PRESS RELEASE: Lands’ End partners with Clean Lakes Alliance, County for a lakeshore clean up at Lake Farm Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 10, 2014

Lands’ End partners with Clean Lakes Alliance, County for a lakeshore clean up at Lake Farm Park

Madison, Wis. — For the fourth year in a row, over 150 Lands’ End employees will leave their desks empty and fill the shores of Lake Farm County Park to clear and treat invasive species and improve the lakeshore area. The 4th annual volunteer day is being organized through a partnership between Lands’ End, the Clean Lakes Alliance, and Dane County’s Take a Stake in Our Waters initiative.

“Take a Stake in Our Waters are volunteer events offered year-round that bring the Dane County community together to help clean up our lakes,” said County Executive Joe Parisi. “Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in this critical effort.”

Before donning gloves and seizing shovels and shears, County Executive Joe Parisi, Clean Lakes Alliance President Don Heilman, and Lands’ End Director of Sustainability Randy Peterson and Senior Vice President, Employee and Customer Services Kelly Ritchie will greet employees.

Peterson said, “We’ve found working with the Clean Lakes Alliance very rewarding for our employees at Lands’ End, so much so, that more employees continue to participate every year.”

Clean Lakes Alliance has engaged its corporate partners in the county’s Take a Stake volunteer program for four years, believing in the value of hands-on participation in improving our lakeshores. Clean Lakes Alliance works with its corporate partners to build into the structure of the businesses a way to meaningfully engage in the process of improving and protecting the lakes, and to see first-hand how the actions of the individual contribute to the collective impact of the whole community.

“Lands’ End has had a major impact on improving Lake Farm County Park,” said CLA President Don Heilman. “The company’s hard work and dedication to our waterways is very visible when walking through the park or viewing the shoreline from Lake Waubesa.”

Clean Lakes Alliance coordinates several corporate volunteer days throughout the summer as part of its Renew the Blue initiative. In addition to the partnership with Dane County, the Alliance partners with the University of Wisconsin Lakeshore Nature Preserve, City of Madison Parks, Holy Wisdom Monastery and the City of Middleton Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission.

The annual Take a Stake in the Lakes Days event, created by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, has grown from two days of shoreline cleanups to a two-week series of countywide special events, and now, to year-round action events that help people celebrate, learn about, protect, and improve Dane County’s lakes and streams. The expanded initiative has been renamed Take A Stake in Our Waters to reflect the focus on the watershed as a whole, including lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Contact: Kathryn Van Gheem, Watershed Engagement Coordinator
Clean Lakes Alliance; cleanlakesalliance.com
kathryn.vangheem@cleanlakesalliance.com
Office: (608) 255-1000

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Waves in the Watershed – Volume 1, Issue 2

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CLA launches the second year of our citizen water quality monitoring program, with over 40 near-shore sites and first in the nation mobile app integration in partnership with 100state, the City of Madison, and Dane County.

CLA launches the second year of our citizen water quality monitoring program, with over 40 near-shore sites and first in the nation mobile app integration in partnership with 100state, the City of Madison, and Dane County.

Welcome to Waves in the Watershed, an in-depth newsletter for donors of the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA). Waves in the Watershed is published every two months and details the progress that CLA is making toward our goal of reducing phosphorus in the Yahara watershed by 50% by 2025 and in engaging the community in our efforts.

Please note – the Lake-O-Gram will continue to be delivered each month to the inboxes of over 8,000 individuals who have expressed an interest in CLA’s initiatives and events. The Lake-O-Gram is a brief digest that promotes upcoming events and volunteer opportunities and includes highlights and snapshots of lake efforts in the watershed.

In Partnership,

The Clean Lakes Alliance Team

Table of Contents

Project Implementation
Yahara Pride Farms
Strategic Implementation Committee update
Grant Awards
Policy
Economic Impact & Policy Committee update
Watershed Engagement
Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast
Clean Clear Waters
Yahara Lakes 101
Friends of Clean Lakes
In the Community
City of Madison
Wingra Boats
New Board Members
Thank you!

Project Implementation

Yahara Pride Farms update

A Yahara Pride Farms member farm,

A Yahara Pride Farms member farm,

Yahara Pride Farms (YPF), an agricultural affiliate of the CLA, has the mission of improving water quality in the Yahara watershed through the implementation of conservation practices on agricultural land.

Currently, YPF and CLA are focusing on the following initiatives:

Cost-share program: Finalizing 2014 cost-share program offerings with the goal of doubling the number of acres on which conservation practices are implemented.

YPF Certification: Four farms have been certified “Yahara Pride” thus far, with seven in progress. The YPF Certification Program, run by two Conservation Resource Managers, has proven to be a successful educational tool. The program is designed to work with area farmers and their agronomic management teams to indicate that a farmer or operation has successfully completed all aspects of the certification program including a facility, crop and soil assessment (which includes reviewing the effectiveness of their nutrient management plan), a complete farm walkover, as well as a follow up one-on-one meeting with a conservation resource manager to discuss areas where conservation practices could be improved or changed on their farm.

The certified Yahara Pride Farms members are required to meet a high standard (based on a point system) that is an evaluation of all components (facilities, fields, etc.) of their farm. The certified members have made a commitment to improve conservation on their operation as suggested by the resource managers and have proven to be dedicated to improving soil and water resources in the watershed.

Funding
Established two new programs for business and the community to get involved in our efforts through financial support:

“Partners in Pride” is a program that allows community members, agribusinesses and associations to be a partner in conservation with Yahara Pride Farms.

“Conserve an Acre” allows individuals and businesses from the community to directly impact the quality of our lakes by contributing to a fund for the installation of various conservation practices.  The conservation practices include cover crops and buffer strips, which improve soil stability and reduce nutrient runoff. 

Strategic Implementation Committee update

The WDNR presented on the use of LiDAR to detect areas of erosion concern.

The WDNR presented on the use of LiDAR to detect areas of erosion concern.

The CLA’s Strategic Implementation Committee focuses on phosphorus reduction projects and practices, and prioritizes the implementation of the 14 actions in the Yahara CLEAN Strategic Action Plan for Reducing Phosphorus. The committee received two presentations this month and both followed with good discussions. The first was by Montgomery Associates who has recently completed the phosphorus density modeling for the watershed. Of interest was the stronger than expected urban loading of phosphorus to the lakes, and also the high loading from agriculture to the southern two lakes. This has spawned a specific meeting to discuss mitigation for water quality challenges in Lake Kegonsa.

The second presentation was by Aaron Ruesch from WNDR on the use of LiDAR to detect areas of potential erosion concern, especially in agriculture. The technology can be used to steer efforts and expenses to the highest runoff risk areas and also provide a strong point for monitoring future land uses. There is potential to layer soil types, soil test results, and cropping practices to gain an even clearer look at whether land is susceptible to runoff. DNR and Dane County will be pilot testing and verifying results this year and will report the findings at a future date.

Grant awards

McKnight Foundation
mcknight-foundation-logoIn March, the CLA received $50,000 from the McKnight Foundation to assist with our rural initiatives that reduce phosphorus runoff, including improving manure storage and management, increasing the use of conservation practices (e.g. cover crops, vertical manure injection and strip tillage), and a certification program that provides incentives for best management practices. The funding will also be used for water quality monitoring, as well as the education and outreach involved in promoting these agricultural efforts.

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In April, the CLA was awarded $10,000 from the Village of DeForest 2014 Stormwater Grant program. We’ll be using the funds towards our cover crop test plot that’s helping us better understand how to keep soil in it’s place and phosphorus out of our waterways, an educational field demonstration day for farmers to experiment with innovative technologies and conservation practices, and for a residential leaf management education pilot project to tackle urban sources of phosphorus loading.

Policy


Economic Impact & Policy Committee update

A lake user survey will assess the economic impact of the lakes on our community. Two students sit and enjoy the view.

A lake user survey will assess the economic impact of the lakes on our community. Two students sit and enjoy the view.

