July 6-8, 2012
Join in a walk around Lake Monona to raise awareness, appreciation, and gratitude for the waters of our community and our world.
A highlight of the Year of Water in Monona, WI, the Lake Monona Water Walk 2012 will be led by First Nations Ojibwe Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and William Waterway Marks. Mandamin has walked around all of the Great Lakes and is featured in the documentary Waterlife. Marks is the author of The Holy Order of Water and Water Voices from Around the World, which is a compilation of writings from 77 renowned leaders, such as Kofi Annan and Dr. Jane Goodall. It is an honor to have Mandamin and Marks lead a walk around our lake!
The Lake Monona Water Walk is the organizing event around which multiple educational and inspirational activities will expand people’s awareness, appreciation, and gratitude for the waters of our community and our world. Plans include a welcoming event with live music, a festival in Winnequah Park that includes a Winnequah Park Water Walk for young families, a “Flick ‘n’ Float” screening of Waterlife at the Monona pool, a Bike-A-Thon, and a community potluck, all building enthusiasm for the Lake Monona Water Walk itself.
The walk will have several stops along the route. Dozens of exhibitors and presenters from water and sustainability organizations will offer hands-on activities, literature, education, and other outreach to the public. At each stop, Mandamin and Marks will share wisdom, prayers and guidance.
Monona Mayor Bob Miller and city leaders are enthused to partner in this effort, as are many groups, businesses, and individuals who care deeply about water in Dane County.