2019 YLA Board Member Nominees

YLA is led by a group of up to 18 Board of Directors elected by our membership.  Each year, 6 board members are elected to serve 3 year terms. The following is a list of nominees (and their bios) for the upcoming 3 year term of 2019-2021.  You may print the 2019-2021 Board of Directors Ballot and mail to the address on the form.  All ballots must be RECEIVED on or before Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Get to know your board member nominees:

Dick Adler (Lake Monona) joined American Family Insurance Company right out of college and had a 43 year career there. He held several management positions with the last 18 years as Sales Promotion Director. He and his wife have lived on Squaw Bay of Lake Monona for over 15 years. Two of their three children also have homes on L enjoys racing their sailboat, a Flying Scot, with her husband and kayaking on the lake.


Annette headshotAnnette Hellmer (Lake Monona) is relatively new to the Yahara Lakes, moving to the shores of Lake Monona in 2015 with her husband, Brian.  Annette is an investment management professional with Johnson Bank and is active in the local investment community.  She served two terms on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Madison Board, including serving as president of the society, new member chair, and programming chair.  Annette has also been involved with other not-for-profit boards over the years, currently serving as past president of the Friends of the Waisman Center Board of Directors.

Annette and her husband have 2 grown daughters and look forward to enjoying many years of lake living.  She is interested in water quality issues and making our lakes more enjoyable for all.

Jenny Kuehn (Lake Mendota) was a nominee but upon reviewing her other commitments has now withdrawn as a YLA board member candidate.  We wish Jenny well and hope that when her commitments and schedule allow, she considers joining our team on the YLA board.

Dave Silverberg (Lake Waubesa) is a nominee

Eric Vieth (Lake Kegonsa) is a nominee

Also, former Board Members – Mike Jensen (Lake Mendota) and Debbie Waite (Lake Monona) whose terms ended 12/31/17 – were replaced by the Board appointed candidates listed below.  YLA members are asked to vote to approve or nominate other candidates to serve the 3 year term (already in progress) from 2018 – 2020:

Eric Olson (Lake Kegonsa) has a long history with Stoughton and Lake Kegonsa. When growing up in Stoughton, he and his family spent many hours in their motorboat on the lake. After living in Colorado for a number of years, Eric moved back to Stoughton to work with his father’s business, Olson Builders.  In 2007, he became a realtor, and currently manages the Stoughton Office of Bunbury & Associates, Realtors.

Eric is very active in the Stoughton community.  He is a Supervisor on the Town of Pleasant Springs Board and is also on the Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society’s (FOLKS) Board where he also runs FOLKS’ Facebook and Twitter sites.

After deciding they wanted to live on Lake Kegonsa, Eric and his family looked for 2 years for the perfect location.  In 2000, they purchased lake property and built an important building, a boathouse. A couple of years later, their current home was finished and since then they have enjoyed living on the lake.  Both Eric and his son are avid water skiers and swimmers and they are in or out on the lake as much as possible.

Eric’s dedication to improving the area lakes led him to join the Yahara Lakes Association Board.  When asked what he would like focus on to improve the lakes, Eric said he is interested in improving the lake level management practices of the Yahara lakes and dealing with aquatic plants.

Nancy Peckham (Lake Waubesa) is CEO and owner of Valicom, a technology expense management company, located in Fitchburg for the past 27 years. Nancy and her husband Paul have two adult children.  After 30 years residing in the town of Oregon, they fulfilled a life-long dream of living on the water and moved to Lake Waubesa in late 2016.  Nancy and Paul enjoy many activities including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking, biking and golfing.

Nancy feels the lakes are a huge factor in the quality of life in Madison but feels there are many issues that need to be addressed. Lake levels, clean water and beaches are high on her list. Nancy wants to be involved in making a difference for the benefit of the waterfront property owners and all who use our Yahara lakes.

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.