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Mark your calendar with these dates and look forward to an exciting year! Members should plan to attend. Meetings are held at the County Office building on Expo Drive unless noted elsewhere. Public and guests are more than welcome to attend our events unless otherwise noted. MCLA is working to protect and enhance the quality of area lakes and watersheds for the benefit of all in our community.

2024 MCLA Meeting Schedule

Next meeting—public welcome!

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Soil and Water Conservation Building, Room 300
4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc, WI 54220


Did you know that one of MCLA’s first projects was partnering with others in the Silver Lake restoration project? Join us this evening for a history lesson from Dave Pozorski on this project that occurred more than 25 years ago. Dave will give us details on the original construction of the Silver Lake County Park

5 to 10 minute social break followed by the MCLA general membership meeting:

a) Secretary’s report review for corrections/additions

b) Treasurer’s report

c) Follow up on wake surfing issue carried forward from prior meetings. Possible vote on resolution from MCLA to allow us to send our opinion to legislators. Copies of resolution will be available at meeting.

d) Newsletter update, deadline for articles.

e) Upcoming meetings schedule: Aug 29th, Sep 29th, Nov 21st

f) Voluntary Lake reports

g) Open time for Q/A and discussion

h) Adjourn



Thurs 08/29/24

Annual Banquet:
Sunday, Sept 29, 4:30pm
(Autumn Ridge Golf Club)

Thurs 11/21/24

Meetings are held at 6:30pm
Manitowoc County Soil & Water
Room 300, 4319 Expo Drive, Manitowoc

Lake reports, project updates, and time for general Q & A.


2024 Meeting Archive:

  • 4/25/24 | meeting minutes
    1. Update on panfish regulations and revised Wilke Lake Walleye limits by Jason Breeggemann, DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist.
    2. Update on Carstens Lake project (more infoView presentation slides


  • 2/15/24 | meeting minutes
    • Presentation on the History of the Wilke Lake Area: For the past 20 years, Bob Domagalski has been compiling the history of 80 sq miles of southwestern Manitowoc and eastern Calumet Counties. His presentation included just some of the detailed history of the farms and the people who have lived along the shores of Wilke Lake.


2023 Meeting Archive:

2022 Meeting Archive:

Annual banquet, Guest Speaker Jerry Englebert, Pier & Waterfront Solutions, LLC

Presentation: A Review of Shoreline Regulations
Pete Tarnowski – County Planning and Park Manager, and Reed Gaedtke – County Code Administrator, will review Shoreland regulations covering some history of shoreland regulation, setback requirements, impervious surface and filling and grading regulations. They are hoping to provide the audience with some clarity and information on what’s required for permitting. They will entertain some general questions but they will not be taking site specific questions pertaining to any individual’s projects. Individuals may contact their office with specifics about projects.

Read the Valders Journal Article about this presentation.
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Read the Valders Journal article about this meeting

Presentation: Carstens Lake Water Quality Improvement Project

Proposed Sedimentation and Treatment Basin with Sorption Technology

Jim Kettler, Director of Projects, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership

Sarah Majerus, Environmental Scientist, Stantec

Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and partners at Stantec and the UW–Stevens Point are working on a design for water quality treatment along Pine Creek, a direct tributary to Carstens Lake. The project was initiated as a result of a 3-year study by MCLA (2012-2014), which identified high levels of phosphorus (>40 ppb) in Carstens Lake. The subsequent 2018 Carstens Lake Comprehensive Management Plan recommends offline structures adjacent to Pine Creek for water quality treatment to mitigate phosphorus loading in Carstens Lake, and was the catalyst for this project. Read more



2021 Meeting Archive:

  • 9/24/2021 | meeting minutes
    Annual banquet, awards presentations and elections of officers.

This will be the first meeting for MCLA since 2020 when COVID-19 restrictions were in place and we have a lot of catching up to do! We’ll have an update on Lake Projects from this past year, and the MCLA business meeting will follow. If you wish to come early at 5:00 pm there may be pontoon rides available to tour Cedar Lake. Public and guests are encouraged to attend!

Kayak Demonstration:
Thomas Koeppen, a Kayak instructor, and his team with the “Kayak
Connection Program” will discuss the different types of Kayaks, their purpose, types of paddles, strokes and equipment and demonstrate safety and paddle techniques. If you are considering purchasing a Kayak or want to improve your skills this program is for you.

Aquatic Invasive Species Program 2021:
Jake Divine from Glacierland RC&D, the new 
AIS coordinator will update us on this year’s boat inspection program and AIS activities.

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2020 Meeting Archive:

Valders Journal coverage of guest speaker presentations

    • Ice Fishing Manitowoc County Lakes: Clint Ward will discuss the latest trend in technology and ice fishing methods that have occurred in recent years. A life long resident of Manitowoc County and avid fisherman, he will discuss ice fishing opportunities on area lakes.
    • Your Food Choices and Water Quality: Representatives from SLO Farmers Co-op, a producer marketing cooperative in northeastern Wisconsin, will speak on farm practices that protect water quality and reduce carbon emissions. Helping to connect the dots with the positive environmental impact of creating a micro-market for local farm products.
    • Conservation Congress: Larry Bonde, currently state Chairman of the Conservation Congress, will talk about the role the Congress plays in advising DNR and the Natural Resource Board on Fish & Game laws and other conservation issues. He will also discuss proposals or up-coming questions on the Public Hearings scheduled for April and held in every County of the State.
  • 4/23/2020 [cancelled]
  • 6/25/2020 [cancelled]
  • 8/27/2020 [cancelled]
  • October Banquet [cancelled]
  • 12/3/2020 [cancelled]

2020 Meetings Cancellation: COVID-19 Statement


Meetings & Speaker Series Archive:

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Updated: June 7, 2024 — 7:47 am