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“A handbook for all who value our lakes and streams.”

Written with Wisconsin lakes in mind, but appropriate for all waters.

Cool, blue water reflecting sun and shore. Fish jumping, kids swimming, Man’s best friend fetching Frisbees and sticks. Fishing, hunting, water sports—what could be better?  We love our lakes and streams. Maybe, though, we love them too much. Some say we are loving our waters to death. Could our love for lakes and streams ruin them?

This book offers 101 practical tips intended to help us help our lakes and streams. You’ll also find many brief articles explaining the issues facing our lakes and streams today. Over 200 pages of inspiring articles and photos by award-winning author, James A. Brakken, a twenty five-year veteran lake volunteer and recipient of the Wisconsin Lakes Stewardship Award.

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James A. Brakken's Credentials:

Wisconsin Lakes Past president & Director Emeritus

Northwest Waters Consortium President

Bayfield County Lakes Forum Past President

Cable Lakes Association Past President

Wisconsin Lakes Stewardship Award recipient

2013 & 2014 Lake Superior Writers Award winner

2014 Wisconsin Writers Association Jade Ring Award winner

2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2nd place winner (out of 10,000 worldwide entries!)



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Early reviews for Saving Our Lakes & Streams:

“James Brakken has captured all of the current science, technology, and leadership necessary to preserve our lakes and streams.” Mary Platner, Founder and Past-president of Wisconsin Lakes

“… Should be required reading - or at least available - to anyone who loves or uses our waters. Dan Small, Outdoor Wisconsin host

“Brakken has provided a timely handbook for citizens ready to play their role in realizing the state’s Public Trust Doctrine.” Eric Olson, Director, UWEX - Lakes

“Packed full of (information) about Wisconsin Lakes and how folks can work to protect them. Regardless where you are in your life’s journey, there is something in the book that you can do to protect Wisconsin lakes.” John Haack, UWEX Regional Natural Resources Educator

And comments about James Brakken’s other books:

"Weaving mystery into history, James Brakken’s writing vivifies the tumultuous nature of 19th-century life in the legendary north woods." Michael Perry, NY Times bestselling Wisconsin author

“It’s the dialog and characters that drive The Treasure of Namakagon. It appears as if author James A. Brakken is determined to make a go of this series, and … he’s made at least one fan of this reader.”  Writer’s Digest Annual Self-published Book Awards

“Wonderfully written …. with suspense and action ….” Jerry Apps, award-winning Wisconsin author

“… A fascinating tale …"  “Rip-roaring action …” “So well-written.” “Difficult to put down; a great read.” Publisher’s Weekly Magazine review

“The writing style of this piece is its greatest strength.” “The flow of the words is like an old fashioned song.” Amazon Books review

“Wonderfully written …. with suspense and action ….” Jerry Apps, award-winning Wisconsin author

Here’s one of the chapters:

2

Savoring Nature

Sound Advice

Many of us are attracted to our lakes and streams because of their distinctive beauty. We are intrigued by aquatic plants and animals above and below the surface. And the enchanting movement of nature reflected in shimmering waves fascinates us. But their beauty goes beyond what we see. We feel the cool water when we wade or swim. We smell the freshness of a lake breeze. In fact, all our senses enhance our experience, including our hearing. Nowhere more than by water are the marvelous sounds of nature revealed. In fact, the flat surface of a quiet lake or river allows sound to carry farther, thus increasing the experience of these sounds.

However, human activity can easily overpower the sounds of nature. For example, the roar of a chainsaw or sounds of other power tools early in the morning or late afternoon and evening may intrude upon others’ enjoyment of the water. Blaring music and the incessant barking of a dog can be equally disturbing.

What you can do:

12. Make every effort to reduce noise whenever possible, especially in the late afternoon and early evening when many others on our lakes and streams enjoy the sounds of nature.

13. Always remember that sound carries farther over water.

14. The joyous sounds of kids playing on the beach might be music to your ears, but maybe not your neighbor’s. We have two simple rules for kids swimming at our house. First, talking while swimming is fine, but anyone shouting or screaming has to take a ten-minute timeout. Second, the only time we shout “help” is when we really need help.

15. In the summer months, try to avoid use of chain saws, lawn mowers, or loud power tools early in the morning or late in the day.

16. Save your fireworks for the July 4th weekend and never use them over the water.

17. Do any target shooting far away from the lake, perhaps at the local gun club. (Never shoot at or toward the water. You'll have no idea how far that bullet will go or where it will end up.)

