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!

City of Madison World Water Week Press Event

Now available for viewing online! Lake Monona Water Walk was mentioned at length by Mayor Miller and Mayor Soglin!

This press event features remarks by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; Monona Mayor Bob Miller; Michael Mucha, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District; Tom Heikkinen, Madison Water Utility; Jeff Hellenbrand, Hellenbrand Inc.; and Don Heilman, Clean Lakes Alliance.

View the Video