Lake-O-Gram Vol. IV Issue 2


As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers”. April, and the coming of spring, also brings the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) new opportunities to continue protecting and improving our lakes! This Lake-o-Gram highlights upcoming events and programs, as well as recent announcements to share with the community. The CLA thanks all those who support its efforts.

– The CLA Team

Crazy 4 Lakes Run/Walk

The CLA in the Community
CLA Accomplishments

Please join us on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in welcoming back Dr. Doug Soldat, associate professor of soil science at UW-Madison, to Yahara Lakes 101 (YL101) for his presentation “Lawn Care, Soils and Water Quality”. Dr. Soldat was our very first YL101 speaker last May, and we are happy to welcome him back to the podium this spring.

DATE: Thursday, April 10, 2014

7:30 am – Coffee, pastries & fruit
8:00 am – Presentation
9:00 am – Q & A
LOCATION: Bluephies Café at Verex Building
(150 E. Gilman St.) Located on Level B

Admission is $10 at the door or free to Friends of Clean Lakes. Become a Friend today!

Doug will provide information on: 
  • How green lawns and clean lakes need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, dense vegetation can play an important role in protecting surface waters from nutrient runoff.
  • How soil properties and the negative consequences of over-management play a critical but often overlooked role in environmental protection and pollution.
  • The primary pathways of nutrient losses from urban environments and discuss some practical and effective strategies for keeping nutrients out of the lake.

About Doug:
Dr. Doug Soldat is a Wisconsin native and a Ph.D. associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Soil Science, specializing in turfgrass and urban soil management. He earned a Ph.D. at Cornell University studying how phosphorus is lost from lawns. At Wisconsin, he advises the students in the turfgrass and grounds maintenance program, and teaches three classes including “Turfgrass Nutrient and Water Management” and “Lawns, Society and the Environment”. His research program focuses on finding ways to maintain turfgrass for optimum function using fewer inputs of nutrients, pesticides and water.

*Please Note*

PARKING: Please park in James Madison Park or in parking ramps listed below. No Parking on East Gilman St. from 8 a.m. to noon and in the Verex Plaza surface lot or underground lot.


The Save Our Lakes event is a community breakfast and the annual meeting of the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA). Save Our Lakes was created to bring the community together to review our progress towards cleaner, healthier lakes. This event is a time to celebrate and assess the past year and to launch new programs and initiatives for the year ahead. Presentations include the State of the Lakes report– the community report card for water quality in the Yahara lakes – and the CLA Annual Report, presented this year as a combined report.

DATE: Friday, April 25, 2014

TIME: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center,
Main Exhibit Hall

$1,000 per table of 10
$100 per seat
$35 per student seat

This year’s theme is “Schooling for Cleaner Lakes”. Just like fish that school together in the same direction, this theme recognizes that many groups and entities are working toward a shared goal of cleaner lakes.

This spring, the CLA and American Family Insurance DreamBank invited the public to participate in the Schooling for Cleaner Lakes community art project. The idea for this initiative, designed to increase understanding of our lake ecosystems, materialized in response to an exhibit at DreamBank that identified “clean lakes” as a top priority for the Madison community. The CLA and DreamBank encourage dreamers of all ages to participate in their hands-on, creative project. For more information, please visit Schooling for Cleaner Lakes.

2014 Breakfast Speakers:

Many thanks to our 2014 Breakfast Sponsors & Captains!
Current Table Sponsors: 
Alliant Energy Foundation,  American Family Insurance/DreamBank, AquaMost, ATC,
Border Patrol of WI Inc., CG SchmidtCity of MononaCUNA Mutual Group, First Weber Group,  Foley & Lardner LLP, Friends of Lake Kegonsa, Glenn Reinl & Sara Krebsbach,

Join the Crazy 4 Lakes Team as part of the Crazylegs Classic for an 8K run or a 2 Mile walk in support of healthy lakes and a healthy community!
The Crazylegs Classic is a historic race that raises money to support Wisconsin Athletics, and the Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) encourages participants to run or walk as part of the Crazy 4 Lakes Team to also show support for lake improvement and protection and raise funds to support the CLA and its initiatives. This is an opportunity to advocate for the health of both people and our lakes and raise funds to advance the CLA mission.
DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014

10:00 am

LOCATION: The Crazylegs Classic takes runners and walkers from the Capitol Square to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI

1. Go to http://www.crazylegsclassic.com/

2. Click ‘Register Now’ at the top right of the Crazylegs Classic homepage.

3. Follow the registration prompts to register with an Existing/Past Fun & Fitness Team. You will need the following information to join:

  1. Team Name: Clean Lakes Alliance, “Crazy 4 Lakes”

  2. Password: watershed

4. The fee for runners is $40 and $25 for walkers. You must register by April 14th to join our team. We ask that participants share the CLA’s vision with the community and ask for support in the form of pledges.

5. Prizes will be awarded to Team members that collect pledges.

 UW-Madison Nelson Institute’s Earth Day Conference

Featuring guest speakers, actress and activist Rosario Dawson, British science fiction author China Miéville, Director Kevin Noone of the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences.

The CLA’s very own Director of Policy & Communications Elizabeth Katt-Reinders will be speaking on a panel about innovation in watershed management.


DATE: Tuesday April 22, 2014

TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center

PRICING:  General: $55, Student $25

According to UW-Madison Nelson Institute, we’ve entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene, “the age of humans”, requiring new strategies for conservation and human well-being. Earth: To Be Determined will explore challenges and opportunities presented by rapid, large-scale changes in the global environment, including implications for energy and climate, water quality, human health, urban development, our changing demographics and more.  For more information: nelson.wisc.edu/earthday

Come visit our booth at the following events!

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s neXXpo:

DATE: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Alliant Energy Center
PRICING:  All Day Ticket, GA: $75, Member: $49

2014 Isthmus Green Day:

DATE: Saturday, April 26, 2014
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
PRICING: FREE to the public

The CLA received $50,000 from the McKnight Foundation to assist with our rural initiatives that reduce phosphorus runoff, including improving manure storage and management, increasing the use of conservation practices (e.g. cover crops, vertical manure injection and strip tillage), and a certification program that provides incentives for best management practices. The funding will also be used for water quality monitoring, as well as the education and outreach involved in promoting these agricultural efforts.

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