Category Archives: Springs

Some Winter Scenes from the Springs

The snow is deep. The lake is iced over. The springs flow on. Stevens Spring is barely a trickle but the warmth of the ground water and its radiant heat seems to be enough to keep the immediate stream channel … Continue reading

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The Council Spring and Dancing Sands Springs

Remnants of A Former World One of my favorite spring locations in the Lake Wingra watershed is the Council Spring, and the nearby Dancing Sands Spring on the north shore of Lake Wingra, above the Ho-Nee-Um pond in the UW-Madison … Continue reading

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Recent News About Water

Here are a few recent news items about drinking water, the midwestern floods of Spring 2019, and a legislative proposal (in Wisconsin) to promote hydrological restoration. The Water Access Gap Across the United States From the group Digdeep.org comes a … Continue reading

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White Trout-Lily

Madison, WI.  On Sunday I went down to the Arboretum’s Wingra Oak Savanna with some friends to show them around the restoration project and to look at the nearby Council Springs, and Dancing Sands Springs.  And, of course, to botanize. … 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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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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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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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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Observations Made on Visit to Duck Pond Springs

During a routine observational visit to the Duck Pond Springs today I was surprised to find  the area overgrown with the aquatic weed, watercress (Nasturtium officinale) and a variety of other non-native pest plants that are well-established in the surrounding … 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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