The Oneida County Land & Water Dept. and UW-Extension have recognized eight individuals and two lake associations for their activities in protecting Oneida County’s lakes and rivers from aquatic invasive species (AIS) and for outstanding lake stewardship.
Individuals that were recognized for outstanding volunteer service in obtaining water clarity and/or water chemistry data were: James Hughes, Kathan Lake, 20 years; Allen Toussaint, Alva and East Horsehead Lakes, 20 years; and Rosemary Toussaint, Alva and East Horsehead Lakes, 20 years.
Those individuals that received AIS prevention/outstanding lake stewardship awards are as follows: Bob Agen (Three Lakes Waterfront Association); Janet Appling (Squash Lake); Bob Mott (Pelican Lake); Tom Welch (Lake Thompson); and Ellery Werner (Lake Mildred). Two Sisters Lake Property Owners Association and the Friends of Lone Stone Lake were also awarded outstanding lake stewardship awards for their exceptional leadership, dedication, and commitment to Oneida County’s water resources.
Overall, Oneida County has over 62 lakes monitored with Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (CLMN) volunteers. CLMN volunteers can help monitor for AIS, water clarity, water chemistry, and aquatic plants. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) program has over 46 lake associations participating in Oneida County. CBCW volunteers help inspect watercraft and educate water recreationists on the prevention of AIS.
For more information on how to volunteer for these programs, call Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County AIS Coordinator, at (715) 365-2750, or email email@example.com.