PO Box 342
Webster, WI54893


Water Quality

Bill Yorkson reported on the installation of the 3 cameras on Yellow Lake. The only location where the signal could be received from all 3 cameras was a high point on the west side of the lake. Delores Lien, a property owner at that location, agreed to allow a computer and a DSL connection at her home. A motion passed for YLRA to pay $300/year for the DSL connection. Bill Yorkson reported that our water clarity this May was better than recorded last May. Several lakes in Minneapolis area have been infested with Curly Leaf Pond Weeds which give off an algae that has killed several dogs. The Aquatic Plant Survey for Yellow Lake and Little Yellow Lake will start in about one week and will check for the "Curly Leaf". The cost to do the Aquatic Plant survey for the YellowRiver will cost $4000 and uses a different protocol than that used for lakes. YLRA will discuss the survey for the River at theFall  Meeting.

Bill Yorkson reported on the status of the Aquatic Plant Survey that he has been working on with Dave Ferris of Burnett County Land & Water Conservation Dept. There is a 98% chance that we can get a grant from Wisconsin DNR to pay for 50% of the costs. A motion passed that YLRA do the survey on Yellow Lake, Little Yellow Lake, upriver to the highway 35 bridge and downriver to the dam. The motion included that we make the grant application for 50% of the cost. The total cost was set not to exceed $8000. The survey is to include both natural and invasive vegetation. Burnett County has sub-contracted with Matt Berg of Endangered Resources for other survey work. The survey for Aquatic Plants will take 3 weeks.

Bill Yorkson reported that the water quality testing that he & Steve Germain do now requires new protocol and new testing equipment with more paperwork. When the water quality is tested they also test for chemicals. The water quality is tested 5 times during the summer at a cost of $200 per time.

Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association
2007 Video Launch Monitoring Report

In December of 2006, the DNR approved an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Education and Prevention grant for the Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association (BCLRA). This 2 year initiative focuses on the automated monitoring of 7 boat launches on five lakes in Burnett County (Johnson, Lake 26, Mud Hen, Big Wood, and Yellow Lake (3 launches)). The monitoring equipment is manufactured, installed, and maintained by Environmental Sentry Protection, LLC (ESP). The 5 lake associations, BCLRA, Burnett County, and ESP committed to providing 50% of the resources for this project through a combination of volunteer effort, resources, and payments.
This grant by the Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association for key lakes in Burnett County is designed to leverage traditional Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) practices as well as new tools such as 7x24 monitoring and distributed educational materials in a multi pronged effort to stem or prevent the advance of aquatic invasives from boaters into these lakes.

Project goals and objectives

1) Develop and present educational information to fishermen visiting bait stores
2) Identify a clear Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) clean off zone at each launch
3) Educate visiting boaters on procedures that they should follow to clean their boats
4) Install Internet Landing Installed Device Sensors (I-LIDS) to capture launch usage statistics
5) Determine compliance of visitors with removal of AIS prior to launching
6) Evaluate how effective a monitoring tool is in ensuring visitors follow procedures
7) Identify specific boaters who violate laws regarding transport of AIS

The main goals of the program are to:

  1. Reduce the risk of AIS introduction into these lakes through a 7x24 presence, education, and modifying boater behaviors with respect to launching aquatic plants
  2. Identify AIS violators who had attached weeds on their boat and trailer while launching.
  3. Improve public education on AIS, including notifying violators of illegal launching

Over 6900 video sequences were captured from 5/5-10/18/07.

Why Monitor? The Risk of New Aquatic Invasive Species
Wisconsin Lakes face threats from many varieties of AIS such as Eurasian watermilfoil, Hydrilla (newly discovered in Indiana, and Wisconsin), and Zebra Mussels that cling to weeds. Residents of infested waters spend tens of thousands of dollars annually in the battle to manage these invasives.
Zebra mussels have spread to 55 boating accesses in Minnesota, 100 lakes in Wisconsin, and 227 lakes in Michigan. These invasives carry significant impact to lake ecology, property values, recreational enjoyment, and native species. Zebra mussels have no control technique that can be used to eradicate their presence once they infest a lake. Zebra Mussels siphon plankton at the base of the food chain impacting fisheries. They die off and litter shorelines with razor sharp edges and foul smell. Therefore it’s clear why identifying strategies that can be leveraged to get boaters to clean their boats is important.