Yahara 2070: The future of the Yahara Watershed – May 14

What kind of future do we want for the Yahara Watershed?

On Wednesday, May 14, the Water Sustainability and Climate Project at UW-Madison will launch Yahara 2070, their innovative research initiative that could help local communities answer this question.

Yahara 2070 is an exploration of possible futures for the people, lakes, and ecosystems of the Yahara Watershed, the region that shares Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa. The project combines rigorous science, public input, and “out-of-the-box” thinking in a set of ecological scenarios for the Yahara Watershed in the year 2070.

An investigation of the question “what if…”, the scenarios provide fictitious but plausible stories about the future of the region’s ecosystems and human well-being, based on a range of possible social and environmental changes. These stories can help communities and decision makers envision and plan for a desirable future.

This event is the debut of a suite of research results that will emerge over the course of 2014 and 2015. Yahara 2070 is part of the UW-Madison’s Water Sustainability and Climate Project, a five-year interdisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Date: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, reception with food and beverage to follow
Place: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, H.F. DeLuca Forum, 330 N. Orchard St. Madison

This event is free and open to the public.

Register here:

• Chris Kucharik, Lead Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, Agronomy and Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, UW-Madison
• Steve Carpenter, Principal Investigator and Director, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison

Following the presentation, a panel of local leaders will discuss the region’s future:
• Steve Carpenter, Director, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison
• Donald Heilman, President, Clean Lakes Alliance
• Melissa Malott, Executive Assistant, Office of Dane County Executive Parisi
• Brennan Nardi, Editor, Madison Magazine
• Moderator: Zac Schultz, Producer/Reporter, Wisconsin Public Television

Learn more about the Water Sustainability and Climate Project at