Who do I see if I have questions about procedures at Trout
Trout Lake has a user committee that works to improve and enhance research at the station. Please contact a committee member with questions, concerns and new ideas.
Committee members for 2012-2013 are:
Ben Beardmore, Post Doc
Pam Fashingbauer, Station Coordinator
Susan Knight, Sr. Scientist
Tim Kratz, Director
Alex Latzka, Grad Student
Noah Lottig, Post Doc
Tim Meinke, Sr. Research Specialist
Ken Morrison, Research Specialist
Mike Pecore, Facilites
John Vehrs, Facilities
Can I store samples at Trout over the winter?
If you will need the samples for the following field season they may be left at Trout. Be sure to clearly label with name, date and throw out date. Freezers and refrigerators are cleanout yearly and any unlabeled samples will be tossed.
What is the House of Lords and how can I use it?
The house of lords is a storage building at Trout Lake.The back half of the building is for long term storage and general use storage. The front half is used for frequently used equipment. Each current project will have a portion of the shelves to store their equipment. Please be courteous to other users and keep the walkways open for other to get to their equipment.
How is Lab space assigned?
Lab space is for common use, no samples or supplies should be left on commons area after use, if storage space is needed consult a committee member. Space needs should be included in your summer housing request.
How do I dispose of hazardous chemicals?
Trout Lake Station has a septic system rather than sanitary sewer. This means that chemicals that can go down the drain on campus in Madison CAN NOT, for the most part, go down the drain at Trout Lake. Pam Montz and Ken Morrison are the contact people for chemical disposal questions.
Here are the basics:
Acids and bases may be neutralized and put down the drain.Consult the UW Chemical Safety manual, on a lower shelf in the library, for protocol for neutralization.
Ethanol, methanol, acetone may be placed in the waste carboy on the upper back porch.Filter the solvent so that no solids go in the carboy.Fill out the form on the door indicating volume of solvent added to carboy.
Other chemical waste you must supply your own waste containers and take it with you when you leave.
The UW Safety Department Chemical Safety webpage - contains a lot of useful information on chemical safety and disposal.
Can chemicals on station for common use? Trout Lake does not have many general use chemicals. The exception is that we do have a fair amount of common acids. Call Pam Montz or Ken Morrison in advance to inquire about availability.
How to get Internet Access? No usernames or passwords are required for direct internet access. Internet access is available via wireless access available throughout the station and in the cabins (please contact Pam Fashingbauer if wireless is unavailable in any of the cabins). Wired access is available in the station and in select cabins.
How to get signed up on the server? If you want access to the fileserver or general use computers, contact Pam Fashingbauer. To access files stored on the server, follow the instructions below depending on your OS.
PC: Go to Start> Computer. A new window will appear click."Map Network Drive" near the top of the window. For groups directory: Under Folder, type 18.104.22.168/groups
Mac OS X: While in finder, click Go -> Connect to Server…
For Groups: Under Server address, type smb://22.214.171.124/Groups
Equipment and Instruments
What instruments are available at Trout Lake?
Two pure reagent water systems
pH meter,(Must supply own electrode)
Beckman Coulter Spectrophotometer
PerkinElmer Liquid Scintillation Analyzer
Compound, dissecting and inverted microscopes
Laminar flow hood
Large fiberglass holding tanks
Portable generators and pumps for the holding tanks
Four 75-gallon fiberglass aquaria and assorted smaller aquaria
Controlled-temperature incubation system for primary production measurements
Is there scuba equipment available for research?
Trout Lake supplies tanks and regulators. Each user is responsible for refilling tanks.Wet suits, masks, snorkel and fins need to be purchased by projects. There are some general use wet suits for occasional use but sizes are limited.
There is a scuba committee that maintains the equipment. For questions see Noah Lottig.
How do I know if equipment is general use or project use? ASK!! If it has a name or a project name on it do not use without checking with a person from that project.
Are there Microscopes available for general use?
We have 6 dissecting scope stations and 2 compound scope stations.Two dissecting station are fixed with a digital camera.A computerized measurement and counting system is available with the camera-capable scope, we also have a Zeiss Inverted Microscope equipped for epi-fluorescence. All scopes are general use; scheduling is done informally among the various users.
Are there waders available for use at the station?
No. Each project is to provide and maintain its own supply of waders. There are drying racks and storage for waders in the garage.
