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The WI Dept. of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Thursday, December 10 seeking comment on rules that would set surface water standards for some of the chemicals widely known as “PFAS.” PFAS are a group of chemicals widely used in everything from fire-fighting foam to non-stick cookware and have been linked to health problems including low birth weight, cancer, liver disease, and more. Because they do not break down in the environment, they’ve been nicknamed “forever chemicals.” Recently found in more and more surface waters, the agency is seeking to set water quality criteria for the chemicals. Information on the public hearing and how to submit written comments (which are due on Dec 15) can be found here.

In addition to surface water standards, a public hearing on a rulemaking to set drinking water standards for some PFAS chemicals will be held on Wed., December 1. Get info on that hearing and public comment period here.

For more info on the DNR’s efforts regarding PFAS, go here.


Wisconsin Lakes Annual Membership Meeting

December 7, 2021 ~ 4:30-6:00pm ~ Online
Free and open to members & non-members
Registration required

Join the staff and board of Wisconsin Lakes to hear about our accomplishments over the last twelve months and a look forward to where we’re headed in 2020, including our Recreational Impacts to Lakes initiative. This event will be held via Zoom and is open to members and non-members with room for 100 attendees (viewing will also be possible via YouTube), so sign up today!

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For information on all Wisconsin Water Week events in 2022, follow our companion website at wisconsinwaterweek.org!

2022 Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Convention
April 6-8, 2022 ~ Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center

We plan on returning in person to Stevens Point in 2022 for the Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Convention, a presentation of the Wisconsin Lakes & Rivers Partnership, and the flagship event of Wisconsin Water Week 2022!

Watch this space for updates on important dates and other info and follow all the Convention news here!

2022 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Awards are open and due by December 15, 2021. New categories and criteria are in place for this year, so be sure to go over the new process carefully! Get all the info you need, here.

Your Statewide Lake Association

We Speak for Lakes!

Wisconsin Lakes, formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Lakes, is the only statewide non-profit organization working exclusively to protect and enhance the quality of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes. For more than 20 years, Wisconsin Lakes has worked toward statewide solutions for the challenges faced by our abundant natural water resources while supporting strong local protection efforts. We represent citizens and lake groups like you who care about Wisconsin’s lakes as a shared resource, and who appreciate the value lakes bring to our quality of life, tourist economy, and property tax base. Wisconsin Lakes seeks to protect the natural wonder of our lakes, and preserve our collective right to boat, fish, hunt, ice skate, swim and enjoy the scenic beauty of our shared public waters.


Make a contribution to protect Wisconsin’s legacy of lakes.

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Add your voice to the chorus “speaking for lakes.”