The CLA’s Economic Impact & Policy Committee (EIPC) continued development and planning of a lake user survey as phase one of a study of the economic impact of the lakes on the greater-Madison area. The lake user survey will be administered all summer at approximately 50 locations, including beaches, boat landings, parks, and select private access points, on all five lakes in the Yahara chain.

The committee initiated the setting of annual objectives and a policy agenda for 2014. This includes identifying the ongoing policy issues relevant to the CLA’s mission, discussing priorities for the next legislative session, and determining processes and criteria by which CLA will set its policy agenda.  Over the next few months, the EIPC will invite representatives from local government entities and other stakeholder groups to speak at committee meetings to help the committee better understand relevant policy issues.

Watch for volunteers in this shirt!

Watch for volunteers in this shirt!

Watershed Engagement


Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast recap

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Over 600 community members joined us bright and early at the Monona Terrace on Friday, April 25th for CLA’s Save Our Lakes community breakfast. We are proud to announce that attendees at the breakfast generously pledged nearly $40,000 for our lakes. The Schooling for Cleaner Lakes fish-mobiles – created by over 80 school and community groups — looked incredible “swimming” overhead.  Please check out photos from the event here.

The event featured interesting and inspiring speakers as well as three new films produced by Studio 88.

Steve Carpenter, Director of the UW-Madison Center for Limnology, spoke on “Trends and Surprises in the Limnology of Madison’s Lakes.” We learned that although rainstorms and manure production have been increasing, runoff has remained relatively steady. Steve attributed the lack of an increase in runoff to strong phosphorus management in the watershed. He ended by calling on the community to continue to work to beat the trends, so that runoff — and the phosphorus that comes with it — will not just hold steady, but will decrease.

Brennan Nardi, Editor-in-Chief of Madison Magazine and member of the CLA Community Board, spoke to the Schooling for Cleaner Lakes theme. Brennan discussed the many partners that are working together for cleaner lakes, and announced the community art project winners. Congratulations Lowell Elementary School, West High School, and Phil Gaebler! Brennan also presented the 2013 Watershed Stewardship Award, which went to Jon Standridge for his leadership in volunteering on the creation and expansion of CLA’s citizen monitoring program.

Three new 2014 CLA partnerships were also announced: an education initiative with Earth Partnership for Schools; a summer lake education program with Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Wingra Boats; and a crowd-source beach monitoring initiative with the City of Madison, Dane County, and 100state. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced the partnership to develop a water quality crowdsourcing app for the public to use at local beaches throughout the Yahara River watershed.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi presented on “Dane County’s Clean Lakes Effort”, which highlighted the county’s commitment to funding and getting boots on the ground to clean up our lakes. The video features the county’s extensive work as well as projects by other partners in the watershed.

Dave Lumley, CEO of Spectrum Brands, closed out the program with inspiring and motivational remarks on his vision and commitment to cleaner lakes, and a call to the community to make a pledge for our lakes. See our website to become a Friend of Clean Lakes.

The films feature dozens of community partners and showcase the vast array of work being done for our lakes.

Clean Clear Waters

CLA demonstrates the turbidity tube.

CLA demonstrates the turbidity tube.

If you visit local piers, docks, or beaches this summer, you may notice people peering into long, clear plastic tubes full of lake water and taking notes. If you do, say hi! These are citizen water quality monitors: volunteers who collect data to help improve our understanding of lake water quality, as part of CLA’s Clean Clear Waters program.

The long, clear tube is a turbidity tube, which allows for measurement of lake visibility depths even in shallow, near-shore water, where most of our daily interactions with the lakes occur. The tube has a black and white disk at the bottom: the deeper the water in the tube that the volunteer can see the disk through, the clearer and cleaner the water is. Volunteers also record other observations, like the number of swimmers in the water and the presence of weeds or algae blooms.

2014 is the second-year of CLA’s water quality monitoring pilot program. Due to the success and popularity of last year, we have expanded the number of sampling locations from 9 to around 40 across lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra. The goals of the program are to provide more accurate and timely beach condition information, as well as to help UW-Madison researchers model the movement of algal blooms.

With all the data that will be collected, the CLA needed a better way to make the information readily available to the public. A new partnership with 100state, the City of Madison, and Dane County will give volunteers the ability to input data into a mobile app so that the information will be instantly available to researchers, government agencies, and the public. There will also be a crowd-sourcing function, so that any lake visitor can make an update about the status of a beach, for example.

If you would like to know more about citizen monitoring in your area, or other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website

Yahara Lakes 101

Thursday, June 12 – Dr. Calvin DeWitt

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How do wetlands impact the quality of our lakes? Come to next month’s Yahara Lakes 101 to find out.

DeWitt_Calvin_hs07_9421The Yahara chain of lakes follows the course of a deep, ancient valley: what does that mean for our lakes? To find out the answer to this question and more, please join us at Yahara Lakes 101 on Thursday, June 12th for Dr. Calvin DeWitt’s presentation, where he will describe the functions served by our local wetland system, how these functions sustain the quality of our chain of lakes, and what is needed to sustain these functions on into the future.

Dr. DeWitt’s presentation is entitled “Sustaining Yahara Lakes and Waterscapes: Functions of Their Wetland Systems above a Buried Bedrock Valley”. He is Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus, Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is a member of the graduate faculties of Environmental and Resources, Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, Water Resources Management, and Oceanography and Limnology, a Fellow of the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy, and recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Meet and greet begins at 7:30 a.m. with the presentation at 8 a.m. in the Bluephies cafe at the Verex Plaza, 150 East Gilman Street. Please pre-register on the CLA’s website; admission to one event is $10 for the general public and free to all 2014 CLA donors. Coffee, pastries, and fruit are provided.

We would like to again thank Dr. Doug Soldat, who presented on “Lawn Care, Soils and Water Quality” in April, and Dr. Emily Stanley, who presented on “Yahara Long Term Ecological Research: Trends & Patterns” in May.

Friends of Clean Lakes

The Friends of Clean Lakes continue to go strong in friend-raising and fund-raising for the Clean Lakes Alliance. As of our May Community Board meeting, these individuals have contributed over $50,000 for our clean lakes efforts, with donations ranging from $35 to $5000 per year.

Friends of Clean Lakes plan, host, and support events that draw new people in to the organization, and they’d love to see you at the following events this summer:

Paddle & Portage – Saturday, July 15

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The event features a canoe race across Lake Mendota and Lake Monona and a portage across the Capitol Square. FOCL provide volunteers to work in the beverage tent.

Loop the Lake Bike Ride – Saturday, July 26 (Clean Lakes Festival)

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Loop the Lake is friend and fund-raising bike ride around beautiful Lake Monona. Individual, family, and team riders are encouraged. We are presently contacting sponsors and encouraging rider registration. Lunch and prizes will be included.

In the Community 

CLA Community Board Member Updates

As an alliance, it’s important to us to turn the spotlight on all of the good work being done in our community to protect and improve the lakes, and on those who are helping us realize our vision of establishing the lakes as the center of our community.

In each issue of Waves in the Watershed, we’ll share snapshots of the good work being done by members of CLA’s Community Board. This issue we’re featuring the City of Madison’s Engineering Department and Wingra Boats, owned by Community Board member, Tyler Leeper.

City of Madison

The City of Madison has several lakes-related projects underway. These include stormwater treatment at Willow Creek, alum treatment at Starkweather Creek, stormwater treatment at Dunn’s Marsh, and improvements in aquatic plant management in Monona Bay.

Willow Creek

Willow Creek pre-construction

Willow Creek pre-construction

The City of Madison, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin Facilities staff, is designing a stormwater treatment structure to be installed in Willow Creek immediately north of University Avenue. The watershed that feeds Willow Creek is almost 1,900 acres of primarily urban residential land use. City and UW staff have noticed a buildup of sandy sediment in Lake Mendota near the discharge of Willow Creek to the Lake; the proposed treatment structure is intended to reduce the amount of sediment discharged to the Lake. Preliminary plans for the treatment structure include the installation of a weir in Willow Creek; the weir will be placed downstream of the creek’s intersection with Campus Drive, and will be designed to regulate flow through the channel to increase sediment settling. The length of channel between the intersection with University and the weir will be lined with concrete (to facilitate removal of settled sediment) and riprap. The project will include restoration along the channel banks, including the replacement of trees, and is scheduled for construction in Summer 2014.

