Mission Statement: To develop and implement an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) plan of action that prevents and manages AIS in Oneida County lakes, rivers and wetlands.
Strategic Vision: Sustain an aquatic invasive species management program that collaborates with, and is supported by local, regional, state and federal partners. Through collaboration, an integrated, holistic watershed approach will be used to educate citizens, monitor and manage AIS, and protect all of Oneida County’s water resources.
- Prevent and/or slow the introduction and spread of AIS through new and existing pathways.
- Identify and monitor current and nw AIS infestations.
- Foster cooperation, coordination, and communication among government agencies, lake associations, private citizens, and businesses.
- To participate in the management of AIS
- To support the restoration and rehabilitation of ecosystems affected by AIS.
Partnerships, Collaboration, and Advocacy: Building and maintaining a strong network of support, partnerships, and collaboration provides the foundation for a successful AIS Program. We are proud, and fortunate, to maintain project support and collaboration through our mutually beneficial partners:
- Oneida County Land & Water Conservation and UW-Extension Committee. Members included: Bob Mott (Chair), Alan Van Raalte, Mitchell Ives, Rob Jensen, Jim Winkler, and Kim Simic.
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, UW-Extension Lakes, researchers, natural resource managers, and other conservation/AIS organizations
- Volunteers, lake groups, schools, youth programs, and citizen scientists
- Marinas, bait shops, fishing clubs/organizations, other water-related trade industries
- Town, county, state, and federal agencies, and
- Anyone who loves working together to protect our water resources within and surrounding Oneida County.