Category Archives: Lake Wingra

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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Council Ring Spring

Located just off Arbor Drive and Monroe Street, in the UW-Madison Arboretum, the Council Ring Spring has an average annual flow of 221 gallons per minute. Situated below the Kenneth Jensen Wheeler Council Ring (designed by the famed landscape architect, … 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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Today at the Council Springs

      It’s just past the middle of February. Snow covers the ground.  The sun is shining bright and the temperature is approaching 30 degrees F,  so I walked down to the Council and Dancing Sands Springs along Monroe … 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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Edgewood Springs Clean-up Scheduled for June 13, 2015

The Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) have scheduled a clean-up of a few Lake Wingra springs for Saturday June 13, 2015 from 9am to 11 am.   The spring, that FoLW is calling “Wingra Springs”, is likely the spring also … Continue reading

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Beaver Dam in Winter, Image of the Week–February 20, 2015

North American Beaver ( Castor condenses) have maintained a presence in the Lake Wingra watershed for years.  Never very numerous, they occasionally block little tributaries to Lake Wingra and build their lodges along the shoreline.  The center of beaver activity … 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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