Microplastics Everywhere

It’s the little things that surprise you. Aquatic ecologists from the Great Lakes Network staff, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, and Water Resources Division teamed up with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, State University of New York at Fredonia, and Loyola University Chicago to identify and count microplastic […]

Spring Has Sprung!

By Mike ReiterPolk County Naturalist The warmer weather we have experienced the last few days has really gotten folks into the springtime mood. Even the wildlife has responded positively to the milder temperatures. When the thermometer gets above the freezing mark, bare ground and the end of winter cannot be far behind! When I was […]

Megatrends – Transportation

A new issue of Wisconsin Land Use Megatrends is now available. The focus is transportation, and relevant to our lakes and river on pages 12-14 we discuss impacts of our transportation system on fish, lakes and streams specifically: Impervious surfaces and fish Road salt application and chloride levels in streams Coal tar-based asphalt sealcoats Culverts, […]

Bill Would Remove Lakebed

February 17, 2018 By Wisconsin Lakes staff Waterfront property owners on “man-made impoundments” would be allowed to remove up to 50 cubic yards of dredge per year for navigational purposes under a bill being rushed through a soon-to-end legislative session. SB789 was given a public hearing this past Thursday, and its Assembly counterpart AB935 will be heard on Monday. The […]