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2023 SE Wisconsin Lakes Forum

Wisconsin Lakes invites you to…

2023 SE Wisconsin Lakes Forum on Recreational Impacts to Lakes!

Presented by Wisconsin Lakes, Lake Country Clean Waters, and the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Friday May 19, 2023 – 9:00am-4:00pm
UW-Milwaukee Great Lakes Water Institute
600 E Greenfield Ave, Milwaukee (on the waterfront!)

$20/person, lunch included!

Due to limited space and a desire to represent as many southeast Wisconsin lakes as possible, we request a limit of 3 representatives per lake at this time. We also encourage attendees to be current leaders and decision makers!

Download a printable flyer with more information…

Participants view a presentation at a workshop

Wisconsin Lakes is proud to present its first Regional Lakes Forum! For this event we’ll be focusing on issues southeast Wisconsin lakes are facing due to pressures and impacts from recreational uses. Join other leaders, decisionmakers, and stakeholders in an engaging day of learning from experts but also talking with each other about your lakes issues with recreational impacts and possible solutions.

Who should attend?

Leaders from lake districts, lake associations, riparian homeowner associations, and other stakeholders

What’s the purpose of the event?

The Impact Forum acts as a communication platform for Lake Leaders to collaborate on shared successes, challenges and solutions needed to benefit and protect all lake users.

What outcomes are we looking for?

1) Explore attendees’ experinces with recreational impacts to local lakes
2) Connect your own lake’s unique issues to potential solutions  
3) Begin thinking about recreational impact action plan

What can you expect the day to look like?

In the morning, you’ll hear from representatives from some of the lake organizations that helped put this event together, including Ashippun, Big Cedar, Crystal, Delavan, and Geneva, talking on subjects such as issues with access, managing traffic and capacity on the lake, and managing impacts from enhanced wakes.

In that afternoon you’ll hear from experts on issues such as how to study your lake’s capacity for watercraft, ordinance development and enforcement for boating and to manage aquatic invasive species transfer, what science is telling us about wave and wake impacts, and the rules in Wisconsin surrounding piers and recreational access points.

Invited presenters include:

  • Darren Kuhn, DNR Warden, on boating ordinances and enforcement
  • Jake Schmidt, Geneva Lake Environmental Agency, on aquatic invasive species local ordinances
  • Tom Slawski, Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, on studies on wake and wave impacts
  • Michael Engleson, Wisconsin Lakes, on conducting a lake carrying capacity study
  • More to be added

Funding for this event provided in part by the Green Bay Packers Foundation, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the generous support of our member organizations and individuals. Thank You!