Below you will find articles covering past events sponsored by, or done in collaboration with, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association. To read our meeting articles, click the Meetings tab above.

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. Promoting landscaping with native plants, especially on a small scale, was the initial focus. The idea was to have a positive campaign, which would get many to take action to help the Lake with the hope that many "little bits" would add up to a significant effort. A group of people representing a variety of interests has been meeting at the Fond du Lac Area Foundation office. Since the fall, the campaign has morphed into an effort broader than native landscaping. Many actions are now part of the campaign's focus, and what was referred to as the "runoff campaign" has officially become the "Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project."

"Project" highlights include, but are not limited to, using a rain barrel, creating a rain garden, using buffer zones, and planting and saving trees. The "Project" plans to feature demonstration sites so that the public can learn more about the actions it highlights and their importance in reducing runoff in urban and rural areas. In order to create interest in the effort and help educate the people of the Fond du Lac area section of the Lake Winnebago Watershed, the Project now has a presence on Facebook.

LWQIA supports the Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project and serves as its fiscal agent. LWQIA is an IRS recognized non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status, which means that donations to the organization are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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

For information on a variety of actions to help stop polluted runoff, visit

Diverse Forages for Dairy Operations

Published: September 1, 2021

Josh Hiemstra was a 2020 recipient of the Mathias/Lesczynski Water Quality Award. He did an interview on how he is using cover crops and soil health to add financial returns to his farm. See the full article here.

LWQIA brings Fish Tales to the AG Showcase

Published: March 7, 2021
candy wrap

Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association took part in a non-traditional AG Showcase amid the coronavirus pandemic. As an alternative to the traditional event, the Agri-Business Council decided to still educate the consumer through a bag full of educational materials, flyers, coupons, brochures, packaged food samples and agri-business swag.

LWQIA offered its own fish tale in the form of a handy informational piece that describes our organization and the work that we do throughout the community, especially honoring farmers that take extra measures to reduce nutrient runoff with the Mathias-Lesczynski Water Quality Award, all nicely wrapped around a box of Swedish Fish.

The 250 sampler bags were sold for $20 each. Monies raised through the promotion help to support agriculture education throughout Fond du Lac County. The council is looking to host the Ag Showcase on March 5, 2022.

Adopt-A-Storm Drain

Published: November 11, 2020
Adopt-A-Storm Drain

Mathias/Lesczynski Water Quality Award Winner

Published: Oct. 5, 2020

Robert and Josh Hiemstra of Brandon were the recipients of the annual Mathias/Lesczynski Water Quality Award for 2020. The Hiemstra’s have been growing cover crops on their family’s dairy farm for over a decade.

Cover crops are gaining popularity among farmers and landowners thanks to the many benefits that can be achieved. These include reduced nitrogen and phosphorus loads entering water bodies improving water quality, increased soil organic matter, improved soil health, reduced soil erosion and expanded grazing and forage acres.

The Mathias/Lesczynski Water Quality Award recognizes farm management practices that help protect surface water from runoff of sediments, nutrients and chemicals into rivers, streams and especially Lake Winnebago.

In the accompanying video, the Hiemstras show us how they utilize cover-crops to extend their forage inventory and improve soil health and fertility.

LWQIA Yearly Report 2019-2020

Published: August 6, 2020

Maintain Lakeside West Native Garden Display. We currently are in contact with the city for additional signage.

Maintain Fish line Receptacles at various boat launches throughout Fond du Lac County. One receptacle was hit by a lawnmower. Larry will check about adding a post to reattach it.

Created and posted on our website the “Lake Friendly Lawn Care” brochure.

Participated in the city’s kick-off of the “Adopt-A-Storm Drain” initiative that was held at the library.

Helped sponsor and set up an informative table at the Winnebago Park meeting on water quality on the east shore of Lake Winnebago. 122 were in attendance.

Supplied letter in support of the Pipe Creek watershed grants application.

LWQIA Board member, Alan Weir, continues to be a member of the Steering Team of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. County representatives, area non-profits, and community members work together on the Steering Team to set the strategic direction for project initiatives and to ensure progress in efforts such as lake management planning in the Winnebago System.

Participated in public educational events. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 the majority of the activities had been canceled. We did have a booth at the Agricultural Showcase on March 4 and promoted Adopt-A-Storm Drain.

Awarded a farm with the Mathias-Lesczynski Water Quality Award. We are still working on the new recipient’s acceptance of the award. A plaque was created with past winners. Because of COVID-19, we have not been able to officially hang the plaque or have any photo opportunities.

Support and assist in sponsoring field days for the Fond du Lac County Demonstration Farm Network, of which three farms in the county are partnering.

Members of LWQIA toured the Fond du Lac Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Facility (WTRRF) and were able to see the ANAMMOX® process, a cost-effective and sustainable way of removing ammonium from effluents and ammonia from waste gas.

