5/3: CLA’s Save Our Lake Breakfast

CLA’s (Clean Lakes Alliance) Annual Save Our Lakes breakfast will be held May 3 from 7:00 – 9:15 a.m. Please support CLA’s efforts in cleaning up our area lakes!

For more event details, go to https://cleanlakesalliance.org/event/save-lakes-breakfast/

10/26: Winter Salt Maintenance

Have you ever been walking in the winter and seen areas where too much salt has been applied to sidewalks, parking lots, or roads? Have you wondered what you can do to help encourage best practices that reduce salt usage in your community?

Now’s your chance!

The Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership (MAMSWaP) and Madison Water Utility are hosting trainings for municipal and private salt applicators, and their managers, to work with them on simple practices that can save them time, budget and protect our waters. The training will include: best management practices to keep paved areas safe, benefits of transitioning to liquids, tips on how to get buy-in from the public and municipal leaders, guidance on how to determine the right amount of salt to use and case studies from local applicators.

How can you help spread the word?

Chances are there is a building somewhere in your life that hires a private applicator in the winter.  Check in with your workplace, school, church, community center, grocery store, or favorite local business. Let them know about the impacts chlorides are havingon or local waterways. Encourage them to reach out to their private applicators to talk to them about salt application (attached is a brochure to help with this) and to let them know about this opportunity.

Municipal representatives are encouraged to attend as well!


Salt applicators and managers can register HERE. The deadline for early bird registration is October 6, 2016.

Managers that register will  2 free registrations for the Oct 26th Effective Winter Maintenance workshop geared at field staff implementing snow/ice removal practices (limit of 2 free registrations per company or municipality). Lunch, training, and materials are also provided.

Applicators in the MAMSWaP area will receive discounted registration.

Susan Sandford
Strategic Engagement Coordinator

Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds
Phone: (608) 224-3617

10/22: Vintage Ice Boat Show

Vintage Iceboat Show:  

If you’re one of those sailors who’s looked out across the ice from the comfort of the Edgewater, Springers or a warm car parked at a boat landing and thought, “Wow, look at those things go. I’ve got to get a closer look.”  Then, when the reality of walking(?) across several hundred feet of Mendota’s glare ice hits you like an icicle falling from the roof of the Dane County Coliseum and you decide to stay put and have another drink, here’s the answer to your unfulfilled dreams.

 The Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club’s vintage iceboat show

Saturday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Litchfield Plumbing, 5001 Femrite Drive.

Food and drinks will be available. But the real reason you want to be there is to see three classic stern steering iceboats:  Dick Ela’s Menace; Dick Litchfield’s Miss Madison and the Mary B.  The Menace and Miss Madison are gaff-rigged Madison-Style iceboats built around 1920 (plus or minus a few years).  The Mary B is the last and greatest stern steerer built in Madison was first sailed in 1949. Skippered for many years by the Mendota yacht Club’s own Jim Payton who brought her to numerous regional and national championships with the able assistance of crew members and MYC sailors Tony Perme, Mo Cleland, Peter Barrett and Peter Harken.  Almost 40 feet long and weighing in at just over one ton, she’s been clocked at speeds of 100 miles-per-hour.  Nothing could catch her.


They’ll also have modern iceboats on display including a Class A Skeeters, Renegade, Nite, DN, Ice Opti and a few more.

Lots of iceboats, lots of iceboaters, good conversation, food, drinks all without that slippery ice and cold weather.  How can you go wrong?

More details at iceboat.org

10/9: Flight of the Butterflies

The Friends of Lake Wingra is sponsoring the following event:

Flight of the Butterflies (documentary)

AMC IMAX 3D Theatre in Fitchburg

Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. – noon

Tickets are available online at monarchsforkids.bpt.me.

10/1: Water’s Edge Photography

Thank you to all of the photographer’s that submitted images to the Beyond the Water’s Edge photography contest and also to all of you that took the time to go online and vote for your favorites.  A selection of photographs from the contest is currently on display at the Goodman South Library (2222 S. Park Street, Madison) in their meeting room. The exhibit will be on display for the month of October.  I encourage you to go check them out!

We have a post on our Dane Water’s facebook page.  Please consider sharing it with your networks to help raise awareness about this exhibit.

