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Monday, January 29 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
SYMPOSIA-05: Wisconsin’s Healthy Lakes Initiative: Working with Lakefront Property Owners to Apply Best Management Practices

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AUTHORS. Patrick Goggin, Wisconsin Lakes Partnership/UW-Extension Lakes, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Pamela Toshner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership recently implemented a statewide initiative providing technical assistance and funding for simple and relatively inexpensive shoreland habitat and runoff and erosion control best practices. “Healthy Lakes” is the outcome of a lean government project to streamline the administrative process for grant funding while simultaneously simplifying technical information for lakeshore property owners and lake groups, municipalities, and other partner organizations. Launched in late 2014, Healthy Lakes has already received positive feedback and widespread geographic interest. Public participation and lessons learned from social marketing studies shaped Healthy Lakes and will continue to be the keys to its success. Next steps include updating a user-friendly, autonomous website, program and best practice evaluation, and integrating the initiative into long-term administrative code. This session will include an overview of Healthy Lakes, including the five best practices being promoted and examples of projects completed in the first 3 years of the grant program.

Monday January 29, 2018 4:40pm - 5:00pm CST