Happy Start-of-Summer from the Clean Lakes Alliance! We are geared up and ready for a busy summer packed full with opportunities for you to engage with the lakes and Clean Lakes Alliance. Yahara Lakes 101 Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Pilot Program Renew the Blue Volunteer Days More Cow Power = Cleaner Lakes Volunteer of the Year Clean Lakes Alliance’s New Policy & Program Director Upcoming Events Last month, Clean Lakes Alliance kicked off our brand new Yahara Lakes 101 speaker series with a fantastic program on the relationship between lawn care and water quality by UW Madison Department of Soil Science professor, Dr. Doug Soldat. Our kickoff event was a great success with a full house and an abundance of positive feedback, and we thank our Monthly Sponsor Weed Man Lawn Care. We have a line-up of stellar scientists scheduled well into the fall to speak to us all about the science behind the issues that affect our beloved lakes. Come for a coffee and light breakfast on the beautiful lake patio here at the Verex Plaza, and learn about your lakes with Mendota as our backdrop.
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Monthly sponsor – Weed Man Lawn Care

Speaker Bio:
doug_soldat_02Doug Soldat is a Wisconsin native and an associate professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in turfgrass and urban soil management. He earned a Ph.D. at Cornell University studying how phosphorus is lost from lawns. At Wisconsin, he advises the students in the turfgrass and grounds maintenance program, and teaches three classes including “Turfgrass Nutrient and Water Management” and “Lawns, Society, and the Environment”. His research program focuses on finding ways to maintain turfgrass for optimum function using fewer inputs of nutrients, pesticides, and water.

Green lawns and clean lakes need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, dense vegetation can play an important role in protecting surface waters from nutrient runoff. However, there are negative consequences of over management and the soil properties play a critical but often overlooked role in environmental protection and pollution. In this talk, Vander Zanden will highlight the primary pathways of nutrient losses from urban environments and discuss some practical and effective strategies for keeping nutrients out of the lake.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 15, 2013 Contact: James Tye, Vice President Clean Lakes Alliance, of Dane County Office: (608) 255-1000, Mobile: (608) 628-6655

Lake Mendota officially frozen on January 14th

Madison man wins Mendota Freeze Contest grand prize

MADISON, Wis. — The Clean Lakes Alliance, in an effort to bring awareness about our lakes being “frozen assets,” has partnered with the Wisconsin State Climatology Office for the Mendota Freeze Contest to guess the date Lake Mendota officially freezes. As of today, the Climatology Office has declared that Lake Mendota officially froze on January 14th, 2013.
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504b8721873eb.image.jpg On Sunday, September 9th, the Wisconsin State Journal published an editorial that stressed the importance of the Madison lakes to the area. The editorial begins:
Nearly 3,000 athletes from around the world will plunge into Lake Monona today for the 12th annual Ironman triathlon. The weather should be nice. And, more important, the water should be relatively clean. That’s good news for those brave souls who will swim 2.4 miles (then bicycle 112 miles and run a marathon — whew!). Tens of thousands of fans are expected to cheer them on. The event helps highlight how important clean lakes are to the Madison region’s economy, image and quality of life.
You can read the article on the Wisconsin State Journal’s website.

July 17, 2012                               University of Wisconsin Madison News The strikingly blue algae that afflicted the Madison lakes last week hardly needs a danger sign to warn of its toxicity. But this stuff could, in the next days or weeks, be followed by blue-green algae that are much more toxic, says Katherine McMahon, an expert on lake ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Surprisingly, the more dangerous algae — technically called cyanobacteria — may not produce slimy gooey mats, but still may contain toxins that attack the liver or nervous system. Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria that live in colonies. They look like algae, which are floating organisms with a much closer relationship to plants. Toxic cyanobacteria occur in “eutrophic” lakes that suffer overgrowth of plants and other organisms due to high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus caused by runoff of manure and fertilizer. McMahon, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, says graduate student Lucas Beversdorf has noticed a transition during June or early July that shows “a switch from cyanobacteria that are not so nasty, to the sudden kickoff of some really nasty ones.” Read more at the University of Wisconsin