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 that affect our lakes. 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 The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.

Date: Second Thursdays each month, except December
Time: 8 – 9 a.m.
Location: The Statehouse at The Statehouse at The Edgewater **NEW LOCATION
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) in the The Statehouse at The Edgewater — our new location for the series. 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. Special event parking will be available at The Edgewater.



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Thurs., August 13 - Alison Mikulyuk

“Weird Wisconsin Weeds: Getting to Know the World of Underwater Plants”

Mikulyuk photo

About our speaker:
Alison Mikulyuk is a scientist in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Research Section of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She conducted her first lake-wide plant survey in 2005 and has been doing research on aquatic plants ever since. She helped develop and implement macrophyte monitoring programs state- and nation-wide and has contributed to policy items on invasive species and ecological integrity. While not at work with the DNR, Alison is pursuing a Ph. D in Limnology and Marine Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her colleagues in Dr. Jake Vander Zanden’s research lab work together to better understand inland aquatic environments.

About the talk:
Aquatic plants are very important to lake health, but they are also fascinating to study! Wisconsin has some weird and wild aquatic plants, many of which can be found in the Yahara Chain. For example, do you know about the floating-leaf plant that has helped us make better house paint, or the delicate orchid-like flowers with an appetite for invertebrates? We will have a collection of local live specimens, so if you have any aquatic plant identification questions, bring them!

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Thurs., September 10 - Todd Stuntebeck

“Carried Away: Stream Flow and Nutrient Transport to the Lakes”

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Thurs., October 8 - Roger Bannerman

“Saving Our Urban Stormwater: The Role of Stormwater Management”

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Thurs., November 12 - CLA staff

“LakeForecast.org: All Eyes on Lake Water Quality”

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Past Speakers: 

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

July 9, 2015 – Dr. Eric Booth, “Climate, Cities, and Farms: Challenges for Improving Water Quality”

June 11, 2015 – Dr. Vander Zanden and Jake Walsh, “Lake invaders: How invasive spiny water flea have degraded water quality in our lakes”

May 14, 2015 – Dr. Cory McDonald, “Where and When: Seasonality in Sources of Phosphorus in the Yahara River Watershed”

April 9, 2015 – Dr. Dick Lathrop, “Restoring Shallow Lakes by Reducing Carp Densities”

Mar. 12, 2015 – Dr. Ankur Desai, “Can Lakes Change the Global Climate?”

Feb. 12, 2015 – Beth Wentzel, “Stream Restoration as a Tool for Restoring Watersheds”

Jan. 8, 2015 – Bob Uphoff, “The Yahara Pride Farms farmer-led conservation model”

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


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Yahara Lakes 101 presenting sponsor


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