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

April
24

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff pa …

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April
24

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact: www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin


April
25

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff pa …

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April
26

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention

If you care about Wisconsin’s lakes, attend the annual Wisconsin Lakes Partnership convention. The convention offers opportunities to learn about lakes management, including workshops, educational displays and exhibits, research presentations, off-site tours and demonstrations, panelsof experts in lake science and networking opportunities. The convention will feature concurrent workshop and session choices Thursday through Saturday. Friday morning’s kickoff pa …

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April
26

The Ultimate Pairing: Good Beer and New Zealand Mudsnails

River Alliance is hosting an Earth Day event and need 30 volunteers – that means you! -- to help contain the New Zealand mudsnail to Black Earth Creek, in order to protect other trout streams in Wisconsin from encroachment of this messy invasive. Volunteers will get “earthy” installing an informational kiosk, installing three-sided boot brushers, mounting streamside informational signs, and other possible activities. This is a great way to get actively engage …

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April
26

Volunteer Monitor Training

Learn what's going on biologically and chemically in streams, rivers and sloughs. Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway and DNR/UWEX are holding a water quality monitoring training. Join hundreds of volunteer monitors visiting their stream or river once a month May through October collecting important data. This is a great summer activity for families and friends to help biologists and show your love for your water resources.

Time and Place: 10am-2pm, Hwy 23 Canoe Landing Parking area, Spring Green, WI

Contact: admin@wisconsinriverfriends.org Phil Kerckoff,


April
26

Water Conservation Workshops

The Home Depot® is hosting free water conservation workshops covering ten home improvement projects that help conserve the water, such as converting to a dual-flush toilet, switching to EPA WaterSense® labeled showerheads and faucets, installing drip irrigation and rotary nozzle or dual spray sprinklers and more.

Time and Place: 10 a.m., Home Depot Verona Road location

Contact:  .workshops.homedepot.com Register at


April
26

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. This project is open for additional individual volunteers. Groups of 25-50 volunteers can be accommodated with prior notice. If a group wants to attend, they must first contact Marian Farrior.

Time and Place: 9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Visitor Center front steps; Core Area at the UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison

Contact: www.uwarboretum.org, mlfarrior@wisc.edu Marian Farrior, (608) 265-5214,


April
28

Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale

 

Spring is almost here, which means it's time to quench your garden's thirst with rain harvesting systems and compost bins. Modern, sleek-designed rain "barrels" with high-flow spigots and downspout diverters in 50-200 gallon capacities, and compost bins available in brown, tan and grey. Order online today to ensure you get one! Quantities limited day of; first-come, first served on delivery day of May 17. Pre-order deadline May 6.

Time and Place: Delivery 8-9 a.m., on May 17 at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison

Contact: www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin



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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