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Wisconsin Land+Water News

Water Quality Awareness Month - August

Wisconsin's proud heritage of land and water conservation is highlighted in DNR's August issue of their Natural Resources Magazine to promote Water Quality Awareness Month.

Conservation Observance Day - Sep 12

Joe and Marian Smith of Smith Farms will host the 2014 Conservation Observance Day in Eau Claire on September 12th in honor of their award as the 2014 Conservation Farmers of the Year.

County Conservation Spotlight

Battling exotic species is nothing new for Wisconsin Counties. Neither is working with partners. Land and Water Conservation Departments (LWCD) have long been on the front lines, facing Gypsy Moths, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Rusty Crayfish, Zebra Mussels, and many others. It is common for LWCDs to partner with state and federal agencies, local governments, lake groups, and landowners on projects.

September 2013 marked the end of a three-year Phragmites (common reed) control project in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, and Oconto counties. Phragmites first appeared in northeast Wisconsin in the 1980s but became a serious problem as Lake Michigan water levels declined. Phragmites is an extremely aggressive plant native to Asia and grows well on the exposed lake beds and wetlands. Continue reading...