The Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association is a non-profit organization striving to improve the water quality of Lake Winnebago, for the betterment of the lake's natural habitat as well as for public recreational use.

Our association takes action on lake quality issues through education, communication, and social fund raising meetings for members and guests, and promotes cooperation among governmental units, interested organizations, and the public.

Latest News

Request for Garden Help

Published: May 24, 2019

Our native plant garden at Lakeside Park West needs some TLC. Can you help for an hour or two between 9 and 11 on Tuesday morning, May 28th? (Rain Day is Wednesday, May 29-same time. Why would we need to schedule a rain day in Wisconsin!!). The work ranges from light to medium heavy. Guidance will be provided. Bring just yourself and gloves and, if you can, one or more of the following: shovel, tree spade, soil knife, or rake. If you aren’t able to do physical labor, come as moral support. The garden is on the river’s edge before the dog park. Questions? Call 979-4596.

LWQIA Booth at the 2019 Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Published: May 24, 2019

May 2019 News and Reminders

Published: May 10, 2019

One of our LWQIA Board members saw an interesting article about Dane County and farm runoff in the Sheboygan Press. Dane County is running a pilot program that pays farmers to plant cover crops. The article refers to information reported on Wisconsin Public Radio that was picked up by the Associated Press. View the article at: https://www.wpr.org/pilot-program-dane-county-gives-aid-farmers-curbs-runoff

Walleye Weekend Reminder

Published: May 10, 2019

Check out the LWQIA Booth at Walleye Weekend in the Conservation Station Tent at the head of Main Street. Among other displays, you won’t want to miss Pat Reiher’s “Before and After” plant made with recyclables. See photo.

Ongoing Projects

Lakeside Park West Garden

Published: May 10, 2014

One of the Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project's efforts is the creation of a native plant demonstration garden in Fond du Lac's Lakeside Park West. For information on the garden and to volunteer to help, visit www.lakesidewestgarden.com.

For information on a variety of actions to help stop polluted runoff, visit http://www.lakewinnebagocleanwatersproject.org.

Lake Winnebago Clean Waters Project

Published: April 21, 2014
Clean Waters Project logo

In the fall of 2013, the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association of Fond du Lac County (LWQIA) initiated a Fond du Lac area-wide campaign to reduce harmful runoff into Lake Winnebago.

View the Clean Waters Project page for more information.

New Receptacles Help Fishermen Recycle Unwanted Line

Published: August 20, 2013

Chris Anderson and Matthew Dudarenke install a receptacle at Lakeside Park West.

People fishing on Lake Winnebago now have an easy way to dispose of old or unwanted fishing line. Ten fish line receptacles have been placed around the southern end of the lake in an effort to keep the lake clean and safe for wildlife and people using it.

Chris Anderson designed the receptacles from PVC pipe donated by JF Ahern as part of his Eagle Scout project. Fellow scouts from Troop 705 of North Fond du Lac helped with the construction and installation. The project was sponsored by the Lake Winnebago Quality Improvement Association.

Fishing line, or monofilament, is typically non-degradable and lasts about 600 years. Abandoned fishing line injures or kills fish, birds and other wildlife.

Collection bins are located at the following launch sites:

  • Black Wolf
  • Hwy 45 Wayside
  • (3) at Lakeside Park West (Supple Marsh)
  • (2) at Lakeside Park East
  • Columbia Park in Calumet
  • Fisherman's Road in Taycheedah
  • Wolf Lake
Chris and Larry

Chris discusses the placement of labels with Larry Kent.

Eagle Scouts

Chris Anderson is joined by fellow Scouts to work on his Eagle Scout project, including (from left) John Fuchs, Matthew Dudarenke, Mike Fuchs, Jordon Friend, Kurt Weir, and Patrick Weir. The Scouts are from Troop 705 of North Fond du Lac.

Upcoming Meetings

LWQIA 2017 Board Meetings

Published: July 5, 2017

All Board meetings are at 7 PM on the first Wednesday of each month in the EOC (Emergency Operating Center) in the basement of the Fond du Lac City/County Building. The public is invited to attend.

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