Located in the Lyman F. Anderson Agriculture and Conservation Center 5201 Fen Oak Drive Room 234 Madison, WI 53718-8827 Map to Fen Oak 608-224-3730 email@example.com
For the third year, Dane County is actively participating in the statewide
Clean Boats, Clean Waters program to prevent
the spread of aquatic invasive species. Look for our inspectors Gary, Kayla, and Luke at boat landings, where
they are talking with boaters about the aquatic invasives prevention steps: 1) inspect boats, 2) remove plants,
3) drain all water from boat and equipment, and 4) never move plants or live fish away from a waterbody. Staff
inspected 4,400 boats in 2011 and 2,900 boats in 2012, and contacted 4,600 people each year.
I have fished in Wisconsin for 50 years and have seen the changes in our lakes and streams, so when this
opportunity for the inspector job came up I was all for it. So far I have met a lot of wonderful people more
than willing to help with stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species. I have also met some people who
think it's too late to save the lakes or they only use one or two lakes so they only put invasive species in
the lake they came out of . This gives me the opportunity to go over some important things they may not know
or have heard of (e.g., you are subject to laws for having lake water in and/or weeds on your boat or trailer).
My view on this is if we can save one lake or stream for our children and their children to have a clean, safe
place to swim and fish like we had as kids; then the hours, weekends and holidays spent at the boat landings
will be well spent.
Clean Boats, Clean Water!
I have spent the last two years studying at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as a biology major. I was
learning everything from cell composition to current environmental concerns. In classes I am always most
interested when we talk about what is happening now, both globally and locally, the impacts it will have, and
how we can improve things.
So, when I came across the job listing for the aquatic invasive species inspector position, I decided this would
be a perfect way to get out there and help improve things locally. Turns out this job has been a great learning
experience; I have learned a great deal from working with Dane County and from talking with local boaters.
I love knowing that by being out there and talking to boaters, I am giving them the information they need to
help us keep our wonderful lakes clean for everyone.
I just finished my senior year at UW-Madison. I am pursuing a degree in history and environmental studies.
My internship with the Land and Water Resources Department allows me to gain experience in the environmental
field as well as enjoy the beautiful weather and lakes that Wisconsin has to offer. Being out on the boat
landings around the county has allowed me to meet a wide variety of people and gain information that is very
useful for the county. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters program has advanced my knowledge about laws that are
in place to protect the lakes. This internship will hopefully be a step on my way to a future career in the
environmental field, and for that reason it is a great opportunity for me.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.