News

2020 Annual Meeting

On May 23, we hosted our 2020 Annual Boulder Lake Advancement Association Meeting. Our Annual Meeting looked a little different this year as we hosted our first virtual meeting. Although we were not able to gather in person, there was lots to discuss and members were still able to connect despite these unprecedented times. Below are links to the newsletter and powerpoint that were shared during the 2020 Annual Meeting for reference.

BLAA 2020 Newsletter

BLAA 2020 Meeting - Powerpoint

CBCW – Clean Boats Clean Waters

CBCW is a volunteer program protecting Wisconsin lakes.  Volunteers are essential to the efforts to educate boaters about AIS (aquatic invasive species) and how to prevent their spread.  Boulder Lake will receive 100 hours of CBCW monitoring by university interns through the statewide program administered by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  However, this covers only a few days out of the 5 to 6 months of active fishing on Boulder Lake.  We are seeking volunteers to cover additional days and hours during the busy fishing season.   BLAA members and other interested parties who volunteer for CBCW will receive training on how to help educate boaters who visit Boulder Lake – this is one of the single most important efforts we can take to protect Boulder Lake!

Vilas and Oneida Counties provide frequent open training sessions early in the summer (watch this site for 2019 dates).  These training sessions are fun and last about 60-90 minutes.

Once you receive training, please contact Bill Niemuth at billniemuth@gmail.com to schedule your time at the Boulder Lake Boat Landing. All Volunteers will receive supplies, giveaways for participating boaters and report forms.

Please Contact Us to volunteer or ask questions. 

Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association

VCLRA is an information, education network that helps Lake Associations and Individual Citizens make wise decisions in their efforts to PRESERVE and PROTECT the unique waterways of Vilas County, now and well into the future. Boulder Lake Advancement Association is proud to support the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association.

Link: http://www.vclra.us/

Healthy Lakes

This is a statewide best practices program run by the DNR and multiple partners whose goal is to protect and improve the health of our lakes by increasing lakeshore property owner participation in habitat restoration and runoff and erosion control projects.

The science of lake management has advanced significantly over the last few decades. We better understand natural science – how lakes function and the importance of shorelands to lake health, as well as the social science – how people and their attitudes and behaviors affect lakes.

Grants are available to individual property owners.

Link: https://healthylakeswi.com/

Community Updates

After making an update to the Fishtrap Dam Failure Analysis, Vilas County now categorizes the dam as a high hazard based upon a number of criteria noted in the DNR Analysis and Public Hearing Notice. Although the analysis only captures the properties on and near the mouth of the Manitowish River, Boulder Lake would experience a significant rise in water levels and inundate several of the homes with a slight elevation rise from the water if the dam would fail. This seems to be a standard analysis based upon the work that will be done on Fishtrap Dam and not because of an impending problem.

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, a public hearing was held by the Vilas County Zoning and Planning Committee to discuss the proposed amendment to the Vilas County Floodplan Ordinance. Linked below is the official notice sent out by the Vilas County Zoning and Planning Committee in regards to the public hearing.

Notice of Public Hearing

Community Engagement

It was a beautiful day to represent the Boulder Lake Advancement Association (BLAA) at this year's Musky Days. BLAA President, Bill Niemuth, was honored to be a guest judge for the Fish Fry Cook-off during the annual Musky Day's event. Smokey the Bear stopped by and Stephanie Klett helped to round out the panel of guest judges. See you next year at Musky Days!

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