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Local Madison area photographers share their view of our lakes

The Greater Madison area often tops lists of best places to live. One of the reasons frequently cited, is our lakes. We talked to five photographers in the Madison area and found out what they love most about photographing the Yahara lakes. Read more from the photographers, and see a sampling of their work – as they feature different views of our watershed.

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Wyldhaven Park - Kenton Fowler

Close to half of the Yahara Watershed’s shorelines include public lands and parks. Here are
a few hidden gems, which happen to be some of Clean Lakes Alliance’s favorite spots to enjoy our waters!

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Water Quality Monitoring

In 2020 water quality monitoring took place at piers and beaches around the five Yahara lakes. Volunteers measured near-shore water clarity, air and water temperature, and noted several visual observations during the monitoring season, which runs from May to September. 

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Sunset over Lake Mendota

Fun finds around the Yahara Watershed

Although the most beloved beaches and piers are popular for good reason, there are also some hidden gems around the watershed that may just become your new favorite as we practice social distancing!

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2020 Loop the Lake Virtual Header

June 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm June 21, 2020 @ 6:59 pm

2020 Loop the Lake Virtual Header

Loop the Lake VIRTUAL Bike Ride: Choose your own course!

We’re going VIRTUAL! Support clean, healthy lakes wherever you are for Clean Lakes Alliance’s Loop the Lake VIRTUAL Bike Ride. Our annual bike ride around Lake Monona will look a little different this year as we follow social distancing guidelines. Instead, we invite you to bike, walk, run, canoe, or simply MOVE for our lakes from Monday, June 15th through Sunday, June 21st. All registered participants will receive a super-soft event tee. Event proceeds will support Clean Lakes Alliance’s work to protect and improve our lakes through on-the-ground projects, educational programs, and water quality monitoring.

Loop the Lake 2020

Monday, June 15 – Sunday, June 21, 2020 ANYWHERE! $35 per rider FREE for children 10 & under with purchase of adult registration

Details

Start:
June 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
End:
June 21, 2020 @ 6:59 pm
Cost:
Free – $35
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Website:
https://loopthelake2020.eventbrite.com

Organizer

Clean Lakes Alliance
Phone:
(608) 255-1000
Email:
info@cleanlakesalliance.org
Website:
www.cleanlakesalliance.org

Bernies Beach

A shared vision for clean, safe, and accessible lakes

In August 2019, leaders from government, business, and nonprofit organizations came together with a shared vision. The vision included a future in which Greater Madison’s five Yahara lakes are clean, safe, and accessible for everyone. Together, the 19 partners and collaborators formed the Yahara CLEAN Compact and committed to sharing resources and working together to curb pollution and chart the best path forward to cleaner, healthier lakes.

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Loop the Lake 2019 - with Friends sign

Take the next step and support our lakes!

Are you looking for a way to connect with our lakes this spring and summer? Here are 8 ways you can support Clean Lakes Alliance as we work toward protecting and improving the lakes of the Yahara Watershed.

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Water Quality Monitoring

Overview

In 2019 water quality monitoring took place at piers and beaches around the five Yahara lakes. Volunteers measured near-shore water clarity, air and water temperature, and noted several visual observations during the monitoring season, which runs from May to September. 

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Lake Explorer Camp 2017 Group

Madison Boats owner Tyler Leeper “paddles’ the extra mile for our lakes

Tyler Leeper has a deep connection to our lakes, and an even greater investment in their health. As the owner of Madison Boats, which includes Wingra Boats, Brittingham Boats, and Marshall Boats on Lakes Mendota, Monona, and Wingra, his family business is dependent on water quality and lake health.

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2018 Annual State of the Lakes Report

2018 takeaways

  • Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms appeared in our lakes at an alarming scale, highlighting continued challenges with water quality.
    • 72% of beach closures from Memorial Day to August 20th were due to cyanobacteria blooms
    • June continues to be the biggest month for cyanobacteria blooms for the fourth year
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