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Happenings Around Lake Wingra in July – August 1, 2018

      Sounds of delight were heard as students from Toki middle school caught fish in the waters around the Lake Wingra dam (Figure 1).  The fishing action was steady with Wingra’s large supply of pan fish.  The students’ opportunity to fish at Lake Wingra was supported by the City of Madison Police Department’s …

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Still Catching Fish in Murky Waters – June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018     A large decrease in water clarity did not discourage young anglers from trying their luck in Lake Wingra last weekend. Joseph Julie was spotted catching blue gills on the Arboretum side of the lake (Figure 1).  He shared he was enjoying a steady catch of the small fish.   Parents were helping …

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Friends of Lake Wingra Launches Strategic Planning Effort

by Casey Hanson A lot of activity is happening in our watershed this year! We have Monroe Street construc­tion, Vilas bridges reconstruction, Wingra shoreline restoration, and more. While many of these activities are physical in nature, some aren’t visible to the naked eye. They are behind the scenes and crucial to continue our work to …

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What’s Going on with Lake Wingra’s Aquatic Plants?

By Casey Hanson Beach and boat season are almost in full swing! These activities are relaxing, playful, adventurous,  and downright unpredictable. To borrow from Forest Gump’s mama, having an experience with aquatic vegetation (aka macrophytes) “is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” When you paddle, luck might allow you to observe a beautiful blooming white water lily or you …

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How Monroe Street Storm water Management Is Changing

by Phil Gaebler, City of Madison Engineering The Monroe Street reconstruction project is underway and the City would like to provide an overview of the erosion control and post construction storm water management. During the actual construction process, the Monroe Street project is taking efforts to expose the least amount of disturbed soil by leaving the majority of existing road surface in place …

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