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Back to the Future: The Planning of Willow Creek as a Campus Amenity

Join us for this ONLINE edition of Yahara Lakes 101 to learn about the issues that impact our lakes!

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About this Talk

Willow Creek is the end-of-pipe water course to a 1,900-acre urban watershed. But how can it be transformed into a green infrastructure destination on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus?

In this month’s talk, we’ll hear from experts from the UW-Madison and the City of Madison about how Willow Creek is not solely being planned as a storm water conveyance, but also as a natural resource that is integral to the campus greenspace network. With proposed new institutional developments, and increases in campus populations in the areas directly adjacent to the corridor, we’ll learn how the campus can reorient itself to this forgotten corridor. Through area planning and creek engagement from adjacent development, Willow Creek and University Bay will be transitioned from the ‘back waters’ of the agricultural campus, to a critical infrastructural amenity to the entire community.

Event Details

This event will be held online via Zoom. The online talk is free and open to the public. A link to access the talk LIVE will be sent to all registered attendees ahead of the event.

About our Speakers

Gary A. Brown, PLA, FASLA has been with the University of Wisconsin for more than 34 years. After serving for 15 years with the UW System as a landscape architect and facilities planner, his travels around the state’s 26-campus system brought him back to the flagship UW-Madison. He currently serves as the director of Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, overseeing the development and implementation of the 20-year campus master plan on this spectacular 938-acre university campus.

He also serves as the university’s historic preservation officer, environmental affairs officer, and is the director of the university’s 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UW-Madison and was inducted as a Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2004 for his administrative works.

Lauren Striegl is a stormwater and special projects engineer with the City of Madison. She has been with the City for six years, and works primarily on stormwater hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, water quality modeling and design of unconventional stormwater treatment projects. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Aaron Williams, PLA, ASLA is the assistant campus planner with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the division of Facilities Planning & Management. He provides planning and design assistance across the 938-acre UW-Madison campus, as well as zoning coordination for all major capital improvement projects. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture with tours at Sasaki Associates (Watertown) and SAA Design Group (Madison).

As a landscape architect, his work is focused on the spatial tangents bridging Planner/Architect/Engineer. His approach to projects is centered around three connected concepts: A thorough understanding of ‘site’ to achieve a desired creation of place; understanding the role of human occupation in a site; and the execution of plans to achieve meaningful design. He also likes birds.

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.

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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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Along with our community of supporters, Clean Lakes Alliance is reacting to the global pandemic, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and its effect on all operations and public events.

Operations

Clean Lakes Alliance staff has prepared to work remotely due to school closings and social distancing recommendations. A limited staff presence will be maintained at the office as many staff members will be working remotely. The organization will continue to raise funds and plan projects in the watershed. All in-person meetings will be canceled through April 30th.

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Yahara Lakes 101: Planning for a Hotter, Wetter, Wisconsin

 

Yahara Lakes 101: Planning for a Hotter, Wetter Wisconsin

Join us at Yahara Lakes 101 to learn about important issues impacting our lakes!

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About this Talk

Wisconsin, along with many other parts of the globe, has experienced dramatic increases in the number of heavy rain events in recent years. So how can we better plan for a hotter, wetter Wisconsin?

At this month’s Yahara Lakes 101, Dr. Daniel Wright of the UW-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will use the August 20, 2018 storm in Dane County to frame the emerging challenges facing our Yahara Watershed and beyond. We’ll also learn the potential for technology to improve planning and management, and some areas of concern with “trendy” solutions. Finally, Dr. Wright will review work by UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts to help solve this challenging problem.

Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, tickets and sponsorships will not be refunded. Thank you for your donation to Clean Lakes Alliance!

About our Speaker

Dr. Daniel Wright holds bachelors and masters degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked as a Regional Sanitation Engineer with the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 2006 – 2008 and as a hydropower engineer in Chile from 2008 – 2009. Dr. Wright earned his PhD from Princeton University, where he studied urban rainfall and flooding. He worked at the World Bank from 2013 – 2014, focusing on flood and landslide risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean before becoming a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dr. Wright joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UW-Madison as an assistant professor in 2016. He is a member of NASA’s Precipitation Measurement Mission Science Team and received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in Hydrologic Sciences in 2018. Dr. Wright is a founder and co-chair of the Infrastructure Working Group within the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, as well as a member of its Science Advisory Board. His research and teaching focuses on floods and how they are influenced by meteorology, urbanization, and climate change.

Event Details

The event is held at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

Admission is FREE for 2020 Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.

Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, tickets and sponsorships will not be refunded. Thank you for your donation to Clean Lakes Alliance!

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.

CG Schmidt Volunteer Day

15 Ways to help our lakes

We are more than a quarter of the way through 2019, and the days are starting to warm as we head deeper into the spring season. As the lake season approaches, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with our lakes.

1. Join the Wave, May 8th

Get involved and "Join the Wave" at the 8th Annual Community Breakfast
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About the talk

Dr. Mark Riedel will provide an overview of what the Clean Water Act is, the intended goals, and how it is implemented. He will explain how, as the federally delegated state authority, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources implements the Clean Water Act. He’ll discuss how successful implementation happens with our diverse partners developing and implementing projects and practices to restore water quality in the Rock River Basin.

About our speaker

Dr. Mark Riedel is a Hydrologist and Project Manager with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He has over 20 years of experience conducting water quality, river, and habitat restoration projects with the federal government, private industry, and the state of Wisconsin. Mark previously worked as a Senior Research Hydrologist with the US Forest Service – Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. In that role he conducted applied research to support water quality policies and practices for watershed management and restoration programs.

About the 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. Yahara Lakes 101 is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.

Yahara 101 is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m.

If you already are a Friend of Clean Lakes (minimum $35 donation/year), then admission is free. Become a Friend today. If you are not a Friend yet, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees. Special event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

yahara lakes 101 Ho-Chunk

Learn about Ho-Chunk history in the TeJop, or “four lakes,” region. Dan Brown and Missy Tracy of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison will present an engaging historical overview, including information about the Yahara lakes and river. Please register to join us!

About our speakers

Dan Brown is the Executive Manager for Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

Missy Tracy is the Municipal Relations Coordinator for Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

We’re excited to be able to learn about the history of the Ho-Chunk people and our lakes!

About the 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. Yahara Lakes 101 is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.

Yahara 101 is held both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m.

If you already are a Friend of Clean Lakes (minimum $35 donation/year), then admission is free. Become a Friend today. If you are not a Friend yet, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees. Special event parking will be available at The Edgewater.

Clean Lakes Alliance volunteer monitors see improvements and mixed results

MADISON, Wis. — Clean Lakes Alliance has released results from the 2016 monitoring season on lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra, Waubesa and Kegonsa. Over the past three years, the volunteer-based program has grown into an extensive 70-site effort to track water conditions near the shore, where most people interact with our lakes.

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