Alum Treatment at Starkweather

Alum injection and intake monitoring site at the Arboretum

Alum injection and intake monitoring site at the Arboretum

The City is in the feasibility stage of design for an alum treatment facility at Starkweather Creek. The Starkweather project is a natural follow-up to the pilot alum treatment project at Marion Dunn pond, which is scheduled for start-up in early June 2014. In the current concept, an alum water treatment system would be installed on the bank of the quarry pond located northeast of Milwaukee Street and North Fair Oaks Avenue, which sits adjacent to Starkweather Creek approximately one mile upstream of the creek’s discharge into Lake Monona. Stormwater flow in the creek would be diverted into the pond and treated with alum or a comparable flocculant to remove suspended solids and phosphorus, then reintroduced into the creek downstream of the diversion. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in Fall 2015.

Dunn’s Marsh
The City is collaborating with a group of UW students in the Biological Systems Engineering department to design a stormwater treatment device north of Dunn’s Marsh. The watershed that drains to the marsh includes urban residential and commercial land near the intersection of the Beltline and Verona Road. The project is uniquely challenging due to the small area available for construction of a device to treat a large volume of stormwater. Currently the City favors installation of a Coanda screen due to its compact size, effectiveness at removing debris and sediment while allowing large flows to pass, and its ease of maintenance. A similar screen is installed at the UW Arboretum and treats the 100 year event without bypass (several hundred CFS) . The device, which has the cooperation of the City of Fitchburg, is scheduled for installation in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015.

Monona Bay Boat Launch
To maintain the health and beauty of Monona Bay, Dane County deploys weed cutters during the summer months to manage plant growth. In the past, these cutters have entered the water at the beach, which is difficult for the workers and damaging to the environment. The City is installing a dedicated boat launch in the Bay for the weed cutters at the corner of West Brittingham Place and South Brittingham Place. In addition to the launch itself, reinforcement will be installed in the grass access to prevent damage to Brittingham Park due to trailering the cutters to and from the Bay. The launch, which will begin construction on May 19, 2014, will be for City/County and Emergency use only; as such, motorized boat traffic on the Bay should not increase.


Wingra Boats

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At Wingra and Brittingham Boats, the philosophy is to focus on the experience of being outside on the lakes with good people, rather than on being a skills-based program. If you return to shore in a canoe sitting the wrong way and holding the blade while paddling with the handle, but have a smile on your face- they believe that you’re still doing it right. This philosophy has taken Wingra boats from about 10,000 water trips and 8 employees in 2005 to 50+ employees and over 45,000 trips on the water in 2013.

2014 programs include:

  • Camp Wingra was started in 2007 with two sessions and 20 kids. This year we have 22 sessions and 250+ kids from first grade through 9th grade and we have programs ranging from intro to fishing and paddling to limnology camps, fly fishing and WI River overnight canoe trips. Camps fill by February and we have twice the demand as previously. We are looking to double our programs in the next two years.
  • Wingra Watershed Work Shop was started in 2010 to educate teachers on how lead watershed focused field trips. Since the start of the Work Shop, Wingra Boats saw an increase from 300 students coming from Memorial High School to over 1500 students coming from all over the city and outside of the city.
  • Developed out of the Wingra Watershed Workshop, Science Thursday was developed to expand education of the watershed to the public. Science Thursday focuses on elementary-aged kids and in the last two years has grown to have 30 to 50 participants per week, with some weeks accommodating over 70 participants. The kids get to learn about a variety of topics including bats, invertebrates and much more.
  • Wingra Boats, Clean Lake Alliance and Boys and Girls Club of Dane County have teamed up to offer a pilot program to the kids in the Boys & Girls Club summer program to build awareness, understanding and appreciation of the outdoors and specifically our lakes. The program involves fishing, paddling and limnology and ecology exploration to teach about the ecosystem. Example curriculum would be looking at the life cycle of a fish-using dip nets to find out what they eat, using magnifying glasses and microscopes to see what they live in, and then looking at what eats them.

We will have two sessions of 12 students ages 7-12 every Wednesday from June 25th - August 6th and through this program we will have the opportunity to expose every kid enrolled in the B&GC summer program to the wonders and enjoyment of the outdoors. It is our hope that this pilot will grow into an expanded program that offers in depth and weeklong programing.

  • Community Events. We have established a series of fun community building events including Lake Wingra Clean Up, Movie Nights, Potlucks, Ice Cream Boat-Float, and we host neighborhood meetings and parties. Many of our activities lose money yet help establish the Boat House and the lake as a regular destination and a place to come together.
  • Special Events. We have a series of Special Events that are designed around a certain activity or group. Special Events include Paddle Excursions, Jazz in the Park, Brat Fest, The Duck Dash (a paddle run), the Midwest Paddle Board Festival and the Brittingham Fishing Festival.

Brittingham Boats: In 2013 Brittingham Boats opened on Monona Bay to expand services to the downtown community. The bay provides protected and calm water for novice paddlers and by going under the railroad bridges, paddlers can access Lake Monona and the rest of the Yahara Chain. The old Beach House used to be the most popular beach in Madison with over 200 rentable bathing suits. The park and beach went into a state of decline and the building had not been used in over 20 years.

Since opening, Brittingham Boats has invested $58,532 in the building and grounds to bring the decapitated building to code and make it functional.  This investment has made a major impact on the neighborhood. The police saw a 63% decrease in calls and we were very excited to have it become an unofficial neighborhood meeting house. We have established a food for trash program for the homeless that live in the area and all over the park and the lake is once again filled with life.

New Board Members

The CLA would like to welcome new members to the Community Board.

Stephen_AlesStephen Ales, the new Water Leader at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is now filling the seat formerly held by Lloyd Eagan, following her retirement from the position. Welcome Steve, and thank you, Lloyd, for your contributions to the Board.

Steve oversees the field implementation of Water Division programs including Drinking Water and Groundwater, Wastewater, Water Regulation and Zoning, Water Quality, Runoff, and Fish.

Steve has a BS in Geology from the University of Iowa and an MS in Water Resources Management from the UW-Madison. He has been with the DNR for over 27 years working in the Solid Waste, Remediation & Redevelopment, and the Drinking Water and Groundwater Programs.

Sharon_CorriganSupervisor Sharon Corrigan of Middleton was elected in April 2014 as the new Chair of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, and now sits on the CLA Community Board. We would like to thank former chair John Hendrick for his contributions to the Board and welcome Sharon to the role!

In addition to being the board chair and District 26 Supervisor, Sharon is also a member of the Criminal Justice Council, a member of the Lakes & Watershed Commission, and former chair of the Commission’s Executive Committee.

Sharon has a MA in International Studies from the University of Denver and a BA in Law & Government from the University of St Frances.

rebecca_powerRebecca Power is the new Chair of the Lakes & Watershed Commission, and as such now fills the position on the CLA Community Board that was held by former chairs Melissa Malott, and Lyle Updike in the interim. We are grateful that Melissa and Lyle remain on the CLA Community Board as Dane County Executive Designee and Dane County Towns Association Designee, respectively.

Rebecca is the co-director of the UW-Extension’s Great Lakes Regional Water program, and is the owner and art photographer of Rebecca Power Images. She previously worked for the UW-Extension as a watershed educator and water resources specialist. Rebecca has worked in the fields of environmental science and outreach for over 17 years, including time at the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rebecca has a degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Welcome to the Community Board, Rebecca!

Thank you

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Thank you for being a donor to the Clean Lakes Alliance. We value your contribution – big or small. Please know that thanks to your support we are able to protect and improve our lakes through phosphorus reduction projects and practices, engage the community through volunteer and educational opportunities, and advocate for common-sense policies that are good for our lakes. Thank you for your support – we hope to see you on the lakes!