Alan Weir, LWQIA Board Member, Report on Winnebago Waterways and Volunteer Opportunities

Published: August 6, 2020
  1. The Lake Management has been through its first round of approval through the WI DNR. The public comment period ended on 31 July. Once those are added to the plan, it will go for final approval at the DNR.
  2. Once the TMDL plan is approved by the EPA and WI DNR sends out requirements, point sources (like our water treatment plant) will have 5 years to comply with any new requirements for discharge water quality.
  3. There is a 9 key elements plan related to the lake management plan that is being completed separately. This second document will go to the EPA. It contains more information than needed in the LMP. It is separate so that the LMP could go forward sooner. I am not sure how this relates to the TMDL plan. By getting a 9 key element plan completed, more federal level grants become available.
  4. FWWA enlisted the help of congressman Gallagher (district 8, north of us) to lobby the Army Corps to complete a hydrology study of the watershed. More for flood control, but should also be applicable to improving water quality.
  5. The DNR was unable to staff its long-term water quality sampling study this year. The FWWA is providing the manpower to do the sampling, the DNR is paying for the lab work.
  6. Paul Tollard said we have two grants for the Pipe Creek area. There are 2 farms working over the next 3 years to implement no till and cover crops and be demonstration farms. This incorporates 450 acres of farmland.
  7. The spring Lake Winnebago water levels were above target. It has been difficult for the Corps of Engineers to meet water levels during spring runoff.
  8. There is an aquatic plant study being conducted in Sunset Bay of Lake Buttes des Morts. They have large numbers of plants that can impede navigation. The results of this study can be applied in other areas of the Lake that have heavy plant growth.
  9. UW-Oshkosh has received a grant through the National Science Foundation tying sociology and phosphorus levels.
  10. There is a new intern at the FWWA named Mason who may send out information.
  11. There are state grants to help shoreline property owners improve shoreline habitat.
  12. The steering committee has three members-at-large positions that will become annual positions that may be renewed. There are two openings this year. I think it has been valuable for the LWQIA to have a member on that committee and we should continue having representation with the FWWA.
  13. August 15 is the date for the Aquatic Invasives Species Snapshot Day. Registration and information can be found at
  14. August 22 is Clean-up Day for Lake Winnebago. Information can be found at There are two locations for Fond du Lac, Lakeside Park and Lakeside Park West.

FDL Adopt a Storm Drain Program

Published: November 11, 2019

LWQIA is helping to promote the City of Fond du Lac's new "Adopt a Storm Drain" program. The program will help reduce harmful runoff into Lake Winnebago.

2019 Lawn Care Brochure

Published: November 11, 2019

Design by Renee George

Seeking Comments

Published: October 27, 2019

The Winnebago Waterways program is seeking comments on drafts for the master plan being developed for the Lake Winnebago system. The working drafts that are nearing their final stage are now available for the public to access, review, and comment online. The webpage will be updated with new documents as they become available.

Here is a direct link to the webpage: The webpage can also be accessed by visiting and following the links.

Please help us share the webpage widely. The more public awareness we can build the better.

Runoff Event

Published: October 17, 2019

These images were taken at the very well-attended Winnebago Park event on runoff that LWQIA helped sponsor.

LWQIA and its Clean Waters Project staffed a booth at the September 28th Fond du Lac Farmers Market

Published: October 11, 2019

May 2019 News and Reminders

Published: May 10, 2019

One of our LWQIA Board members saw an interesting article about Dane County and farm runoff in the Sheboygan Press. Dane County is running a pilot program that pays farmers to plant cover crops. The article refers to information reported on Wisconsin Public Radio that was picked up by the Associated Press. View the article at:

Breakfast on the Farm and the Mathias-Lesczynski Award

Published: July 03, 2019

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association (LWQIA) recently selected the winner of the 2019 Mathias-Lesczynski Water Quality Award, which is given to a Fond du Lac County farmer who makes special efforts to prevent runoff. The $1,000.00 prize for the 2019 award went to Julie Grahl.

A Few Images from Walleye Weekend

Published: July 02, 2019

LWQIA Booth at the 2019 Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Published: May 24, 2019

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association is looking for volunteers to take part in the Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup Saturday, April 27, 2019 > 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Published: April 24, 2019

Board member, Alan Weir will be leading the cleanup site at Lakeside Park West. He will hand out t-shirts and supplies to volunteers.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers start the morning at their assigned sites to cleanup up garbage and debris. Then, at noon, they are invited to Telulah Park, 1300 E. Newberry St, Appleton for the annual Cleanup Picnic to enjoy lunch, music, bounce houses, raffles, and games – it’s fun for the whole family!

Everyone is welcome to volunteer!

Advance registration is requested to ensure proper supplies are onsite and can be found at watershed cleanup registration.

Each year hundreds of volunteers visit one of 60+ cleanup sites located along the Fox River, the Wolf River, Lake Butte des Morts, and Lake Winnebago to remove garbage and debris. The annual cleanup aims to build a sense of community and increase understanding of the environmental stewardship necessary to improve water quality in our region.

More information is on the Alliance web page,

Hope to see you there!

Red Cedar Conference

Published: December 9, 2018

For great speakers and topics, check out the Red Cedar Watershed Conference on March 14, 2019. Further Information

Breakfast on the Farm and Presentation of Mathias-Lesczynski Award

Published: July 8, 2018

Ed Montsma, Pineylawn Acres LLC is the 2018 Mathias – Lesczynski Water Quality Award Recipient. Ed and Kathy Montsma were presented the award at Breakfast on the Farm on Sunday, June 24 at Wiese Dairy in Rosendale.

