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Family-Friendly Recreational & Educational Watershed Activities for Social Distancing

Our mission is to promote a healthy Lake Wingra through an active watershed community. It feels a little weird to use the term active community and COVID-19 in the same sentence, but we want to let you know we can be active together. It just might look a little different than we’re used to while …

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Madison Alder District 13 Q&A

The Friends of Lake Wingra asked each candidate five questions about their connection to Lake Wingra, District 13’s unique environmental challenges, their approach to watershed management, and strategies to understand and represent Lake Wingra’s needs. Candidates Tag Evers info@tagevers.comwww.tagevers.comFacebook: Tag EversTwitter: @TagEvers What does Lake Wingra mean to you?Lake Wingra is the reason I moved to this neighborhood.  …

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How Brown Leaves Help Turn Lake Wingra Green

By Roger Bannerman Every Fall the leaves accumulating in our residential streets contribute to making Lake Wingra turn green in the summer. Rain water running through the fallen leaves can release nutrients, such as phosphorus and carry it to the lake. If the leaves are left on the street for the few weeks of the …

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Leaf mulch: good for the flowerbed, good for the watershed

by Tim Kuhman (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Edgewood College and Friends of Lake Wingra board member)   Every autumn as the days get noticeably shorter with each passing day and the trees throughout my neighborhood begin to drop their leaves, I watch as frustrated homeowners tackle the Sisyphean task of raking those leaves …

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Children Friendly Storm Water Activity: Building a Rain Barrel

By Hannah Buscemi, William Wirono, and Vanessa Studer Following a rain or storm, hundreds of gallons of water flow from roofs of houses through downspouts, and eventually end up in our storm drains that empty out into our local lakes. In fact, with just one inch of rain, approximately 150 gallons of water are sent down …

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How Property Owners Can Help Our Watershed

An urban watershed, like Lake Wingra’s, means that water is not able to naturally infiltrate into the ground as much due to development. Parking lots, roads, and other impervious surfaces often redirect runoff to storm sewers and the sewers bring the runoff to water bodies. Skipping the natural infiltration process doesn’t allow the ground to …

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Monarchs for Kids in 2017—Connecting with Mexico

In the library, a monarch butterfly rested on a small boy’s hand.  Suddenly it fluttered upward—zig-zagging over bookshelves toward a window. Four squealing children ran to where it landed on a windowsill.  Catalina approached, coaxing it onto her fingertip.  Her eyes flashed with uncertainty, bravery, and wonder.  A big smile appeared.  “Look what I caught!  …

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