Our community loves our lakes, and we’re in it for the long haul. And like every serious relationship, there are always “what-ifs.” Take the long view and ponder the future along with this opinion piece in Madison Magazine — by Jenny Seifert, science writer and outreach coordinator for the Water Sustainability and Climate project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Paddle & Portage

Fred Klancnik (right) and his friend Randy Cyrus (left) at the 2012 Paddle & Portage. Fred & Randy have been competing in the Paddle & Portage for 35 years now.

Fred Klancnik is no stranger to Wisconsin lakes. He served as President of JJR for 15 years, leading the firm’s waterfront planning, design and engineering practice from its Madison office. These days he works as a Professor of Practice with the University of Wisconsin Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is the President of Capstone Engineering Design, LLC providing advisory, planning and engineering design services to clients on land and waterfront development projects. He is also an active member of the Clean Lakes Alliance Community Board.

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The second annual Lake Explorer Camp wouldn’t have been possible without generous funding from American Family Insurance, American Girl‘s Fund for Children and the Wingra Boats Duck Dash.

The program gets kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County out on the water learning about lake science and recreation. Thanks to our funders, hours for the initial camp days were DOUBLED compared to last year and more kids were able to participate in the celebratory field day.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center plays no small role in the implementation of the Lake Mendota research buoy and in the Lake Forecast partnership. The SSEC is instrumental in outfitting and maintaining the buoy as well as working with the data that it generates.

The Space Science and Engineering Center recently wrote a very informative, in-depth article about their work with the buoy, even back to the first buoy deployed in 1959. Our Watershed Engagement Intern, Justin Chenevert, is quoted in the article.

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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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