Ed has run a totally no-till operation since 1995. He and his wife, Kathy farm 2400 owned and rented acres in southwest Fond du Lac County, planting corn, soybean and wheat test plots.

Participating in the Fond du Lac River Priority Watershed Project’s high residue management program, Ed used his cost-share dollars to retrofit his planter so that he could penetrate the organic layer and achieve proper seed depth and planting rates. By doing that, he saw great gains in his crop production and saved time as well. The management program encourages farmers to leave crop residue on their fields after planting their crops. Ed is also conservation-minded, putting in grass waterways and contour strips along with his no-till work.

Ed enjoys research and works with agricultural and chemical specialists of the University of Wisconsin Extension - Madison to establish test plots. He has hosted many Agronomy Field Days as well as other educational opportunities.

It has been a win-win partnership for Ed, the UW Extension, and the local community who can see state-of-the art research taking place right here at home.

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association awards the annual Mathias-Lesczynski Water Quality Award to Fond du Lac County farmers that go beyond the government minimum good management practices to prevent runoff of sediment, nutrients, and harmful chemicals.

Could Horicon Marsh efforts help Supple Marsh? Program May 2

Published: April 16, 2018

Cattails and reeds are integral to marshland beauty, but some of those species actually are invasive, creating an unfriendly habitat to native plants and animals.

The Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources has been at work in Horicon Marsh to reduce invasive plants. The question of using those methods in Fond du Lac will be discussed at "Horicon Marsh Methods for Supple Marsh?" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Paul Samerdyke, wildlife biologist for Dodge County, will explain what the DNR is doing in Horicon Marsh to reduce invasive reeds (also known as phragmites) and cattails without destroying the native species. The invasives can grow so dense that they choke out native plants and reduce wildlife habitat.

Samerdyke has worked for the Wisconsin DNR since 1990 in Oshkosh, Waupaca, Wautoma and Horicon. Currently, his team manages four state wildlife areas.

The program is presented by the City of Fond du Lac, Clean Waters Project, Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County and ParkWatch of Fond du Lac.

Lake-Wide Cleanup Day

Published: April 4, 2018

The Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a Lake-wide cleanup day on April 21st at 9:00am. The two locations in our area are Supples Marsh and Lakeside Park. The registration site is It takes about 2 minutes to complete a registration. Alan Weir, an LWQIA member, will be the site leader at Supples Marsh.

FdL Fairgrounds Ag Showcase

Published: March 26, 2018

The following images are from the Ag Showcase at the FdL Fairgrounds on March 3rd. Gail O’Connell and Alan Weir designed and staffed the booth.

Lead in Potable Water Pipes: Special Report

Published: November 15, 2017

This year, the Wisconsin DNR was authorized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to offer grants to help property owners replace lead pipes. The grant covers the portion of the water delivery system...

Download the full PDF report.

Images from Walleye Weekend 2017

Published: July 5, 2017
LWQIA Walleye Weekend Family taking Lake Winnebago Quiz

A Cleaner Winnebago

Published: January 14, 2017
Water Quality Series

Our 3-Part PDF Series Examining Phosphorus

Published: November 16, 2016

The September issue looks at the nature and chemistry of the element phosphorus.
The October issue focuses on phosphorus in the environment and the phosphorus cycle.
The November issue reviews the role of phosphorus in living cells.

LWQIA 2016 Water Quality Award

Published: February 10, 2016
Mathias-Lesczynski Water Quality Award poster

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association (LWQIA) is launching the first annual Mathias-Lesczynski Water Quality Award to publicly recognize Fond du Lac County farmers that go beyond the government minimum good management practices to prevent runoff of sediment, nutrients, and harmful chemicals. The quality of Lake Winnebago, and other surface waters in Fond du Lac County, has a tremendous impact on our local economy and our quality of life. Agricultural runoff is a significant factor affecting surface water quality. LWQIA believes that agricultural practices that effectively manage nutrients, fertilizers and runoff not only promote clean waters but protect valuable agricultural land. This water quality award, named for Lynn Mathias and Erv Lesczynski who have dedicated their careers to promoting sound agricultural practices, seeks to recognize and reward farmers who share a commitment to these ends.

Three awards will be presented in the amounts of $1,000, $250, and $100.The 2016 award will acknowledge improved water quality practices that were implemented in 2016. The financial portion of the awards will be sponsored by a select group of corporate citizens or organizations with connections to the agricultural community and/or an interest in the health of Lake Winnebago. The awards will be presented to the recipients in July 2017.

Award applications covering the 2016 growing season are due by December 1, 2016. Applicants are asked to document how they have exceeded minimally required or recommended agricultural practices, how their operation works with soil, water, plant and wildlife systems to benefit surface water quality, and leadership roles they have assumed. The award applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of experts in the agricultural field working outside of Fond du Lac County.

For additional information about the award, contact Earl Witte at 920-922-3669.

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the improvement of Lake Winnebago for the benefit of the general public and natural habitat. Membership is open to all individuals, families, businesses and organizations that care about Lake Winnebago.

