World Water Day!

World Water Day 2012

World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources

We’re not only celebrating World Water Day, but also World Water Week! The Clean Lakes Alliance is partnering with water experts and local businesses to raise awareness and financial support for clean water at home and around the world.

To support World Water Week, dine out March 19-25 at any of the participating restaurants. While dining you will be invited to donate $1 for the tap water you would normally receive for free. Contributing is a great way to help provide lifesaving water and sanitation to kids around the world. Also, as a participant you will be helping the Clean Lakes Alliance protect the water quality of Dane County lakes for future generations.

Lake Monona Water Walk 2012

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 WaterlifeMarks is the author of The Holy Order of Water and Water Voices from Around the Worldwhich 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.

This event is being organized by Dianné Jean Aldrich, Lake Monona Water Walk Coordinator, The Natural Step Monona, and the City of Monona.