In the news – the Capital Times & Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism “Murky Waters” series

You might have seen the recent series of articles in the Capital Times, entitled “Murky Waters”, that focused on lake issues. The four-part series was produced collaboratively by The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Learn more about the challenges and opportunities that face our lakes, and watch for mentions of CLA’s role in the watershed.

Lakes in the evening news – NBC15 Madison; WISC-TV/Channel 3000, 5/28/14

Heavy rains this past Tuesday, May 27, put a spotlight on our lakes. Local news outlets WISC-TV/Channel 3000 and NBC15 Madison featured the CLA and the impact of runoff on our lakes in their Wednesday evening broadcasts – click below to watch!

NBC15 news anchorMax Hess waded on in – literally – to investigate water clarity with the CLA. Watch to see how debris from the streets can end up in our lakes, and to learn about the importance of reducing runoff.

NBC15 Madison – Taking a look at water quality in our lakes

This WISC-TV/Channel 3000 segment puts the focus on the value of the lakes to our community, as well as the importance of addressing urban runoff that is aggravated by storm events.

WISC-TV/Channel 3000 – “Heavy rains threaten Madison lakes with pollutants”

Lake-O-Gram Vol. IV Issue 4

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Healthy Lakes. Healthy Community.

Volume IV, Issue 4

memorial-union-terrace_stripHere at the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) office, we are counting down the days (and maybe even the minutes) until summer. Technically, there are still 19 days to go, but you don’t have to wait until 5:52 a.m. on June 21st to enjoy the lakes… just look at all the lake lovers on the Terrace!

Read on for updates on our water quality monitoring program, our lake user survey, information about summer lake events, and highlights of CLA and the lakes in the news!

WHAT IS THE LAKE-O-GRAM? The Lake-O-Gram is a monthly digest distributed through our website and e-mailed out to the surrounding communities to keep citizens up-to-date on the latest events and efforts taking place to protect and preserve the water quality of the Yahara watershed.

Table of Contents

Lake User Survey

Citizen Monitoring

Spotlight on Lake Mendota

Summer Lake Events Calendar – Highlights

In the News

New CLA Community Board Members

Become a Friend

Lake User Survey

Watch for volunteers in this shirt!

Watch for volunteers in this shirt!

We’re excited to announce the launch of a CLA survey targeted at lake users this summer. This watershed-wide study will take place at public beaches, boat landings, and lakeside parks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and the information will be used to evaluate public perceptions and the economic value of our lakes to the community. We’ll also be sharing our results with UW-Madison researchers in the Long Term Ecological Research Program and the Water Sustainability and Climate Project to contribute to their body of work and future research on the value of our lakes.

As you swim, boat and fish this summer, please keep your eye out for CLA interns and volunteers, and take 5 minutes to complete a survey. Interested in volunteering to administer the surveys? Please contact Paul at 255-1000 or paul@cleanlakesalliance.com. Lake-access locations, days and time blocks can be tailored to each volunteer’s interest level and availability.

Citizen Monitoring

katie monitoring2014 is the second-year of CLA’s water quality monitoring pilot program. Due to the success and popularity of last year, we have expanded the number of sampling locations from 9 to around 40 across lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra. The goals of the program are to provide more accurate and timely beach condition information, as well as to help UW-Madison researchers model the movement of algal blooms.

With all the data that will be collected, the CLA needed a better way to make the information readily available to the public. A new partnership with 100state, the City of Madison, and Dane County will give volunteers the ability to input data into a mobile app so that the information will be instantly available to researchers, government agencies, and the public. There will also be a crowd-sourcing function, so that any lake visitor can make an update about the status of a beach, for example.

Spotlight on Lake Mendota

fishing_photoWhat a beautiful weekend we enjoyed! The lakes were bustling with sailboats, fishing boats, wake boarders and water skiers, and the beaches were hopping with people of all ages out for a swim. The lakes were crystal clear with perfect temperatures, and on Lake Mendota, those conditions were the answer to the question many had been asking — when will the lake hit its clear-water phase?

Click over to read an interesting and informative blog post from the UW-Madison Center for Limnology that explores the question of why Lake Mendota’s clear water phase was delayed.

UW Center for Limnology Blog Post: Clear-Water Phase: Are We Missing Lake Mendota’s Window?

Summer Lake Events Calendar – Highlights

CLA Events

Yahara Lakes 101 with Dr. Calvin DeWitt

DeWitt_Calvin_hs07_9421What role do wetlands play in the condition of our lakes? Find out at the next Yahara Lakes 101. The Yahara chain of lakes follows the course of a deep, ancient valley: what does that mean for our lakes? Please join us for Dr. Calvin DeWitt’s Yahara Lakes 101 presentation on “Sustaining Yahara Lakes and Waterscapes: Functions of Their Wetland Systems Above a Buried Bedrock Valley”.

When: Thursday, June 12 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Where: Bluephies Café at Verex Plaza (150 E Gilman Street), level B

RSVP (required)

Loop the Lake

loop-the-lake-400x400Please join us for Loop the Lake, our 2nd annual scenic bike ride around Lake Monona to highlight our community’s lakeshore bike paths and to support CLA’s lake improvement and protection efforts. The ride occurs the morning of the Clean Lakes Festival and will finish at the festival grounds. Loop the Lake is a relaxed fun-ride, not a race! Perfect for all ages and abilities.

When: Saturday, July 26, starting at 10 a.m.

Where: Lake Loop Scenic Bike Route on Lake Monona; ride begins on the bike path next to Machinery Row Bicycles and ends at Law Park for the Clean Lakes Festival.

Clean Lakes Festival

clean-lakes-festivalJoin us at the annual Clean Lakes Festival for boat rides, ski shows, music, and more! The festival is where the Clean Lakes Alliance got its start, and it raises public awareness about opportunities for recreation on the lakes while supporting CLA’s lake improvement and protection efforts. The festival offers something fun for everyone, so please join us for a day of great times on the lake.

If you would like to exhibit at the Discovery Center at the festival, please contact Heidi Debruin at hdebruin1@charter.net.

When: Saturday, July 26

Where: Law Park

Partner Events

Wingra Boats Duck Dash

Join Wingra Boats and CLA on Saturday, June 14th for the first annual Duck Dash paddle and run—a family friendly “fun run” style event, with proceeds supporting the CLA’s youth outdoor education programs. Start out paddling a canoe, kayak, or standup paddleboard (SUP) from Vilas Park to Wingra Park, then either walk 2k or trail run 8k through the UW Arboretum, ending back at Vilas Park. Register ahead to reserve your spot.

Community Events

Wisdom Prairie Project

Support our lakes by supporting our prairies! Holy Wisdom Monastery is excited to feature members of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at the annual Prairie Rhapsody benefit concert. Ticket sales benefit the Wisdom Prairie Project at Holy Wisdom Monastery– an effort to acquire and restore an additional 53 acres to native prairie in order to conserve open space and protect our lakes. Please join us for an evening of tasty food and beverages, a silent auction, chocolate tasting and ‘chamber music with a bang!’

When: Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. Register by June 13.

Where: Holy Wisdom Monastery

Learn more about the Wisdom Prairie project and register to attend the Prairie Rhapsody Benefit Concert.

Pontoon Boat Program – Madison School & Community Recreation

Have you ever looked at the beautiful lakes in Madison and wanted to get out on the water? The MSCR Pontoon Boat Program was created just for you! MSCR offers drop-in boat rides, boat rentals and specialty trips and events. For pricing and to reserve a ride, please visit the MSCR website and fill out the Pontoon Rental Request Form. The program begins in May and continues on until late September, and trips begin at Tenney Boat Pier at 1615 Sherman Avenue.

Brittingham Boats SUP-Cup

Get out on the lakes with the SUP-Cup! On Thursday nights this summer at Brittingham Boats, check out the Stand Up Paddleboard race series for the recreational and competitive paddlers among you! We’re happy to see CLA Community Board member and owner of Brittingham and Wingra Boats, Tyler Leeper, getting more people out on the lakes.

