14 Mile Watershed Alliance presents the

2024 STATE OF OUR LAKES

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11 AM – 2 PM

Rome Town Hall

1156 Alpine Drive

                          11 AM to 2 PM (doors open at 10:30 AM)

Lunch will be provided by our sponsors

Our Program

Once a year, 14 Mile Watershed Alliance pulls together experts in water science and technology to bring us up to date on what’s happening to our Camelot, Sherwood and Arrowhead lakes and the water that feeds them.  While there’s no denying there are problems with algae and muck in our lakes along with weeds and other invasive species, there is now action in the works to correct many of these problems.  These experts will be here at the State of Our Lakes event to tell you what is taking place, timetables, and what you can do to help keep our lakes clean and healthy.  Bring a pen.  Take notes.  Ask questions.  Eat lunch.  Win prizes.

Here’s our program for the day:

AGENDA

Welcome & Introductions – 11:00 am

Presentations – 11:10 am

The science of a nanobubble; what’s next! – Chris Stephan

Adams County Watershed Goals – Heather Gayton

The science and expectations of lake water & data collection  for algae control in our lakes – Jay Michels

Shoreland Stewardship – What you can do to improve your lakefront property for lake health? – David Trudeau

14 Mile Watershed Alliance is hiring! Well, let’s just say we’ll double your salary next year! – Rick Mervine

LUNCH  – 12:30 pm

Our Presenters

JAY MICHELS is a Partner and Senior Project Manager for EOR, Inc. and is the project coordinator for the EOR Team for the Tri-Lakes Nanobubble Project.  Jay has over 45 years of experience in construction management, erosion and sediment control, stormwater, lake, wetland and watershed management and stormwater policy development on projects across the Midwest and Canada.

HEATHER GAYTON has recently taken on the role of the Adams County Watershed Coordinator. Heather is a multi-generational owner and operator of ZanBria Artisan Farms near Friendship.

CHRIS STEPHAN began his career in commercial landscape construction in the early 1990s. With a lifelong passion for watersports and a family of boating industry professionals, Chris’s passion for water merged into his career in the early 2000s. He owned and operated a landscape construction, site development, and soils company and was an early adopter of natural pond construction. In the late 2000s, Chris worked in business development and sales for a large forestry equipment dealer, then operated a large forest products /sawmill company that brought him from Minnesota to the West Coast in 2012. In 2017, Chris joined the water treatment industry. At Moleaer, he’s used his passion for renewable resources and expertise in water treatment to help solve complex large scale waterbody challenges.  

DAVID TRUDEAU is a wildlife biologist who retired from a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, managing National Wildlife Refuges in several states.  He has been involved in 14 Mile watershed issues since the formation of the citizen advisory group.  David is a certified Lakeshore Habitat Restoration consultant and volunteers his services to assist Rome landowners in implementing shoreland restoration practices and applying for grant funding.  David is also the current President of 14 Mile Watershed Alliance.

RICK MERVINE has run a management consulting firm for the last 40 years specializing in strategic planning, operations, and growth of businesses and not-for-profits.  He is a board member of the 14 Mile Watershed Alliance.

 

Other Fun Stuff

We’ll fill your head with important information, give you a chance to ask questions and speak one-on-one with the experts AND feed you.  What more would you want?!  Well, raffles, door prizes, and a silent auction all thanks to our many community sponsors and their donations.  All of this begins at 10:30 AM when our doors open.  You must be present to win the door prizes (announced throughout the event) and raffle items. 

Visit exhibitors       Check out raffle items           Enter silent auction

Drawing for door prizes and raffle prizes – 1:00 pm

Silent auction ends, winners announced – 1:20 pm

Our Sponsors

The 14 Mile Watershed Alliance is a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit so we’re thankful for the generous support of our volunteers, community sponsors, and our donors.  If you would like to donate, please donate here. Each year, our community sponsors help us raise funds so we can bring you this annual State of Our Lakes presentation and raise funds needed to do the work of our Alliance.

Please tell the following major sponsors thank you for their participation in today’s presentation:

Town of Rome       Visit Rome      Kwik Trip      Lake Arrowhead Association      Sand Valley

Party Time Cakes     Northern Bay Golf     Lake Sherwood Property Owners Association

14 Mile Watershed Alliance     Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa      Sherwood Lodge

Tri-Lakes Management District      Lake Camelot Property Owners Association & Lodge

These businesses and organizations contributed to our door prizes and raffle items:

Avocado’s Restaurant      Bay Rest Resort     Branding Iron Supper Club     Galles Marine

Cal’s Corner     PACRS    Hoozel’s     Papa Bears     Romano’s     Slice of Heaven Bakery

Tim Meadows     Agrecol     Bob Stoil     Evenson’s Marine     Prairie Nursery

Rome Country Meats & Deli     Badger Marine     Foss Garden Center     Raina Klawitter

Nekoosa Port Edwards Bank     Rome Outdoors     Wisconsin Trapshooters Association

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association   Coldwell Banker Advantage

 

Who Are We?

We are your neighbors, the family in the boat passing you on Lake Arrowhead, or the two guys fishing on Lake Sherwood.  That couple at the next table at Lake Camelot Lodge.  We’re everyday residents of Rome and its surrounding watershed.  We come together in this not-for-profit organization to protect our property, our lakes, and our families and make certain future generations can enjoy this wonderful place for generations to come.  

The volunteers of the 14 Mile Watershed Alliance monitor our lakes for you.  We test each lake throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall, testing for the unwanted nutrients that cause many of the problems of our lakes.  We help apply for grants to do the shoreline work necessary to protect the waters of or lakes and 14 Mile Creek.  The Alliance collects this information and assists others with analyzing all of that data, educating residents and assists the farmers of the watershed with future resources to control those nutrients.  

Our education programs span presentations in our public schools to assisting homeowners on each of our lakes with how to better manage what they apply to their lawns and what happens to it after the application. And, we’re growing, adding people who have an interest in our lakes, people with skills that can help move this work forward.  Check out our recruiting page (yes, we’re all volunteers) and we’ll double your compensation next year!

See You Saturday, June 8th.

Put it on your calendar now!