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Committee Person of the Year

Dear John, You have been chosen as the 14 Mile Creek Watershed Committee Person of The Year.  You stand out among the many dedicated volunteers on this citizen committee.  As a member from day 1, you’re the first to volunteer and the last to leave when the work is done.  Your commitment to monthly water testing over the past three years formed the baseline for the Nine Key Element Plan application, along with your help with soil testing and healthy lakes projects at Lakes Camelot and Sherwood.  Receiving approval of the Nine Key Element Plan this year and receiving the DNR Secretary/Directors award confirms the importance of your work.  Your motivation to preserve our water for future generations is admirable, John.  You walk your talk.  Your relationship building with stakeholders in the upstream watershed is commendable and your involvement as a member of the Adams County Drainage Board is further evidence of your dedication So, this recognition is well deserved by you, John.  Your involvement has made a difference for everyone in the watershed and we owe you a big Thank you! Don Ystad, Chairman 14 Mile Creek Watershed Joint Committee

DNR Advisor Award

The 14 Mile Creek Watershed Joint Committee would like to announce an award for a key advisor of our committee.  We’ve reached a major plateau and received a lot of recognition for the work of this committee this year.  We owe so much to so many for getting us where we are today.  I can’t imagine where we would be without the help of our key advisors.  We recently recognized Scott Provost as 14 Mile DNR advisor of the year for our 14 Mile Watershed Committee.  Scott Provost has been with us since this committee was first formed late in 2016.  He’s been a teacher and a guide, and has worked alongside us on a number of our watershed projects.  He structured our initial water testing program and helped us to evaluate results and revise the plan as we moved forward, enabling us to provide solid evidence of nutrient issues in our watershed.  He’s assisted us with healthy lakes projects and with other field projects that will help improve our water quality.  He’s helped us to understand the science regarding our lakes and our water, and helped us to identify resources and potential solutions that will benefit our watershed.  He’s been a positive force on our committee and helped us keep moving the ball forward. Thank you, Scott for being a truly great DNR advisor for our group.  Your involvement has made a difference for us.

Watershed Advisor Award 2020

Kason award December, 2020 The 14 Mile Creek Watershed Joint Committee would like to announce an award for a key advisor of our committee.  We’ve reached a key plateau and received a lot of recognition for the work of this committee this year.  We owe so much to so many for getting us where we are today.  I can’t imagine where we would be without the help of our key advisors.    We recently recognized Kason Morley as 14 Mile conservation advisor of the year.  He has been the conservation advisor of our committee since he began work as the Adams County Conservationist in mid-2018.  He picked up the pieces of the 9 Key Element Plan application and brought together the resources to rewrite the application for the first combined groundwater and surface water plan in the state.  Through numerous rewrites and additions, he got it approved!  He’s helped to organize our lake testing efforts, expanding the state program to include nitrates and e coli.  And, he’s provided guidance to our committee as we adapt our goals to the watershed-wide goals of the 9 Key Element Plan.  Thank you, Kason for being a truly great Adams County Land and Water advisor for our group.  Your involvement has made a difference for us.

DNR Secretary’s Director Award

Congratulations to our 14 Mile committee members!  The DNR Secretary/Director’s award for outstanding service in support of the DNR’s natural resources mission. There are so many really good citizen groups out there dedicated to preserving their lakes and watersheds that it’s quite an honor for the 14 Mile Committee to be the recipient of the award.  It’s a reflection of their perseverance, creativity, and 10s of thousands of hours of effort working to improve our lakes and the whole watershed.

EPA and DNR approve Nine Key Element Plan

EPA and DNR approve Nine Key Element Plan EPA and DNR approve the 14 Mile Creek Watershed Nine Key Element Plan for restoration of the watershed! June 8, 2020 – Rome, WI – DNR Water Resources Management Specialist Andrew Craig announced the conditional approval of the Nine Key Element Plan for the 14 Mile Creek Watershed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  It’s conditional awaiting the addition of some appendices, and matching of planned phosphorous reduction calculations with the Wisconsin River Basin TMDL. So, what does this plan mean for us on the lakes in Rome?  For starters, it’s the result of an effort begun when the 14 Mile Creek Watershed Joint Committee was created in 2017 following the presence of harmful blue-green algae blooms (HBA’s) on our lakes.  The plan was drafted by multiple agencies including; our county conservationist Kason Morley, with assistance from three other upstream county conservationists, dozens of people from the DNR, Adams County, and WI Land and Water.  Data collected by our 14 Mile committee was used as baseline data in the plan. We were the drivers to get the process started.  We are now one of more than 50 stakeholders in the 38-mile watershed sharing a responsibility to take actions to reduce the excess flow of nutrients into our surface water and groundwater that creates water quality issues such as HBA’s.  Milestone activities have been identified for us and for the agricultural and forest industries, as well as municipalities upstream from us. Coordination will come from Kason Morley, our Adams County Conservationist.  This is a 10-year, $8 million project with specific activities, monitoring and identifiable goals. The plan provides access to expertise and to funds from sources such as EPA, DNR, DATCP and other grants to cover much of the cost.  Most importantly, it brings together all parties in the watershed with a common goal. These water quality issues have been building since we were first made aware in a 1979 UW study.  The solution is at hand.  We are now officially recognized as a geographical/cultural area that is in need of repair and renewal. As Kason Morley stated prior to announcing the provisional approval of the 9 Key Element program, “the hard work has just begun”. This applies to each and every one of us. Let’s get started! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/14MileWatershed/ http://trilakesmanagement.com/ Karen Knotek 14 Mile public relations – karen.14milewatershed@gmail.com https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/9keyelement/ https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/watershed_mgmnt_quick_guide.pdf

Clean Water Cooperator – November 2019

Clean Water Cooperator – Nov 2019 Wendy and Dave Newsom bought their home on a large bay on upper Camelot from Wendy’s grandparents who had it built when the lakes were first developed in the 70s.