Award application.

Volunteer to Help the Lake

Published: August 23, 2016

One Saturday morning each fall, area residents volunteer to assess the type and quantity of some invasive species that can impact Lake Winnebago. The Fond du Lac area project is part of a statewide effort to map species so eradication and control work can be effective. The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County and the Clean Waters Project sponsor the Fond du Lac area volunteers.

This year the "Snapshot" event is planned for September 10th. Volunteers will meet at the North Shelter on Oven Island off of Promen Drive in Lakeside Park. Training is provided at 9 AM. Fond du Lac will have an experienced team leader who is the statewide supervisor of the Water Guards, who are Deputy Conservation Wardens. Families are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is now open for Snapshot Day 2016. Register or get additional information by calling 920-979-4596 or go to the event page at

Walleye Weekend 2016

Published: August 3, 2016
Walleye Weekend setup

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association teamed up with the Clean Waters Project to provide representation and education in the Waste Management Conservation Station at Lakeside Park. This was the first time Walleye Weekend had a tent devoted to conservation and sustainability, and LWQIA and the Clean Waters Project were proud to be invited to participate.

The primary focus of the groups was the value of rain barrels for reducing runoff as well as the variety of rain barrels available for that use. The weekend at the tent included demonstrations for making and painting rain barrels. The groups’ effort was primarily supported by the Fond du Lac Noon Rotary with funds for purchasing several barrels for display outside and inside the tent and funds for professional signage. Funds to purchase barrels were also provided by the Winnebago Lakes Council and the Sisters of St. Agnes. After Walleye Weekend some of the barrels were given to winners of drawings; others have been kept for future educational projects.

LWQIA and the Clean Waters Project are looking forward to participating in Waste Management ‘s Conservation Station at next year’s Walleye Weekend.

Report of LWQIA Monitoring of Water Quality in Supples Marsh in 2015

Published: February 8, 2016

Sabai 2015 Final Report

AIS Snapshot Day 2015 Photo Contest

Published: November 2, 2015

On August 29, 2015, over 100 volunteers splashed into streams all across Wisconsin to search for invasive species that threaten recreation and the health of our waters. On the morning of the event, volunteers met at one of 17 rendezvous sites around the state and received training on simple monitoring protocols for 22 different species, including wetland plants, aquatic plants and invertebrates.

Winnebago Lakes Council sponsored a photo contest for the day for Fond du Lac, Calumet and Winnebago regional teams. Two LWQIA volunteers took prizes. Kaci Baillies took first place and Paul Tollard took third place. Congratulations to you both!

Fondy Five - Clean Water Flyer and Brochure

Published: May 29, 2015

The "Fondy Five," a leadership team from the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce Leadership Program under the guidance of Lesley Manowske, chose to help a local non-profit organization fulfill its mission. The team selected the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of FdL County. Among other things, the team developed and printed brochures to educate people about the importance of preventing polluted runoff as well as best practices they can use to reduce it.

View and/or print the Clean Water flyer and brochure.

Clean Water Starts In Our Backyard

Published: April 23, 2015

This video is from a project developed by FondyFive, an Association of Commerce Leadership Program Team, to raise awareness and prevent polluted runoff from entering Lake Winnebago.

KFIZ podcast with the FondyFive.

Monday, March 9 @ 7 p.m.
La Clare Farms and Café *

Published: February 11, 2015
poster for La Clare Farms announcement

In the village of Pipe, Hwy 151 and County Hwy. HH

County Conservationist Paul Tollard will bring Winnebago East Shore taxpayers up to date on current runoff prevention actions plus long and short term plans for reducing polluted runoff.

Fond du Lac County Code Enforcement Officer Dan Hanks will present the January 2016 changes to the County Shoreland Ordinance that will impact shoreline, suburban and farmland property owners.

Fond du Lac County, Public Works Director Jordan Skiff will reveal the new State limits for harmful matter in treated sewer water that is discharged into the lake, and how it can impact our sewer bills.

*Arrive early to watch the goats milked (starts @ 4:30) and enjoy a light meal with $ 1.00 off any entrée. A cash bar will also be open during the presentations, for beer, wine and soda.

HELP! Please tell your neighbor about this important event. Our budget only permitted sending this notice to 1/3 of the total combined taxpayers in Taycheedah and Calumet Townships.

Program on Preventing Polluted Runoff, Jan. 13 at FDL Library

Published: December 15, 2014
poster for Preventing Pollution Runoff program sponsored by FDL Library

The Clean Waters Project and Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association will present “Rules and Recommendations for Preventing Polluted Runoff” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

The program is aimed at area farmers, shoreline owners and anyone living in the Lake Winnebago watershed. It will be an opportunity to learn about the current rules and upcoming regulatory changes governing runoff — what is and is not allowed.

Paul Tollard, head of the Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservation Dept.; Dan Hanks, assistant code enforcement officer for the county; and Jordan Skiff, director of the city’s Public Works Dept. will present information followed by a Q&A.

For more information about preventing runoff, visit Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project on Facebook.


