SPIDER CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION

Hayward, WI   |  www.spiderchainoflakes.org

Mission

The mission of the Association is a shared responsibility to preserve and protect the Spider Chain of Lakes for future generations. This mission includes preserving the area's natural environment, protecting the health of the watershed by sponsoring educational programs, monitoring the health of water and wildlife, participating in the enactment of water and shore land regulations, and encouraging responsible use of the irreplaceable resource by and for the citizens.

Ruling year info

2006

President

Larry Keller

Main address

PO Box 1082

Hayward, WI 54843 USA

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EIN

39-1480182

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Spider Chain of Lakes Association is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes and is a charitable organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its purpose is to protect and improve the Spider Chain of Lakes, including the fostering of all conservation matters beneficial to the lakes, including the quality of the fish, the wildlife, and the quality of the water for the benefit and enjoyment of the Members of the Association and the general public.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Mitigation

SCLA works to prevent and mitigate the presence of aquatic invasive species in the Spider Chain of Lakes and Watershed. This includes engaging inspectors at the public landings to monitor watercraft entering and exiting the lakes. This also includes engaging inspectors that navigate the lakes to search for aquatic invasive species on a periodic basis. And this includes engaging experts to analyze the lakes periodically to determine the type and extent of aquatic invasive species in the lakes and watershed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Spider Lake Environmental Education for Kids program is an annual program offered at no cost to children and young adults in collaboration with the Cable Natural History Museum to help educate the next generation of lake stewards about ways to preserve and protect our lakes and watershed for future generations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

In 1989, volunteers began a project of testing our waters as part of the state wide Citizen Lakes Monitoring Network (CLMN). Early on this involved only the use of a secchi disk to measure water clarity. Over the years, we have added temperature measurements at various depths and we ship water samples during the summer months to the state lab in Madison, Wisconsin where a qualified laboratory performs phosphorous and chlorophyll measurements for SCLA. Based on recommendations from our lake quality consultant, in 2014, we added dissolved oxygen level measurements at various depths as well as recording the lake water level periodically during the summer months. A summary report is generated annually by the Department of Natural Resources laboratory for each of the monitoring locations describing the overall Spider Lake water quality. These reports and detailed measurements are available to all for review at dnr.wi.gov/lakes/clmn. The water quality of Spider Lake remains consistently very good and these water quality measurements and monitoring help assure this will be the case for many years to come

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since the founding of the Spider Chain of Lakes in 1945, the health of our fishery has been a top priority. In previous decades the Department of Natural Resources had stocked walleye fry and fingerlings (1 to 1/1/2 inches long ) on a regular basis. Survival of these small fish has been estimated at less than 1 %. Recognizing that there was a major decline in Spider Lakes walleye population, in 2001 an aggressive program was started to stock extended growth walleyes into our chain of lakes. Estimated survival of these fish are over 80%. Since starting this program, to date over 50,000 of these fish have been stocked. All fish come from a DNR health certified fish farm.

Back in 2008, the DNR did a shock study and found 1 northern in their survey. Reports from fisherman tell of catching them back as early as 2000. It appears that the heaviest population of northerns are currently in Little Spider. No one knows at this time who illegally put these fish into our chain of lakes. We ask that anyone catching these fish, to please consider keeping it as part of your possession limit.

Thanks all for your support in keeping our waters and fishery healthy and pristine.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteers on the Spider Chain of Lakes participate in Project LoonWatch, a program of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland College in Ashland. Its aim is to protect common loons and their aquatic habitats through education, monitoring, and research. According to Project LoonWatch, there was an increase in the adult and juvenile loon populations from 2010 to 2015. Regardless, we need be vigilant in maintaining the proper habitat for loons on our lakes. Shoreline development, invasive species, ingestion of lead fishing tackle, water quality, and human disturbance are all things that can impact loon habitat.

In Wisconsin, harassment of loons is punishable with a fine and jail time, so please NEVER disturb loons while they are on their nests. Also, give loons a wide (200 foot) berth when they are on the water. Use long lenses and binoculars to watch them from afar. In addition to natural predators such as raccoons and eagles, the loons are at risk from anglers; ingesting lead fishing tackle is also a major problem with all water birds. A program called “Get the lead out” encourages anglers to replace lead tackle with similar products made from tin, bismuth, steel, tungsten, or ceramic. These items are available at your local tackle store. Be sure to dispose of old lead jigs and sinkers properly at a local hazardous waste collection facility.
Holiday weekends are especially disturbing to loons and other wildlife; the noise from fireworks and the increase in jet ski and boat traffic and wakes make it especially difficult at times for the baby loons. By all means enjoy the lake during the summer season, but please keep in mind that we share our lakes with others-- both people and wildlife -- and that we need to be courteous to all.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Spider Chain of Lakes is linked through several channels that allow watercraft to travel from one lake to another. Maintenance of the channels from time-to-time is a project conducted by SCLA in conjunction with the appropriate governmental agencies.

