Recommended Reading, Presentations, and Articles

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Press Releases and Important Announcements

Annual President’s Letter (2016) John S. Durbrow, president MCLA

Phragmites Control Grant Press Release 2015 John S. Durbrow, president MCLA

Valuable Resources

Interactive watershed mapping system
Visit to see and use Bruce Riesterer’s new mapping system to view your lake’s watershed boundaries. The boundaries are now more accurate because of new lidar-generated elevation data recently made available. Bruce asks that people take a look at the watershed for their lake(s) and let him know immediately if they see something that doesn’t seem accurate (e.g., placement of culverts).  You can contact him at

Guest Presentations—PowerPoint Presentations and Videos

June 2016. Lynn Markham, Center for Land Use Education (CLUE), UW-Stevens Point


April 2019. John S. Durbrow, past MCLA president.
Download the Impact of Water Clarity on Home Prices PowerPoint presentation

October 2018. Jim Knickelbine, Director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center.
Download the Birds of our Waters Powerpoint Presentation

January 2018. Clint Ward, Ice Fishing Enthusiast.
Download the Ice Fishing Presentation [PDF]

June 2019. Samantha Lammers, AIS Coordinator.
Download the Aquatic Invasive Species Update:Starry Stonewort Presentation [PDF]
Get more information on the Invasive Species Starry Stonewort on the WI DNR website

MCLA Guest Presenter Materials Available as Downloads

Sep 2019 Bullhead Lake Summary 2019 Ron Gerrits, MCLA Director, Bullhead Lake

June 2019 2018 Fish Survey of Wilke and Shoe Lakes [PDF] Steve Hogler, DNR Fisheries Biologist, Manitowoc and Brown Counties

June 2019 Aquatic Invasive Species Update: Starry Stonewort [PDF] Samantha Lammers, AIS Coordinator Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties

April 2019 The Impact of Water Clarity on Home Prices PowerPoint presentation John S. Durbrow, past MCLA president.

October 2018 Birds of our Waters PowerPoint Presentation Jim Knickelbine, Director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center.

Sept 2018 Shoreland Zoning Presentation Pete Tarnowski, Sr Planner, Manitowoc Co. Planning & Zoning and Reed Gaedtke, Code Administrator

July 2018 Have We Made Progress Protecting the Environment as Agriculture Grows? Scott Gunderson, Manitowoc County UW Extension Agriculture Agent and Jerry Halverson, Manitowoc County Soil & Water Conservation Dept. Director  (hi-res PDF available)

January 2018 Ice Fishing Presentation Clint Ward, Ice Fishing Enthusiast.

Jan 2017 Presentation and Silver Lake Project Update Gary Robinson, Manitowoc County Parks Superintendent

May 2016 Using the power of the law for environmental justice in the Western Great Lakes Kim Wright, Executive Director &  Tressie Kamp, Staff Attorney, Midwest Environmental Advocates

March 2016 Shoreland Zoning Presentation Pete Tarnowski, Manitowoc County Planning & Zoning Department

July 2015 Putting Stock in Manitowoc County Q & A with Steve Hogler, W-DNR Fisheries Manager

March 2015 Birds of Our Lakes Jim Knickelbine Executive Director; Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve Jeff Pritzl Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Regional Wildlife Biologist

Feb 2015 Phosphorus Control Efforts in the Sheboygan River Basin John Nelson, President Sheboygan River Basin Partnership

MCLA monitors concerns from affiliated and complementary organizations, and forwards these groups’ statements for your review.

Press Release On 2015 Budget Proposal Wisconsin Conservation Congress

2015 Budget Press Release Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

Budget Proposal Slashes Environmental Protection River Alliance of Wisconsin

Articles & Documents 

Cleaner County Waters Could Be Worth $30,840,000 Jan 2019

Annual President’s Letter (2016) John S. Durbrow, president MCLA

Kiss your Ash Goodbye by Tom Ward, AIS Coordinator, July 2016

Countywide Lake Reports Spring 2016

Invasive Species are Altering the Fisheries of Lake Michigan Jan 2016

MCLA List of Aquatic Invasive Species in Manitowoc County

Aquatic Invasive Species – Status of Manitowoc County Lakes August 2012

Managing the Waters Edge – A Brochure

Plan to bypass Fox River lock prompts concerns over invasive species, Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nov. 17 2014

Wake boats July 2015

Political and Opinion

2015 Wisconsin Assembly Bill 600 Introduced makes various changes to the regulation of navigable waters, artificial water bodies, wetlands, and nonpoint source pollution. Dec. 10, 2015

MCLA Budget response, to State Representatives from John S. Durbrow for the Membership, March 5, 2015

Precision Conservation, John Carey, Sept. 9, 2013

The Solution to Pollution is… Public Policy John S. Durbrow. An opinion letter published in and The Sheboygan Press, Jan 30, 2105

Updated: October 14, 2019 — 12:17 pm