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

Aquatic Invasive Species Snapshot Day Results

Published: November 7, 2014

These are the results of the September 13th Snapshot Day survey of aquatic invasive species. The Fond du Lac area provided 17 volunteers to survey our area. Statewide results are:

Asian clam*1
Zebra Mussels13
Faucet Snails**15
Japanese hops*1
Japanese Knotweed1
Curlyleaf Pondweed2
Eurasian Watermilfoil17
Yellow Iris4
Purple Loosestrife12

*The Japanese hops and Asian cam are unconfirmed. Vouchers have been submitted.
**All faucet snails have been vouchered as well.

A map of the findings.

Supple Marsh invasive species program at FDL Library Nov. 17

Published: November 9, 2014
poster for Supple Marsh programs sponsored by FDL Library

Brock Woods of the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources will present "Invasive Species in Supple Marsh: Problems and Solutions" at 6 p.m. Monday, November 17, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Supple Marsh is the 107-acre wetland 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.

The program is 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.

For more information about the Clean Waters Project, visit or their page on Facebook.

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


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

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 or Pat Miller, at

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

Lake Winnebago Spill & Runoff Discussion

Published: July 5, 2014
lake spill announcement

Boater Safety Seminar "On Your Side"

Published: September 30, 2013
boston whaler press

Audio recordings from this July seminar are now available. Hear the WI Department of Natural Resources, United States Coast Guard, and the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department discuss their differing roles when patrolling on Lake Winnebago, learn what other organizations offer to boaters and anglers on the lake and at launches, and best ways to stay safe.

Listen to the seminar audio presentations.

On Your Side

Published: July 9, 2013

Boating Safety and the Law
Wed., July 17, 2013
7 — 8:30 p.m.
UW-FDL Campus

University Center Room 113/114 (also called LGI)

If you have been on Lake Winnebago, for business or recreation, you may have noticed three different agencies on patrol. County, state and federal agencies enforce the law to protect the lake and the people who enjoy it.

To explain their different responsibilities and regulations, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association (LWQIA) has organized "On Your Side," a free seminar on Wed., July 17.

Larry Kent, spokesperson for LWQIA, worked with UW-Extension to bring together the Sheriff's Office, the Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard. "The DNR and law officers have different roles and jurisdictions," he says. "They will discuss those and take questions from the audience. They are bringing actual patrol boats and other rescue equipment so people can see first-hand what goes into patrolling our lakes."

The seminar will also introduce Water Guardians and Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinators, who interact with boaters on the lake and at landings.

To attend, enter the University Center doors by the flag poles. The seminar is in room UC 113/114, also called the LGI. Registration is preferred but not required. Call (920) 929-3173 (711 for relay) or e-mail to register or arrange ADA accommodations.

Annual Fond du Lac River Cleanup a Success

Published: May 6, 2013

Over fifty volunteers spent part of their day Saturday, April 27 picking up trash along the Fond du Lac River, Supples Marsh and at Lakeside Park, to make the river a better, cleaner place. The annual event, organized by LWQIA member Andrew Karleigh, is in its thirteenth year.

Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for making this year's cleanup a success! We look forward to working with you again next year.

13th Annual Fond du Lac River Clean Up

Published: April 18, 2013

Saturday, April 27
9 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Meet at Lakeside Park; Oven Island North Shelter

KW7The Fond du Lac River and Lakeside Park will get a dose of spring cleaning during the thirteenth annual Fond du Lac River Cleanup on Saturday, April 27.

This is an opportunity to work together for a good cause. LWQIA member Andrew Karleigh is coordinating this year's cleanup and is requesting your participation.

Clearing debris from the Fond du Lac River not only improves the landscape for residents and visitors to enjoy, it improves the health and water quality of the river. The cleanup also helps protect waterfowl and other birds that nest along the shorelines later in the spring. Many plants and animals depend on access to the water for survival.

You can help by volunteering a few hours of your time to collect garbage beginning at Oven Island North Shelter in Lakeside Park. Maps, bags, and gloves will be provided for cleaning up the river banks. Training on the identification of Japanese Knotweed and Phragmites will also be provided. Dress accordingly for the weather. Release and sign-up forms will be available at the registration table the day of the event.

This year's Fond du Lac River Clean Up is sponsored by FHS Environmental Club, UW-FDL Environmental Club, and Marian University Environmental Club, Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association (LWQIA) and the Fond du Lac County Land and Water Conservation Dept.

We need your support for this very worthy event.

5-County Lake Winnebago Project Update

Published: March 11, 2013

April 17, 2013
6 — 7:30 p.m.
Fond du Lac Public Library

Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room

Five counties — Fond du Lac, Calumet, Outagamie, Waushara and Winnebago are working together on a plan to improve the Lake Winnebago system.

Michael Lizotte, president of the Winnebago Lakes Council, will provide an update on a new project studying ways to improve cooperation and collaboration in managing the Winnebago Pool Lakes.

The project, initiated by county governments, will analyze current plans and information about the ecological, social and economic conditions of the lakes and surrounding communities. This will provide a snapshot of current lake management. There will also be a significant effort to gather input from stakeholders to determine the issues most pressing to lake users. The project will provide a foundation for future work to coordinate lake management by local governments by helping them find approaches that are politically, socially and environmentally feasible.

