The Water Walk is almost here!

Weather and Hydration

This is going to be a very warm weekend! Make sure you bring a water bottle and anything else you may need to stay cool and hydrated. While the music, movie, and expo are mostly all under tents there are outside activities so bring sunscreen too! Fountains and faucets will be available for filling up your water bottles and the Madison Water Wagon will be at Law Park on Sunday for quick fill ups.

Transportation, Parking, and the Badger Trolly

Parking for Friday and Saturday is on a first come first serve basis. The parking lots at Nichols Elementary, Monona-Grove High, Winnequah Elementary, Maywood Elementary, and Winnequah Park will also be available.

On Sunday the Badger Trolley will run starting at 6:00am between Nichols Elementary, Monona-Grove High, Winnequah Elementary, Maywood Elementary, and Winnequah Park. Riders should look for the “Trolley Stop” sign at each location to line up. At 9:30am the Trolley will switch to making stops at the following Parks along the Walk route Frost Woods Beach, Olin, Law, Hudson, Olbrich, Schluter Beach, and Winnequah. After the Walk the Trolley will return riders to the parking lots up until 5:00 pm.

Last Minute Details

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for up to the minute information as the weekend progresses. See you all tomorrow!

Special treat for our everyone walking on Sunday!

As a special treat for our participants, Dr. Zhou of Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture and Pain Management Clinic as well as massage therapists and students from East-West Healing Arts Institute will be offering free 10 min chair or table massages! They will be at Winnequah Park to welcome everyone back.

Dr. Zhou is passionate and committed to the growth and increased awareness regarding the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and natural medicine within the greater Madison community. Dr. Xiping Zhou is the founder and director of East West Healing Arts Institute and Dr. Zhou’s Acupuncture Wellness Clinic. He has contributed his energy and knowledge to the greater Madison community for the last 15 years though hundreds of public speeches at health events.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens Tours on July 8th

During the Water Walk on Sunday July 8th Olbrich Botanical Gardens has opened their doors to any walkers or spectators for a guided tour! It will be a quick 15 minute visit with a sampling of the rain gardens, gravel gardens, and turf alternative sites. Providing aesthetic, native, and low input options for your home and business garden where water conservation is valued!

Tours will be at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm.

Wisconsin State Journal Article and Interview

The Wisconsin State Journal just published article on the Water Walk and an interview with our Coordinator, Dianné Jean Aldrich!

No matter where one goes in the Madison area, the blue of water is never far from view. In fact, the lakes are so present they can become almost commonplace to some.

Dianne Jean Aldrich is out to change that. For the past several months Aldrich, who owns a yoga studio in Monona, has been busy organizing a community event that she hopes will help people connect again with the waters that make Madison unique.

Her idea is as powerful and basic as water itself — a walk. She has put the event together along with The Natural Step Monona, a community group that encourages sustainability.

Read more

Something for everyone during the Lake Monona Water Walk

The Herald-Independent has another article up about the Lake Monona Water Walk detailing much of the weekends events and even getting some quotes from our busy Coordinator, Dianné Aldrich!

Details are falling into place for the three-day water event of 2012. We’re about a week away from the Lake Monona Water Walk, and the excitement is growing for the once-in-a-lifetime event.

Kicking off Friday, July 6, the event welcomes two internationally known figures to Monona, First Nations Ojibwe Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and William Waterway Marks. The two will lead the 13-mile walk around Monona on Sunday, which is the culminating event of the entire weekend.

Go read it now!

Dane County and Madison to reduce phosphorus in Yahara Watershed

Good news for our lakes! Dane County announces partnership to reduce phosphorus in lakes.

Called the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network, the pilot project — which also involves Dane County, Madison and the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District — was organized to help meet new federal and state rules that require communities to control the amount of phosphorus going into waterways. A component of fertilizers, phosphorus in excessive amounts spurs weed and algae growth.

Read more at Wisconsin State Journal online.

Yahara Lakes Shoreline Debris Collection

Reminder for all of you shoreline residents!

2012 Take a Stake in the Lakes Days
Yahara Lakes Shoreline Debris Collection

Shoreline Residents:
The annual Take a Stake in the Lakes shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on:
Lakes Mendota & Kegonsa • Monday, June 11, 2012
Lakes Monona & Waubesa • Monday, June 18, 2012

The following items will be collected: Aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.)

The following items will not be collected: Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.)

Barges will make ONE pass around the lake. Have debris on your pier by 6 am Monday so you don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to your pier.

Questions about this shoreline cleanup? Call Rhea at (608) 224-3601. For information on Take a Stake in the Lakes Days, go to For all other questions about the lakes, visit