A multi-organizational group of farmers, shoreline owners and other members of the public will showcase what has been done over five years of best management practices to protect the deepest natural lake in Wisconsin at a Conservation Field Day 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 26, at the Wilke Farm southwest of Ripon.
Landowners in the 107-square-mile Green Lake watershed have installed more than $1.8 million in practices like retention ponds, cover crops, grassed waterways and buffers. These practices play a critical role in absorbing and preventing nutrients from entering Green Lake and other local waterways where it can degrade water quality.
Organizers will provide a bus tour of urban, shoreline and agricultural management practices in the watershed. A rainfall simulator demonstration will show how tillage, cover crops and other practices affect soil health, storm water runoff quality and soil infiltration. Equipment and demonstration plots will be on display. Free lunch is included.
The demonstration site is on Prairie Road one-half mile north of the Center Road/Prairie Road intersection in Green Lake County. Contact organizers at 920-294-6480 or online at http://www.greenlakeassociation for more information and to provide a head count for the free event.