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Lake Management Planning Project Details

Lake Management Planning Project Goal and Objectives:

Project Goal:

Sunset over Lake Winnebago (Photo credit: Kelly Reyer)

The goal of this project is to coordinate, communicate, and partner to develop a framework for cooperation throughout the region to improve upon existing programs and efforts that aim to restore or protect the health of the Winnebago Lakes. This includes facilitating communication among stakeholders (including residents and lake users) and multiple agencies to advance collaborative regional efforts that address topics such as: water quality, habitat, fisheries, recreation, public health, and aquatic invasive species. We will strive to foster positive, long-term relationships with a variety of stakeholders to develop consistent and realistic lake management practices and procedures that benefit lake health and the local economy. 

“The goal is not to create a new layer of government, but to provide a framework for cooperation that increases the effectiveness and efficiency of existing programs and efforts.” (ECT Report, 2014). Click HERE to learn more about past efforts on the System.

Project Objectives:

In order to achieve this goal, the project will:

  • Advance lake management planning
  • Pursue grants and other funding
  • Engage the public and solicit input through outreach and education
  • Ensure project transparency

Winnebago Lakes – Lake Management Planning Project Area:

Lake Winneconne, Lake Poygan, Lake Butte des Morts, and Lake Winnebago

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The project structure shown here provides a framework for the lake management planning process. While the basic structure of the framework will remain consistent throughout the project, Technical Teams and Focus Groups may change as new priorities or topics are realized. The framework was constructed in this way to accommodate the often dynamic process of developing a lake management plan for a large water body system.

Steering Team Membership: Voting membership is limited to total of 15 people. The Steering Committee will vote to choose the three members at large. More than half of the voting Steering Committee members need to be present to vote on a topic. Non-voting members serve as advisors to the Steering Committee.

Technical Teams will be formed for each major Lake Management Planning topic. Technical teams are small groups of conservation professionals or highly active individuals and organizations that work in the System on lake issues. Technical Team leaders (one from each Team) serve as voting members on the Steering Committee.

Focus Groups are larger groups of stakeholders including members of the public, lake users, property owners, drinking water customers, and other concerned individuals and organizations. Technical teams are part of the Focus Groups. Technical Team members share information back and forth between the Focus Groups and Steering Committee.

County Oversight Committee: County representatives on the Steering Committee report to the County Oversight Committee. County representatives are also responsible for providing updates to the Steering Committee from the County Oversight Committee.

Project Funding:

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2016:   Calumet County and Fond du Lac County contracted with Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance (FWWA) to help advance lake management planning.

2017:   A Tri-County Agreement between Calumet, Winnebago, and Fond du Lac Counties is being developed to provide funding for FWWA to help advance lake management planning through our Winnebago Waterways Program. FWWA  received a two year Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Surface Water Grant to help fund Lake Management Planning efforts for Lake Winnebago, Poygan, Butte des Morts, and Winneconne.

If you are interested in becoming a contributing partner or would like to donate to the Winnebago Waterways Program or lake management planning efforts, please contact Korin Doering, Winnebago Waterways Program Coordinator, at (920)851-0948 or korin@fwwa.org

Opportunities to get involved – we want to hear from you!

Lake management planning is a collaborative effort between several organizations including county staff, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. As we build momentum for Lake Management Planning in 2017, we anticipate the number of participating individuals and organizations to grow.

Poygan Marsh Sunrise (Photo credit: user submission)

Effective and holistic lake management planning requires input from a variety of stakeholders including area residents, property owners, lake users, and people that rely on Lake Winnebago for their drinking water supply. To ensure our planning process is truly collaborative, we invite you to participate. Join us at the Winnebago Waterways Celebration on April 27th or at one of the upcoming Lake Management Planning Public Meetings.

Upcoming events:

We are in the process of developing Lake Management Planning Technical Teams and Focus Groups for the following topics:

  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Aquatic plant management
  • Habitat, fisheries, and wildlife
  • Recreational lake use, access, and navigation

Technical Teams are groups of conservation professionals that have expertise or extensive experience in the corresponding topic area. Focus Groups are groups of stakeholders (such as area residents, lake users, and other members of the public) interested in actively participating in the development of a lake management plan. Learn more about Technical Teams and Focus groups by clicking the ‘Project Framework’ tab.

Interested in participating on a Focus Group? Please click the link below to sign-up:

focus group sign-up form

Participating organizations: Calumet County, Winnebago County, Fond du Lac County, Waushara County, UW-Extension, and Wisconsin DNR

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Public Meetings:

May 17th in Fond du Lac at Tuffy’s Outpost
May 18th in Winneconne at Woodeye’s
May 25th in Menasha at Waverly Beach

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Comments or suggestions?

We’d love to hear from you!

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Lake Management Planning Updates

Blog articles from our e-newsletter, The Source

Forming Lake Management Planning Technical Teams

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Request for sponsors – Winnebago Waterways Celebration

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Winnebago Waterways Projects to Advance with WDNR Surface Water Grant Funds

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