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:
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 pond below the outfall of Stewart Lake.
Chuck currently works at CDW, and has been a District 13 County Board supervisor for almost 12
years. He feels there are many Commission achievements to be proud of, but says the stormwater
outfall grant program is one of the best. He particularly likes learning about water and limnology
as well as the solutions for stopping stormwater runoff before it reaches our lakes. He sees limited
resources as a continuing challenge for the Commission. He’s fond of many water-related places in
Dane County, but Black Earth Creek is his favorite.
Trina has been a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison since 2003 and a goddess
of funkosity her entire life. She earned her PhD at University of California at Berkeley and her BS/MS
at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Occasionally, she’s served on the Commission from afar
while overseas doing really important work while on academic sabbatical. She’s proud of the Commission’s
involvement in the Yahara CLEAN partnership and associated initiatives. She is enthused by being "on the
pulse" of water issues in the County, and hopefully making a difference. Trina sees managing water
quality in the face of changing climate and land use a challenge since it is difficult to predict how
changing precipitation patterns will influence nutrient loadings to the lake when extreme precipitation
events (whose frequency is increasing) are known to increase phosphorus loads. Impacts of development
also continue to be worrisome since budgetary challenges at county and state levels make it difficult
to enforce existing ordinances related to mitigating negative impacts of development. While she doesn’t
get as much time on the water as she’d like (usually because she’s working when she should be playing),
she does take her son boating on Lake Wingra, and says that she loves Lake Mendota just because it is
so interesting to study!
Sharon was elected to the Dane County Board in 2010 & appointed to the commission that year. She’s proud
of the successful work done to update zoning standards and appreciates working with dedicated staff and
volunteers (both on the Commission and those who interact with the Commission) in the effort to clean
our lakes. She sees the increasing intensity of storm events stressing the lakes further and having to
address this from the perspective of lake levels, storm water management, etc. Her favorite water-related
place in Dane County is Pheasant Branch Conservancy.
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.
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 Memorial Union.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.