Public Meetings on a Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention & Control Plan Set for April 28 & 30

March 31, 2009
Sue Jones, 224-3764 Ron Martin, 224-3743
Land & Water Resources

The Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds has scheduled two informational meetings to seek public input and answer any questions on a draft plan to prevent and control the spread of aquatic invasive species in Dane County waters. The first meeting will be held in Room 103 at the McFarland Public Library, 5920 Milwaukee Street, McFarland from 7 to 8:30 PM on April 28. The second meeting will be held in the Archer Rooms at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton from 7 to 8:30 PM on April 30.

“Aquatic invasive species are a serious threat to our aquatic ecosystems and economy in Dane County,” said Sue Jones, Watershed Management Coordinator. “The plan will serve as a guide for Dane County in developing a proactive response to combating problems caused by aquatic invasive species that are already here, such as Eurasian water milfoil, and preventing the introduction of others such as Asian carp and Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia,” she said.

“Implementing the plan will involve the county working together with stakeholder groups, surrounding counties and the state to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species into Dane County waters,” according to Ron Martin, plan coordinator. “The plan must be completed in order for Dane County to qualify for state grant funds,” he added.

Staff from the Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds will present an overview of the draft aquatic invasive species plan at the public meetings. The staff will invite the public to ask questions and provide comments on the plan. Revisions will be made to the plan based on the public comments received at the meetings or either email or written comments submitted by April 30 to Ron Martin at the Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds.

More information on the Dane County Aquatic Invasive Species Plan is available at the Office of Lakes and Watersheds’ web site: www.danewaters.com