The time is approaching

Josephine Mandamin’s words:

Biidaasige n’digo. awassisi n’dodaim, n’mishoomis. g’daanis gwee ganonik. Ahow megwech nibiing bomosay yawn meen wa. apichi bawtiinot wah kidyawn. n;gaa shaganoshee beeg gaye,

Beedaasige is thankful for the ability to walk in the water again, she has waited a long time to be with her mother in the water, she has much to say and ask for. She says Megwech to the Grandmother who works with the ice and gives life and rest for the water during the winter months. As she again walks in the water she is again reminded of the Spirit of the Water who she waits for each visit with the water. She knows it will come when the time is right.

The time is approaching for the awakening of healing and cleansing of the waters, she knows that many atrocities have to be stopped from carrying diseases to the waters. The tankers carrying dirt on the great lakes and trains that often get derailed while carrying dirty fuel have to be stopped before they do more damage to our beautiful lakes and rivers. She knows that the waters are not being acknowledged as life givers, that they need to hear our voices and to know they are loved have all been forgotten by the human race. At times she feels alone in raising this awareness to the masses, when will they learn, she thinks. The life givers are dying and if we continue with our negligence and closed minds, they will go away. the life givers have to be honored, guarded and respected, if we continue to blatantly ignore her(water), she will decide we no longer care and she will go away.

Our ancestors tell us if we do not respect, pay homage, or recognize the
greatness of our duty to all living things; nature and all she is, will go away. Biidaasige understands that if the masses do not do all the above, the waters will wither and die. When nature goes away, we will surely succumb to the warnings of our leaders; ‘we were asked, what are you going to do about it?’ IF we do something about it now, we can make a helluva change for our Mother. We must never forget our duty as Creator gave us: take care of their daughter-our mother the earth.

And so we will walk the original migration to the food that grows on water. We will talk about the tankers, trains and our history along the way as we stop at the original stopping points. We will have a reunion on the 22nd June 2015, and start walking on the 23rd June 2015 at Matane, QC.

Me i ewe, for now, more information on the Matane, QC Gathering will come, be patient.

Lakes and farms: our culture and our economy

Save the date: May 5th 2015! Fourth annual Save our Lakes Breakfast! Presented by the Clean Lakes Alliance.

Fourth Annual Save Our Lake Breakfast
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Secretary Ben Brancel will give the keynote address on the economic impact of agriculture and the innovative ways farmers are working to protect water quality and the landscape.

Clean Lakes Alliance will also present the State of the Lakes Annual Report, which shares our community’s progress in reducing phosphorus runoff, and reports on the status of water quality in lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa. A series of videos and speakers will explore these topics, and guests will each receive a copy of the report.

Deadline Extended: Sign the Frac Sand Petition

Extended to this coming Wednesday, October 22 by 5pm!

True Cost of Sand Petition signature pages are still coming into our office and more Wisconsinites are learning about why it’s important for the Department of Natural Resources to study the impacts of frac sand mining in our state.

That’s why we are extending the deadline for people to sign the citizen petition asking the state Natural Resources Board to direct the DNR to do a strategic analysis of frac sand mining.

You can sign the petition online until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22. Petition signature pages can be mailed to 612 W. Main St. Ste. 302, Madison WI 53703 or scanned and emailed to

We’ve talked to people across Wisconsin who are shocked that the DNR has never done a strategic analysis of frac sand mining’s impact on our health, the health of our environment, and our quality of life. It’s a commonsense request. Let’s tell the state’s natural resources agency to do the study.

Thank you to all of the Community Captains who have shared the True Cost of Sand petition with friends, family, neighbors and their faith groups!


Midwest Environmental Advocates frac sand mining petition

After Governor Walker approved emergency rule changes to the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act on August 27, narrowing the rights of citizens to petition their government for environmental analyses, residents impacted by frac sand mining in Western Wisconsin announced their plan to petition the Natural Resources Board for a comprehensive study of the health and environmental impacts of the industry.

