Category Archives: Madison lakes and beaches

Yahara Watershed Academy Accepting Applications

  From the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, comes this announcement of the second Yahara Watershed Academy. Because the WingraSprings blog serves the Lake Wingra Watershed, a sub-watershed of the Yahara River Watershed, in this … Continue reading

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Dane County 2015 Budget to Focus on Partnerships to Protect and Clean Up Yahara Lakes

Parisi’s upcoming 2015 budget will put more than $10 million into targeted measures and collaborations to clean up lake-polluting phosphorus September 30, 2015 Madison, WI–According to a press released yesterday by his office, “Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced that his 2015 … Continue reading

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Road Salt Is a Year Round Contaminant of Wisconsin Waters

In some Wisconsin rivers levels of chloride concentrations exceed by 10 to 15 times the  levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to protect aquatic life such as fish, amphibians, and crustaceans, according to a recent story … Continue reading

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Madison Committee on the Environment to Discuss Sentinel Species and Energy Benchmarking

The Committee on the Environment for the City of Madison (Wisconsin) will discuss the possible designation of sentinel (fish) species for the Madison lakes and the creation of energy benchmarking requirements for certain types (public and commercial) of  buildings in … Continue reading

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Dane County Seeks Public Comment On Aquatic Plant Management Plans

Deadlines for public comments on 2013 plan updates range from December 12, 2013 to May 27, 2014. Deadline dates vary by the water body concerned Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission has just issued its final two sets of draft … Continue reading

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WEI’s Clean Clear Waters Challenge for Local Builders

If you are interested in conserving and restoring our lands and waters you will be interested in this news release just in from the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI) inviting you to their latest initiative to move us toward a “sustainable … Continue reading

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Late Summer Views of Lake Wingra

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Wingra Watershed Planning–Infiltration Team Recommends 25% Increase in Infiltration to Groundwater

In the Lake Wingra Watershed in an average year, the surface (storm water) runoff  from rainfall, snow melt, and other sources, totals an estimated 82,968,732 cubic feet (or 620,649,732 gallons.)  Of this volume, 37,892,637 cubic feet (283, 456,637 gallons) is … Continue reading

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Free Science Thursday Program Examines Lake Wingra

The family oriented Free Science Thursday program continues this Thursday (August 15, 2013) from 6-7 pm at Wingra Boats with a look at pollutants that harm waterfowl.    The ten-week program on the shore of Lake Wingra in Wingra Park … Continue reading

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