Wisconsin Lakes Partnership
Since its genesis in the early 1970s, the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership has
been recognized as a nationSal model of collaboration. Three groups form
the core of this team: the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(WDNR) supplies the technical expertise and regulatory authority; the
University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) builds linkages among
stakeholders and provides supporting educational materials and programs;
and local lake people are the third group, represented by the Wisconsin
Association of Lakes (WAL). Citizen volunteers from around the state -
lake organizations, property owners, and local governments - provide the
political will and hard work to accomplish watershed restoration and lake
protection goals. We are all concerned with the futureS of our lakes, and
have joined together in active cooperation and conscientious planning for
lake protection. The Partnership belongs to everyone concerned with the
future of our state’s waters. Individuals, business partners, small groups
and large organizations have all rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand.
The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership is a statewide, multi-faceted effort. If it
has to do with lakes, the “Lakes Partnership” is probably involved.
Partnership activities include citizen volunteer monitoring, research,
youth and adult training and education, aquatic plant protection, pollution
prevention, invasive species education, water recreation planning, land
and water regulation, and community assistance grants.