Lake Monona Water Walk Announces New Sponsor – Rutabaga Paddlesports

Lake Monona Water Walk is happy to announce Rutabaga Paddlesports as a Snowflake sponsor!

Rutabaga Paddlesports in Monona, Wisconsin loves all outdoor sports including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddling, camping, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Paddling, hiking, winter sports, camping and the outdoors are our passion. We carry a huge line of boats and paddling accessories such as PFDs, lifejackets, mens clothing, womens clothing, car racks from Thule and Yakima, as well as fishing and hunting gear and hiking shoes.

25th Anniversary of Take a Stake in the Lakes!

From our friends at Dane County Lakes & Watersheds and the Clean Lakes Alliance.

As April ends, we’re dreaming of warmer days and fun on the lakes. It’s time to start planning for the 25th Annual Take a Stake in the Lakes Days 2012! Whether you’ve participated in the past or have never heard of it, Take a Stake in the Lakes Days is an excellent opportunity to celebrate and care for Dane County’s water resources. And this year marks the 25th Anniversary of this fabulous grassroots event. Complete the attached registration form and return it to Pat Sheahan at the Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds to have your lake- or river-related event promoted as a part of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days.

Take a Stake in the Lakes Days promotes a wide range of activities to raise awareness of the water resources in the community; how the lakes affect our lives and how we affect the lakes. See attached events schedule from last year.

The Dane County Office of Lakes & Watersheds collects information for events happening in, on and around Dane County lakes, rivers and streams June 1-17. The Commission promotes events with a calendar, press conferences and releases, editorials and more. As we share information about the variety of activities and opportunities our lakes present, we also offer ways to protect our lakes and use them responsibly.

To help commemorate the 25th Anniversary of TASDays, the Clean Lakes Alliance is partnering with Dane County Lakes & Watersheds to expand the annual effort and make it bigger and better than ever. The new partnership brings resources not otherwise available to expand the scope of work to improve water quality in Dane County.

Here are just a few ways to be part of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days:

  • Sponsor your own event! Return the attached event form with your information and we will help promote your event as a part of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days.
  • Celebrate Dane County Waters Champions with us! The date and location are yet to be determined.  Watch for details on< this event on and then join us to celebrate people and projects that have made outstanding contributions for the protection and improvement of our lakes and streams. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Volunteer! Sign up to lend a hand with shoreline clean-ups on June 9 and 16 at various locations around the county. Contact Rhea Stangel-Maier at 224-3601 or go to
  • Participate in any of the fun-filled events around our lakes this June! Check out the many events going on at
  • Share this information! Pass this information on to those who would be interested in being a part of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days 2012.

For a complete listing of all events during Take a Stake in the Lakes Days 25th Anniversary, go to To volunteer for Take a Stake in the Lakes Clean Up events as an individual, organization, club or group, contact Rhea Stangel-Maier, Dane County Parks Volunteer Coordinator, at 608-224-3601 or To participate as a business or employer, contact James Tye of Clean Lakes Alliance, at 608-836-4001 or

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.

Schluter Beach Cleanup April 28th

Join The Natural Step Monona and the City of Monona in cleaning up Schluter Beach and Park on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.!

We’ll be picking up trash, raking leaves, picking up sticks, and more. Bring any gloves and tools you might have, we’ll bring a few extra tools for those who don’t have any.

Bring your friends and family for this fun day spent improving one of our beautiful parks. We’ll even head over to Monona Bait and Ice Cream Shop for ice cream afterward! We hope to see you there!

2012 Reclaim Our Lakes for Earth Day

Sustain Dane and some enterprising UW students are looking for some help this weekend and next week!

Earth Day is approaching! Do your part to clean up Madison’s lakes.

Sustain Dane has been working with four University of Wisconsin students on a marketing and management project for a “team management” course. These students are excited about promoting lake cleanup—and have produced materials instructing residents on simple measures we each can take to help out. To get the word out, they also are organizing neighborhood canvases.

It is a great way to help reduce waste runoff. If you can help these students get out the word, these efforts can have far-reaching effects—and also encourage these students to continue their interest in civic engagement.

WHEN & WHERE: Join a brief training session on Saturday, April 21st at 9 a.m. in 1170 Grainger Hall to pick up the materials and secure a residential location to target. You will be performing the canvas at your own convenience from April 21-28.

For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit the 2012 Reclaim Our Lakes for Earth Day Facebook page or contact Aziza Jones.

Starkweather Creek Clean Up

The annual Earth Day clean-up of Starkweather Creek will commence Sat. April 21 at 9AM meeting at Olbrich boat landing next to the Thai Pavilion. Most clean-up will be done from canoes, some by land. Last year’s newsletter with photos of the event.

This watershed covers a surprisingly large portion of Madison’s east side (map here) with a surprisingly large amount of green space (including many restored areas and trails). Many opportunities exist for further restoration and enhancement (volunteers and city).

Visit Friends of Starkweather for more information!