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A message from Steve Arnold, the Mayor of Fitchburg, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report: 

Steve Arnold, Mayor of Fitchburg

Steve Arnold, Mayor of Fitchburg

Fitchburg is at the headwaters of seven different creek systems. While we don’t have any Yahara lakes within our boundaries, we’re been learning and teaching our residents that our stormwater runoff has a direct and lasting impact on the Yahara lakes. We recognize that the chain of lakes is one of our region’s most valuable natural assets, and that we have a responsibility to keep our water clean, for ourselves and our downstream neighbors.

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Urban Actions taken by the City of Stoughton in 2015:

Williams Drive Bioretention Basin

Williams Drive Bioretention Basin

In 2015, Stoughton, which is located on the Yahara River below Lake Kegonsa, removed more than 1,000 cubic yards of material using street sweepers and 910 tons of material using curbside vacuum leaf pickup. Stoughton also constructed a new bioretention basic for the Williams Drive reconstruction project.

Visit the City of Stoughton homepage. 

Urban Actions taken by UW-Madison in 2015:

Stormwater Treatment Facility for UW-Madison

Stormwater Treatment Facility for UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison installed stormwater facilities on its west campus including four bioretention basins, a bioswale, and a naturalized wet pond. The project, which won an engineering excellence award, utilizes a specialized soil mix to remove as much phosphorus as possible while contending with high groundwater and limited space.

Urban Actions taken by the Village of Windsor in 2015:

Village of Windsor, Token Creek

Village of Windsor, Token Creek

The Village of Windsor, located on the Upper Yahara River north of Lake Mendota and Token Creek, requires 90 to 100% infiltration of pre-development stormwater flow in its new subdivisions, plus infiltration to account for groundwater use. These requirements are in place for Prairie Creek, Wolf Hollow, and Bear Tree Farms developments.

Additional stormwater infiltration structures have been put in place at the Windsor Blue Addition and the Windsor Crossing commercial and residential plats.

Visit the Village of Windsor homepage.

Joe Pasiri, Executive Director of Dane County

A message from Joe Parisi, the Dane County Executive, for the 2015 State of the Lakes Annual Report: 

From putting the finishing touches on a new system to convert countless gallons of waste and manure into clean water to investing in proven technologies, Dane County has been and will continue to be a leader in our efforts to clean up our lakes.

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Dane County Rural Initiatives

The Dane County Land Conservation Division helps landowners plan, design, and implement conservation practices, with the goal of protecting water quality and conserving soil in Dane County. 

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By Heidi Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Crops and Soils Educator

The use of cover crops as a conservation practice in conventional, commodity crop production has been greatly increasing over the last couple of years. Here is a quick run down on what cover crops are and how they are being used in agriculture.

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Harvestable Buffers with Yahara Pride Farms
If you’ve seen swathes of grass on farmland, you may be familiar with the concept of conservation buffers. These strips of vegetation slow runoff and separate farm fields from waterways, helping to keep our streams and lakes healthy. Yet with increasing urbanization and growing farms, land in our watershed is at a premium. One option, harvestable buffers, is offering many farmers in Dane County a way to reduce phosphorus runoff while keeping valuable acres in production.

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Composting grant looks to identify new tools for managing manure

MADISON, Wis. — Clean Lakes Alliance has been awarded a $60,000 two-year grant from Fund for Lake Michigan to determine whether windrow manure composting could have water quality impacts in the Yahara River watershed and beyond, including potential reductions in phosphorus runoff.

“Our lakes face serious challenges from urbanization and intensification of agriculture,” said Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, Clean Lakes Alliance Deputy Director. “With its potential to manage manure, benefit soil health and protect our lakes, composting could be a big win-win.”

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