Lake Symptoms Frequent algae blooms Excessive weed growth Bad smells, rotting weeds, dead fish Closed beaches due to high bacteria count High water levels Undesirable plant and fish species. Current Conditions. The Problem is Phosphorus!. Manure Happens!. Manure Runs Downhill!.
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For many years advocates and government have fought to reduce phosphorus use and runoff to our lakes
North American Lakes Management Society
2007, 08 YLA Conferences
Yahara Lakes Association
Yahara Lakes Legacy Partnership
2010 Yahara CLEAN report
Capital Lakes Environmental Assessment and Needs
The Community can do this!
• We have a goal.
• Creating an action plan using available technology and science that tells us what, when, how, …what do we get??
• Building a Community Table
50% reduction of phosphorus
runoff to the lakes.
*** This number has been targeted by UW Limnology Scientists Steve Carpenter and Dick Lathrop to provide noticeable improvement in water quality.
• Fewer toxic algae blooms
• Fewer beach closings
• Slowed growth of weeds
• Clearer water
Friends Group Representative Jim Lorman Edgewood College
Recreational Representative Chris Clark UW-Madison
Lake Business Representative Tyler LeeperWingra Boats
Farm Representative Jeff EndresEndres Berry Ridge Farm
Yahara Lakes Association Representative Dick Adler Yahara Lakes Association
Mad-City Water Ski Team Representative Russell Tieman Kelly Financial, Inc.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / BUSINESS
Business Community Representative David Lumley Spectrum Brands
Business Community Representative John KotheKothe Real Estate Partners
Business Community Representative Kristin Kirkconnell American Family Insurance
Business Community Representative Tim Metcalfe Metcalfe’s Market
Business Community Representative Randy Peterson Lands' End
Monona Representative Bob Miller Mayor Monona
Mendota Representative Mike Gerner Michael S. Gerner CPA
Waubesa Representative Louisa Enz Stark Realtors
Regional Representative Bob Sorge Madison Community Foundation
Kegonsa Representative Bryon Thompson Friends of Lake Kegonsa
GOVERNMENT / MUNICIPALITY
Dane County Towns Representative Lyle Updike Dane County Towns Association
Dane County Executive Designee Dave Merritt Dane County
Dane County Office of Land and
Water Resources Kevin Connors Dane County
State of Wisconsin, DNR Lloyd Eagan State of Wisconsin
Lake and Watershed Commission Melissa Mallot Clean Wisconsin
City of Madison Mayor Designee Katie Crawley City of Madison
MMSD Representative D. Michael Mucha Madison Metropolitan Sewerage
TALENT / KNOWLEDGE
Engineering Representative Lars Barber Baird
Technology Representative Tom Groth Thermo Fischer
Communications Representative Brennan Nardi Madison Magazine
Environmental Advocacy Jim Welsh Natural Heritage Land Trust
That everyone realizes that our lakes
are the center of our community.
Healthy Lakes. Healthy Community.
The mission of the Clean Lakes Alliance
is to build a community of people, businesses, organizations and government dedicated to continuously improving and protecting water quality in the Yahara Watershed.
Strategic Direction Committee
Yahara Pride Farm Conservation Team
Economic Impact and Resources Committee
Friends of Clean Lakes
Eradicating geese to reduce bacteria and keep the beaches open
Winter “Cover Cropping” to reduce manure runoff
Yahara Pride Dairy Products to raise money and awareness of good farm practices
Creating COW POWER and selling it to the community
Smith & Gesteland
Kothe Real Estate Partners
• RFPs to 6 of the leading hydro-engineering firms in the Midwest.
• Strand Associates selected to create business/strategic plan for the watershed
• We will receive:
* Top 10 Action items to reduce phosphorus most effectively
* Priority, price, benefit for up to 70 actions
* A strategy and dollar amount to
reach our goal.
Public, Private, Grants, Foundations…
• Policy Support
Animals per acre
Phosphorus in feed
Winter Manure Spreading
Storm Water Management
Green / Cow Power
March 15, 2012 Report / Road Map Completed by Strand
April 21, 2012 Save our Lakes Summit
- State of the Lakes Report
Summer 2012 Develop outreach plan
Develop fundraising plan
November 2012 Unveil Clean Lakes Initiative
at NALMS conference