Author Archives: Steve Glass

About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.

Monroe Street Reconstruction: Preliminary Corridor Design Workshop Tomorrow Night

The promised resurfacing and reconstruction of Monroe Street has been rumored for several years.  Now it seems that the project may begin in 2018 because in January of 2017 the Madison City Council approved the project and a preliminary design. … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon Outing With The Prairie Enthusiasts

June 7, 2017 Madison, WI–Last Sunday afternoon was a picture perfect day in southern Wisconsin–clear skies, warm breezes, and low humidity.   It was also a wonderful day to spend with fellow prairie enthusiasts, literally on top of the world, … Continue reading

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Madison Groundwater Pumping Alert

Why is City of Madison Pumping Groundwater Down the Stormdrain? A resident of Madison’s Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood alerted me this evening (5.25.17) that the street reconstruction project on Sprague St. had likely hit a groundwater vein and that crews had set … Continue reading

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May Is Time to Garden With Native Plants

Madison, WI–The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging people to get outside and put a few more native plants in their gardens to help increase wildlife habitat. The DNR’s  Wisconsin Native Plants publication lists native plants that will do … Continue reading

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White Trout-Lily

Madison, WI.  On Sunday I went down to the Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna with some friends to show them around the restoration project and to look at the nearby Council Springs, and Dancing Sands Springs.  And, of course, to botanize. … Continue reading

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Madison’s Well #14 Reaches Critical Chloride Contamination Level

Remedial Actions Triggered Some Residents of Lake Wingra Watershed Affected Madison, WI December 1–The Madison Water Utility announced yesterday that “Sodium levels in Well 14 are around 45 mg/L, higher than the recommended limit for people on salt-restricted diets. Chloride, … Continue reading

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2017 Annual Chapter Meeting of SER Midwest Great Lakes March 24-27 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Assembling the Restoration Community is Theme of Annual Meeting. The Ninth Annual Chapter Meeting of the Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan from March 24 to March 26, 2017.  Next … Continue reading

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Storm Water Management versus Ecological Restoration–a review of Pond #1

Fraying of Social and Ecological Connections Sometimes changes to landscape features happen so gradually, and over such a long time frame that we come to take them for granted. If we see them at all, we consider them part of … Continue reading

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A Look at Storm Water Management Pond #5

The City of Madison Engineering Division has, over the years as the City has expanded, installed six storm water detention ponds on UW-Madison Arboretum property.  This is Pond #5 on Monroe Street. The storm water pond in Curtis Prairie is … Continue reading

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