18. Avoid using your outboard before breakfast. Use your electric motor or your oars, instead.

19. Quiet your pets. Barking dogs and quiet lakes don’t mix. Watchdogs should be taken inside if they persist in barking at boaters. Consider an electronic training collar for your barky dog.

20. Turn down the volume on your stereo or TV. The noise coming from inside your house may not sound very good from across the lake, even though it’s your favorite entertainment.

 

Sound Carries Over Water

A few years ago, my neighbor and I had a conversation while cleaning fish. Joe was on his dock. I was near mine. The content of our conversation I do not recall, although it probably centered on the morning's catch. What I do remember is that, although Joe was on his dock and I on mine, on this clear, calm morning we were able to converse in normal tone and volume even though we were over 200 yards apart. It was almost as though we were talking over coffee across the kitchen table.

Lake Acoustics

Many who are unaccustomed to being near a lake may be unaware of the unique and wonderful acoustics of water. In another environment, sound can be absorbed by grass, rocks, walls, trees, cars, and everything else that it bumps. A lake is different. The water surface reflects sound. The smoother the lake, the better and farther sound travels. This effect is amplified by morning and evening air inversions, making sound carry farther and clearer yet.

This unique condition can cause problems. First, we all need to realize that every conversation that takes place on or near water can probably be heard over a long distance. Family discussions and conversations of a sensitive nature should be kept within our walls. Be sure guests and youngsters are aware of this. Next, we must realize that what some consider normal sound may be noise pollution to others. To twist a phrase, one person’s “sound” treasure may be another person’s trash!

We all need to work to combine the unique and wonderful characteristics of lake acoustics with common courtesy. Throw in a handful of understanding, too, because on rare occasions we will hear sounds from an early morning construction crew, reports from a duck hunter's gun, a chain saw, or the bark of a watchdog on the job.

Surveys show the number one reason people come to our lakes is for peace and quiet. If we remember that sound carries better across water than land and we make an effort to control our noise, our lakes will sound more like they did a century ago. That’s good for all who cherish nature and our lakes.

End Sample Chapter  

More Sample Tips:


What you can do about littering at our lakes:

1. Never throw anything in the water other than your bait when fishing, yourself when swimming, and the occasional skipping stone.

6. After cleaning fish, place the remains in the trash for disposal away from the lake. (During warm weather, some anglers wrap and freeze the remains until the trash is picked up.)

 

What you can do about the spread of invasive aquatic species:

7. Between landing and launching, clean and inspect your boat, motor, trailer, anchor, and fishing gear for aquatic plants and animals. Not only can they harm a lake or stream, transportation of plants or live aquatic animals on any Wisconsin roadway violates state law and can result in a hefty fine.

 

What you can do about pollution of our surface waters:

11. Maintain your septic system. Nutrients from a poor system will seep through the soil and end up in the lake. Nutrient-rich water offers invasives a greater opportunity to thrive.


What you can do about light pollution near the water:

29. Rather than dusk-to-dawn switches, use motion detectors to control security lights and walkway lights.

30. Never use solar lights as landscaping features in areas that can be seen from the water.

 

What you can do about our loons, swans, and raptors dying from lead poisoning:

62. Stop purchasing toxic lead sinkers and jigs. Use only non-toxic terminal tackle. Remember, one lead sinker or jig can kill a 12-pound loon.

63. Outfit youngsters’ tackle boxes with non-lead items. They are far safer for kids to handle.

64. Most communities have toxic waste disposal opportunities where your lead tackle can be recycled. Do not give your toxic tackle away to others or offer it in a yard sale.

 

What you can do about creating a natural waterfront:

70. Just don’t mow! Allow the natural landscape to return and flourish. Follow the laws restricting the cutting of trees, shrubs, and grasses in the near-shore area.

73. Use the simple steps found in this book to build a rain garden.

 

What you can do to protect your lake and property value

76. Join your local and countywide lake organization. Your support will strengthen their ability to protect your lake and your financial interests.

The above 12 are part of a total of 101 simple tips. The 75 short articles explain, in a non-confrontational fashion, why we need to do these things. This is a wonderful book, especially for new waterfront owners, town officials, short-term renters, campers, resorts, and kids--if we want them to learn how and why to care for our lakes and streams. Lake associations and other conservation groups can purchase these for half the cost of James Brakken's other books. Use them to attract new members, use them for a fundraiser, or just get them into the hands of others to help protect your lake. Huge discounts through Labor Day, 2016. Shipping and sales tax is paid by the author. Order 1 for $15 or order in bulk to pay only $12, $10, or $9. (For a fundraiser, order at $9 and sell for $15 to make more profit than bookstores!)

