Clean(er) Lakes. Impossible?

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Clean(er) Lakes. Impossible?

Postby Veeder » Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:22 pm

My wife and I recently moved to Madison and we absolutely love it here (yes, even after a few years in beautiful Colorado). One of the biggest draws to Madison is Lake Mendota. We bought a house near (not on...WAY too expensive for us...) Lake Mendota.

As a newly-minted Madisonian I was very surprised to hear people speak of Lake Mendota's pollution. Some people say they won't even swim in it. Some people claim its cleaner now than it was 10 years ago. Overall most people seem to feel helpless and/or frustrated regarding solutions to the pollution problems (whatever they may be).

So now my questions: Are there local organizations designed to address the lake pollution in Madison? I understand that certain fertilizers have been banned (it makes my blood boil to hear supposedly 'intelligent' people talk about fertilizing their lawns FOUR times a year...what a joke...pathetic. sorry.).

Someone or some body of people must have worked to pass this fertilizer law. Who is working to protect Madison's lakes? In other words, how can I help? I can't believe that all the intelligent and activist citizens of this beautiful city would consider clean(er) lakes an impossible goal.

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Re: Clean(er) Lakes. Impossible?

Postby tibor » Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:32 am

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Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:55 am

The Wingra link above doesn't talk about the DNR's plan to remove carp - link to prior discussion.

I noticed the funnel weir has been placed at the entrance to the Vilas Park lagoon. Anyone know what the DNR will do with the carp that are removed and do they need help with removal?

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Postby everywoman » Mon Apr 30, 2007 5:31 pm

I have been researching related issues myself, live on Lake Monona and found these recent articles interesting, (the 2nd one is about the landfills and water quality, the 1st one is about golfcourse pesticides)

it is unbelievable to me that politics trump science once again and that people put "esthetics" over their children's health....

its cool that you want to do something, keep us posted on how to help....
are they more progressive in colorado on these public health issues? ... tid=131691 ... 220016.php

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Postby Veeder » Sun May 13, 2007 10:26 pm

The Wisconsin State Journal had a great article today regarding the lakes on the front page of the paper.

Note: The date of the conference is FRIDAY MAY 18 NOT saturday "May 18" - as the WSJ article states (get it together WSJ).

Anyway, any press regarding the lakes is great to see on the front page of the paper.

Link to WSJ article: ... 75&ntpid=2


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