LWQIA

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

2-part Supple Marsh program at FDL Library Oct. 8, Nov. 17

Published: Sept. 19, 2014

Supple Marsh and its importance to Lake Winnebago and Fond du Lac will be discussed in two upcoming programs at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Both programs are free; no registration required.

Supple Marsh is the 107-acre drainage area in Lakeside Park West, Fond du Lac. It was purchased from the Supple family by the City of Fond du Lac in 1967. The public is invited to bring items related to the marsh — photos, maps, plans; historical and recent — to share at the events.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, Tracy Hames, executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will present, "Supple Marsh: A Diamond in the Rough." Hames will talk about the importance of wetlands and the potential value of rehabilitating the marsh.

Prior to joining the Wisconsin Wetlands Association in 2011, Hames was a waterfowl biologist with the Yakama Nation Wildlife Resource Management Program and was the lead biologist in the Yakama Nation's Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Project in Washington. He received a bachelor's in Biology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and a master's in Natural Resources from UW-Stevens Point.

At 6 p.m. Monday, November 17, Brock Woods of Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources will present, "Invasive Species in Supple Marsh: Problems and Solutions."

The programs are sponsored by the Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association and the library. The quality improvement association will accept donations of marsh materials for study and future use.

The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. There are three locations: Main Library, 32 Sheboygan St.; FDLPL Express, near Festival Foods; and Journeys at St. Agnes, inside the hospital. For more information, visit www.fdlpl.org.

Contact:

Terri Fleming
Community Information Coordinator
Fond du Lac Public Library
32 Sheboygan St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 322-3951
fleming@fdlpl.org

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.

Further Reading