IRONMAN Wisconsin

iron-manThe IRONMAN Wisconsin is looking for boat and personal water craft volunteers. Please mention that you are volunteering on behalf of the Clean Lakes Alliance when you sign up. Register to volunteer online!

When: Sunday, September 7 from 5:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Where: Lake Monona (Law Park)

In the News

Wisconsin State Journal Editorial

“Nothing says summer in Madison like a sunny day by the lakes.” The Wisconsin State Journal ran an editorial on Sunday, May 25 that highlighted the importance of our local lakes and the value of protection efforts by CLA and our community partners. Click below to read.

Wisconsin State Journal - “Love your lakes and keep them clean”

Lakes on the Evening News

Heavy rains this past Tuesday, May 27, put a spotlight on our lakes. Local news outlets WISC-TV/Channel 3000 and NBC15 Madison featured the CLA and the impact of runoff on our lakes in their Wednesday evening broadcasts.

anchor_monitoring_2NBC15 news anchor Max Hess waded on in – literally – to investigate water clarity with the CLA. Watch below to see how debris from the streets can end up in our lakes, and to learn about the importance of reducing runoff.

NBC15 Madison – “Taking a look at water quality in Madison lakes”

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WISC-TV/Channel 3000 – “Heavy rains threaten Madison lakes with pollutants”

“Murky Water” Series

You might have seen the recent series of articles in the Capital Times, entitled “Murky Waters”, that focused on lake issues. The four-part series was produced collaboratively by The Capital Times and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Learn more about the challenges and opportunities that face our lakes, and watch for mentions of CLA’s role in the watershed.

Promotional Section in Madison Magazine

Be sure to check out the June issue of the Madison Magazine for the special promotional section on the Clean Lakes Alliance.

New CLA Community Board Members

The Community Board is composed of key stakeholders, business leaders and experts with the common goal of reducing phosphorus pollution within the Yahara watershed. The Board serves in an advisory role, offering guidance and reviewing the overall path and progress of the Yahara CLEAN Strategic Action Plan for Phosphorus Reduction, including project prioritization, funding and execution.

We are pleased to have welcomed several new members to the Community Board over the last few months. Please join us in welcoming Lauren Azar, Fred Klancnik, Paul Robbins, Eric Schmidt, and Robert Weber. Please visit the community board page to read their biographies.

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Additionally, those holding positions with our local government sit on the board. New South Water District Water Leader at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Stephen Ales, new Dane County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Corrigan, and new Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission Chair Rebecca Power have all recently joined the CLA Community Board. Welcome to our new members — we’re looking forward to partnering with you for the lakes.

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Become a Friend

Friends-of-Clean-Lakes-LogoThe CLA works to protect and improve the water quality of the Yahara watershed. We accomplish this with the support of lake advocates like you! If you want to get involved, please consider becoming a Friend of Clean Lakes today.

Lake-o-Gram Vol. IV Issue 3 :: Breakfast Recap, 2013 State of the Lakes Report

lake-O-gram-header-1Mallards and loons and paddlers, oh my! As the weather warms up and the skies clear, there are plenty of opportunities for lake-lovers (like us!) to get outside.

Please read below for a brief digest of our upcoming programs & events, including a recap of the 3rd annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast and a link to the 2013 State of the Lakes report.

P.S. Be sure to watch the three new videos premiered at the Breakfast: The State of the Lakes; Schooling for Cleaner Lakes; Projects & Progress in the Watershed

Table of Contents

Save Our Lakes Breakfast Recap
Announcing the 2013 State of the Lakes Report
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Yahara Lakes 101 – This Thursday!
Crazy 4 Lakes Run/Walk Recap
The Time is Now!
In the Community

Save Our Lakes Breakfast Recap

Over 600 community members joined us bright and early at the Monona Terrace on Friday, April 25th for the Save Our Lakes community breakfast. We are proud to announce that attendees at the breakfast generously pledged nearly $40,000 for our lakes. The Schooling for Cleaner Lakes fish-mobiles – created by over 80 school and community groups — looked incredible “swimming” overhead.  Please check out photos from the event here.

We heard from interesting and inspiring speakers on three main topics, with each talk followed by a video produced by Studio 88 (see links below).

The State of the Lakes

Steve Carpenter, Director of the UW-Madison Center for Limnology, spoke on “Trends and Surprises in the Limnology of Madison’s Lakes.” We learned that although rainstorms and manure have been trending up, runoff has remained relatively steady. Steve attributed the lack of an increase in runoff to strong phosphorus management in the watershed. He ended by calling on the community to continue to work to beat the trends, so that runoff (and the phosphorus that comes with it) will not just hold steady but decrease.

Schooling for Cleaner Lakes

Brennan Nardi, Editor-in-Chief of Madison Magazine and member of the CLA Community Board, spoke to the Schooling for Cleaner Lakes theme. Brennan discussed the many partners that are working together for cleaner lakes, and announced the community art project winners. Congratulations Lowell Elementary School, West High School, and Phil Gaebler! Brennan also presented the 2013 Watershed Stewardship Award, which went to Jon Standridge for his leadership in volunteering on the creation and expansion of CLA’s citizen monitoring program. Three new 2014 CLA partnerships were also announced: an education initiative with Earth Partnership for Schools; a summer lake education program with Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and Wingra Boats; and a crowd-source beach monitoring initiative with the City of Madison and 100state, announced by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.

Projects & Progress in the Watershed

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi presented on “Dane County’s Clean Lakes Effort”, which highlighted the county’s commitment to funding and getting boots on the ground to clean up our lakes. The video features the county’s extensive work as well as projects by other partners in the watershed – click the link above.

Dave Lumley, CEO of Spectrum Brands, closed out the program with inspiring and motivational remarks on his vision and commitment to cleaner lakes, and a call to the community to make a pledge for our lakes. See our website for details about Spectrum’s commitment to the lakes and for the opportunity to get a special discount code for Spectrum Brands products valid until 5/26/14.

Announcing the 2013 State of the Lakes report

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We presented the 2013 State of the Lakes report at the Save Our Lakes breakfast on Friday, April 25th. The report is now available online in four sections.

In the report, we present the 2013 State of the Lakes that aggregates information from many different government organizations and research institutions on the current status of water quality, highlights many of the phosphorus-reduction projects that were accomplished in the last year, and illustrates the progress we’ve made towards our goal. In addition, we provide more information about CLA and our efforts to engage the community and advocate for the lakes. Our intention is that the report will be a reference and a resource that highlights community progress towards cleaner, healthier lakes for all.

Yahara Lakes 101 – Emily Stanley, “Yahara Long Term Ecological Research: Trends & Patterns”

Please join us this Thursday, May 8, in welcoming Dr. Emily Stanley to Yahara Lakes 101 (YL101) for her presentation on “Yahara Long Term Ecological Research: Trends & Patterns”. Dr. Stanley is the lead principal investigator of the North Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research program at University of Wisconsin, and is a professor for the UW Department of Zoology and the Center for Limnology. In addition, Dr. Stanley has active research projects that consider large scale and long-term changes in lake water quality and carbon cycling in streams.

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DATE: Thursday, May 8, 2014

TIME:
7:30 a.m. – coffee, pastries & fruit
8 a.m. – presentation
9 a.m. – Q & A

LOCATION: Bluephies Café at the Verex Plaza (150 E. Gilman St.), located on level B.

PRICE: Admission is $10 at the door or free to Friends of Clean Lakes. Become a Friend today for a minimum of $35. Please register in advance!

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Dr. Stanley will talk about the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research Project, including the history of this program, what we study in the Madison lakes, and some representative examples of physical, chemical, and biological changes that have been unfolding in these lakes over the past and current decades.

The UW Center for Limnology is learning a great deal about changes in phosphorus loads to the lakes, and other trends are becoming apparent that may provide additional scientific and management challenges.