This is from Dan Small, host of WPTV's OUTDOOR WISCONSIN:

"If you fish, hunt, motor, paddle, or swim in our waterways, you need this book. Whether you live in a multi-million-dollar home on Lake Geneva, have a seasonal lakeshore cottage, or simply spend an occasional weekend at a rental cabin on a lake up north, you need this book. Saving Our Lakes & Streams should be required reading for all state, county, and town officials, for those who plan a career in natural resources, and for everyone who treasures water recreation."


                         See Dan Small's FOREWORD at the bottom of the page.


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The following is a list of suggested resources for waterfront owners and others who enjoy our lakes. It appears in the book's appendix. It's posted here for your convenience so you can copy and paste the URLs into your browser's location bar. Watch for more resources to be added to this list in the future.

Resources to Support Sustainable
Lakes, Streams, and Shorelands

Wisconsin Lakes (WL)
 WL’s Website: Provides many resources for lake groups and individuals, as well as information about WL’s educational events, accomplishments, publications, and the benefits of becoming a member. www.wisconsinlakes.org
 E-Lake Letter: WL’s e-mail news bulletin keeps lake enthusiasts informed of topics that affect all Wisconsin lakes. (Free service.) wisconsinlakes.org/index.php/elake-letter.
 Lake Connection: Wisconsin Lakes' quarterly periodical, available in both print and electronic form. Explores lake issues and offers compelling and inspiring stories of lake organizations and citizens doing good things for lakes. All lake association members are entitled to free electronic delivery. See http://wisconsinlakes.org.

UW Extension – Lakes Program
 UWEX - Lakes website provides resources on starting and effectively managing lake organizations. It includes the “Lake List,” a searchable online directory of Wisconsin lake organizations and lake-related businesses servicing them. The website also offers a history of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership and The Water Way, a statewide strategic plan for our lakes. www.uwsp.edu/cnr/uwexlakes (Free service.)
 Lake Tides: The UW-Extension Lakes Program newsletter. A superb quarterly newsletter addressing a wide variety of issues affecting Wisconsin’s lakes and streams. (Free service.) Sign up to receive your copy or view archived editions at: www.uwsp.edu/dnr/uwexlakes/laketides or http://bit.ly/1kKmKQP
 People of the Lakes: A Guide for Wisconsin Lake Organizations. Good reference book for lake associations and districts. UW Extension publication G3818


From the WI DNR Lakes Program:
 Wisconsin DNR Lakes Program website: Provides lakes and rivers grants guidelines, applications, example reports and plans; lake management tools; lake maps; citizen-based lake monitoring resources; boating, fishing, and hunting regulations; a statewide directory of DNR staff, and more. Find it at www.dnr.wi.gov/org/water/fhp/lakes
 Environmental Education for Kids (EEK!) An online educational conservation magazine for kids. Offers a wide variety of activities and fun learning opportunities. dnr.wi.gov/eek
 Into the Outdoors: A weekly television program for children of all ages. Science education that empowers individuals and classrooms to think critically about Planet Earth. Also available online at http://intotheoutdoors.org.
 Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Offers opportunities to post resolutions supporting good conservation regulations in Wisconsin at the annual Spring Hearings, held in April. See dnr.wi.gov/about/wcc/ for more information.

From the Bayfield County Lakes Forum (BCLF):
 BCLF website: Provides information directly related to the health of northern Wisconsin lakes, streams, and watersheds. Website includes many lake-related newsletter articles and photos that are free for non-profit use in lake organization newsletters. BayfieldCountyLakes.org.

How to find your U.S. Legislators:
 www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
How to find your Wisconsin Legislators:
 maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/

Lead Toxicity in Lakes and Streams:
 LoonWatch: Maintains a list of non-lead tackle suppliers. northland.edu/loonwatch
 Raptor Education Group: raptoreducationgroup.org
 DNR on lead: dnr.wi.gov/fish/pages/gettheleadout.html

