CELEBRATING OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year

CELEBRATING OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
Caring for our Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands 365 Days a Year


About Take a Stake

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For more than 25 years, Take a Stake volunteers have been working to protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands of Dane County. Join in the celebration by participating in the wide range of activities and events happening in and around Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands all year long.

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Events

9/1/2014
Sep
1

Clean Lakes Alliance Lake User Survey

Ongoing from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2014---The Clean Lakes Alliance is seeking volunteers to help administer a lake user survey at nearby public beaches, boat landings and lakeside parks. The information will be used as part of a watershed-wide study to evaluate public perceptions and the value of our lakes to the community. Dates and times can be scheduled to match each volunteer's interest level and availability.

Time and Place: Various public-access locations around the Yahara Lakes

Contact: To sign up or to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Paul at 608-255-1000.  You may also email paul@cleanlakesalliance.com or visit www.cleanlakesalliance.com


9/6/2014
Sep
6

Holy Wisdom Monastery Community Workday

Restore the land and renew your spirit. Volunteers of all ages have helped return over 100 acres of land to native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Become part of the tradition and enjoy some time outdoors. Work projects may include collecting prairie seed; maintaining rain gardens, green roofs and nature trails; pulling invasive weeds; staining nature trail signs; splitting firewood; picking apples and cleaning inside our eco-friendly building. Pre-registration r …

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9/6/2014
Sep
6

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in an oak savanna near the shore of Lake Wingra. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street; Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum; 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact: www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,


9/6/2014
Sep
6

Paddle Expedition on the Lower Sugar River

Canoeing and tubing are popular on the Sugar River from Albany to Brodhead, but not as many folks have explored the final stretch of the Sugar River before it empties into the Pecatonica. This scenic and remote route runs through several Illinois Forest Preserves and ends near Shirland, IL. Canoeists and kayakers are encouraged to join us on a paddle through this interesting section of the Sugar River. Here the Sugar River winds through mostly undeveloped Illinois State Forest Preserves and Nat …

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9/13/2014
Sep
13

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help Monona Bay! Pick up trash along the shoreline of the bay and in Brittingham Park.

Time and Place: 10am –noon Meet at the Brittingham Beach House, 701 West Brittingham Place, corner of Proudfit and West Brittingham Place

Contact: ; FOMB Monthly Shoreline Cleanup on facebook; Nina Emerson, 608-698-9708http://friendsofmononabay.blogspot.com/p/cleanups.html



Aquatic Debris Collection

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters (formerly Take a Stake in the Lakes Days) shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on June 10 for Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa and on June 17 for Lakes Monona and Waubesa. Barges will make ONE pass around the lakes. Shoreline residents should have debris from their pier area on their pier by 6 am Monday so they don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to each pier. Pier pickup of aquatic debris is not an option for homeowners where barges cannot access piers. Only aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.) will be picked up by barges. Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.) will not be collected. Call Rhea at (608) 224-3601 with questions. If you don't currently reside at your lakefront property, please make sure that those who live there are aware of this shoreline debris collection.

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