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2010 Dane County Waters Champion Awards

The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission’s 2010 Dane County Waters Champion Award recipients are indicated below. 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.

Individual: Susan Josheff

Josheff has been Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Lower Rock River Basin Leader since 2006. She has offered her expertise and leadership in water levels management, dam safety, and educational events, often coordinating DNR’s Voyageur canoe replicas for Paddle to Work Day, and other educational activities. Josheff also leads the technical committees in assessing nutrient, sediment and beach bacteria loading in the 411 square miles of the watershed that have been the focus of Yahara CLEAN, and in developing the recommendations to reduce those loadings and improve water quality in the Yahara River chain of lakes.

Business: Aqua Terra Stormwater Management LLC

Aqua Terra Stormwater Management, LLC owner Susan Priebe has long championed the use of best stormwater practices for improving and protecting Dane County waters. Priebe and Aqua Terra Stormwater Management accomplish this through rain gardens, shoreline buffers, prairie/wetland restoration and green roof design, installation and maintenance for municipalities, public and private organizations and individuals. Aqua Terra’s clients regularly become advocates of water quality issues themselves.

Organization: City of Fitchburg Environmental Project Staff

As the primary engineering and environmental staff for Fitchburg’s Stormwater Utility, Rick Eilertson and Felipe Avila ensure proper erosion control methods are used for new development and redevelopment. They coordinate maintenance of the City’s stormwater infrastructure and regularly educate residents on how to positively impact stormwater quality and quantity, via rebates for rain barrels and cisterns; credits for Fitchburg’s Creek Supporter Pledge Program; credit for rain gardens, stormwater ponds, assistance and recognition for groups initiating storm drain marking; and coordination of annual waterway volunteer cleanups throughout Fitchburg. Eilertson and Avila’s work was instrumental in the City of Fitchburg’s designation as a Gold Water Star Community by Water Star Wisconsin.

Youth Group: Girl Scout Troop #2498

Girl Scout Troop 2498, led by Carol Quintana, focused on improving Lake Mendota’s water quality by planting and maintaining a turtle-shaped neighborhood rain garden at the intersection of Lake Mendota Drive, Minocqua Crescent and Spring Court in Madison. With support from the Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association, Indian Hills Garden Club, the City of Madison, Dane County, and their parents, the Troop planted flowers and grasses that not only help beautify their neighborhood public spaces but also help to slow street runoff and keep pollutants out of Spring Harbor of Lake Mendota. The scouts will continue to help maintain this new garden during their middle school years and into the future.

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