VOLUNTEER LAKE MONITORING PROTOCOL FOR SPIDER CHAIN OF LAKES

Pick a calm, sunny day for optimal underwater viewing.  Mornings are usually an ideal time


Slowly boat in areas in your monitoring section where water depths are 3-12 feet or wherever plants are growing.  This may include areas out in the lake and not just near the shoreline.  Multiple trips may need to be taken in each section.


Use POLARIZED SUNGLASSES to see plants growing underwater

Bring a rake with a rope attached to collect suspicious looking plants.  If you find a plant and are unsure of the identification, place it in a Ziploc bag with a little water.  Then refer to the Rapid Response Plan for the next step. Make sure to mark the location on a map or mark the spot with a fishing buoy.

        

GPS units are available from Mary and Fred Kueffer (715-462-9480) if you find invasive aquatic plants to map

At a minimum, complete your shoreline surveys by July 6th and by Labor Day.  The DNR suggests that we monitor for Eurasian water-milfoil several times per season from May to October as Eurasion water-milfoil begins growing early and keeps growing late into the fall.

Look for other things that strike you as out of the ordinary: plants, snails, freshwater jellyfish, zebra mussels, etc.

Click for a complete copy of the SCLA Rapid Response Plan 

Please report to CandyRamsay@me.com (715-462-3504) the date, your volunteer hours, and findings and type of boat that you used.



Spider Chain of Lakes Association
PO Box 1082 • Hayward, WI 54843
spiderchainoflakes@gmail.com


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