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

4/25/2015
Apr
25

Sugar River Workday

Capitol Water Trails, in partnership with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, help to clear downed trees and remove trash in the Sugar River numerous times each year.  For this workday, we will be focusing on the stretch of Sugar River from Valley Road to Highway 69 in the Town of Verona (3.4 river miles). Volunteers can count on getting a little messy, so please dress appropriately.  It’s recommended to wear a pair of old tennis shoes and clothing that dries easil …

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4/25/2015
Apr
25

Arboretum Core Area Work Party

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species near Curtis Prairie, one of the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Learn how the Arboretum is managing stormwater for the Lake Wingra watershed.

Time and Place: 9am – noon, Core Area at the UW Arboretum.  Meet at the Visitor Center front steps, Madison

Contact: Marian Farrior, mlfarrior@wisc.edu; see http://uwarboretum.org/volunteer/positions/#ecological_restoration for more information


4/25/2015
Apr
25

Black Earth Creek Clean-up with Trout Unlimited

Join the Black Earth Creek Watershed Association and Trout Unlimited for the clean-up!

Time and Place: Meet at 9 AM at Salmo Pond

Contact: Questions? Email Greg at 'grhyer@tds.net'


4/25/2015
Apr
25

Token Creek Conservancy Workday

Join the Madison Area Women's Outdoor Network in their effort to remove garlic mustard from Big Hill! Worday runs from 9 a.m-12 p.m.

Time and Place: Meet at 9am in the parking lot at the base of Big Hill.

Contact: Contact Amy Anderson Schweppe at amy@windsorwi.gov with any questions


4/25/2015
Apr
25

Token Creek Conservancy Workday

Join the Madison Area Women's Outdoor Network in their effort to remove garlic mustard from Big Hill! Worday runs from 9 a.m-12 p.m.

Time and Place: Meet at 9am in the parking lot at the base of Big Hill.

Contact: Amy Anderson Schweppe at amy@windsorwi.gov with any questions


4/25/2015
Apr
25

"Take a Stake" Storm Drain Challenge

 The Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds has partnered with UW-Madison to promote stormwater awareness.  Come learn about stormwater pollution and wrap up your Earth Week with a few hours of service on Saturday, April 25th from 1:00pm-3:00pm! You must RSVP to participate. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-stake-storm-drain-challenge-tickets-16208359640

Time and Place: Volunteers should meet atop Bascom Hill at 1:00pm. 

Contact: Nik Simonson at simonson.nikolas@countyofdane.com or (608) 224-3617



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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