Dane County Clear Lakes Task Force
The Dane County Clear
Lakes Task Force focuses on minimizing phosphorus to clean up Dane County's lakes.
The new manure digester being built in the Town of Springfield in early 2013 will
be part of this cutting edge system.
2013 Take a Stake in Our Waters Shoreline Pickup
The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters (formerly Take a Stake in the Lakes
Days) shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes
Management barges begins on June 10 for Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa and on June
17 for Lakes Monona and Waubesa. Barges will make ONE pass around the lakes.
Shoreline residents should have debris from their pier area on their pier by 6
am Monday so they don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they
get to each pier. Pier pickup of aquatic debris is not an option for homeowners
where barges cannot access piers. Only aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae),
debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.) will be picked up by barges.
Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste
(garbage, pet waste, etc.) will NOT be collected. Call Rhea at (608) 224-3601
with questions. If you don't currently reside at your lakefront property,
please make sure that those who live there are aware of this shoreline debris
2013 Take a Stake Days
Check out the many things happening in, on and around Dane County lakes, rivers
and wetlands this year! Join in the fun and help protect and enhance our precious
Share Your Views About 2013 Aquatic Plant Management Plan Updates
County staff invite public comments on the aquatic plants and harvesting plans
for the Yahara lakes; Yahara River; Crystal, Fish and Indian Lakes; and several
lagoons See the "2013 Plan Update" section of our
aquatic plant management page.
Take a Stake in the Lakes 25th Anniversary
Check out how everyone celebrated
25 years of love for our lakes!
2012 Aquatic Invasives Prevention and Control Accomplishments
Our friendly and knowledgeable Clean Boats, Clean Waters interns were at boat landings
throughout the county each weekend of the 2012 boating season to help stop the spread of
aquatic invasive species.Meet the interns and learn more about their work
here. Dane County staff work at boat landings is one of the many ways we are
Aquatic Invasives Prevention and Control Plan. A new group of interns will be stationed
at the boat landings come late May 2013.
Working Together to Improve the Yahara Watershed
The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and staff at the Office of Lakes
and Watersheds are part of an exciting partnership working to protect and improve
the Yahara River chain of lakes, including Lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa,
and Kegonsa. Lake users, residents, and other stakeholders are working together
to refine and implement
Yahara CLEAN Report priority lake improvement recommendations, which in turn
will help make our 'practical vision' for the future of the lakes a reality. Additional
reports and background on the Yahara CLEAN report are available on the
Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership website.
The Lakes and Watershed Commission's Strategic Engagement Committee holds
Yahara Watershed Initiatives Briefings three to four times a year, as an opportunity
for those directly involved in Yahara watershed improvement initiatives to share
information and explore opportunities for synergy and integration among projects.
Aquatic Plant Management Project in Turville Bay
Selective herbicide application and cutting of aquatic plants on Turville Bay,
the southwest area of Lake Monona, was implemented in 2008, 2009, and 2010 as part
of a cooperative research project to evaluate control methods for Eurasian water
milfoil (an invasive aquatic exotic plant) and to restore native plant communities.
In 2011 Dane County and its research partners (DNR and the US Army Corps of Engineers)
will conduct one additional year of early harvesting, and continue to monitor results
Eurasian water milfoil begins growing early in the year, and creates a dense growth
canopy which shades out native plant species. Controlling Eurasian water milfoil
early in the season may give an advantage to native plants.
Clean Lakes Public Service Announcement
View the two clean lakes public
service announcements created by the Lakes and Watershed Commission.
Learn About the State of Dane County Waters
If learning about Dane County waters and what is being done to protect and improve
them is one of your new year resolutions, the new
Dane County State of the Waters Report is for you!
Join Dane Stewards
Join the Dane Stewards listserv to stay
up to date on events and information regarding Dane County's water resources!
Lake Level Management
Our colleagues elsewhere in our Land and Water Resources Department provide up-to-date
information on lake levels in the Yahara River chain of lakes. On the
lake level data page you can also download a copy of the Lake Level Management
Guide for the Yahara Chain of Lakes.
Ordinance on Coal Tar Sealants
The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission's ordinance regulating coal tar
sealants was adopted by the County Board, and is effective July 1, 2007.
Click here for more information.
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