Join us and volunteer
Clean Lakes Alliance coordinates watershed volunteer days for local businesses and organizations. These volunteer events offer rewarding and meaningful opportunities to engage directly with our lakes. Renew the Blue Volunteer Days provide an opportunity for individuals to help clean up our lakes while becoming informed and engaged with issues that affect them.
In recent years, Clean Lakes Alliance has partnered with parks, friend groups, local businesses, and associations to restore shorelines. Volunteers clear invasive plants and trees, plant native seeds, remove algae from waters, and clean up trash along the lakeshore.
Here’s what we accomplished together in 2019:
- 538 participants
- 1,488 hours of volunteer service dedicated to lakeshore improvements
- Numerous truckloads of invasive brush and plant debris removed from our lakeside parks
- 25 cleanup/restoration projects completed in the Yahara River Watershed
- 12 host-site partners
These lake cleanup efforts demonstrate the commitment of our local businesses and organizations to improve the community and the environment! For individual volunteer opportunities, please see our general volunteering page.
How to sign up
We request that all participating businesses become Lake Partners, our business donors to Clean Lakes Alliance. This helps us continue to facilitate volunteer days as well as fund other important projects in the watershed.
Every year, we create a schedule of available projects, locations, and dates within the community to better allow participating groups to select where, when, and what type of project they’d like to complete. Please contact Clean Lakes Alliance’s Watershed Program Associate Luke Wynn to learn more about participating in a volunteer day.
2019 Participants: Adams Outdoor Advertising, Alliant Energy Sustainability Squad, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Company, AssuredLeads, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Breakthrough Dance Company, CG SChmidt, Destination Madison, Fiskars, Foley & Lardner LLP, Hovde, Hydrite, Johnson Financial Group, Lands’ End, Miron Construction, National Guardian Life Insurance Company, Naturalake Biosciences, Phi Gamma Delta, Rotary Club of Madison, Sprinkman Real Estate, State Bank of Cross Plains, Spectrum Brands, State Line Distillery, and The Digital Ring.
Partners: Adaptive Restoration, City of Madison Parks, City of Middleton, Dane County Parks, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Friends of the Yahara River Parkway, Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison Boats, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, University of Wisconsin-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Wild Warner, and Wisconsin DNR.