Protecting Winnebago Waters
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LAKE WINNEBAGO- County leaders want your input on how to improve the Lake Winnebago system. All five counties surrounding the lake are holding public hearings where people can voice their opinions, on how to better protect the water.
"It's beautiful," says Orville Stecker of Stockbridge.
Orville Stecker and Glen Schaefer know what lake winnebago means to the community and the state. "The lake means a lot," says Schaefer.
However Stecker says the invasive species have affected recreation recently.
"In the summer months you couldn't hardly fish along the shore," says Stecker
That issue is one of many reasons leaders in Winnebago, Outagamie, Calumet, Fond Du Lac, and Waushara counties have been holding public hearings to gain feedback.
"So we can go forward to improve the Winnebago System," says Julie Schmelzer.
Now with one public hearing in the books, resource management director Julie Schmelzer says that the biggest issue raised by the public has been the water quality in the lake.
"The water quality in regards to recreation, angling, and then public consumption is huge," says Schmelzer.
Another issue is management. Counties have to put forth resources collaboratively.
"The counties really need to work together to try and save money," says Schmelzer.
Schaefer says he is already seeing an improvement. "Used to be a lot dirtier, it's getting a lot cleaner,"
And a cleaner lake would bring more people and help tourism.