See the Yahara Lakes 101 page for more information about the series and for more details about the presentation, as well as where to park.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Lake-use Survey Conductors
We are looking for volunteers to help administer brief surveys at public beaches, boat landings and lakeside parks. The information will be used as part of a watershed-wide study to evaluate public perceptions and the economic value of our lakes to the larger community. Surveys will be conducted between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Lake-access locations, days and time blocks can be tailored to each volunteer’s availability. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Paul Dearlove at 255-1000 or paul@cleanlakesalliance.com.

Citizen Water Quality Monitors
CLA is expanding its highly successful beach and end-of-pier monitoring pilot program.  Launched in 2013, this initiative seeks to collect real-time information on near-shore water quality conditions around each of the five Yahara lakes.  We currently have a few volunteer openings left to fill.  If you’ve always wondered about the water quality off your pier or at your favorite swimming area, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.  Tap into your inner lake scientist and help CLA track blue-green algal blooms and other beach-health indicators.  Act soon because our training sessions are filling up fast.  If interested, contact Katie Van Gheem at 255-1000 or kathryn.vangheem@cleanlakesalliance.com.

Crazy 4 Lakes Team a success at CrazyLegs

We want to give a BIG thanks to all the Crazylegs Crazy 4 Lakes Team participants that supported CLA through the form of pledges and community engagement. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to run for our lakes — the day was filled with warm weather and sunshine. Prizes will be awarded to the team members that collected pledges ($35 minimum). To claim your prizes, please send your pledges and form to the Clean Lakes Alliance at 150 E. Gilman St., Ste. 2600 Madison, WI 53703.

The Time is Now!

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Between now and May 26th, individuals who donate to CLA (by becoming a Friend of Clean Lakes or joining the 63 Club, among other options) by using the link below will receive a special discount code for 30% off Spectrum Brands products valid until 5/26/14.
The time is now!

In the Community

Yahara 2070

What kind of future do we want for the Yahara Watershed? Join a discussion of our region’s future at the launch of Yahara 2070 on May 14, 2014.

Yahara 2070 is an exploration of possible futures for the people, lakes, and ecosystems of the Yahara Watershed, the region that shares Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. The project combines rigorous science, public input, and “out-of-the-box” thinking to create a set of ecological scenarios for the Yahara Watershed in the year 2070.

An investigation of the question “what if…”, the scenarios provide fictitious but plausible stories about the future of the region’s ecosystems and human well-being, based on a range of possible social and environmental changes. These stories can help communities and decision makers envision and plan for a desirable future.

This event is the debut of a suite of research results that will emerge over the course of 2014 and 2015. Yahara 2070 is part of the UW-Madison’s Water Sustainability and Climate Project, a five-year interdisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, reception with food and beverage to follow
Place: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, H.F. DeLuca Forum, 330 N. Orchard St. Madison

This event is free and open to the public.

Register here: https://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu/yahara-2070-launch

Presenters:
• Chris Kucharik, Lead Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison
• Steve Carpenter, Principal Investigator and Director, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison

Following the presentation, a panel of local leaders will discuss the region’s future:
• Steve Carpenter, Director, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison
• Donald Heilman, President, Clean Lakes Alliance
• Melissa Malott, Executive Assistant, Office of Dane County Executive Parisi
• Brennan Nardi, Editor, Madison Magazine
• Moderator: Zac Schultz, Producer/Reporter, Wisconsin Public Television

Learn more about the Water Sustainability and Climate Project at https://wsc.limnology.wisc.edu/

Register for the Duck Dash

Join Wingra Boats and CLA for the first annual Duck Dash paddle and run — a family friendly “fun run” style event supporting the youth outdoor education programs of the CLA.  Start out paddling a canoe, kayak, or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) from Vilas Park to Wingra Park, then either walk 2k or trail run 8k through the UW Arboretum, ending back at Vilas Park.  Register today at: www.wingraboats.com/duck-dash.html.

Media Advisory – Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast; 2013 State of the Lakes Report

MEDIA ADVISORY

April 23, 2014

Contact: James Tye, Co-Founder/Vice President
Clean Lakes Alliance
james@cleanlakesalliance.com
Office: (608) 255-1000
Cell: (608) 628-6655

The Clean Lakes Alliance Hosts 3rd Annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast
and Release of the 2013 State of the Lakes Report

The Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) is holding the 3rd Annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast this Friday, April 25th at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. This event, which will host over 600 members of the community, is a community celebration of the lakes and the annual meeting of the CLA.

Save Our Lakes was created to bring the community together to review each year’s progress towards cleaner, healthier lakes. This event is a time to celebrate and assess the past year, and to launch new programs and initiatives for the year ahead. It is a friend-raiser and a fundraiser for the CLA, raising support and funds to continue its efforts to protect and improve water quality in the Yahara River watershed.

Presentations include the 2013 State of the Lakes Report, which includes a report on the state of the Yahara lakes, phosphorus-reduction project highlights, and the CLA Annual Report. The program will feature videos showcasing partners from government, business, and the community in their clean lakes efforts. Speakers include Dr. Steve Carpenter, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Limnology; Brennan Nardi, editor of Madison Magazine; Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive; and Dave Lumley, CEO of Spectrum Brands.

The event will also feature mobiles of over 1000 life-sized fish suspended in the lake-themed exhibition hall, a work of art produced through the community art initiative Schooling for Cleaner Lakes, a partnership between CLA, American Family Insurance DreamBank, and over 80 schools and community groups. The fish have been designed and decorated by community members inspired by their lakes as a way to celebrate our watershed and draw attention to what lives in our lakes.

Walk-in registration will be available the morning of the event starting at 7 a.m., and the breakfast will run from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Media are welcome to attend to cover the event.

The Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast is presented by Spectrum Brands, and sponsored by Alliant Energy, American Transmission Company, CG Schmidt, Foley & Lardner LLP, American Family Insurance DreamBank, Lands’ End, and Yahara Lakes Association.

For more information go to the Save Our Lakes website: cleanlakesalliance.com/save-our-lakes-breakfast

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Lake-O-Gram Vol. IV Issue 2

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Greetings!

As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”. April, and the coming of spring, also brings the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) new opportunities to continue protecting and improving our lakes! This Lake-o-Gram highlights upcoming events and programs, as well as recent announcements to share with the community. The CLA thanks all those who support its efforts.

- The CLA Team

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Please join us on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in welcoming back Dr. Doug Soldat, associate professor of soil science at UW-Madison, to Yahara Lakes 101 (YL101) for his presentation “Lawn Care, Soils and Water Quality”. Dr. Soldat was our very first YL101 speaker last May, and we are happy to welcome him back to the podium this spring.

DATE: Thursday, April 10, 2014

TIME:
7:30 am – Coffee, pastries & fruit
8:00 am – Presentation
9:00 am – Q & A
LOCATION: Bluephies Café at Verex Building
(150 E. Gilman St.) Located on Level B


PRICING: 
Admission is $10 at the door or free to Friends of Clean Lakes. Become a Friend today!

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Doug will provide information on: 
  • How green lawns and clean lakes need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, dense vegetation can play an important role in protecting surface waters from nutrient runoff.
  • How soil properties and the negative consequences of over-management play a critical but often overlooked role in environmental protection and pollution.
  • The primary pathways of nutrient losses from urban environments and discuss some practical and effective strategies for keeping nutrients out of the lake.

About Doug:
Dr. Doug Soldat is a Wisconsin native and a Ph.D. associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Soil Science, specializing in turfgrass and urban soil management. He earned a Ph.D. at Cornell University studying how phosphorus is lost from lawns. At Wisconsin, he advises the students in the turfgrass and grounds maintenance program, and teaches three classes including “Turfgrass Nutrient and Water Management” and “Lawns, Society and the Environment”. His research program focuses on finding ways to maintain turfgrass for optimum function using fewer inputs of nutrients, pesticides and water.

