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Keeping our Lakes Healthy is a Community Job

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At Clean Lakes Alliance, we know keeping our lakes healthy is a community job.

Our partners at Dane County, the City of Madison, the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network, and numerous local municipalities and agencies commit significant time and resources to our lakes. Clean Lakes Alliance works closely with the staff and leadership to support this work and to raise public support for healthy lakes. Clean Lakes Alliance’s work to improve water quality is fueled by the community at large. We rely on support from people like you, donations made by businesses, money raised through events and sponsorships, contributions of time, skills or, equipment, and, of course, by grants. We regularly receive grants from both local and national organizations—which allow our work to be applied beyond our immediate community.

In January, Clean Lakes Alliance was awarded an exciting $60,000 two-year grant by the Fund for Lake Michigan. This grant will investigate the potential water quality benefits of windrow manure composting, an innovative technique for turning animal waste into compost. If successful, findings from the research will be applied in the Yahara Watershed and beyond. In 2016, Clean Lakes Alliance also received grants from organizations such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Dane County Environmental Council, Madison Community Foundation, and Royal Bank of Canada for projects focused on urban leaf management, citizen water quality monitoring, and other educational programs. As of June, we have been awarded more than $150,000 in grant funding in 2016.

Since 2010, Clean Lakes Alliance has been able to bring in new ideas and technology that help us stay on track to meet our phosphorus reduction goals. We are proud to be a part of the community effort, and honored to have your support.

This article was originally published in the 2016 Greater Madison Lake Guide.

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