Ozaukee Washington Land Trust


  • Permits Approved by WDNR for Chemical Treatment of Invasive Phragmites and Lyme grass in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties

    Working closely with property owners and organizational partners, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has protected over 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline from problematic invasive plant species such as non-native Phragmites and Lyme grass since 2015.  The invasive, non-native variety of Phragmites threatens the ecological health of wetlands and the Great Lakes coastal shoreline. Invasive Phragmites creates tall, dense stands which degrade wetlands and coastal areas by crowding out wildlife habitat; reducing native fish and plant populations; blocking shoreline views; limiting access for swimming, fishing, and hunting; and creating fire hazards from dry plant material.  

    OWLT’s work has not only served to identify Phragmites and Lyme grass populations, but also has advanced partnerships to help control their spread and mitigate their impact.

    Under OWLT’s current Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, a second year of chemical treatments will occur in September 2018. The approved Chemical Aquatic Plant Control Application and Permit’s from WDNR are available for viewing below. In addition, chemical fact sheets for the herbicides to be used during treatment are available for viewing.

    Please direct any questions or concerns to Christine at or (262) 338-1794.

  • For Immediate Release

    Congress Makes the Right Call on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Providing Communities with Cost-effective Conservation Programs

    By fully funding the very popular and impactful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Congress guarantees our generation’s best chance to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

    Since 2009, GLRI has returned to our states more than $2 billion in the eight-state region. The successful initiative has removed toxic waste from industrial sites, combatted invasive species such as Asian carp, restored critical wildlife habitat and maintained clean drinking water for 40 million Americans. However, President Trump’s original budget released last year slashed funding for the vital program by 90 percent.

    In our communities of Ozaukee and Washington counties and the surrounding region, GLRI has been a godsend for our families who depend on a healthy Lake Michigan for our drinking water, our economy, and our way of life.