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You can’t see it— but more than a third of Dane County cropland has one. It’s considered one of the best practices farmers can use to prevent water quality issues due to nutrient runoff. And this practice is growing: by more than 11% in Wisconsin from 2014 to 2015 alone. Learn more about farm nutrient management planning.

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Press release courtesy Yahara Pride Farms

Yahara Pride Farms was honored by the The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, during its fifth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards ceremony May 11 in Chicago. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose sustainable practices positively impact the health and well-being of customers, communities, animals and the environment. Yahara Pride Farms received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Resource Stewardship.

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A message from Bob Miller, Mayor of Monona, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report: 

Bob Miller, Mayor of Monona

Bob Miller, Mayor of Monona

“Although Monona is confined to less than 3.5 square miles of total land size, we are blessed with more than four miles of waterfront on Lake Monona and the Yahara River. This waterfront represents one of the crown jewels of our community. We work closely with Clean Lakes Alliance on water-related projects from the annual Loop the Lake bike ride to promoting our brand new, state-of-the-art Lottes Park boat ramp. Clean Lakes Alliance has been very responsive in supporting our aggressive stormwater treatment programs, where we replace a number of old and decaying stormwater outlets with baffle systems to remove sediment and pollutants. 

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A message from Kurt Sonnentag, the Middleton Mayor, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report: 

Kurt Sonnentag, Mayor of Middleton

Kurt Sonnentag, Mayor of Middleton

Middleton is proud to affiliate with Clean Lakes Alliance because clean water is critical to our area for recreational and environmental reasons. Over the past 16 years, the City of Middleton has made a major financial commitment of about $10 million to cleanse the water that passes through Middleton from agricultural areas as well as from our own stormwater runoff. I’m pleased to say that those commitments have paid off with a 45% decrease in sedimentation and 48% decrease in phosphorus, despite increases in precipitation. As the Good Neighbor City, we are dedicated to being Good Neighbors to our lakes. 

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Mayor Paul Soglin

A message from Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report:

The year of 1973 is notable for a couple of firsts. The same year that I was first elected Mayor, we adopted the City’s original salt reduction resolution. Another environmental milestone was achieved ten years later, in 1983, when the City passed one of the region’s first storm water ordinances. 

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A message from Judd Blau, the DeForest Village President, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report: 

Judd Blau, Village of DeForest

Judd Blau, President of DeForest

The 2015 leaf management pilot project with Clean Lakes Alliance heightened our community awareness on the water quality impact of leaves in storm drains. When communities establish a connection behind the “why” we ask people to participate in any program, we all benefit.

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Streambank and Stormwater Projects

Nakoma Channel Before. Photo by Phil Gaebler.

Nakoma Channel Before. Photo by Phil Gaebler.

The City of Madison completed two major channel restorations in 2015, including 2,000 feet of Wingra Creek and 500 feet in the Nakoma Channel, north of Lake Wingra. The city also completed stormwater pollution prevention plans for eight public work sites, and implemented control structures at two of these sites. These include a stormwater catch basin and screen structures and separators, which trap debris and sediment from high-volume runoff.

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