UW-Madison’s love of the lakes

A letter from University of Wisconsin-Madison about the Yahara CLEAN Compact

Like everything else this year, visiting the Memorial Union Terrace feels a little different. Yet as we sit apart, looking over Lake Mendota, it serves as a reminder that the physical distance between us is a sign of strength. We are reminded of what we can accomplish when we have the resolve to tackle a challenge, and Clean Lakes Alliance is evidence of that.

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Yahara Lakes 101 Women in Water & Sustainability

February 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm


Yahara Lakes 101: Women in Water & Sustainability

Join Clean Lakes Alliance for this FREE edition of Yahara Lakes 101 to learn from women leading water and sustainability efforts in Wisconsin!

About the Talk

Join Clean Lakes Alliance for this FREE edition of Yahara Lakes 101 to learn from women leading water and sustainability efforts in Wisconsin! All registered guests will receive a complimentary beverage and free parking at The Edgewater. A special thanks to Fields Auto for sponsoring guest parking for this event!

About our Speakers

Marie Raboin is the owner of Brix Cider in Mount Horeb and a Grazing Specialist with the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department. She will discuss sustainable farming and how the farm-to-table movement is a way to strengthen rural communities.

Raboin has been working in sustainable agriculture for over 15 years. She spent ten years with the Natural Resources Conservation service, two years directing an NGO in Sub-Saharan Africa, and three years in the agronomy department at UW-Madison before moving to Dane County Land Conservation. In 2017 Marie and her husband started Brix Cider LLC, a locally grown and locally produced hard cider company and farm-to-table restaurant in Mount Horeb. They source raw ingredients for both the cider and the restaurant from farmers in and around Dane County who practice regenerative and sustainable agriculture. 

Christy Remucal leads the Aquatic Chemistry group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is the Director of the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory. She is a faculty member in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program, and the Limnology & Marine Science Program. She will discuss her lake research on addressing water quality challenges in Wisconsin.

Remucal holds an MS (2004) and a PhD (2009) in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS (2003) in Environmental Engineering Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the UW-Madison faculty, Christy completed a post-doc in the Institute for Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Carrie Sanders is the CEO of Hope Community Capital and a faculty member of the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership (SISL) Graduate Program at Edgewood College. She will discuss opportunities for sustainability in community development.

Sanders is a community development consultant, teacher, lifelong learner, and social innovator who seeks to cultivate equitable, sustainable communities through community development finance aimed at supporting people, projects, and organizations that advance well-being for all. After 15 years in various roles focused on community development and social innovation, Carrie knows that for an outcome to be equitable and effective it has to be not only rooted in, but driven by those who will be impacted the most.

She received undergraduate training at William Jewell College with degrees in music and political science and received a graduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earning a master’s in City Planning with focus on community development finance. Carrie enjoys seeing a project through to the end and is especially energized to have the opportunity to walk alongside a visionary leader to drive implementation of systems-level, social change projects. Her favorite spot to enjoy Madison’s beautiful lakes is Warner Beach.

Haddie McLean (moderator) is a meteorologist on News 3 Now This Morning on WISC-TV. She is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and has forecasted southern Wisconsin’s weather for the last 20 years. Haddie lives in Madison with her husband and three children. She loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen on her quest to get her children to LIKE healthy foods.

Event Details

The event is held at The Edgewater. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the program begins at 4 p.m. Networking and time to ask the presenters questions will begin at 4:45 p.m. The event will conclude at 6 p.m.

Registration is FREE and required for all attendees. All registered attendees will receive a complimentary beverage and parking at The Edgewater.

Yahara Lakes 101 Lecture Series

Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.

The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with presenting sponsors First Weber Foundation and Johnson Financial Group, hosting sponsor The Edgewater, supporting sponsor National Guardian Life Insurance Company, and media partner the Isthmus.

Frozen Assets Festival

This special edition of Yahara Lakes 101 is part of Clean Lakes Alliance’s week-long Frozen Assets Festival & Fundraiser. Every year, Frozen Assets raises the profile of our lakes as one of our community’s greatest assets. Since 2011, Frozen Assets has raised more than $1.1 million for our lakes.

Learn more about Frozen Assets.

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Yahara Watershed Academy - Feb 2019

Growing a new group of lake leaders

Karin Swanson

About the author: My name is Karin Swanson and I am a student of the Yahara Watershed Academy. I work for Clean Lakes Alliance as the Marketing and Communications Associate Manager and I am a meteorologist. I will bring you along on my journey through the Academy in an effort to expand our community’s knowledge and passion for the Yahara River Watershed.

The 2019 Yahara Watershed Academy (YWA) began on a very snowy February 12th. Snow started the evening of February 11th, with ten inches accumulating by the time the storm ended on the 13th. But the snow didn’t stop our group of students from learning about the Yahara River Watershed.

The YWA is made up of five day-long courses once a month, with students graduating in June. The Academy involves a partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Edgewood College. Graduates will have received the knowledge and skills to become a network of informed leaders for our watershed.

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In May, Clean Lakes Alliance renewed a partnership with UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department to support and sponsor the student capstone course focused on improving our beaches.

In this course, Senior Capstone Design, sponsoring partners who require creative solutions to specific problems team up with senior engineering students. Students create innovative designs to solve real problems by using knowledge and skills from classwork and work experiences, along with the guidance of volunteer professional mentors.

Clean Lakes Alliance is proud to be a sponsoring partner of the student capstone projects. Serving as a “client” to the students provides us a captive audience and valuable resource as we continue our work in inspiring the community to advocate for healthy lakes and beaches. In the meantime, students gain experience in designing solutions to not only environmental challenges but also an actual client’s needs. With 48 percent of the shoreline owned by the public and over 20 beaches in the Greater Madison area, we have numerous project opportunities for the students.

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Urban Actions taken by UW-Madison in 2015:

Stormwater Treatment Facility for UW-Madison

Stormwater Treatment Facility for UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison installed stormwater facilities on its west campus including four bioretention basins, a bioswale, and a naturalized wet pond. The project, which won an engineering excellence award, utilizes a specialized soil mix to remove as much phosphorus as possible while contending with high groundwater and limited space.