Yahara Lakes Water Level Advisory Group

Last two days to electronically comment on YLAG’s recommendations! You can read the recommendations in pdf and post comments here. Visit the Yahara Lakes Water Level Advisory Group website for more information.

The Yahara Lakes Water Level Advisory Group was created in early 2001 by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make recommendations regarding the water levels on the Yahara Lakes, including Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa and the Stoughton millpond.

Facilitated by Mindy Habecker, UW-Extension in Dane County, the group consists of city, village, town, county and regional planning representatives, user groups, lake associations’ representatives, University of Wisconsin educators, and DNR staff.

In 2001, DNR convened the Yahara Lakes Advisory Group (YLAG1), with representatives from area governments, organizations and interests to discuss lake levels and other actions to reduce flooding.

YLAG2’s charge is to examine the operation, physical constraints, and changing hydrology of the Yahara chain of lakes and make water level recommendations that balance public and private interests.

Public interests include navigation, fish and wildlife habitat, water quality and natural scenic beauty. Private and cultural interests include historic values, riparian and business access and economic development.