Located in the
Lyman F. Anderson
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718-8827
Map to Fen Oak
Much of what has been accomplished county-wide, and especially in the Yahara chain of lakes,
has been made possible by past Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and past Madison Mayor Dave
Cieslewicz. Working together was key to much that they accomplished while in office.
The health of Dane County waters was a major priority for Kathleen. Her mantra was, “let’s keep the
lakes blue and the lawns and fields green.” Following are just a few of her many water quality accomplishments.
Among Mayor Dave’s accomplishments is his work on a variety of programs to build Madison’s reputation
as one of the greenest, sustainable communities in America. Four areas of Dave’s water quality
programs stand out:
Completion of the first-of-its-kind community manure digester near Waunakee that helps keep algae-feeding
phosphorus out of our lakes and streams. Construction of a second digester west of Middleton will begin
later this year. The digester complexes are located in areas identified by the Yahara CLEAN MOU work as
having some of the highest phosphorus and sediment contributions to Lake Mendota.
Keys to this successful restoration project near Mount Horeb included local partnerships and student
assistance with fish restocking.
Raised funds in a Madison neighborhood for a filtration fountain to help clean Vilas Beach waters.
The Village of Belleville installed a berm to separate the Sugar River from the millpond, remove
accumulated sediment to restore depths of eight to ten feet, and will be restoring the wetland.
Just this morning, fish from the Sugar River were transferred into Lake Belle View.
This cooperative project with the City of Madison and the private sector improved runoff quality
flowing into Lake Mendota, from hundreds of acres of land.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.