Washington County in partnership with Waukesha County Land and Water Conservation has these goals in mind:
- Goal 1: Educate water users, both residents and visitors, and the general public about the existence of AIS
- Goal 2: Prevent the spread of AIS to and from local waters
- Goal 3: Collect, map, analyze, and periodically update AIS population, distribution, and density data within Waukesha County to monitor program effectiveness and identify new AIS threats
- Goal 4: Reduce, Manage, and Control new and existing AIS populations within Waukesha County
- Goal 5: Network and Collaborate with other entities on AIS efforts
- Goal 6: Sustain the implementation of the AIS Strategic Plan and utilize it as a living document.
The program is described in the grant and relies on an intergovernmental agreement that was executed with Washington County. Some key elements of the AIS program include:
-Sharing a full time AIS Coordinator with Washington County (50/50)
-Employing a full time AIS Summer Intern in Waukesha County
Implementing the Clean Boats Clean Waters program at local boat launches
-Installing AIS educational signs/boat cleaning stations on 5 county-owned boat launches
-Compiling existing AIS data and collecting new data on local lakes.
Waukesha County plans to expand this web site by including local AIS lake distribution maps, which are currently in development. An electronic newsletter will be used as the primary method to communicate AIS program updates and events to local lake organizations and other interested county residents.
To subscribe to the Waukesha County AIS Newsletter, click here. Some links to statewide AIS distribution maps are provided below. To request an AIS educational presentation, report AIS issues, or for any questions about the AIS program, please contact:
Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Washington and Waukesha Counties