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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Watch the coverage by Gordon Severson of Channel 27 at the link below to view a video and article about the recent RCPP grant award of 1.6 million dollars to the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department.

Our very own Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, CLA Director of Policy and Communications, speaks with Severson in the video about the recent grant award.

Channel 27 (1/15/15) – “Dane County receives $1.6 million grant to help with ongoing clean lake effort”


“Out of 600 applicants nationwide, a clean lake project in Dane County was among four projects in Wisconsin to receive federal funding from the USDA. The $1.6 million grant will go towards several ongoing initiatives to reduce the amount of phosphorus in the Yahara Chain of Lakes.”

“Together with countless community partners, the Clean Lakes Alliance and Dane County are working to prevent this runoff from getting into the water. The long list of clean water initiatives includes the creation of manure storage bins and buffer strips to protect the lakes.”

“Cleaning up the lakes and working to reach our water quality goals is something that everyone in the community can have a role in to reaching that solution [said Katt-Reinders]”

Have you seen the special promotional section included in Madison Magazine’s June Issue? Please read below and find out why Clean Lakes Alliance is Crazy 4 Lakes — watch for short biographies of some of our stellar board members, Leslie Even, Michael Kosolcharoen, Bob Uphoff, and Jim Welsh. Also, look for a message from the Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison and Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi. The section includes a feature story titled “Partnership Makes it Possible” by Judy Dahl, and the 2013 State of the Lakes report, by Dea Larsen Converse.