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.