New Rule Slows Boats Near Shore

Wisconsin boaters are now required to operate at slow-no-wake speeds within 100 ft. of lake shorelines. The new rule was approved in order to make lakes safer and to protect shorelines from erosion. Boats operating in shallow waters often churn up sediment and chop up vegetation, decreasing water quality and potentially spreading invasive aquatic species.

Current …

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Legislative Update

A new classification system for invasive species took effect last fall under NR40. Also in this rule there is a prohibition against the transport of any boat or trailer with AIS attached, along with rules for vehicles leaving a boat launch or parking area after being in the water. The new rule gives the DNR …

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What Happened to NR115 and Shoreland Zoning?

Since we provided information to our members last summer about the State’s proposal for new shoreland development rules known as NR115, there have been some adjustments. The adopted rules contain a new impervious surface standard that will not affect owners of existing homes and buildings, unless they propose major changes like remodeling or expansion.

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AIS September 2014 : Mystery Snails

Best Detected by walking your shoreline because when snails die, their shells wash up on shore.

Habitat Requirements

Prefer shallow highly productive lakes and slow-moving streams with soft mud, silt, or sand substrate
Productive systems provide minimum calcium requirements for shell growth
Feed non-selectively on organic and inorganic bottom material, diatoms, and algae
Prefer pH of 6.3-8.5, dissolved oxygen 7-11 …

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AIS August 2014 : Eurasian Water Milfoil

Submersed aquatic plant with 3-4 feather like leaves arranged in a circle around the stem. Each feather-like leave has 12 or more pairs of leaflets whereas native Northern water milfoil has less than 10 pairs. Monitoring and prevention are key to controlling the spread!


Submersed aquatic plant
3-4 feather-like leaves in circle around stem
Leaves are divided into …

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Manitowish Chain Defense Fund Informational Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Manitowish Chain Defense Fund (MCDF) invites you to attend a very important informational meeting on the DNR’s draft order for changing the operation of the Rest Lake Dam. The meeting will be held at the Manitowish Waters Community Center on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at 10 a.m.

THe draft order …

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AIS July 2014 : Purple Loosestrife

Best Detected when blooming in late July and early August. Plants have angular stems, usually opposite pairs of leaves, and multiple magenta flower spikes. Best controlled by biological control, Galerucella weevils, which are propagated and then released in July.


Hardy perennial found in moist soil: wetlands, stream/river banks, lake shores, and disturbed
Established plants tolerate dry conditions:roadsides, …

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Manitowish Chain Defense Fund Update

The following information was provided by the Manitowish Chain Defense Fund:

The DNR is Proposing Drastic Changes to the Rest Lake Dam Operating Order!  The Manitowish Chain Defense Fund Urges Concerned Citizens to Study the DNR’s Proposal and Make Your Voices Heard!

Last month the DNR issued a proposed order that would make radical changes to how the …

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Purple Loosestrife Project

Thanks to those of you who reported infestations of Purple Loosestrife along Chain shores. The identified areas were on Wild Rice Lake, Stepping Stones Lakes, an area near Rest Lake, and on the river leading into lsland Lake. Work is now underway to treat those areas with beetles known to kill this invasive plant.

Pat Egan …

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Care of Exposed Lake Beds

Our shorelines have changed as a result of the drought. Biologists say that the first few yards of a lakefront are the most fragile. The Vilas Co. Lakes Assn. has issued a summary of rules that govern what to do with an exposed lake bed. Any exposed land below the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) …

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