Tag Archives: Springs

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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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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Late Winter Springs Report–In Search of Skunk Cabbages

Skunk Cabbage Springs on March 6, 2015 under 12″ of snow. I wandered down to Skunk Cabbage Springs on this early March day to see if the skunk cabbages were up, and maybe even flowering, as they often are this … 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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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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The Council Spring

The Council Spring is so named perhaps because it magically appears from beneath the Kenneth Jensen Wheeler Council Ring near Arbor Drive and Monroe Street.  Together with the nearby Dancing Sands Spring the two were once collectively known as the … Continue reading

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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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