Category Archives: Groundwater

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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Gorham Springs (aka Duck Pond Springs) on Nakoma Road: a review of “invasive species impacts”

Nakoma Road and  Monroe Street are two of the busiest thoroughfares in Madison.  But just a few feet away from where these two traffic arteries intersect, is one of the few remaining natural springs in the Lake Wingra Watershed. Just … Continue reading

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Road Salt Use in Madison and Chloride Concentrations in its Lakes

The City of Madison, Wisconsin began spreading road salt on its streets in 1959. In the next 15 years ( by 1974), the chloride concentration in Lake Wingra tripled, and by 2014 had increased nearly seven fold from 18mg/L in … Continue reading

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Dancing Sands Spring Still Dancing, at least for now

Recent reports of the demise of Dancing Sands Spring are an exaggeration and premature. Although the flow rates for the popular natural spring near the Lake Wingra shoreline have declined from a high of 55 gallons per minute (gpm) in 2007 … Continue reading

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Public Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Demolition at 3414 Monroe Street

The Madison Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on April 20, 2015 to consider revised plans for demolition and commercial/residential construction at 3414 Monroe Street at the corner of Glenway Street. The four story mixed-used proposal calls for street … Continue reading

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Proposal for Apartments and Retail at 3414 Monroe St. Rejected by Landmarks Commission–Again

The Madison Landmarks Commission rejected, for the second time, a proposal to build new apartments and retail at 3414 Monroe Street, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal.  The commission ruled Monday night (03.02.15) that the proposed 4-story, 41,000 … Continue reading

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Leopold’s Arboretum–It’s Drowning in Stormwater and Needs Upstream Help

One of the questions that this blog asks is how the science and practice restoration ecology is utilized to address environmental issues and restoration opportunities in urban areas.   This blog examines the challenges and opportunities of restoration ecology through … Continue reading

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Madison’s Freshwater Resources

This early point in 2015 is a good opportunity to share with you the subjects this blog will cover in the coming year. Among the topics we will be reporting on include, the springs and Madison’s other freshwater resources; restoration … Continue reading

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A Proposal for an Urban Restoration Ecology Center in Madison, WI

The Idea November 4, 2014–Madison, Wisconsin needs an urban restoration ecology research center to help it create sustainable ecosystems for the future.  An urban restoration ecology center would help Madison and Dane County focus on addressing the ecological, social, and … Continue reading

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Chloride Levels in Wingra Watershed Springs

Springs around the Lake Wingra Watershed are highly salted and getting more so with every application of road salt and other ice melters to our highway system, according to a recent study. As we reported in a earlier post, chloride … Continue reading

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