For example, due to sustained low water levels on the lakes, the channel between Big and Little Spider was dredged in late 2007 to allow for easier passage. The project was accomplished and financed entirely by donations from association members. Barring severe drought, the results of this project should be sufficient for years to come.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SCLA cooperates with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the private property owner where the dam is located to monitor the lake water level at the dam on the south shore of Little Spider.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Types of Aquatic Invasive Species Present in the Lakes and Watershed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Mitigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The type of Aquatic Invasive Species includes: Curly-leaf Pondweed, Purple Loosestrife, Yellow Flag Iris and Banded Mystery Snails.

Number of Watercraft Inspected at the Public Landings on the Spider Chain of Lakes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Mitigation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures the number of watercraft inspected for Aquatic Invasive Species entering and exiting the Spider Chain of Lakes.

Number of Association Members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures the number of members paying membership dues to the association.

Number of Association Event Participants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures association engagement for events including estimated attendance at the following: Annual Association Meeting; Educational Events; Social Events.

Number of Dollars Received in Membership Dues

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures the total dollars received in membership dues based on YE Profit & Loss Statement.

Number of Dollars Awarded from Grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures the total dollars awarded from public agencies and private granting organizations based on YE Profit & Loss Statement.

Number of Dollars Contributed from Philanthropic Donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric measures total contributions received based on the YE Profit & Loss Statement.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Association is a shared responsibility to preserve and protect the Spider Chain of Lakes for future generations. This mission includes preserving the area's natural environment, protecting the health of the watershed by sponsoring educational programs, monitoring the health of water and wildlife, participating in the enactment of water and shore land regulations, and encouraging responsible use of the irreplaceable resource by and for the citizens.

The strategic priorities for the Association include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Preserve and Protect our lakes, watershed and wildlife:

• Preserve and protect the lakes and watershed for future generations;
• Preserve the area's natural environment;
• Prevent the introduction of additional aquatic invasive species in the lakes;
• Monitor the health of the water and wildlife;
• Participate in the enactment of water and shore land regulations.

2. Educate and Engage our community:

• Sponsor educational programs to protect the health of the lakes and watershed;
• Encourage responsible use of the irreplaceable resource by and for the citizens;
• Strengthen the engagement of the lake and watershed community.

3. Create a sustainable financial model perpetuating our mission:

• Develop a more sustainable financial model;
• Conduct a multiphase fundraising program;
• Increase and expand funding sources ;
• Reduce costs


While there are other priorities these are the current strategic priorities of the Association.

The Association is managed by a Board of Directors and relies heavily on Member volunteers to contribute and provide input through various committees such as Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), Education, Events, Finance, Investments, Membership, Outreach and Philanthropy, In addition, the association relies on work teams to help manage various responsibilities such as the Board Advisory Team, Communications Team, Digital Media Team, and Dam Management Team.

The Association deploys paid Monitors to inspect watercraft entering and exiting the lakes at the two public landings.

The Association relies on over 50 Volunteers from the association membership to assist with a wide range of activities.

The Association has created a digital media capability to assist with association organization, information management, record keeping, communication, membership management, and fundraising.

The Association also collaborates with several local and regional organizations to extend the capabilities of the association in preserving and protecting the lakes and watershed.

1. Preserve and Protect our lakes, watershed and wildlife

The Association has managed to help preserve water quality as measured and reported to the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural resources on an annual basis.

The Association has also managed to limit the presence and growth of invasive species in the lakes and watershed as compared to surrounding lakes in the region.

The next steps include continued monitoring at the public landings, monitoring of the lakes, monitoring of water quality, and ongoing monitoring the loon population.

2. Educate and Engage our community

The Association has routinely conducted education programs for young children, young adults and adults on an annual basis.

The next steps include continued educational programming for all ages to prepare the next generation of environmental stewards.


3. Create a sustainable financial model perpetuating our mission

The Association is developing a sustainable financial model based on sound financial management practices, maintaining and expanding membership in the association, incremental resources through successful fundraising, and continuing efforts to secure extramural funding.

The next steps include continuation of membership retention & recruitment initiatives, continuing annual fundraising efforts and expanding efforts to secure extramural funding from both public and private sources.

Financials

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SPIDER CHAIN OF LAKES ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 06/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Larry Keller


Board co-chair

Jerry Keating

Jay Hoeschler

Kathy Schmidt

Jerry Keating

Larry Keller

Gina Blayney

Alex Farrell

Martha Coventry

Wendy Wood

Lynn Kane

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/9/2022

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