September meeting: Focus on Phosphorus

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Please mark your calendars and join us
at the Manitowoc County Office building @ 4319 Expo Drive,
Room 300, at 6:30pm.
Public and Guests are encouraged to attend.

Our program will be on internal phosphorus loading in our lakes with guest speaker Ron Gerrits from Bullhead Lake. Bullhead Lake is in the process of doing a feasibility study to determine if an alum treatment can be conducted to improve water quality conditions. Ron will highlight the findings of the project.

Our second speaker will be  the President of the Kewaunee County Lake Association, Randy Kleiman. He will discuss the successful alum treatment conducted on east Alaska lake in Kewaunee County to control the phosphorus internal loading.

The MCLA business meeting will follow.

Updated: September 9, 2019 — 10:56 pm

Waterfowl hunters do their part to stop AIS spread

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Waterfowl hunters do their part to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species

About the time the Green Bay Packers start fulfilling our football dreams, Wisconsin’s hunters prepare to take to the waters for the 2019 waterfowl hunting season on opening weekend, September 28-29. It will also begin the fourth year of Waterfowl Hunter Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Outreach, when teams of DNR staff, statewide AIS Partners and volunteers will be stationed at access points on opening days across the state to talk to hunters about AIS and what they can do to stop the spread. Staff at Glacierland RC& D will be out at the Marshes and other hunting hotspots around Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties to assist hunters with preventative actions and answer any invasive species questions.

Modeled after the successful Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) program that reaches boaters all summer long, boat inspectors/educators conduct a hunting version of the CBCW survey and talk with them about specific aspects of duck hunting that risk AIS movement. Mud, for example, can hide seeds, the bulbils of starry stonewort, and the eggs or larvae of tiny invaders, such as spiny water fleas. Of particular concern to the hunters is the Faucet snail. These snails carry intestinal flukes that can kill thousands of ducks if they eat them.

If you have experience as a Clean Boats, Clean Waters boat inspector and want to volunteer during the duck hunting season, please contact Samantha Lammers: Invasive Species Coordinator with Glacierland RC&D at 920-946-5921 or at

Just a few minutes of preventative action can protect our hunting tradition for generations to come. Before launching into and leaving a waterbody, hunters must:

  • Inspect waders, boats, trailers, motors and hunting equipment, including boots, blinds and dogs.
  • Remove all plants, animals and mud.
  • Drain all water from decoys, boats, motors, live wells and other hunting equipment.
  • Never move plants or live fish away from a water body.

A special consideration for waterfowl hunters is to remove all seed heads and roots when using vegetation for your duck blinds. It is important to note that it is illegal to use phragmites in counties where the plant is listed as prohibited by NR40, in general these counties include the western half of Wisconsin.

Glacierland RC&D is a nonprofit, grass-roots organization that is committed to wise use and conservation of our natural resources and human resources. We promote sustainability on all levels- environmental, social, and economic- by bringing together agencies, organizations, and people to work on projects addressing issues of sustainability in Wisconsin. For more information about Glacierland, visit our website at:

For more information about aquatic invasive species, including where they are prohibited and restricted, in Wisconsin, visit this WDNR webpage.

Updated: September 6, 2019 — 9:51 pm

RSVP for the Oct 18 Annual Banquet

a sparkly glitter background with a a banner saying annual banquet Manitowoc County Lakes Association Annual Banquet


Friday, October 18th, 2019

Location:  Meats Opera Haus, St, Nazianz

Time:  Cocktails (cash bar) and social hour from 6 to 7 PM

Dinner:  Family style dinner at 7 PM with program to follow

Speaker:  George Meyer, former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF)

Door prizes and 50/50 raffle


Cost:  $20 per person at the door includes desert and gratuity

Reservations:  email reservations to Jerry Corfman at

Organized and hosted by the Wilke Lake Advancement Association in coordination with MCLA



Updated: September 6, 2019 — 9:58 pm

New FREE Fish ID Tool Available!

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a screenshot from a website showing a Bluegill fish and a lot of text about itEver question your catch?

There’s a new FREE fish ID tool available from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

It’s loaded with great photos and data for 174 fish! You can identify fish by name or by appearance.

to check it out.

There’s also a mobile app version for iOS or Android that you can use out on the lake, even when you don’t have an internet connection.

This fish identification tool was developed by the University of Wisconsin Center for LimnologyWisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.


Updated: July 18, 2019 — 9:07 pm

All hands on deck this 4th of July to stop AIS in Wisconsin



Madison—Thousands of Wisconsinites will take to the water this Fourth-of-July for the state’s busiest boating holiday of the year. During the tenth annual Landing Blitz, July 3-7th, 2019, many boaters will be greeted at landings and access points by Glacierland RC&D and Wisconsin DNR staff, as well as volunteers sharing a simple, but powerful message: YOU can protect lakes, rivers, and streams from aquatic invasive species.

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Updated: September 6, 2019 — 9:49 pm

Meet the Starry Stonewort

Starry stonewort (Nitellopsis obtusa), a submerged annual macroalga, is known to cause nuisance conditions in MI, NY and IN. It can outcompete other vegetation and forms monotypic stands that can reduce fish spawning habitat.

Learn about Manitowoc’s latest AIS threat at the next MCLA meeting on Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30pm

Please join us at the Manitowoc County Office building @ 4319 Expo Drive, Room 300. Public and Guests are encouraged to attend.

DNR Fish Manager Steve Hogler will be our guest speaker, Steve will be reviewing last year’s fish survey findings on Wilke and Shoe lakes in the County and discuss DNR’s plans for surveying lakes this year. He will shed some light on the fish die off of Bullheads on Silver Lake this past month. This will be an opportunity to ask questions regarding the fisheries of the area and discuss the special panfish regulations on Long, Bullhead, English and Harpts lakes. Read more

Updated: June 25, 2019 — 2:58 pm

Wisconsin Drain Campaign May 31-June 2

Draining livewells can stop invasive species and protect Wisconsin’s Waters

MADISON- Fishing success is tied to healthy lakes, rivers and streams. Anglers can help keep our waters healthy and beautiful by stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by draining their live wells, bait buckets and bilges every time they leave a boat launch or fishing access. When we forget to drain, the water moved from one location to another can transport fish diseases and aquatic invasive species. The statewide Drain Campaign, our annual reminder, will take place on May 31-June 2, 2019 and coincides with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend, June 1-2. Read more

Updated: June 25, 2019 — 1:32 pm

April 25 Meeting Focuses on Property Value Study, Lake Levels and AIS Coordinator

The cost of poor water quality to property values, an analysis commissioned by Manitowoc County Lakes Association, and conducted by Drs. Wolf and Kemp of UW-Eau Claire, will be presented by MCLA past president John Durbrow. The study, which analyzed 8,372 property transactions between 2013 and 2016 in Manitowoc and adjacent counties, has demonstrated that lake water clarity directly impacts the property value of residences on that water body. The report concludes “…that a 1 meter increase in water clarity will result in a 10.5% increase in home values for properties located within 250 meters of a lake.” Conversely, the more water clarity is degraded, the more property values are reduced. Read more

Updated: September 6, 2019 — 9:49 pm

DNR Conservation Warden Kuhn to speak on Feb 21

February 21, 2019
Manitowoc County Office Building
4319 Expo Dr, Rm 300, at 6:30pm. 

Our guest speaker will be Darren Kuhn, DNR Conservation Warden. He will be addressing legal issues, explain the boating ordinance process and getting State approval to boating ordinances. He will take questions regarding creating local boating ordinances, specifically to deal with mirrors on ski boats, and PFD use. Read more

Updated: February 26, 2019 — 1:18 pm