Yahara Watershed Initiatives Briefing

Monday July 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the City-County Building Room 354!

The July 30 briefings will focus on agricultural runoff control. Speakers and topics are found below.

  • Jeff Endres, dairy farmer in Town of Springfield and Don Heilman, president of the Clean Lakes Alliance

    Jeff and Don will share remarks about Yahara Pride Farm Conservation Board activities in the watershed. Board membership is comprised of five farmers, one independent crop consultant, one agribusiness representative and four members of the Clean Lakes Alliance Community Board of Directors. The Board is charged with the development of voluntary, non-regulatory, incentive-based, certified best-management practices that will help farmers have a positive impact on land and water resources within the Yahara Watershed.

  • Mark McDermid, Bureau Director of Cooperative Environmental Assistance

    Mark will share his observations about Green Tier for Agriculture and opportunities it can provide in Dane County. Green Tier is a voluntary program that recognizes and rewards environmental performance that exceeds legal requirements resulting in continuous improvement in Wisconsin’s environment, economy, and quality of life. Since its inception in 2004, the Green Tier program has been providing real benefits to businesses by allowing the Department the regulatory flexibility for companies to pursue creative ways to enhance productivity and profitability.

  • Assistant Professor Ken Genskow, UW-Madison Urban and Regional Planning and UW-Extension

    Ken will share results from a recently-completed comparison of two sets of survey responses from 62 farm operators before and after implementation of the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed project. The pre-project 1996 survey was used to understand use of farm practices for managing manure, commercial fertilizer, and pesticides in the watershed. The post-project 2011 survey reflected a broader set of farm management issues. The study provides insights for understanding past conservation accomplishments and prepares resource managers and conservation partners for future agricultural and watershed challenges.

The Committee is hosting these briefings three to four times a year as an opportunity for those directly involved in Yahara watershed improvement initiatives to share information and explore additional collaboration. These briefings are planned to be complementary to the County Executive’s monthly brown bag meetings on lakes issues, as they are offered at a different time of day, and designed to allow more in-depth discussion and identification of opportunities for synergy and integration among projects. At the first briefing, held on April 25th, discussion focused on the Yahara WINS adaptive management project, urban stormwater innovations, and UW-Madison’s Water, Sustainability and Climate grant to study how ecosystem services may be sustained in a regional watershed such as the Yahara.

We hope you can join us.

On behalf of the Commission’s Strategic Engagement Committee (Trina McMahon, Rebecca Power, Susan West),

Susan A. Jones, AICP
Watershed Management Coordinator
Office of Lakes and Watersheds