The petition will ask for the NRB to direct the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to take a close look at the impacts the industry has on the health of those who live near silica sand mining operations as well as the impacts on the quality of the water, air and land.

Read more on the Midwest Environmental Advocates

Aldo Leopold Nature Center holds open house to celebrate 20 years in Monona

Looking for more activities during this years Water Walk? Check out Aldo Leopold Nature Center!

Location: Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive, Monona, WI 53716
Date/Time: Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Visit the Aldo Leopold Nature Center on Sunday, July 13th Wisconsin’s native habitats and to galaxies far away, all from your own back yard! Join our new Executive Director, Monona Mayor Bob Miller, for a free open house to celebrate ALNC’s 20th anniversary.

For 20 years, the Aldo Leopold Nature Center has been a part of the Monona and Madison community. Monona is home to some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful native habitats – the towering oak savannah, the green expanse of prairie, and the wetlands and waterways, teeming with life – and ALNC has maintained each of them as part of our interpretive trail system. Inside the center, guests can explore interactive exhibits about local and global climate science, and journey through the solar system on our Science on a Sphere. Visitors can also follow a self-guided tour of the various water conservation features at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, installed to help ALNC in the mission of living lightly on the land.

Explore ALNC at our Open House, featuring FREE admission to our interactive indoor exhibits and nature nooks, FREE family activities, FREE nature walks, door prizes, refreshments, and more!

Finally, join us inside at 4 pm to learn the history of ALNC as a part of the community, see how we’ve grown over the years, and hear about our plans for the future!

Water Walk 2014

Walk, bike, or paddle to raise the public awareness of our collective need to honor and steward this lake and all waters in a mindful, sacred and joyous way.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

7:00 am – 9:00 am – All Traditions Water Blessing
9:30 am – 4:30 pm – Lake Monona Water Walk 2014

Led by the Ancient Mother MoonLodge and Sponsored by 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, Llc.

Water Blessing & Water Walk Meeting Place at Frost Woods Beach, 5850 Winnequah Road, Monona, WI 53716.

Gathering locations to Rest the Waters along the Walk will be at these parks:

Frost Woods Beach (Gathering of the Waters)
Monona Bay
Schluter Beach
Frost Woods Beach (Return of the Waters)

We invite and encourage bicyclists, paddlers, sailors, and boaters to follow along on the Lake while we’re walking!

Walk at your own risk! Please be mindful of hydration, fatigue, heat & hunger. Come Prepared!

Inclement Weather: The walk will continue as planned. As Grandmother said, “I hope it Rains!” 🙂

This Event is FREE & open to the Public. Please consider volunteering and making a tax-deductible donation to support operating expenses.

Join us for a Meditative Journey with Pete Calgaro on the Tank Drum to Honor the Waters and the Water Walkers.

Saturday night, July 12th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona, WI, 53716.

The Tank Drum will not need to be amplified in any way due to the magnificent acoustics of the raw cedar wood EcoSpace yurt. You will be able to hear and feel all the natural overtones of the instrument in a way you may never have experienced before. A magical opportunity to set your vibration high for the Water Walk.

$20 at the door. Space is limited so reserve your place today by emailing

Pete Calgaro is a multi-instrumentalist with 14 CD releases on iTunes, Amazon, and, including “Meditanktion in D”, an all Tank Drum release.

4Pillars4Health EcoSpace is a rare acoustic gem in the round. As a sacred, nourishing, and enchanting space 4Pillars4Health will inspire your journey.

Wisconsin’s Water: Valuable, Vulnerable, Vanishing?


Green Thursday Presentation on Wisconsin’s Water: Valuable, Vulnerable, Vanishing?

