Second Yahara Lakes Conference Oct. 10

The sources of excess nutrients and sediments that enter the Yahara Lakes are widely known and well understood. But practical and effective ways to halt this pollution — which degrades water quality, feeds excess growth of weeds and algae, and leads to frequent beach closings – continue to elude us. A Clean Future for the Yahara Lakes: Solutions for Tomorrow, Starting Today will focus on identifying and implementing answers to these persistent problems.

Highlights include:

* A keynote presentation by Tom O’Brien, Executive Director of the Watershed Agricultural Council in New York. This program, a partnership between urban residents and farmers in the upstate watershed, supports agricultural conservation practices that ensure clean drinking water for New York City.
* Concurrent session tracks on citizen action and community partnerships; controlling urban and rural sediment and nutrient run-off; investigating and controlling beach pollution; and opportunities in manure management to cut phosphorus input into the lakes.
* A panel of local leaders, moderated by Neil Heinen, that will respond to ideas and recommendations generated by the day’s activities.

To register for A Clean Future for the Yahara Lakes: Solutions for Tomorrow, Starting Today, please visit

For more information, contact Steve Pomplun at the Nelson Institute, spomplun@wisc or 263-3063.

We hope to see you at Monona Terrace on October 10!