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 […]

Bill Would Remove Lakebed

February 17, 2018By 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 Assembly […]

Be Salt Wise!

We rely on salt to keep our roads safe in the winter and to soften water in our homes year round but using more salt than is needed comes with a heavy price. In Wisconsin and much of the United states, chloride from salt is infiltrating into our lakes, streams and groundwater. These increased levels have impacts […]

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 […]