Sponsored by the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association and the Fond du Lac Public Library

Weigh in on Winnebago Waterways

Published: March 3, 2013

From Appleton and Tustin to Stockbridge and Fond du Lac, and everywhere in between, residents and business owners are sharing their opinions and experiences on how they use our local waterways and how those waterways should be managed. The Weigh in on the Winnebago Waterways project is gathering input from Calumet, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Waushara and Winnebago Counties.

"The Weigh-in on the Winnebago Waterways is dedicated to protecting our local lakes and rivers by understanding how we use our local waterways", said Allen Buechel, Fond du Lac County Executive. "The goal of the project is to seek input from the public to help determine the best way to protect our local lakes and rivers."

Public meetings will be held on the following dates and at the following locations. All meetings will take place from 6:30 — 8 p.m.

Mon., March 25:
UW-Fond du Lac (UC-114)
400 University Dr.
Fond du Lac

Tues., March 26:
Atlas Coffee Mill
425 West Water St.

Wed., March 27:
Harrison Town Hall
W5298 Hwy 114

Thurs., April 4:
Oshkosh Public Library
106 Washington Ave.

Fond du Lac's Lake Association Announces Support for 5-County Lake Winnebago Project

Published: November 9, 2012

Press Release
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LWQIA Press Release Nov 8, 2012

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network: Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Training Session

Published: November 9, 2012

Thank you to Andrew Karleigh — Fond du Lac County AIS Coordinator and to Christina Wolbers — WDNR AIS Specialist for hosting this training session on October 11. Members of the LWQIA that attended were treated to hands-on specimens of Quagga Mussels, Eurasian Water Milfoil, Curly Leaf Pondweed, Spiny Water Fleas, and lots of other invasives, as well as a very informative PowerPoint presentation.

One of the most successful efforts of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership has been The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. Every year since 1986, dedicated volunteers monitor lakes statewide for a variety of different water quality and lake health indicators. The effort, which started as 126 volunteers on 113 lakes, has grown to an impressive 1,100 volunteers on 850 lakes. Today, in addition to monitoring water clarity, volunteers take chemistry samples and monitor for aquatic and shoreline invasive species. The amount of data the Department and partner organizations receive from these volunteers is astounding and crucial for long-term lake planning.

Train To Be a Volunteer Monitor of Lake Winnebago

Published: October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012
6 PM to 9 PM
Fond du Lac City/County Building in rooms F and G.

Participants should be at least 15 years of age.
There is no need to pre-register for the training.

The free session will be offered by Fond du Lac County Invasive Species Coordinator, Andrew Karleigh, in cooperation with the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association. Christina Wolbers of the DNR Lake Michigan Basin project will help with the training.

The goals of the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network are to collect high quality data, to empower volunteers and to share this data and knowledge. Volunteers, who are asked to commit to at least three hours per year, measure water clarity and may also collect chemistry, temperature, and dissolved oxygen data, as well as identify and map plants, and watch for the first appearance of Eurasian Water Milfoil near boat landings. In Lake Winnebago monitors will also be watching for invasive species such as the Quagga mussel, Spiny Water Flea and Hydrilla. During the training session, people will also be given the opportunity to look at live specimens of native species which are found in Lake Winnebago.

Oops! Wrong monitor.

Japanese Knotweed Cutting Party

Published: October 4, 2012

On September 21 over a dozen volunteers from the community joined together at Supples Marsh for a Japanese Knotweed cutting party.

Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) is a herbaceous perennial that forms large colonies of erect, arching stems (resembling bamboo). Stems are round, smooth, hollow and reddish-brown. Plants reach up to 10 feet in height. This invader can crowd out all other plants on waterways, lakeshores and wetlands.

The volunteers successfully removed much of the knotweed from the area. Fond du Lac County Invasive Species Coordinator, Andrew Karleigh, coordinated the effort. A notice was sent out to LWQIA members encouraging them to help in the event.

Thanks again to those who were able to help out!


Published: March 26, 2012

The "Dip Into Lakes" seminar series exploring the complexities of Lake Winnebago is being held at UW Fond du Lac, rooms LGI 113/114 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM starting Monday April 2, 2012. There is no cost to attend. Topics include:

April 2
"Getting to Know the Lakes" and "Lake Winnebago: Through the Ages"

April 16
"Common Highways, Forever Free" and "The Worth of Water"

April 30
"Aquatic Plants: The Underwater Forest"

May 14
"Fish" and "Challenges to a Healthy Lake"

Registration is preferred but not required. Call (920) 929-3173 or e-mail


Below you will find articles covering past meeting announcements from the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association. To read our event articles, click the Events tab above.

Notice of LWQIA Annual Meeting

Published: July 5, 2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County (LWQIA) will be held Saturday, August 1 at 10:00 AM in the Pavilion at Lakeside Park. The Annual Meeting will be preceded by the August Board Meeting at 9:15.

If you haven't already renewed your membership, please send your $25 check to LWQIA, PO Box 1716, Fond du Lac WI 54936-1716 or you may pay at the Annual Meeting. LWQIA is an IRS designated 501(c)(3). Your membership fee is tax-deductible.

