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Lake Julia Stewardship Project

Magazine article Techniques

Lake Julia Stewardship Project

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Now in its fifth year, the Lake Julia Stewardship Project is studying and promoting the health of the 238-acre, clear-water lake situated just south of Rhinelander in Oneida County. The Lake Julia Association takes on one major project each year that centers on studying aspects of the lake's ecosystem. To achieve its goals, the association has partnered with Nicolet Area Technical College. Other partners include the environmental consulting firm, White Water Associates, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources CDNR), which provides funding through its Lake Planning Grant program.

"The whole idea was to take a broad look at the lake ecosystem, determine what's there and how well the various components are working together," says Harry Helwig, lake association president.

Phase One of the project studied 20 different wetlands surrounding the lake. Phase Two mapped and evaluated the aquatic vegetation in the lake. Phase Three studied the base of the fish food chain, with particular attention paid to small fishes and invertebrates. Phase Four was a Clean Boats/Clean Waters campaign to educate lake users about aquatic invasive species.

The verdict so far' "Lake Julia is truly a jewel of the Northwoods, says Dean Premo, White Water Associates senior researcher on the project. …

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