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AIS Education Event

Published on 6/17/2018

Nearly 70 people attended the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) education event sponsored by Round Lake Property Owners Association (RLPOA) held at Props Landing on Saturday June 16.

Sara Hatleli, from Aquatic Plant and Habitat Services, presented information on how to identify Eurasian Milfoil (bad), Northern Milfoil (good), and Coontail (bad).
RLPOA President Dan Kollodge presented information on the new 3-year Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant recently awarded to the association. He also reviewed the new Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) method of milfoil extraction used last year and planned again for this year. There is a free phone app (iOS and Android) called My GPS Coordinates that can be used to email locations of newly discovered milfoil patches to

Several questions were asked, but not answered during the presentation; here are the answers:

1.  Where was Eurasian watermilfoil first found in Wisconsin? The first lake documented with EWM is Lake Mendota in Madison in 1962.

2.  What is the acreage of EWM, Northern watermilfoil, and coontail? The most recent acreage estimate for EWM based on a survey in from July 2017 is 12 acres in Round and 3 acres in Little Round. Acreage estimates are not available for northern watermilfoil or coontail. However, there were 1,009 points in Round Lake surveyed for all aquatic plant species in 2014 and 403 points in Little Round. During that survey, Northern watermilfoil was found at 27 points in Round and 20 sites in Little Round. Coontail was found at 26 sites in Round and 70 sites in Little Round.

RLPOA is looking for volunteers to help locate and monitor AIS locations. For more information, send an email to Jacquita Lind the RLPOA AIS volunteer coordinator

Special thanks to the RLPOA Social Committee for the dazzling assortment of morning treats.

Special thanks also to Props Landing Waterfront Grille for opening the facility to RLPOA for the event and providing refreshments.

Finally, special thanks to Dave Rutt who won the 50/50 AIS raffle and donated his winnings to the fund. There were also winners of RLPOA logo items in an attendance raffle.

New information on AIS will be posted continuously to the RLPOA new website ( under the AIS menu option.

If you have ideas for future educational sessions, please send an email to