Green Lake County conservationist Paul Gunderson explains his thank-you gift is perfect to share with the six members of his office. Gunderson, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist Caleb Zahn, Ted Johnson of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Green Lake Sanitary District administrator Charlie Marks and Fond du Lac County conservationist Paul Tollard, were recognized by Green Lake Association executive director Stephanie Prellwitz during a lake management team meeting.
Green Lake County conservationist Paul Gunderson explains his thank-you gift is perfect to share with the six members of his office. Gunderson, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist Caleb Zahn, Ted Johnson of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Green Lake Sanitary District administrator Charlie Marks and Fond du Lac County conservationist Paul Tollard, were recognized by Green Lake Association executive director Stephanie Prellwitz during a lake management team meeting.

Whether or not the grass truly is greener on the proverbial other side, those around Green Lake’s shores can be happy the lake isn’t any greener.

And Stephanie Prellwitz, executive director of the Green Lake Association, knows who to thank for that.

During a meeting of Green Lake’s lake management planning team last week Thursday, Prellwitz called to attention to several members from federal, state, county and local agencies.

“We’re so busy, I don’t think we [often] take a moment to kind of step back and summarize the work of our partners,” she said.

Referring to them as “ag rock stars,” Prellwitz talked about the contributions of five people in particular in creating agricultural best management practices (BMPs) in the Green Lake area.

BMPs include wetland and stream restoration, retention ponds, grassed waterways in farm fields, cover crops, different tillage practices and more.

The five people recognized were Caleb Zahn, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA agency; Ted Johnson, water resources management specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR); Charlie Marks, Green Lake Sanitary District administrator; Paul Gunderson, Green Lake County conservationist; and Paul Tollard, Fond du Lac County conservationist.

Read about how the lake management team has helped in reducing algae on Green Lake in the Feb. 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.