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SHOW WATER-SKIERS CONTINUE PUSH FOR CLEANER LAKES: Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club to Donate $7,000 to Various Water Education, Conservation and Protection Funds

At a recent water ski show, the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club announced that it donated $13,500 to be split among five local groups that are dedicated to the preservation of our natural water resources in Lake Country. In doing so, the 30-year old club is continuing its tradition of supporting local projects dedicated to improving the area’s waterways.

Two of the beneficiaries are funds that are administered by the Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District. The Water Resource Fund educates Asa Clark Middle School students on lake and river ecology and the Wetland Fund purchases and maintains wetlands in the Pewaukee Lake watershed, a major source of lake protection from pollutant-carrying run-off. Part of the donation to the Wetland Fund was a $5,000 grant from the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation that has been used to construct a boardwalk that overlooks a natural spring fed pond and wetland area near Pewaukee Lake. The boardwalk will help to educate youth and community groups about critical species habits and lake ecology.

Monies were also donated to the Tall Pines Conservancy for a stream bank restoration project on North Lake; to the Muskego Lakes Land Conservancy for restoration of a stream crossing in Calhoun Creek Prairie in New Berlin; and to the Pewaukee River Mural Project for a painting along the Pewaukee River that depicts river in its natural state.

“Members of the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club are grateful for the privilege of performing our weekly shows at Lakefront Park, and we are pleased to be able to give back to the community that so graciously supports our club.” said Jeff Lee, president of the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club. “It is with continued support from our sponsors and the community that we are able to be part of the solution toward achieving cleaner and healthier lakes for the community.”

The donated funds were raised during the 2013 Lake Country Clean Water Festival, which was started by the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club in 2011 as a complement to the annual Pewaukee Kiwanis Beach Party. Participants enjoyed water activities, such as a kids’ fishing clinic, kayak and paddleboard rides, pontoon boat rides, a learn-to-ski clinic, wakeboard demonstration, adaptive skiing opportunities for those with disabilities, log rolling, Zumba and bootcamp on the beach, and a water ski show. An education tent featured twenty organizations that provided clean water education.

The 2014 Lake Country Clean Water Festival will be held on June 20-21 at Lakefront Park in Pewaukee. “Our hope is that more will join the effort to support meaningful ways to keep our lakes clean and safe for all to enjoy,” said Joyce Shepet, chairwoman of the 2014 Lake Country Clean Water Festival. “Our festival is just around the corner and promises to be bigger and better than last year with the addition of new educators and a couple new activities.”

The festival is supported by these sponsors: Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club, Pewaukee Kiwanis, MillerCoors, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, A. O. Smith, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Cargill, Pentair, Badger Meter, Waukesha County Technical College, Total Water, Reputation Partners, Mod-U-Dock and Strigenz Design. For more information go to www.cleanwaterfestival.com .


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