How do I reserve station vehicles and boats?
Boat and vehicle requests need to be completed by Thursday morning for the following week. Request slips are located in the main office. See Pam F. with questions
Are batteries available for use? Which batteries can I use?All batteries are (and must be) housed in the acid shack. There is a shelf in the shack labeled "Common use," these are common use batteries donated from previous projects that anyone can use. Do not use a battery unless it is labeled Common Use or you purchased it with your own monies.
Where can I put my project purchased batteries?
All batteries are (and must be) housed in the acid shack. Project specific batteries should be stored in the section of the battery shack labeled Project batteries. Project batteries must be clearly labeled with the project, individual, or group name. Do not use a battery that is not yours unless it is labeled common use.
Where do I charge batteries?
All batteries must be charged in the acid shack.
What should I do with a bad battery?
Old batteries need to be taken to fleet in Madison for recycling. There will be a section in the acid shack labeled "Dead batteries to fleet". If you come across a bad battery please attach a duct tape with Bad and the date written on it and notify John Vehrs. Please check this shelf and take dead batteries when heading to Madison .
Recreating while here
Can I use the boats and canoes for recreational use?
The boats are available for use after hours as long as they are not needed for research. Certain boats have restrictions. Check the boat list for which boats are for specific lakes and which are for any lake. Be familar with current boat cleaning policies.
What is station policy for personal use of state vehicles? State vehicles are to be used for University business. If you are a resident of
Lake and do not have your own car the state vehicle may be used for trips to the grocery store or other needs related to living on station.
Can I use the scuba equipment for recreational dives? Yes as long as the equipment is not needed for research. All Scuba rules apply. Must have certification on file at
Lake , must dive with a buddy, must refill tank
Can I get mail at Trout Lake? Yes. The address at Trout Lake is 10810 County N, Boulder Junction WI 54512. Please do not complete a change of address for the summer. Instead you may temporarly transfer your mail and put a stop date on that transfer.
Can I get Phone calls at Tout Lake? Yes. Our number is 715-356-9494. The station is open 8am to 5pm most days. If making outgoing calls please remember in use a calling card.
Can I have guests come and stay with me on station? Yes, if there is room. Check with Pam F. before inviting anyone to stay on station. Even though a bed may be open today it might not be open tomorrow. The cost is $10.00 per night per person.
Can I bring my pet with me? No, Pets are not allowed on station or in the cabins.
What is the alcohol policy on station?
Trout Lake Station is part of the University of
Wisconsin and follows all UW policies. Click on the following link to review the UW alcohol policy.
Are firearms allowed on station?
Firearms are not allowed in the housing units. If you would like to have a firearm at the station for off hours use please contact the Director and we will work to accomadate your needs.
Who should I contact if I have a question/concern after hours? Check with the grad students or other returning residents to see if they can help you. If further assistance is needed you can contact any of the permanent Trout Lake employees. Try John Vehrs first.
Who should I contact if I break something on station? Contact Pam F., John V. or Mike P. for any items that have been broken or damaged.
Can I have family or friends come and help me with my project? Yes, We have a volunteer form that they need to complete before doing any field work. See Pam F. for forms. If they are staying on station please check with Pam F. for housing location.
What do I do if there is a medical emergency? 911 works, do not confuse DNR Trout, with UW Trout. Be sure to tell them you are at UW-Trout Lake Station on County N. Closest hospital is in Woodruff
Urgent care clinic is at Marshfield clinic if emergency room isn't needed.
Can the station be used for research other than limnology? Yes. Contact the station for specific research requests.
Can I use the power tools at the station? Yes, all power tools are available for use. Please be sure to contact John Vehrs before using for instructions and location of safety gear. Please be sure to use safety glasses anytime you are working with power tools.
What tools are available? We have most standard power tools for building any imaginable research project. We also have hand tools that may be borrowed by researchers. Check with John Vehrs for specific needs.
What should I do with leftover supplies that could be used by others? Check with John Vehrs or Mike Pecore for location to put reusable supplies.
What should I do with building materials to be tossed? They can be put next to the dumpsters or check with Mike Pecore.
Can I have help building research equipment? John Vehrs is available to help design and build needed equipment. Check to see what is already here before building something new. There is an enclosed area next to the garage and the back half of the House of Lords that contains old sampling gear.