Yahara Lakes 101


Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public. The series is a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences. Enjoy a presentation and questions and answers over coffee and pastries with beautiful Lake Mendota as the backdrop.

Yahara Lakes 101 is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor Foley & Lardner, LLP and presenting sponsor First Weber Group.

Date: Second Thursdays each month, except December
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Bluephies Café at Verex Plaza, Level B
Price: $10 at the door or free to Friends of Clean Lakes. Become a Friend today!

Yahara 101 is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) on the lake patio of the Verex Plaza building, where the offices of the Clean Lakes Alliance are located. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m.

If you already are a Friend of Clean Lakes (minimum $35 donation/year), then admission is free. If you are not a Friend yet, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is required for all attendees.


Parking available at these locations: Butler @ Mifflin Parking Ramp, Dayton @ Pinckney Parking Ramp, 214 N. Carroll St. Parking Ramp, James Madison Park Parking Lot, two-hour street parking on East Gorham and East Johnson Streets.

Parking prohibited at these locations: Verex Plaza surface lot (on East Gilman Street) or Verex Plaza underground parking (on Butler Street).  Also, there is no street parking on East Gilman Street on Thursdays between 8 a.m. and noon.

Upcoming Presentations


December – no Yahara Lakes 101

Thurs., January - Bob Uphoff on the Yahara Pride Farms farmer-led conservation model

Thurs., February 12 – Marty Melchior on the streams-lakes connection and sediment & phosphorus loading & trapping

Thurs., March 12 – Ankur Desai on climate change and the Yahara lakes

Thurs., April 9 – Dick Lathrop “Restoring shallow lakes by reducing carp densities”

Thurs., May 14 - Results from CLA Yard Care Survey; speaker TBD

Host sponsor for all events – Foley & Lardner LLP

Contributing producer – UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


Speaker Bios & Abstracts

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – Bob Uphoff

“The Yahara Pride Farms farmer-led conservation model”

Speaker Bio:

Bob Uphoff

Bob Uphoff and his family own and operate Uphoff Ham and Bacon Farm. They produce approximately 3,000 hogs a year from farrow to finish, as well as grain. They work with a packer in Iowa, so that they can sell the finished products on their own to customers in Wisconsin and all around the world. Their farm is located in southern part of the watershed.

Uphoff has served on the Yahara Pride Farms Board of Directors since its creation in 2011, and his time and expertise has been instrumental to the organization’s success. Uphoff has received recognition for his land stewardship, business leadership, and involvement with Yahara Pride Farms. The McFarland Thistle recently profiled the Uphoffs in an article titled “Uphoff family raises respect for land.”


For his Yahara Lakes 101 presentation, Uphoff will present the “nuts and bolts” of Yahara Pride Farms: its formation, how it operates, its successes and challenges, its major programs, and its goals for the future.

Yahara Pride Farms (YPF), the farmer-led affiliate of the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA), is at the forefront of a local movement to protect soil and water quality and preserve farm heritage. YPF believes that farming operations should be both lake-friendly and business-smart. YPF farmers are regional leaders: they use innovative conservation practices and technologies to manage phosphorus and other nutrients on their farms, and support CLA’s goal to reduce phosphorus inputs into the Yahara lakes by 50% by 2025.

The YPF model has drawn attention statewide and beyond for its strong agricultural program and diverse partnerships. The close partnership between Clean Lakes Alliance and YPF has proven to be invaluable to the growth of both organizations, and to local phosphorus-reduction efforts.

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Past Speakers: 

Read below for our past guest speakers, and follow the links to view bios, abstracts, and photos.

Nov. 13, 2014 – Katie Van Gheem and Paul Dearlove (CLA Staff), “Citizen Monitoring and Crowdsourcing to Track and Forecast Near-Shore Lake Conditions”

Oct. 9, 2014 – Ken Bradbury, “Lakes, Streams, and Groundwater: A Single Resource”

Sept. 11, 2014 – Dr. Chin Wu, “Floating Bog Interceptors in Cherokee Marsh”

Aug. 14, 2014 – Dr. Trina McMahon, “Blue-green algal toxins in Lake Mendota: the Mystery of the Missing Nitrogen”

July 10, 2014 – Dr. Eric Booth, “Development of the Yahara 2070 scenarios”

June 12, 2014 – Dr. Calvin DeWitt, “Sustaining Yahara Lakes and Waterscapes”

May 8, 2014 – Dr. Emily Stanley, “Yahara Long Term Ecological Research: Trends & Patterns”

April 10, 2014 – Dr. Doug Soldat, “Lawn Care, Soils and Water Quality”
Monthly Sponsor – Weed Man Lawn Care

March 13, 2014 – Greg Fries, “Urban Stormwater Runoff”

Feb. 13, 2014 – Dennis Frame, “Manure Management and Ag Innovation”

Jan. 9, 2014 - John Magnuson, “Climate Change and the Yahara Lakes” – also see press release

Nov. 14, 2013 – William Selbig, “Leaves and Lakes: Urban Phosphorous Runoff”

Oct. 10, 2013 – Clean Lakes Alliance staff, “Work in the Watershed”

Sept. 12, 2013 – Jon Standridge, “Testing the Waters: Citizen Water Quality Monitoring”

Aug. 8, 2013 – Alison Mikulyuk, “They’re Not Weeds! Discovering Aquatic Plant Communities”
Monthly Sponsor- Spectrum Brands

July 11, 2013 – Ted Bier, “More than Hook’n’Line: Fish of the Yahara Lakes” 
Monthly Sponsor- CUNA Mutual Foundation

June 13, 2013 – Jake Vander Zanden, “Mussels and Spines: Invasive Species and the Yahara Lakes Food Web”
Monthly Sponsor – Beyler Chiropractic

May 9, 2013 – Doug Soldat, “Green Lawns, Green Lakes? Lawn Care and Water Quality”
Monthly Sponsor - Weed Man Lawn Care


First Weber Group

Yahara Lakes 101 presenting sponsor


Foley and Lardner LLP logo

Yahara Lakes 101 hosting sponsor


Yahara Lakes 101 Production Partner

Yahara Lakes 101 Production Partner