In May 2014, a dairy farm in Fond du Lac had a manure spill while draining a lagoon. The DNR was notified promptly, but 50,000 gallons managed to pour out. Nearly a quarter of that waste made it into neighboring Pipe Creek, which drains into Lake Winnebago.
Kriss is a small-scale diversified certified organic farmer serving her first year on the Lafayette County Land Conservation Committee. She serves on the WI Land+Water Legislative Committee, as well as Economic Development, IT, Planning and Zoning, SWCAP, Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Lafayette County Development Corporation Boards. (Woah).
Alan grew up working on his neighbor’s diary farm and was involved in scouting from childhood until college, which got him interested in natural resources and conservation. He graduated from UW-La Crosse with a geography degree and then started working for the DNR as an LTE wildlife technician, and then an LTE GIS technician.
Winnebago Waterways celebrated the beginning of the third phase of lake management planning at a kickoff meeting in Oshkosh on Thursday. Entering phase three means the group is ready to start writing their plan, which they hope to complete by late 2018.
Water quality issues have been at the forefront of news across the nation in recent years, especially in states like Wisconsin, which are prized for their plentiful lakes and rivers. Americans are now more concerned about water pollution than they have been since 2001.
Dale Dahlke, a retired biology teacher in Dunn County, owns a large plot of land on the south fork of Wilson Creek. His knowledge of biology is obvious as he talks about the aquatic ecosystem on his property, and he’s well aware of the water quality issues it faces.