MADISON, Wis. – It only takes a couple of visits to your favorite lakeshore hangout to see that lake conditions vary dramatically from day to day. An algal bloom on Monday can give way to crystal clear waters on Tuesday. Even on the same day, water clarity varies from one spot along the shoreline to another. Thanks to a partnership led by the Clean Lakes Alliance, the public now has help determining where to go and when for a day on the lake with access to up-to-date water quality conditions at dozens of sites on lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa.

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MADISON, Wis. — This Thursday, nearly 200 students from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) will descend on Lake Wingra for the second annual Lake Explorer Camp field day—to cement new skills and hobbies and celebrate a successful camp season. Over the last two months, the kids, aged 7 to 12, have attended the camp weekly in small groups, getting their hands and feet wet in the name of lake science and recreation.

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Care about education? Expand lake literacy and access as a Lake Buddy.

A Lake Buddy is someone who sponsors a kid or kids participating in our annual lake education programs. We are currently soliciting support for our annual Lake Explorer Camp. There are three options for giving:

$50 (one kid)
$100 (two kids)
$250 (five kids)

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Despite the cold start, summer has (unofficially) begun! We’re excited to share a full calendar of ways to engage with the lakes, and give some updates on how we’re making waves in the watershed.

We are also glad to share that, on Friday, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance voted to restore funding to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. This program is important for land acquisitions that are necessary for us to meet our goals in reducing phosphorus runoff to waterways. 

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Happy May!

This month, we invite you to get out and join in. May 5th, May 7th, May 11th, May 12th, May 14th… before the month is half over, there are already FIVE different opportunities to engage with the clean lakes community.

We encourage you to join us on Tuesday, May 5th at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center for the 4th Annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast. At this event, we will release the State of the Lakes Annual Report, which reports on water quality in lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa and Wingra and gives the latest updates on phosphorus reduction in the watershed.

You can meet us at Bernie’s Beach for a clean-up day, say hello at the water@uwmadison symposium, hear some new research at Yahara Lakes 101, or kick back at The Boathouse. Now is also a good time to become a 2015 Friend of Clean LakesDONATE TODAY.

Happy May — we hope to see you out there.

Read the May 2015 Lake-O-Gram here.

You may have seen media coverage of the latest study that has come out of UW-Madison’s Water Sustainability and Climate research group that analyzes the impacts of management efforts to improve water quality in our lakes. This study does not highlight a new setback; rather, it confirms that the very real challenges of climate change, increasing urbanization and increased manure production must be considered in policy-making and strategic planning.

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