LWQIA Annual Meeting

Published: July 21, 2014

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County will be conducting their Third Annual Meeting on August 2, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the park pavilion in Lakeside Park. There will be a short business meeting, a guest speaker and several table displays. The meeting is open to all association members and anyone else interested in Lake Winnebago.

The guest speaker will be Mr. Paul Tollard, Fond du Lac County Conservationist. Mr. Tollard will be discussing the various watersheds in Fond du Lac County that feed into Lake Winnebago.

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association is a non-profit group of private citizens that are primarily concerned with aquatic invasive species, excessive aquatic plant growth, water quality and water levels in Lake Winnebago. Anyone who enjoys Lake Winnebago and is concerned about the lake can become a member of the association by submitting the annual dues. There are no membership restrictions.

LWQIA November Board Meeting

Published: October 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
7 p.m.
Fond du Lac City/County Building
meeting rooms F&G.
160 South Macy Street

Guest: Andrew Sabai, lake and wetland ecologist

We would like to extend an invitation to attend our next meeting in November. LWQIA is considering establishing a monitoring program for the southern end of Lake Winnebago. To aid in its deliberations, the Board has invited Andrew Sabai to speak at the November meeting. Andrew, a lake and wetland ecologist, is the Grant Coordinator for Lake Puckaway. He will talk about the history of monitoring the Winnebago system, the various methods and the value of such measurements.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and Andrew will speak shortly thereafter.

LWQIA members are always encouraged to attend Association Board meetings.

2013 Annual Meeting

Published: August 19, 2013

The 2nd annual meeting of LWQIA was held on August 3 at Lakeside Park Pavilion. A few highlights of the day's events:

Larry Kent presents an overview of the association's goals and accomplishments.

Andrew Karleigh, FDL County AIS Coordinator

Guest speaker, Mike Lizotte, Winnebago Lakes Council, gives a history of the Winnebago system.

Scouts from Troop 705 and a fish line receptacle.

Silent Auction!

Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association Annual Meeting

Published: July 29, 2013
park postcard

Lakeside Park Pavilion, Fond du Lac Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
10 a.m. — Noon

This is an informative meeting for LWQIA members and their guests. The public is welcome. There will be an opportunity to sign up and become a member or renew your membership.

Special presentation: A History of Lake Winnebago — Looking Back but Moving Forward. Mike Lizotte, president of Winnebago Lakes Council, explores the history of the Winnebago waterways and its changing terrain and shifting uses.

Andrew Karleigh, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Fond du Lac County, will give a presentation on the Landscape for the Lake Demonstration Project at Supples Marsh.

Update on the Fishing Line Receptacle Project. A LWQIA sponsored Eagle Scout project.

Business Meeting:
Secretary's Report
Treasurer's Report
Elections for Treasurer, Secretary, and Board member
Amendments to the By-Laws

If you are a member, you can also participate in electing or being elected to the LWQIA Executive Committee and help shape our future activities.

Silent Auction:
Fun Filled Basket Fundraiser!!!
Each basket has a theme and is filled with goodies galore. Come and join the fun, bid on your favorite basket! All proceeds benefit the LWQIA and its mission.

Psst... Help pass the word about the good things we are doing and invite your neighbor to come along!

LWQIA 2013 Board Meetings

Published: April 4, 2013

Board Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Fond du Lac City/County Government Center
(unless otherwise noted)

The meeting dates for 2013 are:
January 2
February 6
March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5
July 10 (originally scheduled for July 3)

LWQIA Annual Meeting for the Membership
Saturday, August 3 at Lakeside Park

(more information to follow)

September 4
October 7
November 6
December 4

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

LWQIA 1st Annual Meeting a Success!

Published: September 19, 2012

On Saturday, August 4, 2012 the LWQIA hosted its 1st Annual meeting for members and interested guests at Columbia Park Hall. Approximately 50 people were in attendance for the business meeting and educational presentations.

Association President, Ellen Balthazor introduced various committee chairs to provide a report on the association's structure and goals for the future.

The business meeting included the election of the coming year's Officers and Board of Directors, an Amendment to the By-Laws, and the status of incorporation papers.

Each committee — Science, Finance, Social, Membership and Education — also gave brief reports to the membership.

Guest speakers Mike Arrowood-Interim Director, LWQIA and Andrew Karleigh-AIS Coordinator, Fond du Lac County presented programs on "Walleyes & Sheephead" and "Aquatic Invasive Species."

The meeting concluded with refreshments and a "meet and greet" among the membership.


Published: July 5, 2012

LWQIA First Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 4, 2012
10 a.m. — Noon
Columbia Park Hall

The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association invites one and all to join us for our first annual meeting on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. — Noon. The meeting will be held at the Columbia Park Hall located in Columbia Park aka Calumet Harbor, and promises to be interesting and informative.

The meeting is open to the public and we encourage you to attend. If you are a member, you can also participate in electing or being elected to the LWQIA Executive Committee and help shape our future activities.

So don't forget the date, August 4. LWQIA membership is not required. Come on out and get to know others interested in the long term quality of the lake and its surrounding environment.

Columbia Park is located approximately one mile west of Pipe on the east shore of Lake Winnebago. Follow Highway W for 0.8 mile west of Highway 151 to the park.