Thursday, October 3,
Willy Street Co-op West

Melissa Malott, environmental advocate and attorney will speak about how we as a community and as individuals can protect and promote clean, safe water here in Dane County and throughout Wisconsin. Melissa was previously the Water Program Director at Clean Wisconsin, and now serves as Executive Assistant to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, specializing in environmental issues. Sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and Willy West. Presentation to be held at Willy Street Co-op West. Free refreshments provided.

Lakes & Watershed Commission’s 25th Anniversary Photo Contest

“Beyond the Water’s Edge” Photography Contest Announced Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission

A collaboration of artists, poets and water resource experts invite Dane County photographers to participate in “Beyond the Water’s Edge,” a creative investigation of Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands to celebrate 25 years of service from the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.

The contest is open from July 22 to August 22. This is a juried photography contest with selected poetry to accompany the contest winners in five categories: beauty and (re-)vision, recreation and tourism, caring for our waters, troubled waters, and water and daily life. Contest details are available at the contest website:

Photographers are asked to consider a list of 25 special water-related places in Dane County in their contest entries. A map and brief description of those places is linked from the contest web site (

County Executive and Honorary Contest Co-Chair Joe Parisi said: “For 25 years the county’s Lakes and Watershed Commission has worked to protect our waterways and connect residents and visitors to all that they offer. I encourage photographers to enter the contest, and for everyone to explore the county’s 25 special water-related places. There are some high profile spots we all know and enjoy, and some little-known gems and restoration stories that can inspire us.”

“Loving our waters is the first step to preserving and enhancing our waters,” said County Board Chair and Honorary Contest Co-Chair John Hendrick. “I look forward to some beautiful and inspiring images.”

“This year, the Lakes and Watershed Commission marks the 25th year that it has been working for Dane County residents and the waters on which they depend,” said Melissa Malott, Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission Chair and Contest Honorary Co-Chair. “Inviting photographers and poets to help us celebrate the good work done by so many to protect and improve our waters seemed a perfect way to honor this milestone.”

An exhibition of winning photographs and accompanying poetry is planned for November and December 2013 at the Goodman South Madison Branch of the Madison Public Library. The Lakes and Watershed Commission will rotate the exhibition around the county in 2014.

Contest Sponsors and Steering Committee Representatives – Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission (Rebecca Power and Sue Jones), Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Kelly Parks Snider and Pam Andros), Center for Photography at Madison (Bill Pielsticker), and Verse Wisconsin (Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman).

Photography Jurors – Bill Pielsticker (President, Center for Photography at Madison) and Pat Dillon (accomplished artist and author)

Poetry Curators – Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Busse, Madison Poets Laureate

Lake Monona Water Walk 2013

An anniversary tribute to the beautiful energy set in motion in 2012!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

7:00 am: Meet at Frost Woods Beach in Monona (on Winnequah) for a Blessing of the Waters and a sharing of memories from last year’s Water Walk.
9:00 am: Set out (clockwise) for a Walk, Bike Ride or Paddle around Lake Monona.

I have seen much good and inspiration come from the Lake Monona Water Walk 2012. I heard from many of those who had the opportunity to attend some or all of the weekends festivities that it was, indeed, a consciousness raising experience. This was the vision for the Walk last year. To raise consciousness and also to foster a heart centered connection to the Waters in our community.

This year we gather to remember so as to give energy to our continued commitment to Water, to one another and to the next 7 generations.

Please join me this year in blessing the Waters once again with our gratitude, our love and our prayers for healing.

This years Walk is a personal experience as opposed to a community organized event. Unlike last year, this years walk will require that all walk, ride or paddle at their own risk. We will not provide the resources of volunteers, transportation, water, etc. during the walk. Please Come Prepared with food, water, communication devices, and a secure knowledge of your ability to make the journey. If you feel you are unable to make it all the way around the lake, join us for the morning blessing or walk a portion of the lake as it suits your ability.

A special thank you to Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and William Waterway Marks for their continued inspiration and work on behalf of the Waters. We appreciate your contribution to our community last year. May you be blessed in all your endeavors and come visit us again soon!