*Please Note*

PARKING: Please park in James Madison Park or in parking ramps listed below. No Parking on East Gilman St. from 8 a.m. to noon and in the Verex Plaza surface lot or underground lot.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE: Yahara Lakes 101
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The Save Our Lakes event is a community breakfast and the annual meeting of the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA). Save Our Lakes was created to bring the community together to review our progress towards cleaner, healthier lakes. This event is a time to celebrate and assess the past year and to launch new programs and initiatives for the year ahead. Presentations include the State of the Lakes report– the community report card for water quality in the Yahara lakes – and the CLA Annual Report, presented this year as a combined report.

DATE: Friday, April 25, 2014

TIME: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

LOCATION:
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center,
Main Exhibit Hall

PRICING:
$1,000 per table of 10
$100 per seat
$35 per student seat

This year’s theme is “Schooling for Cleaner Lakes”. Just like fish that school together in the same direction, this theme recognizes that many groups and entities are working toward a shared goal of cleaner lakes.

SCHOOLINGFORCLEANERLAKESWHITEThis spring, the CLA and American Family Insurance DreamBank invited the public to participate in the Schooling for Cleaner Lakes community art project. The idea for this initiative, designed to increase understanding of our lake ecosystems, materialized in response to an exhibit at DreamBank that identified “clean lakes” as a top priority for the Madison community. The CLA and DreamBank encourage dreamers of all ages to participate in their hands-on, creative project. For more information, please visit the Schooling for Cleaner Lakes page.

2014 Breakfast Speakers:

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Many thanks to our 2014 Breakfast Sponsors & Captains!
Current Table Sponsors: 
Border Patrol of WI Inc., CG SchmidtCity of MononaCUNA Mutual Group, First Weber Group,  Foley & Lardner LLP, Friends of Lake Kegonsa, Glenn Reinl & Sara Krebsbach,
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Join the Crazy 4 Lakes Team as part of the Crazylegs Classic for an 8K run or a 2 Mile walk in support of healthy lakes and a healthy community!
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The Crazylegs Classic is a historic race that raises money to support Wisconsin Athletics, and the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) encourages participants to run or walk as part of the Crazy 4 Lakes Team to also show support for lake improvement and protection and raise funds to support the CLA and its initiatives. This is an opportunity to advocate for the health of both people and our lakes and raise funds to advance the CLA mission.
DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014


TIME:
10:00 am

LOCATION: The Crazylegs Classic takes runners and walkers from the Capitol Square to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI

 HOW TO SIGN UP:
1. Go to http://www.crazylegsclassic.com/

2. Click ‘Register Now’ at the top right of the Crazylegs Classic homepage.

3. Follow the registration prompts to register with an Existing/Past Fun & Fitness Team. You will need the following information to join:

  1. Team Name: Clean Lakes Alliance, “Crazy 4 Lakes”

  2. Password: watershed

4. The fee for runners is $40 and $25 for walkers. You must register by April 14th to join our team. We ask that participants share the CLA’s vision with the community and ask for support in the form of pledges.

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5. Prizes will be awarded to Team members that collect pledges.

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UW-Madison Nelson Institute’s Earth Day Conference

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earthdayspeakersFeaturing guest speakers, actress and activist Rosario Dawson, British science fiction author China Miéville, Director Kevin Noone of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences.

The CLA’s very own Director of Policy & Communications Elizabeth Katt-Reinders will be speaking on a panel about innovation in watershed management.

REGISTER BY APRIL 15th!

DATE: Tuesday April 22, 2014

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

PRICING:  General: $55, Student $25

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According to UW-Madison Nelson Institute, we’ve entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene, “the age of humans”, requiring new strategies for conservation and human well-being. Earth: To Be Determined will explore challenges and opportunities presented by rapid, large-scale changes in the global environment, including implications for energy and climate, water quality, human health, urban development, our changing demographics and more.  For more information: nelson.wisc.edu/earthday

Come visit our booth at the following events!

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s neXXpo:

DATE: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Alliant Energy Center
PRICING:  All Day Ticket, GA: $75, Member: $49

2014 Isthmus Green Day:

DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
PRICING: FREE to the public

 

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The CLA received $50,000 from the McKnight Foundation to assist with our rural initiatives that reduce phosphorus runoff, including improving manure storage and management, increasing the use of conservation practices (e.g. cover crops, vertical manure injection and strip tillage), and a certification program that provides incentives for best management practices. The funding will also be used for water quality monitoring, as well as the education and outreach involved in promoting these agricultural efforts.

Lake-O-Gram Vol. IV Issue 1

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Welcome to the first Lake-o-Gram of 2014!

Snowmelt season is upon us, and spring is right around the corner! As we wrap up a [very long] season of enjoying our frozen lakes with cross country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing, we’re excited to look ahead to the thaw. Here at Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA), we’re gearing up for spring programming and projects, and we hope you get involved. Read on for more on these opportunities.

In Partnership,

The Clean Lakes Alliance Team

UPCOMING – Save Our Lakes Breakfast

Save Our Lakes Recap Photos with LogoPlease mark your calendars for the upcoming Save Our Lakes Breakfast, a community breakfast and the annual meeting of the CLA. Save Our Lakes was created to bring the community together to review our progress towards cleaner, healthier lakes. This event is anopportunity to celebrate and assess the past year and to launch new programs and initiatives for the year ahead. Presentations include the State of the Lakes Report – the community report card for water quality in the Yahara lakes – and the Clean Lakes Alliance Annual Report.

The objectives of the Save Our Lakes Breakfast are to report progress on lake cleanup initiatives, build alliances with local companies and organizations, procure funding for action and implementation, educate the community about how we can clean up our lakes and advocate for watershed awareness.

This year’s theme is “Schooling for Cleaner Lakes”. Just like fish that school together in the same direction, this theme recognizes that many groups and entities are working together towards a shared goal of cleaner lakes.  This spring, the CLA and American Family Insurance DreamBank are inviting the public to participate in a Schooling for Cleaner Lakes community art project. This project is designed to increase understanding of our lake ecosystems. The idea for this initiative materialized in response to an exhibit at DreamBank that identified “clean lakes” as a top priority for the Madison community.

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schoolingforcleanerlakesThe CLA and American Family Insurance DreamBank encourage dreamers of all ages to participate in their hands-on, creative community art project. Participants are invited to decorate life-size cutouts of fish chosen to represent the Yahara lakes, which will be proudly displayed at venues throughout the Madison area. Clean lakes enthusiasts are welcome to pick up their project materials at DreamBank, 1 N Pinckney St, in Madison, starting on Monday, March 3.

The decorated fish are due back to DreamBank on Friday, April 4. The kits will be voted on by local judges and prizes will be awarded to the most creatively decorated boxes of fish cutouts.  The CLA will award $250 to the top grade school and top middle/high school kit and award $500 to the top community kit.

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These life-size fish will then be transformed into mobiles, which will be presented on Friday, April 25 at the CLA’s Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, accompanying the release of the State of the Yahara Lakes report. Winners will be awarded at the event and mobiles will be displayed throughout the community after the event.

Yahara Lakes 101

Greg_FriesThis month’s Yahara Lakes 101 on Thursday, March 13, features the topic of urban runoff and flooding, presented by Madison’s Storm and Sanitary Principal Engineer Greg Fries. This event will be a great opportunity to get informed about why controlling urban runoff is absolutely vital to protecting our water systems.

Greg will examine and discuss the primary issues and concerns with respect to urban stormwater runoff, and the challenges of managing both water quality and flooding at the municipal level. He will also provide information regarding the primary pollutants in urban stormwater runoff, and what the City of Madison is doing to reduce stormwater runoff pollutants and flooding in flood-prone areas.

RECAP- Dennis Frame’s talk on “Manure Management and Ag Innovation”

Dennis Frame at Yahara Lakes 101On Thursday, February 13, Dennis Frame was the featured guest speaker at our monthly Yahara Lakes 101 science café series. Dennis is a Professor Emiritus of UW-Extension and Yahara Pride Farms’ (YPF) Conservation Resource Manager. At the beginning of his “Manure Management and Ag Innovation” talk, Dennis welcomed the audience to challenge him with questions, interruptions or clarifications. The result was an engaging discussion about the unique opportunities and challenges of dairy farming in Dane County.

