CARING FOR OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
365 Days a Year

CARING FOR OUR LAKES, RIVERS, & WETLANDS
365 Days a Year


About Take a Stake

Take A Stake In The Lake Logo
Take a Stake in Our Waters is a program by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and the Office of Lakes and Watersheds.

For almost 30 years, Take a Stake volunteers have been working to protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands of Dane County. Since its creation in 1988, Take a Stake has been expanded by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission and Office of Lakes and Watersheds from two days of shoreline clean-ups, to a two-week series of countywide special events, and now year-round activities that help people celebrate, learn about, protect and improve Dane County waters, recognizing that care for Dane County’s lakes, streams and wetlands doesn’t happen only a couple weeks out of the year.

During Take a Stake in Our Waters events, groups, clubs, individuals and families adopt beaches, shorelines, streams and more to collect litter, remove invasive species, plant native plants, mark storm drains, as well as a number of other activities. Thousands of volunteers have participated in these events and made a huge impact in Dane County over the decades.

VOLUNTEER!

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Events

Jul
02

Arboretum Wingra Oak Savanna Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world.

Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate.

Time and Place: 9am – noon, Wingra Oak Savanna at the UW Arboretum, meet at the parking lot on Arbor Drive, just off Monroe Street, Madison. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Contact: Marian Farrior (608) 265-5214 mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see http://uwarboretum.org/volunteer/positions/#ecological_restoration for more information


Jul
09

Arboretum Core Area/Curtis Prairie Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world.

Groups interested in volunteering should contact Marian Farrior in advance to coordinate.

Time and Place: 9am – noon, Core Area/Curtis Prairie at the UW Arboretum. Meet at the Visitor Center front steps, Madison. Work parties are cancelled if it is raining or snowing.

Contact: Marian Farrior (608) 265-5214 mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see http://uwarboretum.org/volunteer/positions/#ecological_restoration for more information


Jul
09

Friends of Monona Bay Monthly Shoreline Cleanup

Help keep Monona Bay clean by participating in the monthly shoreline trash cleanup!  Dress for the weather and be prepared to go up and down the boulders along the shoreline (we do not reschedule for weather).

Time and Place: 10:00am - Noon. Meet at the Brittingham Beach House located at 701 W. Brittingham Place, the same location as Brittingham Boats.  Please note that this is NOT the Brittingham Park Shelter. 

Contact: Any questions, contact Nina Emerson ninajemerson@yahoo.com or 608-698-9708.


Jul
16

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy Restoration Workday

Activities vary from month to month. They focus on restoring native plant communities, removing non-native species, promoting diversity, collecting seed, reducing erosion, and improving habit for insects, birds, and a variety of animals. Management practices reduce runoff into the marsh (a designated Working Wetland) and promote infiltration to sustain the springs - a major source of fresh water flowing into Lake Mendota.

Time and Place: 9:ooam-noon. Meet at the County Parking lot, 4864 Pheasant Branch Road in Middleton.

Contact: Janet Kane, Restoration and Management Committee Co-chair, 203-8456, kanefam74@gmail.com. To sign up for announcements about upcoming workdays, e-mail restoration@pheasantbranch.org and ask to be added to the list.


Jul
16

UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Volunteer Work Party

Join other volunteers to help care for the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Activities include removing invasive plants, planting native plugs, maintaining trails, collecting trash, and cleaning fire circles. Tools and gloves provided. Dress to work outdoors; long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Groups and minors are okay with advance notice. Canceled in case of rain, high winds, or temps above 100F.

Time and Place: 9:00 am - Noon. Meet at Picnic Point parking lot #129 (2000 University Bay Drive) (map)

Contact: Bryn Scriver bryn.scriver@wisc.edu


Aquatic Debris Collection

Shoreline Residents:

The annual Take a Stake in Our Waters shoreline trash and aquatic debris collection by Dane County Lakes Management barges begins on:

Lakes Mendota & Kegonsa
Monday, July 18, 2016

Lakes Monona & Waubesa
Monday, July 25, 2016

YES: Aquatic vegetation (lake weeds, algae), debris washed up on shore (trash, dead fish, etc.)

NO: Yard waste or brush (grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs), household waste (garbage, pet waste, etc.)

Barges will make ONE pass around the lake. Have debris on your pier by 6 am Monday so you don’t miss the collection. It may be a few days until they get to your pier. If the water adjacent to your pier is too shallow to allow our access from the water, we may not be able to pick up debris from your pier.

Questions about this shoreline cleanup? Call John Reimer at (608) 224-3612. For all other questions about Dane County waters, visit www.danewaters.com.

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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