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.

“I got involved with Clean Lakes Alliance because I believe it’s important to improve the quality of Madison lakes for residents as well as visitors to Madison,” Klancnik said. “When we improve the lakes we also improve the quality of life for Madison residents.”

Klancnik wants to work to improve public access to the lakes for both recreational and educational purposes and works towards this through his business, his work as a professor and his community involvement.

Klancnik enjoys the walking and bike paths that surround Madison’s lakes.

“I enjoy cruising around the shoreline and looking at the changes in the lakes,” Klancnik said. “I especially enjoy stopping at the piers by the Memorial Union and the Edgewater.”

Specifically he likes going from Picnic Point to the university shoreline, from Law Park to Brittingham Park and then likes to cross over the Isthmus to the Memorial Union.

Klancnik wants to improve the “loop” that the paths make downtown, in hopes to “improve public access to the lakes.”

He is working towards this goal by mentoring two teams of civil engineering and landscape architecture students. The students are working on plans to redevelop John Nolen Drive and Law Park along the Lake Monona shoreline in downtown Madison.

In addition to his work with the lakes, Klancnik also spends his free time enjoying the lakes. In fact, for the past 35 years he has been competing in the annual Paddle & Portage canoe race that takes place on Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. He has raced in every single Paddle & Portage (except for one) since it started. He races with his teammate Randy Cyrus, a former UW-Madison classmate. This is quite the tradition for the two friends who both turn 65 this year! Cyrus recently relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina but still came back to Paddle & Portage with his buddy this year.

“I can remember when the race first started and it was sponsored by Rutabaga Paddlesports,” said Klancnik. “The owner of Rutabaga used to dress up as Paul Revere on the day of the event and come in riding on a horse announcing ‘The canoes are coming, the canoes are coming!’ to the Saturday Dane County Farmer’s Market crowd.”

Klancnik believes that public waterfront properties and piers help to give more Madison residents and visitors access to the lakes. And in turn he believes this lake access will help improve the quality of life for those that live here and those that visit. He also believes there is still a huge opportunity to improve water quality in the lake system and wants to continue to improve water quality and Madison lakes with his work in engineering, as a professor, and as a member of the Clean Lakes Alliance Community Board.

****The commentary in this blog are my views and not necessarily the views of the Clean Lakes Alliance****

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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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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