Dane County Board announces $27M initiative to clean up Dane County’s lakes

A new Dane County (Wisconsin) lakes ecological restoration proposal from County Board Chairman Scott McDonnell proposes to remove carp, reduce sediment loads, and fund a variety of efforts to help protect the water quality of the Yahara lakes and their tributaries. (See full story from the online Wisconsin State Journal, here:  Dane County Board announces $27M initiative to clean up Dane County’s lakes.)

Lake Wingra from the Wingra boat house at Wingra Park. Photo by Stephen B. Glass

Called the Clean Lakes Initiative, the proposal would focus on land preservation, retrofitting of outdated storm drains, and other long-term pollution prevention measures that would lead to improved water quality in the Four Lakes area.  Some proposed steps, such as carp removal, are are based on a promising demonstration project in Lake Wingra in which a carp exclosure lead to a decrease in non-native lake weeds, an increase in native aquatic plants, and improved water clarity.

Lake Wingra near the Pickford Street storm water outfall. Photo by Stephen B. Glass

Carp removal in McDonell’s proposal would first focus on Cherokee Marsh (Lake Mendota) and Mud Lake; later efforts would look toward lakes Kegonsa and Waubesa.

The County Board budget has included $5.4 million for 2012.   Stay tuned for more details and progress reports on initial implementation efforts.


About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (#0093 SER) and writer living in the Midwestern United States.
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