What do we want to accomplish in the next 2-5 years? Our goals reflect our strategic issues and highest priorities within four areas of focus.
We work to nurture present and future generations of watershed stewards.
- Increase citizens’ awareness of the Lake Wingra watershed and its ecological, economic, recreational, and cultural value to the community.
- Enhance citizens’ ability to understand, evaluate and advocate for policies and practices that protect and enhance Lake Wingra.
- Create a communication network of volunteers, neighborhood associations and interest groups to effectively distribute and exchange information on resources, best lawn and garden practices, volunteer opportunities, and events.
- Assist homeowners, businesses, and government in adopting property management practices that protect and improve the environmental quality of the lake and watershed.
- Connect students from the grade school through college levels to opportunities to participate in research, monitoring, and service learning.
- Connect the Lake Wingra watershed community to other watershed communities throughout the Dane County area and the Rock River basin.
We protect and improve the ‘lake as a system’ through innovative and coordinated management practices.
- Bring Wingra Watershed partners together as needed to develop a shared understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and interests of each partner (including agencies, nonprofits, businesses, citizens, FOLW).
- Work with the above partners to coordinate watershed management planning.
- Involve the partners in creating a long-term vision for the lake and watershed, and communicate that vision as the common ground that unifies many separate actions.
- Increase agency and citizen awareness of alternative, progressive management practices for stormwater and other issues.
- Support the effective implementation of priority management practices by each responsible agency or group.
- Include agencies, groups, and citizens in the periodic review of progress, celebration of successes, and recommendations for continued action.
We ensure that the information needed to address the mission is available on an ongoing basis.
- Work with partners to recommend high priority monitoring and research needs.
- Support partner groups as they seek funds and implement research and monitoring activities.
- Promote the involvement of citizens, especially students, in monitoring and research activities.
- Promote data accessibility and coordination among agencies.
We strive to build the internal capacity to achieve the mission.
- Sustain mutually beneficial relationships with the key partner groups who provide essential administrative and support services.
- Develop and sustain our capacity for effective leaders, staff, and volunteers.
- Seek and pursue funding opportunities; expand funding to address priorities.
- Increase name recognition for the Lake Wingra Watershed and FOLW, building membership and community involvement.
- Maintain effective pathways of internal and external communication.