Category Archives: Drought in Madison

Climate Change and Ecological Restoration

Global climate change is now a fact of life.  There is now unequivocal evidence that the earth is warming faster than at any other time in recorded history (IPCC, 2007).  The predicted impacts include changes in weather patterns, increases in … Continue reading

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Wingra Watershed Facts

Here is food for thought during the next rainfall in the Wingra Watershed. Wingra Watershed size: 4,525 acres. Land surface area: 325 acres. Wetland area: 210 acres. Percent permeable surface (surface that absorbs rainfall) : 54%. Percent of each rainfall … Continue reading

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Drought of 2012–Update on Local Impacts

This morning Madison, Wisconsin awoke to yet another day without rain, and there are no good chances for rain in the seven-day forecast.  Much of southern Wisconsin remains in a moderate to severe drought, so says the National Weather Service … Continue reading

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Glenway Prairie Work Party This Saturday (8.18.12)

Sandy Stark, DMNA Path Committee Chair sends this reminder and call for volunteers: “Hello, vacationers and gardeners and volunteers.” “This coming Saturday, from 9:30-11:30, drop by to help dig out or clip burdock, hedge parsley, thistle, ragweed around our Glenway/Path … Continue reading

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Misplaced Priorities?

Southern Wisconsin is suffering through a severe drought.  This is the worst drought in 55 years.  Nationwide, 55% of the contiguous United States is in moderate to extreme drought according to the Palmer Drought Index, which measures such things. The previous … Continue reading

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