More Fish, More Fun, Clean Water for Everyone!
Welcome to the Round-Trade Lake Improvement Association(RTLIA) website. We are a group of lake enthusiasts made up of lake shore owners and lake neighbors working to preserve the health of our waters for all to enjoy. The group works with the DNR/State of Wisconsin to secure grants to treat invasive aquatic species and educate lake users to help prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species. We cover our costs of the grants by applying volunteer hours towards them. We are 100% dependent on membership dues and donations.
How can you help?
There are two ways you can help with lake management:
- Become a yearly member of the Round-Trade Lake Association at a household cost of $40.00 per year.
- Enter the amount of time you spend working on lake/lakeshore cleanup into the Volunteer Hours page on this site.
See the Round-Trade Lake Improvement Association FAQ to get additional information about the association.
Review the Current Grants that RTLIA is working with and check out the approved tasks that can be applied to Volunteer Hours here.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notice on Lake Buoys: The RTLIA does not govern lake buoy placement- placement is managed by the Town Board where the lake resides.
2019 Clean Boats Clean Waters Grant
The 2019 Boating Season is almost here! Please take a minute to review this year’s Clean Boats Clean Waters page for more information on upcoming boat inspections and to learn how to inspect your boat for invasive species. Click here for more information.
Invasive Species Management and what it means for 2019
By David Blumer (email@example.com), LEAPS, January 2019
The goal of aquatic plant management adopted by the Round Trade Lakes Improvement Association (RTLIA) for the Trade Lakes has been to control non-native aquatic plant species including curly-leaf pondweed (CLP), Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM), and purple loosestrife (PL) from damaging the health of our lakes. In late 2017 the RTLIA applied for three grants, one for each lake. To our surprise, all three of these grants were awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the spring of 2018. We welcomed these grants because AIS management is very expensive including the use of chemical herbicides and physical removal. The grants support three years of CLP, EWM, and PL management on the four lakes.
Beginning in 2018 we treated 6.8 acres of both CLP and EWM in Long Trade Lake. In Round Lake, 8.86 acres of EWM were chemically treated. In Little Trade Lake, 7.42 acres of CLP and 4.11 acres of EWM were chemically treated. In Big Trade Lake, 13.36 acres of EWM were chemically treated. More CLP was initially targeted for chemical treatment in 2018, however poor growing conditions in the spring of 2018 limited the amount of CLP present in the lakes. These 2018 treatments on all four lakes are considered successful.
2018 Aquatic Plant Management Proposal and Completed Treatment:
Completed Round Trade Lakes 2018 Chemical Treatment of Curly-leaf Pondweed and Eurasian Watermilfoil- By Dave Blumer- LEAPS, August 7, 2018
Planning for chemical management of curly-leaf pondweed (CLP) and Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) in the Trade Lakes (Long Trade, Round, Little Trade, & Big Trade) began in late 2017 and continued through early 2018. Management planning was completed using funds from an existing Wisconsin DNR grant, but implementation in 2018 was dependent on receiving additional grant funding. Three Aquatic
Invasive Species Control grants were applied for in February 2018: one each for Long Trade Lake, Round Lake, and a combined grant application for Big and Little Trade Lakes. This grant funding was awarded to the tune of about $156,000.00 over three years. Along with this award about $52,000.00 worth of donated services, volunteer time, and cash are required as sponsor match over the same three years.
One of the largest expenses associated with the new grants was chemical management of CLP and EWM in the system. Proposal for chemically treating 6.8 acres of CLP and EWM in Long Trade Lake; 8.86 acres of EWM in Round Lake; 7.42 acres of CLP and 4.11 acres of EWM in Little Trade Lake; and 13.28 acres of EWM in Big Trade Lake were made. These treatment proposals were accepted by the WDNR and were
implemented on May 29 & 30, 2018 by Northern Aquatic Services out of Dresser, WI.
Curly-leaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil suggested treatment costs are listed below.
Long Trade Lake: $4,960
Round Lake: $12,320
Little Trade Lake: $7,000
Big Trade Lake: $21,700
Water Quality Alert:
Big and Little Trade Lakes join Round and Long Trade on the impaired waters list for 2018.
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