9.Not For Profit Mailing Permit – MKLPA has applied for and been granted a not for profit mailing permit from the United States Postal Services and will be working in partnership with Universal Mailing Services in Wausau Wi to improve and increase our communication to members and non-members of our community at significantly reduced costs.
10.MKLPA Website – 2023 was a pivotal year for the MKLPA website. Exhaustive efforts by Robert at Northern Web Development and Board Member, Ted Pittman saw the website mature into a comprehensive source of local, county, and state information of what is happening around and impacting Lake Minocqua and Lake Kawaguesaga.
11.Safety Information available with the click of a button – QR Code technology implemented at Town of Minocqua Safety Boards / Boat Launches – Lake Information in Minocqua, WI
12.Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) – Onterra had identified 211 acres of EWM in 2019; through intense management , EWM has been mitigated to less than 50 acres over the past 4 years with very little of this acreage impacting recreation or navigation. (The Wisconsin DNR regulates this EWM management via an extensive permitting process)
13.Aquatic Plant Management Plan (APM) – MKLPA is contracted with Onterra, LLC for the research and development of this guiding document;
MKLPA is aligned with the current science to allow managing for a lowered EWM population in the system (Minocqua & Kawaga Lakes), while protecting the resources and being financially prudent. Having a current APM allows the MKLPA to be eligible for grant funding, which the MKLPA has secured almost a third of a million dollars ($331,219.06) since we started working with Onterra. This funding has allowed MKLPA to use herbicides sparingly, with a bulk of the effort coming from manual removal methods (DASH)
14.DASH / Hand Harvesting – 2023 the DNR permitted area for DASH mitigation was close to 300 acres. See chart below for annual data. Lake Minocqua and Kawaga have had almost 7,000 cubic feet of EWM hand removed since 2020. This substantial effort has been funded by MKLPA members and grants.