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Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission Chair Shary Bisgard Presented Awards as part of
Yahara Lakes Week; Ceremony was held at Memorial Union on Friday, June 18, 2004.
The awards recognized individuals and organizations whose commitment to Dane County’s
water resources and whose work on their behalf has made a positive difference in protecting
and improving water quality as well as the scenic, economic, recreational and environmental
value of those lakes and streams.
Dr. Lathrop is a research limnologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and
holds an honorary appointment with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology.
Dr. Lathrop has been studying the Madison lakes for 28 years and has authored many
scientific publications about long-term changes in the aquatic life and water quality of
the lakes, especially Lake Mendota. He currently is the Madison lakes field site manager
for the UW's North-Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research project and is the lead
scientist on other lake research projects for the DNR including the Devil's Lake Restoration
Project and two large EPA-funded research projects being conducted in the Lake Mendota
He also served on the expert group convened by County Executive Kathleen Falk regarding the
MG&E cogeneration plant water mitigation, was a member of the steering committee for the
Lake Mendota Priority Watershed project, and has provided outstanding assistance to the
Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission with several publications and initiatives.
The Friends of Starkweather Creek is a citizen’s group dedicated to the protection and
restoration of Starkweather Creek. Through education and outreach the group seeks to raise
public awareness and appreciation of the creek as well as encourage sound watershed planning
and management practices.
The Starkweather is a largely urban stream with two main branches. Its watershed includes
much of the eastern and northern areas of the City of Madison, as well as some Town of Burke
and Town of Madison lands.
In October 2002, the Friends developed “Recommended Standards for Development in the
Starkweather Creek Watershed” and have commented on several proposed developments in the
watershed, using the standards document. The group is also working with Madison’s engineering
and parks divisions and the East Isthmus Neighborhoods Planning Council on a multiyear plan
to improve water quality and connect the creek's corridors and surrounding neighborhoods
with walking paths, bike trails and natural areas.
Formed in 1985, the Deer Creek Sport and Conservation Club (DCSCC) is a non-profit
organization with a mission of community service that promotes hunting, fishing,
wildlife preservation and conservation. There are about 400 members.
Among its other efforts, The Deer Creek Sport and Conservation Club has been very active in
streambank protection and restoration in southwest Dane County.
The group has partnered with the Dane County Land Conservation Department, USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service, Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, Trout Unlimited,
Dane County Conservation League and many other groups on Targeted Resource Management
Projects. These grant-funded streambank restoration and habitat enhancement projects
restored over 12 miles of cold-water stream habitat. The projects also provide public access
along the West Branch of the Sugar River, Frye’s Feeder and Deer Creek. DCSCC has been a
major contributor of volunteer labor for constructing in-stream habitat structures. In
addition, DCSCC holds public access easements along several stretches of streams.
Steve Falter founded Capitol Water Trails (CWT) in 1998. It is an all-volunteer
non-profit corporation dedicated to educating citizens in water stewardship; clearing
waterways for recreational navigation and drainage; and improving waterways for fisheries
and native habitat. CWT also trains volunteers and educates the public while soliciting
grants and donations for the improvement of Dane County's waterways.
One of its most visible activities is researching, clearing and mapping water “trails”
that boaters can follow. Within five years, the group will help open approximately 83
miles of waterways. Five trails are under development now including the Maunesha River
Trail near Marshall; the Wingra Creek Passage in Madison; Token Creek Trail; the Upper
Yahara River Trail and the Sugar River Trail.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.