NEXT BOARD MEETING:
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Fond du Lac City/County Government Center
Future Meeting Dates
April 2 September 3
May 7 October 1
June 4 November 5
July 2 December 3
August (Annual Meeting -TBD)
All Association members are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Fond du Lac City/County Building – meeting rooms F&G.
160 South Macy Street
Special Guest: Andrew Sabai, lake and wetland ecologist
We would like to extend an invitation to attend our next meeting in November. LWQIA is considering establishing a monitoring program for the southern end of Lake Winnebago. To aid in its deliberations, the Board has invited Andrew Sabai to speak at the November meeting. Andrew, a lake and wetland ecologist, is the Grant Coordinator for Lake Puckaway. He will talk about the history of monitoring the Winnebago system, the various methods and the value of such measurements.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and Andrew will speak shortly thereafter.
LWQIA members are always encouraged to attend Association Board meetings.
Audio recordings from this July seminar are now available. Hear the WI Department of Natural Resources, United States Coast Guard, and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department discuss their differing roles when patrolling on Lake Winnebago, learn what other organizations offer to boaters and anglers on the lake and at launches, and best ways to stay safe.
Follow this link to listen to the audio presentations: http://fonddulac.uwex.edu/community-development-natural-resources/winnebagoaquaticplants/
People fishing on Lake Winnebago now have an easy way to dispose of old or unwanted fishing line. Ten fish line receptacles have been placed around the southern end of the lake in an effort to keep the lake clean and safe for wildlife and people using it.
Chris Anderson designed the receptacles from PVC pipe donated by JF Ahern as part of his Eagle Scout project. Fellow scouts from Troop 705 of North Fond du Lac helped with the construction and installation. The project was sponsored by the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association.
Fishing line, or monofilament, is typically non-degradable and lasts about 600 years. Abandoned fishing line injures or kills fish, birds and other wildlife
Collection bins are located at the following launch sites:
Hwy 45 Wayside
(3) at Lakeside Park West (Supple Marsh)
(2) at Lakeside Park East
Columbia Park in Calumet
Fisherman’s Road in Taycheedah
Chris discusses the placement of labels with Larry Kent. (Left Photo)
Chris Anderson is joined by fellow Scouts to work on his Eagle Scout project, including (from left) John Fuchs, Matthew Dudarenke, Mike Fuchs, Jordon Friend, Kurt Weir, and Patrick Weir. The Scouts are from Troop 705 of North Fond du Lac. (Right photo)
Chris Anderson and Matthew Dudarenke install a receptacle at Lakeside Park West. (Upper photo)
The 2nd annual meeting of LWQIA was held on August 3 at Lakeside Park Pavilion.
A few highlights of the day’s events:
Larry Kent presents an overview of the association’s goals and accomplishments.
Andrew Karleigh, FDL County AIS Coordinator
Guest speaker, Mike Lizotte, Winnebago Lakes Council, gives a history of the Winnebago system.
Scouts from Troop 705 and a fish line receptacle.
Lakeside Park Pavilion, Fond du Lac Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
10 a.m. – Noon
This is an informative meeting for LWQIA members and their guests. The public is welcome. There will be an opportunity to sign up and become a member or renew your membership.
Special presentation: A History of Lake Winnebago – Looking Back but Moving Forward. Mike Lizotte, president of Winnebago Lakes Council, explores the history of the Winnebago waterways and its changing terrain and shifting uses.
Andrew Karleigh, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Fond du Lac County, will give a presentation on the Landscape for the Lake Demonstration Project at Supples Marsh.
Update on the Fishing Line Receptacle Project. A LWQIA sponsored Eagle Scout project.
Elections for Treasurer, Secretary, and Board member
Amendments to the By-Laws
If you are a member, you can also participate in electing or being elected to the LWQIA Executive Committee and help shape our future activities.
Fun Filled Basket Fundraiser!!!
Each basket has a theme and is filled with goodies galore. Come and join the fun, bid on your favorite basket! All proceeds benefit the LWQIA and its mission.
Psst…Help pass the word about the good things we are doing and invite your neighbor to come along!
Boating Safety and the Law
Wed., July 17, 2013
7 – 8:30 p.m.
University Center Room 113/114 (also called LGI)
If you have been on Lake Winnebago, for business or recreation, you may have noticed three different agencies on patrol. County, state and federal agencies enforce the law to protect the lake and the people who enjoy it.
To explain their different responsibilities and regulations, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association (LWQIA) has organized “On Your Side,” a free seminar on Wed., July 17.
Larry Kent, spokesperson for LWQIA, worked with UW-Extension to bring together the Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“The DNR and law officers have different roles and jurisdictions,” he says. “They will discuss those and take questions from the audience. They are bringing actual patrol boats and other rescue equipment so people can see first-hand what goes into patrolling our lakes.”
The seminar will also introduce Water Guardians and Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinators, who interact with boaters on the lake and at landings.
To attend, enter the University Center doors by the flag poles. The seminar is in room UC 113/114, also called the LGI. Registration is preferred but not required. Call (920) 929-3173 (711 for relay) or e-mail email@example.com to register or arrange ADA accommodations.
Over fifty volunteers spent part of their day Saturday, April 27 picking up trash along the Fond du Lac River, Supples Marsh and at Lakeside Park, to make the river a better, cleaner place. The annual event, organized by LWQIA member Andrew Karleigh, is in its thirteenth year.
Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for making this year’s cleanup a success!
We look forward to working with you again next year.
Saturday, April 27
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Meet at Lakeside Park; Oven Island North Shelter
The Fond du Lac River and Lakeside Park will get a dose of spring cleaning during the thirteenth annual Fond du Lac River Cleanup on Saturday, April 27.
This is an opportunity to work together for a good cause. LWQIA member Andrew Karleigh is coordinating this year’s cleanup and is requesting your participation.
Clearing debris from the Fond du Lac River not only improves the landscape for residents and visitors to enjoy, it improves the health and water quality of the river. The cleanup also helps protect waterfowl and other birds that nest along the shorelines later in the spring. Many plants and animals depend on access to the water for survival.
You can help by volunteering a few hours of your time to collect garbage beginning at Oven Island North Shelter in Lakeside Park. Maps, bags, and gloves will be provided for cleaning up the river banks. Training on the identification of Japanese Knotweed and Phragmites will also be provided. Dress accordingly for the weather. Release and sign-up forms will be available at the registration table the day of the event.
This year’s Fond du Lac River Clean Up is sponsored by FHS Environmental Club, UW-FDL Environmental Club, and Marian University Environmental Club, Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association (LWQIA) and the Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservation Dept.
We need your support for this very worthy event.
Board Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Fond du Lac City/County Government Center (unless otherwise noted)
The meeting dates for 2013 are:
July 10 (originally scheduled for July 3)
LWQIA Annual Meeting for the Membership
Saturday, August 3 at Lakeside Park
(more information to follow)
All Association members are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings.