The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association is a non-profit organization striving to improve the water quality of Lake Winnebago, for the betterment of the lake's natural habitat as well as for public recreational use.

Our association takes action on lake quality issues through education, communication, and social fund raising meetings for members and guests, and promotes cooperation among governmental units, interested organizations, and the public.

Upcoming Events

LWQIA and Snapshot Day

Published: August 25, 2014

Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association Will Participate in Snapshot Day (Sept 13th) — a Statewide Effort to Gather Data about Invasive Species in Our Waterways.

The River Alliance in partnership with aquatic invasive species coordinators and other partners around the state are hosting a statewide AIS Bridge Snapshot Day on September 13, 2014. Volunteers will gather at rendezvous sites around the state and learn to identify invasive species that threaten our waters. Then the volunteers will disperse to priority bridge crossings in hunt of invasive plants and animals and reconvene to submit their findings. In addition to gathering data regarding the distribution of invasive species in our waterways, this effort will focus on the early detection of aquarium plant releases.

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association is partnering with the Winnebago Lakes Council and the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance to participate in the statewide venture. More than 70 sites have been selected throughout the Winnebago system for monitoring on Sept. 13th. Fond du Lac will host a rendezvous site in Lakeside Park. Volunteers should be available from 9 AM to noon.

Pat Miller, AIS Coordinator in Fond du Lac County says "This should be a lot of fun, training new volunteers and visiting a lot of different sites. I'm looking forward to this!"

If you would like to participate in the event or simply want additional information about Snapshot Day, please contact Ellen at 979-4596 or send an email to lwqia@outlook.com or Pat Miller, at fdl.aisc@gmail.com.

This and other volunteer opportunities with LWQIA are listed on www.fdlvolunteer.com as soon as they become available.

Lakeside Park West Garden

Published: May 10, 2014

One of the Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project's efforts is the creation of a native plant demonstration garden in Fond du Lac's Lakeside Park West. For information on the garden and to volunteer to help, visit www.lakesidewestgarden.com.

For information on a variety of actions to help stop polluted runoff, visit http://www.lakewinnebagocleanwatersproject.org.

Ongoing Projects

Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project

Published: April 21, 2014
Clean Waters Project logo

In the fall of 2013, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County (LWQIA) initiated a Fond du Lac area-wide campaign to reduce harmful runoff into Lake Winnebago.

View the Clean Waters Project page for more information.

New Receptacles Help Fishermen Recycle Unwanted Line

Published: August 20, 2013

Chris Anderson and Matthew Dudarenke install a receptacle at Lakeside Park West.

People fishing on Lake Winnebago now have an easy way to dispose of old or unwanted fishing line. Ten fish line receptacles have been placed around the southern end of the lake in an effort to keep the lake clean and safe for wildlife and people using it.

Chris Anderson designed the receptacles from PVC pipe donated by JF Ahern as part of his Eagle Scout project. Fellow scouts from Troop 705 of North Fond du Lac helped with the construction and installation. The project was sponsored by the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association.

Fishing line, or monofilament, is typically non-degradable and lasts about 600 years. Abandoned fishing line injures or kills fish, birds and other wildlife.

Collection bins are located at the following launch sites:

  • Black Wolf
  • Hwy 45 Wayside
  • (3) at Lakeside Park West (Supple Marsh)
  • (2) at Lakeside Park East
  • Columbia Park in Calumet
  • Fisherman's Road in Taycheedah
  • Wolf Lake
Chris and Larry

Chris discusses the placement of labels with Larry Kent.

Eagle Scouts

Chris Anderson is joined by fellow Scouts to work on his Eagle Scout project, including (from left) John Fuchs, Matthew Dudarenke, Mike Fuchs, Jordon Friend, Kurt Weir, and Patrick Weir. The Scouts are from Troop 705 of North Fond du Lac.

Upcoming Meetings

LWQIA 2014 Board Meetings

Published: January 3, 2014

Future Meeting Dates
August (Annual Meeting — first Saturday in August)
September 3
October 1
November 5
December 3

All Association members are welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings.

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