
A short business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. sharp At 4:15 p.m., NLES seventh grade science students will report on their water resource study field trips funded by the MWLA. At 4:30 p.m., Anne Kretschmann, water specialist and AIS coordinator at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, will give a brief update on the WDNR grants. Then at 5 p.m., the free picnic will begin with smoked chicken on a bun, salads, dessert, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
Your membership in the MWLA covers you and your immediate family. A donation is appreciated if you bring guests or extended family. If preferred, they can take out a membership for only $25.
The Town Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership (TAISP), comprised of the town of Manitowish Waters, the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association and the North Lakeland Discovery Center, was awarded several additional lake management planning grants, a Clean Boats Clean Waters grant, and one additional early detection and response grant, bringing the total number of WDNR grants awarded to the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes to 10 since 2011. TAISP consistently ranks among the top applicants, indicating the high value that the state places on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes. The grants will expand our understanding of the health, functioning, and threats to the chain and enable the protection and enhancement of our lakes for generations to come. The towns of Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction have generously committed a portion of matching funds as a component of the grants.
Anne Kretschmann’s update presentation will address the series of Lake Management Planning and Education grants anticipated for the future and the grants recently awarded to the Manitowish Chain. These grants will result in a management plan for the entire chain, including the Manitowish River and lakes below the dam. Curly leaf pondweed, an aquatic invasive species (AIS) has been discovered in many lakes of the chain.
Kretschmann, along with Drew Lockwood, water education intern, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about aquatic invasive species. We strongly encourage you to bring in aquatic plant samples from your shoreline that you would like identified. Information will be provided on how to monitor your shoreline for AIS and the programs that the Discovery Center offers that train you to become a lake captain or deckhand.
You will also have an opportunity to meet North Lakeland students who were involved in the purple loosestrife beetle project and who attended field trips that the MWLA sponsors. North Lakeland’s outstanding outdoor education program, is under the direction of science teacher Leif Williams. The program, designed for seventh grade students, focuses on water resources, fresh water ecology, stewardship, and recreation on or around the Manitowish Chain.
For more information about the annual meeting and picnic call 715-543-8141. To become a member, visit our website at www.mwlakes.com.