2019 Archives – Oneida County Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Volunteers Needed For Purple Loosestrife Task Force


Event: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Parking lot of Lizzy T’s Tamarack Tap, 5533 Highway 47, Lake Tomahawk (Town of Newbold).

Calling All Volunteers – I NEED YOUR HELP!  The invasive purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicariais growing in several areas around the county, but it is really taking off and becoming abundant along Highway 47 in the McNaughton area (Town of Newbold).  For this reason, I am asking for volunteers to join me with purple loosestrife management and removal efforts, which consists of clipping flowers and digging out plants. Some plants are easy to hand pull and others have huge root systems that need to be dug out. The  sites are a mix of dry, wet, and muck, so needless to say, it will not be a clean job.

This event is the perfect opportunity to learn about purple loosestrife and its negative impact to the environment and benefit from our removal efforts as we witness a physical transformation to the landscape and improvement to the environment.  

What to bring and details: I recommend waders (or muck boots if you do not have waders), a shovel, hand pruners, and gloves. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed shoes.  I will provide purple loosestrife plant identification, management and removal training, and supply the trash bags, plant disposal, decontamination supplies, snacks, and water. I will also contact the DOT to alert them of our activities and obtain safety vests.

If you can help, please send a Purple Loosestrife Task Force email to Stephanie Boismenue at sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us.  I really appreciate your help with combating this invasive species.

​To find out more about purple loosestrife and other aquatic invasive species, see AIS: Identification

document.getElementById(“video-iframe-526757007207135295”).style.opacity = 0;
document.getElementById(“wsite-video-container-526757007207135295”).style.background = “none”;
var videoIframe526757007207135295Content = ”
+ ”
+ ‘\x3C/script>’
+ ‘\x3C/script>’
+ ”+’ad>’
+ ”
+ ”+’dy>’+’ml>’;
setTimeout(function() {
var videoIframe526757007207135295Actual = document.getElementById(“video-iframe-526757007207135295”).contentDocument;
}, 500);

background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/19462139-478082736473074276/oneida_co._ais_landing_blitz_2017_719.jpg);
background: url(//cdn2.editmysite.com/images/util/videojs/play-icon.png?1570055325);
#wsite-video-container-526757007207135295, #video-iframe-526757007207135295{
background-repeat: no-repeat;
@media only screen and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2),
only screen and ( min-device-pixel-ratio: 2),
only screen and ( min-resolution: 192dpi),
only screen and ( min-resolution: 2dppx) {
background: url(//cdn2.editmysite.com/images/util/videojs/@2x/play-icon.png?1570055325);
background-repeat: no-repeat;
background-size: 70px 70px;

​​2019 Fourth of July Landing Blitz
​July 3 – July 7, 2019

During the annual statewide fourth of July Landing Blitz,  CBCW watercraft inspector’s throughout Oneida County will be joining forces with regional AIS partners and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff around the state to remind you that the power to protect is shared by all of us who love Wisconsin’s waters.


​Invasive Aquatic Plant Hand Removal Workshop
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
9: 30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kemp Natural Resource Station, Woodruff  

This workshop is for scuba divers or snorkelers who are hand-pulling the invasive aquatic plants Eurasian watermilfoil and Curley-leaf pondweed.  


The Oneida County AIS Team searching for AIS on Boom Lake.


Clean Boats Clean Waters Workshops

With the growing concern over the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) to Oneida County’s lakes, many lake association members and other concerned citizens are looking for ways to protect the lakes they love.  Since 2004, the Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) watercraft inspection program has been an opportunity for adults and youth to take a front-line defense against the spread of AIS!

Through the CBCW program, teams of volunteers, lake residents, and concerned citizens have attended CBCW workshops to learn how they can help prevent AIS from threatening our waters, why educational awareness is critical in preventing the spread of AIS, learned how to conduct watercraft inspections, and volunteered their time at local boat landings. The information and watercraft inspections that citizens provide at the boat landings has been an integral part of protecting the lakes we love.

If you would like to learn how you can make a big difference in Oneida County’s efforts to prevent the spread of AIS from one waterbody to the next, join us at one of the following workshops (listed below) for both new and seasoned watercraft inspectors.

The workshops will have speakers from multiple resource agencies. Participants will receive AIS education, hands-on species identification, learn how to conduct watercraft inspections, and how to collect and report any new AIS sightings.  Participants will also learn the tips, tricks and skills of conversing with boaters and have an opportunity to practice before heading to the landings this summer. The workshops are free.

To register, please call Oneida County Land & Water office at 715-369-7835. For more information about the program or questions, pleases contact Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County AIS Coordinator at 715-369-7835 or email sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us.  You can make a difference! Consider joining a local CBCW Team working to keep our lakes clean, healthy, and enjoyable.

​Clean Boats Clean Waters and AIS Identification Workshop in Rhinelander
Friday, April 26, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:30 pm 
The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department will host a free Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) Watercraft Inspection and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Identification workshop, for both new and seasoned watercraft inspectors, on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the Crescent Town Hall, 3231 Golf Course Road, Rhinelander (next to the Northwood Golf Course).
This fun and educational workshop will teach volunteers, paid employees, and interested citizens, how to conduct watercraft inspections from start to finish, AIS identification, how and where AIS are most likely to hitch a ride, AIS regulations, and ways to educate the public about preventing the spread of AIS. In addition, there will be special presentation held from 3:00 – 3:30 for anyone who needs to learn how to enter CBCW data into the SWIMS database.
The workshop will highlight the following presentations:

  • Watercraft Inspections: What Everyone Needs to Know – presented by Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County AIS Coordinator
  • Hands-on AIS Identification and Impact to Habitats – presented by Sandy Wickman, Waters Resources Management Specialists, WDNR/UWEX
  • A Conservation Wardens Perspective of AIS – presented by David Walz, Conservation Warden Supervisor, WDNR
  • Oops…Look What the Craft Dragged In: Inspections from Start to Finish – presented by Stephanie Boismenue and David Walz
  • Optional: How to Enter CBCW Data Into SWIMS – presented by Stephanie Boismenue

To register, please call the Oneida County Land & Water office at 715-369-7835. For more information or questions, contact Stephanie Boismenue, Oneida County AIS Coordinator at 715-369-7835, email sboismenue@co.oneida.wi.us 
Can’t attend the April 26 workshop? No need to worry, additional workshops are in the process of being scheduled and will be soon be announced.