The topic of the talk was timely, as late winter is a crucial time for manure management. Mr. Frame explained that early winter snow is typically light and not densely packed, which increases the chance that manure spread will be able to come in contact with the soil. In late winter to early spring, however, snow has usually gone through several thawing cycles and is typically denser, and soil may be in an impermeable “concrete frost” state or be covered in an ice crust. As a result, nutrients from manure spread during mid to late winter are much less likely to be retained and more likely to run off into nearby waterways.

Dennis explained that Dane County is fortunate to have very strong farms and knowledgeable farmers committed to best management of their land. Since Dane County land prices are comparatively high and grain prices are strong, those who work in the dairy industry often do so by choice rather than necessity, and most often have a long family history in dairy and strong knowledge base.

To witness the expertise of our Yahara Lakes 101 speakers first-hand, please pre-register on the CLA’s website. Presentations are held in Bluephies cafe at the Verex Plaza, 150 East Gilman Street, on the second Thursday of every month. Meet and greet begins at 7:30 a.m. with the presentation from 8-9 a.m. with Q&A following. Admission to one event is $10 for the general public and free to all 2014 CLA donors. Coffee, pastries and fruit are provided.

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2014 Winter Manure Workshop

Watershed stakeholders at the YPF Winter Manure Workshop.

Over the past few years, CLA’s agricultural affiliate organization, Yahara Pride Farms (YPF), has built a tremendous amount of momentum and recognition around sustainability in agriculture. This success is largely due to their focus on education. While the ground is still snow covered and the planting equipment is still stored in the shed, YPF is busy engaging the Yahara watershed communities in educational programs that advance conservation in the watershed.

On a snowy Thursday last month, Yahara watershed producers gathered at Rex’s Innkeeper in Waunakee for an educational Manure Management Workshop. Todd Stuntebeck from United States Geological Survey (USGS) began by explaining the importance of USGS water quality monitoring in identifying crucial phosphorus runoff periods. This information is essential for helping producers implement best management practices for their manure management activities.

Professor Emeritus of UW-Extension and YPF’s Conservation Resource Manager, Dennis Frame, continued to reinforce the need for best management practices during these critical runoff periods. Dennis led an open forum with the producers on how winter manure spreading could be reduced in their operations. The interactive discussion yielded useful solutions that will be implemented in upcoming years.

This month watershed stakeholders will gather at Lake Windsor Golf Club for their Watershed-wide Conference, Building on our Progress, to learn from industry experts about new technologies for securing phosphorus to the landscape, with a focus on cover crops. The conference is a valuable opportunity for producers, government workers, and agribusinesses to gain more knowledge and understanding of the economic and environmental benefits of these new technologies. These technologies will be explained with the opportunity to ask questions and sign up for demonstrations. An update on the Yahara watershed and YPF will also be a highlight of the conference.

As a young, growing organization, YPF has already witnessed the impact of their focus on education and action. Just this year, YPF helped secure over 3,000 pounds of phosphorus to the landscape through conservation practices and innovative technologies. Soon the snow will be melting, tractors will be tuned for fieldwork and YPF members will be working towards keeping phosphorus on their fields and out of our waterways with their improved best management practices.

UPCOMING – World Water Week – Madison

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$1 Today for Cleaner Lakes Tomorrow

Please join us as we celebrate World Water Week Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 30 at participating local restaurants. During this week, the CLA is partnering with local businesses to raise awareness and financial support for clean water.

Through this program, we recognize that all water is connected. From the aquifers that provide our tap water, to the lakes and streams we all enjoy, we must protect our water to protect our quality of life.

While dining, customers will be invited to donate $1 for tap water normally provided free of charge. These donations support the CLA’s efforts to improve water quality in the Yahara watershed, including citizen monitoring, watershed education and water quality improvement projects, all in line with our goal to achieve a 50% phosphorus load reduction in our watershed by 2025.

Restaurants that choose to participate position themselves as community leaders raising support for clean water in Dane County. Restaurants that sign up (please fill out this short form online) by Wednesday, March 12th will be provided with outreach materials and featured in a variety of promotional materials, including advertisements in the Isthmus.

New Phosphorus Bill

In late January, new phosphorus compliance legislation was introduced to the Wisconsin state legislature. The CLA testified in front of Assembly and Senate committees to share our concerns about the bill’s unintended consequences for the Yahara lakes. The legislators took our concerns seriously from the start, worked with us to find a compromise, and then introduced amendments that keep our watershed on track for cleaner lakes. While there are still some concerns for impacts statewide, the CLA views the amendments as a win for our watershed.

The amended bill has passed the Assembly and the Senate, and the governor is expected to sign it into law this spring.

Citizen Water Quality Monitoring

citizen-water-monitoring-1It is (almost) that time of year again. Starting in April, we will begin to meet with and train returning and new Citizen Water Quality Monitoring volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer form on our website. Be sure to specify that you are interested in Citizen Water Quality Monitoring by responding “Yes” to the “Interested in helping in field” question.

For more details about the program, please visit the program page on our website.

WE Badger Volunteers

The CLA is thrilled to welcome our WE Badger Volunteer (WEBV) teams on board for the 2014 Spring semester. The WEBV program provides UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students a hands-on opportunity to become more involved in key environmental issues in the Madison community. Here at the CLA, our volunteers engage in numerous outdoor and indoor projects ranging from water quality monitoring and lakeshore clean up, to assisting with program and outreach. Volunteers dedicate three hours of their time on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to support the CLA’s efforts to improve and protect the lakes, streams and wetlands of the Yahara Watershed. Thanks, WEBVs!

WE Badger Volunteer Teams Spring 2014

(L to R) Emily Blum, Sawyer Olson, Emily Yoss (Mon.); Sarah Petri, Noratikah Ali, Emily Czaikowski (Weds.); Barrett Clausen, Holly Henriksen (Fri.)

Monday Team:
Emily Yoss (team captain) is a senior studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is interested in water resource management, water remediation, snow skiing and reading.
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “The endless activities and recreation fun that can be done on the lakes: swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, etc!”
Emily Blum is a freshman studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is interested in hydrology, music and reading.
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “How it brings people together for entertainment, sports and provides a peaceful spot to rest.”
Sawyer Olson is a freshman studying Journalism and Political Science. He is interested in policy, music and acting.
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “Scenic views!”

Wednesday Team
Emily Czaikowski (Team Captain) is a senior studying Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences with a certificate in Environmental Studies. She is interested in climate science, non-profit management, and conservation.
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “Beautiful views! I love all the walking paths surrounding the lakes.”
Noratikah Ali is a junior studying Actuarial Science. She is interested in statistics, management and the environment (conservation).
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “Clean and plenty of activities to do.”
Sarah Petri is a sophomore studying Environmental Studies and German. She is interested in community engagement and policies/conservation (…and chocolate).
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “They are accessible to everyone and can be used all year round for a number of activities, whether it’s swimming, sailing, ice fishing or ice skating!”

Friday Team
Holly Henriksen (Team Captain) is a junior studying Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies with a certificate in African Studies. She is interested in education, sustainability and recreation.
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “The access all Madison citizens have to enjoy them, all seasons of the year!”
Barrett Clausen is a senior studying Spanish and Geography. She is interested in water quality, languages and sustainability.
What’s the best thing about our area lakes? “How heavily used they are! I love visiting them in the summer and seeing all of the activity. I think that the lakes in the Yahara watershed are a huge part of what makes Madison an awesome place to live.”

Frozen Assets Recap

We are happy to announce that this year’s Frozen Assets brought in a net profit of $45,000 for our area lakes. These funds help us engage residents of the watershed, implement phosphorus reduction projects and report community progress.

Become a Friend of the CLA

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Interested in joining our efforts to protect and improve the Yahara lakes?
Become a Friend of Clean Lakes for a minimum of $35 a year, or take your support a step further and join the 1963 Club — Friends of Clean Lakes who commit to a monthly recurring donation to support our efforts towards cleaner lakes! Thank you for your support.