About Wisconsin's Healthy Lakes & Rivers
Healthy Lakes & Rivers includes 5 simple and inexpensive best practices that improve habitat and water quality on your shoreland property.
We encourage do-it-yourselfers to use these practices but have also created a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Healthy Lakes & Rivers grant for funding assistance. Local partners like qualified lake and river organizations and counties may apply for Healthy Lakes & Rivers funding on behalf of shoreland property owners, or they may choose to integrate the Healthy Lakes & Rivers initiative into their lake or river management, comprehensive planning, and shoreland zoning ordinance efforts.
Shoreland properties include land within 1,000 feet of a lake or 300 feet of a river.
Shoreland Property Owners
Interested in grant funding? Partner with an eligible grant applicant like a local unit of government or qualified lake or river organization for funding.
Wisconsin’s Healthy Lakes & Rivers Action Plan builds off the success of the 2014-2017 Healthy Lakes pilot. Healthy Lakes & Rivers remains a collaborative team effort that depends on private and public shoreland property owners, businesses, and the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership to promote and install relatively simple and inexpensive best practices benefiting habitat and water quality. This goal-oriented plan also includes funding, promotion, and evaluation strategies.
Purpose & Goals
To protect and restore the health of our lakes and rivers by increasing property owner participation in habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects.
Increase property owner participation in Healthy Lakes & Rivers.
Maintain existing and engage new property owners as ambassadors of the Healthy Lakes & Rivers philosophy.
Increase the number of grant applications submitted by project coordinators and/or grant applicants.
Grow a business partner network to promote Healthy Lakes & Rivers and provide technical and installation assistance.
Our Team & Partners
Collaboration and participation were key in this team effort to create Wisconsin’s Healthy Lakes & Rivers Action Plan and our statewide initiative. We would like to thank the staff, agency, business, and citizen partners, including Advanced Lake Leaders, who provided feedback for our team and the many partners who completed a customer survey and provided valuable comments during the public review of proposed Department of Natural Resources guidance.
We would like to express our gratitude to the following contributors and information sources:
Bone Lake Management District
Maine Lake Smart Program
Vermont Lake Wise Program
We appreciate your continued feedback, please contact us if you have comments or questions.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Lakes and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Control Grant Contacts
For assistance with specific or science-related aspects of your project, contact the Lakes or AIS Grants Coordinator in your area. For assistance with financial aspects of your project, contact the Environmental Grant Specialist in your area.
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Additional information on Lakes and AIS grants
River Planning and Management Grant Contacts
For assistance with specific or science-related aspects of your project, contact the River Coordinator in your area. For assistance with financial aspects of your project, contact the Environmental Grant Specialist in your area.
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Additional information on River Planning and Management grants
Science of Healthy Lakes
The science of lake and river management has advanced significantly over the last few decades. We better understand natural science – how lakes and rivers function and the importance of shorelands to lake and river health, as well as the social science – how people and their attitudes and behaviors affect lakes and rivers.