Category Archives: Lake Wingra Watershed

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

Posted in Curtis Prairie, Ecological restoration, Human impacts on restorations, Lake Wingra Watershed, Restoration ecology, Soil erosion, Storm water | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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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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Throwback Thursday: Wondering About the Condition of Your Waterway?

(Although this post was originally published on February 3, 12014  the topic remains relevant) Now There is a Way to Satisfy Your Curiosity Wondering about the health of your local lake?  Is the neighborhood stream polluted?   What pollutants were found?  … Continue reading

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Update on Madison’s Effort to Control Japanese Knotweed Along SW Bike Path

City Making Progress on Controlling Japanese Knotweed An inspection this spring (2016) showed that last fall’s (2015) herbicide application to the knotweed infestation resulted in a reduction in the number of knotweed stems and a reduction in the total area … Continue reading

Posted in City of Madison Engineering Division, Community-based restoration, invasive plants, Japanese knotweed, Lake Wingra Watershed, SW Bike Path | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Chloride concentrations, Duck Pond Springs, Groundwater, Lake Wingra Watershed, Road salt, Road salt use | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Madison Tackles Japanese Knotweed Along SW Bike Path

City Initiates Multi-Year Effort to Eradicate the Pest Plant In August of this year, contractors hired by the City of Madison Engineering division, began a concerted effort to contain two large, well-established Japanese knotweed patches along the SW Bike Path. … Continue reading

Posted in City of Madison Engineering Division, invasive plants, Japanese knotweed, Lake Wingra Watershed, Restoration ecology, SW Bike Path | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Greening of Monroe Street to be Feature of Monroe Street Festival October 10

Greening Monroe Street The Friends of Lake Wingra, the watershed-based citizens’ group,  has been working with the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Program and other partners over the last few months on a plan to carry out some tactical urbanism … Continue reading

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Launch Event for DMNA Nature and History Trail on July 9, 2015

A new walking and biking path linking neighborhood and watershed green spaces and historic sites will be launched Thursday evening July 9, 2015 from 7-8:30 pm.  The Nature and History Trail map will also be unveiled at the kickoff event. … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to City of Madison Alders Regarding Use of Road Salt

Editor’s Note:  This guest post is an open letter that Madison resident Steve Arnold sent this month (March, 2015) to members (alders) of the Madison Common Council.  It concerns Madison’s long-term use of road salt and its persistent impacts on … Continue reading

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