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28th Annual “Take a Stake” Broad Focus and Year-round Events

An event of the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.

Created by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, the annual Take a Stake in the Lakes Days event has grown from two days of shoreline clean-ups, to a two-week series of countywide special events, and now, to year-round action events that help people celebrate, learn about, protect, and improve Dane County’s lakes and streams. Take a Stake is the flagship of volunteerism and care for our treasured waterways.

The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission recognizes that care for Dane County’s lakes, streams and wetlands doesn’t happen only a couple weeks out of the year. Rather it is a year-round effort, and there is a plethora of volunteer activities that exemplify the love area residents show 365 days a year.

During Take a Stake in Our Waters, groups, clubs, businesses, individuals and families adopt beaches, shorelines, streams and more to collect litter and rake aquatic debris. Some adopt boat launches while others paddle their canoes or kayaks to pick up trash. Others mark storm drains with messages reminding folks to keep trash, leaves and grass clippings out of the street gutters, which drain directly to our lakes and streams. Thousands of volunteers have removed hundreds of tons of waste all over Dane County over the past quarter century.

A full listing of events and volunteer sign up for Take a Stake in Our Waters, sponsored by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, are posted on www.takeastake.org.

Information on other Take a Stake events will be posted as events are identified. To add your water-related event to the list, complete the form at www.takeastake.org/volunteer.aspx As in the past, Dane County staff will support your event with tools, garbage bags, volunteer t-shirts and promotion, if requested. Please contact someone at lakes@countyofdane.com if help is needed submitting your event.

Past and present Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commissioners and staff at a recent celebreation of Take a Stake Volunteers
Past and present Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commissioners and staff at a recent celebreation of "Take a Stake" Volunteers

A sincere THANK YOU to each and every Take a Stake volunteer that has so selflessly given their time to help protect and improve Dane County’s precious lakes and streams.

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