Columbia Park Map

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LWQIA Board Meeting

Published: June 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
7 p.m.
Fond du Lac City/County Government Center, Rooms F&G

Future Meeting Dates & Locations:
August 1   EOC (Emergency Operation Center) FDL Government Center, lower level
August 4   LWQIA First Annual Meeting, 10 a.m. — Noon, Columbia Park Hall
September 5   EOC
October 3   FDL Government Center, Rooms F&G
November 7   EOC
December 5   FDL Government Center, Rooms F&G

At the June 20th meeting, the Board agreed to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at the Fond du Lac City/County Government Center, starting at 7 p.m. All Association members are welcome and encouraged to attend any Board meeting. Since the first Wednesday of July is a holiday, the July meeting will be held on the July 11th. The various Association Committees will schedule their meetings on an as-needed basis.

L.W.Q.I.A. Hold First Public Meeting

Published: June 13, 2012

On June 6th, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County met for its first public meeting. Approximately 60 people were in attendance and included a variety of "lovers of the lake" — home owners, fishermen/women, boaters, conservationists — all concerned about the lake and ready to take action by becoming members of the association.

Discussion at the meeting included:

  • What an association is and is not
  • By Laws — which you can read here on the site
  • Membership fees — $25 per member.

A member is defined as an individual, family, business or organization. Each paid membership equals one vote at the annual meeting which is planned for Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 10 a.m. in Fond du Lac — location to be announced. Check this site for updates.

The most important part of the meeting was the feedback received from all in attendance. Everyone was asked to pick three topics of utmost importance to them, as they will become the three areas of concern that are tackled the first year as an association. The three most urgent topics chosen were: Aquatic Invasive Species, Water Quality and a tie for third... Aquatic Plants, and Lake Water Levels.

Now we need your help! We are looking for people to serve on committees to get the ball rolling in these four vital areas. Our hope is to educate the public, work with the county/state and DNR agencies and keep all our members up-to-date on the conditions and changes happening to Lake Winnebago that affect us all.

Please join and become involved! Watch this site for more updates about the association, dates for committee meetings and other events.

Membership Form
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Membership Form

By Laws



Published: May 30, 2012

Wednesday, June 6
6:30 p.m.
UW-FDL Campus, Room UC 113/114, Main Building

Whether you own lake property, are an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, recreational boater or simply have an interest in the ongoing health of the lake, mark your calendar for the first public meeting of the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County. Let us know what YOU want and what your vision for the future of the lake's recreation and natural resources might be.

Learn the history of how the association got its start, where we are now and where we want to go. Discuss areas of concern that are most important to you.

For anyone who loves and wants to protect this unique natural resource, now is your chance to help form and shape this association. We invite you to attend this important meeting and look forward to seeing you there!


Published: May 8, 2012

The first Stakeholders meeting of the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County will be held on June 6, 2012 at the UW Fond du Lac Campus, Main Building, room UC113/114. This will be the roll-out of the new lake association and will be of interest to lake property owners, lake users such as fishermen and boaters and anyone who values the overall quality of our lake. Plan to attend and learn much more about your lake association.


Published: May 8, 2012

The next Organizational Team meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in room "H" at the Fond du Lac City/County Center starting at 7:00 PM. Guests will include Susan Tesarik and Paul Schumacher of WI Lakes and Diana Hammer Tscheschlik of UW-Extension.

March Organization Meeting

Published: March 15, 2012

At the March 14 meeting the re-write of Association Bylaws was completed. Key points include:

  • The composition of the Board of Directors was identified. Attendance at meeting may be by electronic means.
  • Duties of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer were established and the co-signature of the President or Vice-President is required on all checks.
  • Standing committees are Membership, Social, and Finance. Others will be appointed by the President as needed.
  • The fiscal year will begin on July 1 and end on June 30.

Our next committee meeting is scheduled for April 11 at 7:00 PM in the Fond du Lac City/County Center.

Organizational Team Meeting Schedule

Published: February 12, 2012

Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday March 14, 2012 and Wednesday April 11, 2012 in room "H" at the Fond du Lac City/County Center from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

February Organizational Meeting

Published: February 12, 2012

At the February 8 meeting both a mission statement and a vision statement were approved.

MISSION: For the benefit of the general public, the purpose of the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association is to strive to improve the overall quality of Lake Winnebago for the betterment of natural habitat and recreational use.

VISION: The Association will educate, communicate and take action on lake quality issues and promote cooperation among governmental units, interested organizations and the general public.

Work began on drafting By-laws and several issues were agreed to:

  • We will be organized as a nonprofit, non-stock corporation under chapter 181 of Wisconsin Statutes.
  • Membership will be open to any interested individual, family, organization or business.
  • Annual dues are $25 per member.
  • Each year an annual meeting will be held on the first Saturday in August at a time and place to be determined.
  • The Association may sponsor educational, recreational, social and/or fund raising meetings for members and guests.

Further development of By-laws will be done at subsequent meetings.

Meeting Schedule

Published: February 8, 2012

The next Organization team meeting is scheduled for Feb 8, 7:00 PM at the Fond du Lac City/County Center, room G.