Summer is Blue-Green Algae Season Avoiding Contact is Best Way to Avoid ProblemsMADISON, Wis. — Based on recent news reports and Public Health beach closing notices, this year´s blue-green algae season has clearly begun. The safest response when you see a bloom is to keep yourself, your children, and your pets out of the water and avoid all contact. While blue-green algae often occurs intermittently throughout the summer season, the dry, hot, and sunny weather forecasted for the next seven to ten days may create favorable conditions for increased blue-green algae blooms on area waterways. Blue-green algae are actually not algae, but photosynthetic bacteria (sunlight-loving) known as cyanobacteria. Some of these bacteria are capable of producing toxins. Exposure to these toxins can produce a range of reactions, from rashes and lip blistering to negative effects on the liver and nervous system. It can include sore throats, headaches, muscular and joint pain and asthmatic and gastro-intestinal symptoms. Dogs swimming in or drinking water covered with a bloom can suffer near fatal or fatal consequences.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 16, 2012 CONTACT: James Tye, Director of Development and External AffairsÂ Clean Lakes Alliance Cell: (608) 628-6655 or James@cleanlakesalliance.com
Mendota Freeze Contest Names a Winner!
Waunakee Woman Wins Grand Prize of Cross-Country Ski PackageMADISON, Wis. — The Clean Lakes Alliance is pleased to announce that Beverly Miller, of Waunakee, has won the first annual Mendota Freeze Contest by guessing correctly that Lake Mendota would freeze for the first time this winter on January 14. â€œI am surprised and very excited,â€ Miller said, when she was notified today about the contest results. She added that she had entered the contest at the urging of her son, who saw it reported on WMTV-TV in Madison. Don Heilman, Clean Lakes Alliance president, said the lakes later-than-average freezing date resulted in even more people entering the contest than he had expected. The Mendota Freeze Contest opened on December 1st and ran until Saturday, when the Wisconsin State Climatology Office announced that the lake had officially frozen over,â€ he said. â€œWe had fantastic participation from the public and great support from our sponsors, and I think everyone had a lot of fun with it.â€
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 1, 2011 CONTACT: James Tye, Director of Development and External Affairs Clean Lakes Alliance Cell: (608) 628-6655 or James@cleanlakesalliance.com
Mendota Freeze Contest Begins December 1
Entrants Can Win Prizes by Guessing When Lake Mendota Will FreezeMADISON, Wis. — Think you know when Lake Mendota will freeze this year? Enter the Mendota Freeze Contest and you could win a prize for your correct guess! The free, online Mendota Freeze Contest is now open for entries. The contest is sponsored by the Clean Lakes Alliance and MyWeather.com, a division of Weather Central LP. Madison Magazine is serving as a media sponsor and Erehwon Mountain Outfitter is donating the grand prize. Don Heilman, president of the Clean Lakes Alliance, says his organization works to engage the public in efforts to protect and enhance the water quality in area lakes. He is pleased that the contest will call attention to the starring role Dane County lakes play in many types of winter recreation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 8, 2011 CONTACT: Don Heilman, president, Clean Lakes Alliance (608) 836-6973; firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean Lakes Alliance Supports Edgewater Development
Organization Lauds Plans to Create Better Public Access to LakeshoreMADISON, Wis. — The Clean Lakes Alliance today issued a statement in support of the Edgewater development project. The Alliance specifically lauded the projects plan to improve public access to the waterfront as part of the development. Every year, thousands of people enjoy spending time on the water at events sponsored by the Clean Lakes Alliance, said the Alliance’s president, Don Heilman. From our annual Clean Lakes Festival to Aquapalooza, we see how much people here love getting out on the water. We are very pleased that the Edgewater development includes plans not only for more public access but also for better public access to the downtown shore of Lake Mendota. Heilman also noted that the project includes measures to mitigate storm water run-off and help protect the water quality of Lake Mendota. Plans call for minimizing the amount of sediment, oil and grease that enters the lake both during and after construction, he said. This will be an improvement over where we are now, because storm water currently runs untreated directly into the lake.
And….we’re back!Greetings Lake Fans! Hope everyone had a great summer. We sure did – lots of activities and even more meetings! Our momentum is almost breathtaking. So much to share…so little room. We’ll have more summer fun updates next month. Sincere thanks for your continued support.
Dane County Water Champion Awards
In early June, the Clean Lakes Alliance hosted an awards reception at the Edgewater Hotel. This is the second year we have hosted the event, and we were happy to be part of the special awards going to Kathleen Falk and Dave Cieslewicz for their support and love of our lakes. Great lake friends, and fun fare – culminating in a sweet thunderstorm rolling across Lake Mendota.