Other resources:
 Dan Small Outdoors Radio On-demand streaming of current show & archives. Listen to a variety of Dan’s award-winning Wisconsin outdoor radio shows. dansmalloutdoors.com/
 Outdoor Wisconsin: Milwaukee Public TV’s award-winning outdoor show. Takes viewers to all parts of the state in all four seasons. Includes hunting, fishing, camping, biking, conservation, wildlife observation, and outdoor safety. Archives and station information at mptv.org/localshows/outdoor_wisconsin
 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters: Inland Lakes http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/tags/inland-lakes
 “Communicating About  Water:  A  Wisconsin Toolkit” An excellent paper by the Wisconsin  Academy to help citizen volunteers speak clearly about water issues. http://www.wisconsinacademy.org/sites/default/files/WOW_CommunicationsKit_2014%20-%20Copy.pdf
 Countywide Lake Associations: Most of the 26 county-wide lake associations offer websites containing information pertaining to regional issues. Find the entire list at wisconsinlakes.org/index.php/countywide-lake-associations
 The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS): Members include statewide lake associations, business partners, educators and members of the science community. nalms.org
 Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters: Advocates good conservation. Keeps close track of votes on conservation legislation. You can track your legislator’s attitude toward the environment at conservationvoters.org.
 Lakescaping for Wildlife & Water Quality available at www.minnesotasbookstore.com.
 Wisconsin Wetlands Association: Protecting the state's wetland resources through education, training, advocacy, and research on key wetlands issues. WisconsinWetlands.org
 Wisconsin Wildlife Federation: Protects fish & wildlife habitat (clean air & water, healthy forests & grasslands) via conservation education & advocacy of sound state & federal policies. wiwf.org
 Rivers Alliance of Wisconsin: Strong advocates for protection, enhancement, & restoration of rivers and watersheds. Search for news about your favorite river. www.wisconsinrivers.org
 Wisconsin Land Trust Alliance: Search by county and state  through a comprehensive list of land trust organizations findalandtrust.org/states/wisconsin55
 Gathering Waters Conservancy: Assists land trusts, landowners and communities in their efforts to protect the state's land and water resources. GatheringWaters.org
 Wisconsin Water Library. A variety of information, including assorted pages for adults and youngsters. https://aqua.wisc.edu/Waterlibrary

Websites for kids: The following websites offer water-related conservation activities for youngsters:
 water.epa.gov/learn/kids
 cwf-fcf.org/en/discover-wildlife/for-kids
 ga.water.usgs.gov/edu
 nefsc.noaa.gov/faq/index.html
 usefultrivia.com/science_trivia/fish_trivia_index.html
 https://aqua.wisc.edu/Waterlibrary


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A "user's manual" for all who love our lakes. Many tips and tricks to improve water quality, protect the fishery and other recreational uses, and even protect property values. A "must-have" for cabins, resorts, short-term rentals, and campsites.

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FOREWORD by Dan Small of Outdoor Wisconsin and Outdoors Radio"

We all love our lakes and streams. Many of us want to live by them, fish in them, and tool around on them in our boats. We mow our lakefront lawns to the water’s edge, then wonder where the frogs and shorebirds have gone. Our outboard engines emit gas and oil into our waters, invasive weeds clog shallow bays, and algae blooms foul our beaches, degrading the purity of the very water that draws us here. Our neighbors’ growling lawn mowers and barking dogs reduce the quality of our time spent here. Are you depressed yet? James Brakken lives in Bayfield County, and has witnessed these insults and more. Far from letting this depress him, he has taken action, serving as director on local and regional lake association boards and as president of Wisconsin Lakes, an organization that mobilizes volunteers to advocate for lakes. And he wrote this handbook, a book which––as its subtitle proclaims––offers 101 Practical Things You Can Do Today. The key words here are “practical” and “today.” If you fish, hunt, motor, paddle, or swim in our waterways, you need this book. Whether you live in a multi-million-dollar home on Lake Geneva, have a seasonal lakeshore cottage, or simply spend an occasional weekend at a rental cabin on a lake up north, you need this book. Saving Our Lakes & Streams should be required reading for all state, county, and town officials, for those who plan a career in natural resources, and for everyone who treasures water recreation. Whether or not you and I do anything to help them, our lakes and streams will always be here. Without our efforts, however, our children and grandchildren will inherit waterways with problems far greater than those we face today. Their lives and leisure time will suffer tomorrow because of our negligence today. So, what are we waiting for? Grab this handbook, talk to your fellow lake lovers and let’s get to work!

Dan Small Outdoor Wisconsin & Outdoors Radio

$14.99 price reflects a $3 discount from the author in an attempt to widely circulate this lake-saving book. LAKE ASSOCIATIONS AND CONSERVATION GROUPS CAN BULK ORDER THESE BOOKS FOR ANOTHER $5/COPY DISCOUNT ($9.95 ea for orders of 20 or more.)

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