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The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission has announced its 2008 Dane County Waters Champion Award
recipients. The awards are given annually recognizing individuals, organizations, businesses, and youth
that have made outstanding contributions towards the protection and improvement of Dane County's water
resources. Their work has made a positive impact on water quality as well as the scenic, economic,
recreational and environmental value of those lakes and streams.
Barbara Borns - Town of Vermont resident Borns has been the Black Earth Creek Watershed Association
president since 2003, and has spent countless hours organizing annual Black Earth Creek watershed tours,
and worked with the Cross Plains Library to archive historical data on the watershed. She has consistently
worked to bring together all the municipalities in the watershed through her advocacy of the "good neighbor"
meetings throughout the watershed. Borns is retired from the University of Wisconsin's Gaylord Nelson
Institute for Environmental Studies.
Carolyn Betz - Betz is described as the "glue" for almost every aspect of the Lake Mendota Priority
Watershed Project, including plan development, funding, implementation and outreach. She has communicated
the project's progress to University of Wisconsin forums, to community meetings, and to members of the
North American Lake Management Society. Betz worked on many statewide initiatives in her 23-year career at
the DNR, specializing in lake management and nonpoint source pollution control programs, perhaps most
notably creating what has evolved into The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, now with more than 1,000 citizen
volunteers statewide. Betz is now a Science Writer with the UW Aquatic Sciences Center.
Mad-City Ski Team - Wisconsin and National ski champions, the Mad-City Ski Team has shown its
dedication to the lakes in Dane County since 1963, when the original team was founded. In 2007, the Team
conceived and held the first annual Clean Lakes Festival, a large event that celebrates the lakes with food,
music and education. The proceeds from the Festival, held in conjunction with Take a Stake in Our Waters,
go to the County for the purpose of helping improve the quality of the lakes. The Team has committed to this
ongoing effort by securing sponsors for three-plus years of support.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.