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“Water Is Worth It”



Friday, October 18th marks the 41st anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA).  CWA sets regulations on pollutants allowed into our national waterways along with regulating water quality standards.  We are grateful for protection at a national level, however, there are also things we can do locally to ensure healthy waterways.


The “Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them” campaign is spreading the word about leaf management.  This is an especially important topic during the Fall season when the leaves are starting to change color and fall from the trees.  The goal is to keep leaves out of the streets, which drain into our lakes and streams.  Because once the leaves are in our waterways they break down into excess nutrients and can create unhealthy algae blooms.

Here are a few tips from to help keep leaves out of the streets:
*Instead of creating piles along the road for collection, compost your leaves.  They will create a nutrient rich mulch for your yard next year.
*Chop the leaves up as you mow your lawn, it will provide a natural fertilizer.
*Place leaves on top of your flower and garden beds to insulate them during the cold winter months.

For more helpful tips, locations to pick up yard signs, information about local municipality collections go to Love Your Lakes or check out this handy myfairlakes brochure and help spread the word on how to Love Our Lakes.


October 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm 1 comment Offers Reduced Price Plants

Spring came yesterday, according to me, and from now on I ban all talk about “snow”, “winter” and “salt”. No more of that, please.

Instead, our office is preparing for spring. Turns out that is thinking about spring as well, and they’re offering Plant Dane!,  a cost-share program for rain garden projects. By applying, you can get plants at a reduced price ($1.80 ea). Learn more and send in your application here.

What’s cool is that the program is open to schools, non-profits, municipalities and individuals. Which means, teachers, if you need a course idea for your summer session, you can have your students design, dig and plant a rain garden all while getting outdoors and learning about Madison water issues.

How to build a rain garden brochure (PDF, 1 MB)
Answers to questions you may have about how to take care of our lakes.

Question: if all 200,000 Madisonians thought about warm weather at the same time, do you think we can induce an early summer?

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