2008 Yahara Lakes Conference

A Clean Future for the Yahara Lakes: Solutions for Tomorrow, Starting Today

The Yahara Lakes are vital economic and ecological resources for south central Wisconsin, providing an abundance of recreational and educational opportunities, natural beauty, economic value and community identity.

But lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa and Wingra face considerable challenges. Nutrient pollution from farm fields, sediment from construction sites, and stormwater runoff from streets and parking lots degrade lake water quality and promote excess growth of aquatic vegetation. Toxic algae blooms and beach closings are among the many undesirable and persistent consequences.

These problems are all well documented and widely understood. Solutions to many of these problems are available, but they can be complex and potentially costly, and developing the resolve to implement them will require innovation, foresight and extraordinary cooperation throughout the watershed. This conference will gather citizens, scientists, public officials, advocates, farmers, business people, riparians and other stakeholders to work toward collaborative, effective and lasting solutions.

A Clean Future for the Yahara Lakes: Solutions for Tomorrow, Starting Today was held on October 10, 2008.