A huge THANK YOU to our co-sponsors, the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and PhotoMidwest, and to our prize donors, Dane County Parks, Ian’s Pizza, Willy Street Co-op, Astaisora Wellness Studio, Budget Bicycle Center, and Rutabaga Paddlesports.

Susan Sandford
Strategic Engagement Coordinator

Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds
Phone: (608) 224-3617

9/26: Removing Phosphosorous Streambeds

Hidden streambed phosphorus key to lake cleanup, county says

7/18 & 25: Shoreline Debris Pick Up

Attention Shoreline Residents:

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on:

Lakes Mendota & Kegonsa · Monday, July 18, 2016

Lakes Monona & Waubesa · Monday, July 25, 2016

YES:      Aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.)

NO:        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 amMonday so you don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to your pier. If the water adjacent to your pier is too shallow to allow our access from the water, we may not be able to pick up debris from your pier.

Questions about this shoreline cleanup? Call John Reimer at (608) 224-3612. For all other questions about Dane County waters, visit www.danewaters.com. For information on Take a Stake in Our Waters, year-round opportunities to learn about and volunteer to improve Dane County lakes, streams and wetlands, go to www.takeastake.org.

If you don’t currently reside at your lakefront property, please make sure that those who live there are aware of this shoreline debris collection.

Susan Sandford
Strategic Engagement Coordinator

Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds
Phone: (608) 224-3617

7/14: Yahara Lakes 101 – Invasive Species

Yahara Lakes 101 on Thursday, July 14, 2016 presents – “The past, present, and future of invasive species in Madison’s lakes” with Dr. Jake Walsh.

Yahara Lakes 101 – Lake Science Cafe
Thursday, July 14th; 8 – 9 a.m.
The Edgewater
1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703
Ballroom B, 5th floor

Please register in advance

Talks are $10 each or FREE to Friends of Clean Lakes.

6/27: Dane County to Award $1.4M in Grants

Dane County Looks to Award Communities $1.4 Million in Grants for Clean Water Projects

Dane County is again accepting applications from local municipalities for its “Urban Water Quality Grant Program” to assist with projects aimed at cleaning up urban runoff pollution in area waters, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.

The grants are available to help local communities construct storm water management facilities.  These basins capture trash and phosphorus-laden debris such as yard or pet waste from urban areas that would otherwise wash directly into area lakes and streams during heavy rains or snow melt.  $1.4 million is available through the grant program this year.

“Our lakes, rivers, and streams are incredibly valuable resources and an integral part of our economy and quality of life,” Parisi said.  “By working together with local communities we are able get more done and stop more pollutants from getting into our waters.”

Since starting the grant program in 2005, Dane County has helped fund 53 projects totaling over $10 million.  These partnerships have stopped the flow of over a half million pounds of garbage and pollutants, including over 2,000 pounds of phosphorus.  Phosphorus is the main culprit causing algae growth in area lakes.  Every pound of phosphorus removed from the county’s watershed prevents 500 pounds of algae from growing.

For the fifth consecutive year, municipalities that propose projects in one of the county’s top ten target areas that discharge large amounts of phosphorus and sediment into the lakes will be eligible to receive a 75% county cost share grant. Other municipalities with eligible projects outside the targeted areas could receive 50% cost share.

In order to be considered for funding, projects must be complete by the end of 2017.  Additional funding criteria and application information are available online at: http://lwrd.countyofdane.com/wred/Assistance/uwqg.aspx.

The deadline for initial applications is July 31, 2016.

6/23: New Interactive Watershed Map

In an effort to help county residents better understand the concept of a “watershed” and better connect with their local water resources, the Office of Lakes and Watersheds has created an interactive online map.

This map has different layers that can be turned on or off (basins, subwatersheds, special water places, etc.), a search feature so people can find out what watershed they live in, and descriptions of the watersheds along with links to groups that are active in those areas.

If you have additional information, photos, or updated group information that you would like to contribute to this map, please let me know.

We have posted a link to this map on our Dane Waters Facebook page and encourage you to share it with your networks so that we can increase awareness of our watersheds!


Susan Sandford
Strategic Engagement Coordinator

Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds
Phone: (608) 224-3617