Located in the
Lyman F. Anderson
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718-8827
Map to Fen Oak
The Dane County Board established a permanent Lakes and Watershed Commission in 1988. The Wisconsin State
Legislature defined the Commission's special powers, composition, duties and organization in 1990. A coordinating
and advisory agency within Dane County government, the Commission's charge is to protect and improve water
quality, as well as the scenic, economic, recreational, and environmental value of Dane County's water resources.
Click here to see Wisconsin state statute 33.41.
The Commission has 10 members, representing urban and rural areas, including:
To view current Commission members, as well as Commission schedules, agendas, and meeting notes, please visit this page.
To contact all Commission members, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck currently works at CDW and has been the County Board Supervisor for district 13 since 2002.
He is a 24 year resident of the Vilas Neighborhood on the near west side of Madison. He feels there
are many Commission achievements to be proud of but two in particular are the storm water outfall
grant program and the Strategic / Community Engagement Coordinator position within the Office of
Lakes and Watershed. As an average citizen, he likes learning about water and limnology issues as
well as solutions for stopping storm water runoff before it reaches our lakes. He sees limited
resources as a continuing challenge for the Commission. Having grown up in Dane County and spending
time sailing and water skiing on Lake Mendota, he's fond of many water-related places in the County,
especially the nationally famous Black Earth Creek in western Dane County, and Monona Bay located
just outside Madison's downtown.
Mike retired from Grant Thornton, LLP as a Managing Partner. He appreciates understanding the
perspectives of others on the Commission and other lake and water related groups. He sees future
challenges for the Commission to include providing real leadership in taking “action” to reduce
phosphorous inputs in Dane County waters. His favorite water-related place is the UW Madison
Mary is pleased to serve on the Lakes and Watershed Commission because water is a critical Dane
County resource and amenity, and significant work is needed to improve the water quality of our
lakes. She values working with fellow commissioners and others so that everyone may continue to
enjoy the year-round recreational opportunities lakes, streams and wetlands provide. Mary’s
favorite water place in Dane County is Lake Monona. She believes one of the best ways to begin
a day is with a walk to Law Park to experience the sunrise over Lake Monona.
Maureen’s district includes the Villages of DeForest and Windsor, the Upper Yahara River,
and Lake Windsor.
Maria has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin Madison and joined
Earth Partnership at University of Wisconsin Madison Arboretum as the Multicultural Outreach
Coordinator in 2012. She develops curricular materials and outreach programs centered on
ecological restoration for youth, college students, community members and professional
development for teachers. Designs and coordinates service-learning as well as domestic and
international internships on environmental education in collaboration with the Institute
for Global Health, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Latin American and Iberian
Studies and local NGO's on Earth Partnership initiatives in Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
Mexico, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. In her work with environmental education, Maria brings
her passion for STEM learning, engaging diverse communities, and creating learning experiences
domestically and internationally that allow students to grow and move beyond their comfort
zones. She co-edited an
e-chapter on mobile technology
in urban environmental ed.
Patrick is especially proud of the Commission’s engagement in Dane County communities to solve
lakes and watershed issues with the people of Dane County. His favorite water places are quiet,
natural areas he can get away to in a canoe.
Pam is a life-long environmentalist, swimmer, canoeist and dog lover with a M.S. in Agronomy from
the University of Wisconsin Madison, on the management of switchgrass, a native perennial grass.
She is Principal at P Squared Group, an environmental consulting firm focusing on climate and
energy solutions. Previously she served as executive assistant to Dane County Executive Kathleen
Falk and senior staffer to Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Elizabeth Burmaster, Wisconsin State
Superintendent of Public Instruction. One of her favorite water places is her front yard, the
mighty Yahara River and nearby Lake Monona.
Rebecca is a water outreach program manager for the University of Wisconsin-Extension. She has been
with UW-Extension working on natural resource issues for over 10 years. Previously, Rebecca has
worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a private consulting firm restoring savannas and
wetlands. She is also an art photographer. She was appointed to the Lakes and Watershed Commission
in 2010 as the Madison Mayor's representative. Rebecca is most proud of “Beyond Water’s Edge”
photography contest honoring Dane County's waters, the role we all play in protecting them for
future generations, and the Commission's 25 years of service to Dane County. She loves hearing
about the many different ways that people are engaged in water stewardship and listening for the
best opportunities to make a difference. She views increasing people's awareness of how the
Commission's authority can be used to enhance water stewardship in Dane County as a future
challenge. Her favorite water related place is Duck Pond Spring and Lake Wingra.
Lyle retired from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services where he worked on financing and
regulating health care providers for over 30 years. He’s been the Town Chair for the Town of Sun
Prairie since 2000. He sits on a number of committees including Green Tier. Lyle is inspired by
the recent update of the shoreland zoning regulations noting that the outreach and discussions
with the stakeholders produced a superior product. Lyle especially likes working with the other
Commission members and staff, where individuals of a variety political perspectives unite in
common cause to protect and enhance water quality in Dane County. Dealing with a state legislature
and executive that is hostile to protecting water quality in the state or supporting the public
trust doctrine will be a challenge in the coming years. One of Lyle’s favorite places is the Fen
of Deensville Marsh.
Susan enjoys her work with the Commission to protect Dane County waters. She has served on the
Middleton City Council for the last 8 years. She’s most proud of her contributions in securing
budget resources to improve these water resources, and thinks that the Commission's focus on
chloride reduction, especially from water softeners, is a high priority for our community. Her
home prairie landscaping receives many compliments for its beauty, and Susan is happy that it
also is improving water infiltration and therefore reducing runoff into our waters. Her favorite
water place is Pheasant Branch Creek.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.