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 Clean Boats Clean Waters

The Townsend Flowage Protection District participates in the DNR-sponsored program, Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW).  The program is a watercraft inspection program that takes a proactive approach to fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species, such as the Eurasian Milfoil that exists in the flowage and surrounding lakes and waterways.

Volunteer inspectors inspect boats and trailers at the boat landings for the presence of the unwanted aquatic species, distribute informational booklets, report any new findings and collect the data.

Boat inspection Checklist

Norm (Skip) Haggstrom leads the CBCW efforts for the TFPD and appreciates volunteer help with the inspections and boater education. The TFPD receives points from the DNR for volunteer hours, which help to support activities and materials that improve the health of the flowage as well as surrounding lakes and waterways. 

Boat landing volunteer inspectors: 

  • Red Maple: Skip Haggstrom

  • Bennett Lane: Dale Ott (and collects volunteer hours/data)

  • Sunset Bay: Chuck De Moulin


Volunteer help is needed on weekends during the boating season to greet boaters putting in at the 3 boat landings. Could be as simple as distributing informational literature to boaters about the importance of CBCW and doing a quick look to see if there are any of the unwanted aquatic species on their boat or trailer. An hour or two on a weekend day or as many hours as you have to spare would be appreciated. Contact Norm "Skip" Haggstrom at 715-276-1187.

For more information, please visit these web sites:

Learn more by attending upcoming Webinars sponsored by the Citizen Lake Monitoring Network and its Water Action Volunteers program.

Catch the WAVe-Water Action Volunteers Webinar Series, Fall-Winter 2018-2019, Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. (central),

Oct 16: Water Action Webinar "What is the Water Telling us about the Land?

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Oct 30: An Introduction to Stream Ecology: 

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Nov 13: Office Hours with DNR Biologists

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November 27, 2018:

Catch the WAVe Webinar Series: Using the Surface Water Data Viewer to Find Stations and Data

This webinar will cover the basics of using the Surface Water Data Viewer, DNR’s mapping application. Join us to learn how to search for monitoring stations and water quality data. If time permits, we will also cover a few of the basics for the Water Condition Viewer.

Presenter: Ilana Haimes, WAV Data Management and Special Projects, WDNR

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December 11, 2018:

Catch the WAVe Webinar Series: Understanding Macroinvertebrates

Scrapers, shredders, gatherers, filterers, and predators, OH MY! In this presentation, Kris Wright will explain the importance of aquatic invertebrates and help you understand their diversity and functions in the environment. You will come away being as excited about macroinvertebrates as he is, guaranteed!

Presenter: Kristopher Wright, Aquatic Biologist, UW-Platteville

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January 8, 2019: 

Catch the WAVe Webinar Series: The Madness behind the Methods: WAV Stream Flow Explained

At training sessions and in streams each month, volunteers often have questions about the WAV stream flow methods, such as why the first number in stream depth is always “0” and why we have a velocity correction factor for stream bottom type. You may be surprised to know the rigor and research that is behind the WAV flow method. Tune in to hear Kris Stepenuck discuss the evolution of WAV stream flow methods and the related research that was included in her PhD thesis!  

Kris Stepenuck, Extension Assistant Professor, University of Vermont

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January 22, 2019:

Catch the WAVe Webinar Series: Increase Your Success in Finding and Submitting Grants

If you or your organization relies on grants to fund stream monitoring or other education and outreach activities you probably know that it can be a daunting task to keep the funds flowing and your work progressing. Not only do you need to find those grant sources but you also have to develop and submit a proposal that will rise to the top and be awarded the funds you have requested. This webinar will include practical ideas that will help you be more successful in your pursuit of grand funds.

Dave Nolan, Watauga Grant Consultants

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Nov 27: Using the Surface Water Data Viewer to Find Stations and Data

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Dec 11: Understanding Macroinvertebrates

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Jan 8, 2019: The Madness behind the Methods: WAV Stream Flow Explained

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Jan 22: Increase Your Success in Finding and Submitting Grants 

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Open and free to the public, these webinars are an equivalent to the CLMN lake monitoring program. 

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