Winnebago Lakes Council is a non-profit organization
focused on charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors
elected by dues-paying members. Membership is open to
anyone who subscribes to its mission. Funding comes
from dues, donations, and grants.
Winnebago Lakes system is the largest inland water body
in Wisconsin. It is a highly productive warm water fishery,
the state's most popular inland boating destination,
and provides drinking water for most people in surrounding
uses and increased development pressures make it challenging
to manage. Over the past century, ecosystems have steadily
deteriorated, despite protective efforts by state and
federal agencies, local government, and citizens' groups.
Phosphorus pollution, loss of wildlife habitat, exotic
species, and shoreline erosion are major issues. A strong,
unified voice of concerned users and residents increases
the likelihood that a system of this size can reach
its environmental quality goals.