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Image 1 - Following A Watershed's Winding Path To Sustainability
2012-03-11 07:17:32

National Science Foundation "Water, Sustainability and Climate" award fosters new view of urban rivers, lakes Cherokee Marsh, it's called, this sunken enclave surrounded by cattails and bulrushes.  The marsh is a mere dot on a map of the state of Wisconsin, but its importance reaches far beyond the wetland's edge. The Yahara River flows through Cherokee Marsh, swirling through coontail, sago pondweed, glade mallow and other plant species along the Yahara watershed as it goes. ...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Why does Madison need a municipal swimming pool when it has so many lakes? Critics of a city pool were fond of asking that question over the last half century. Well, this summer is providing the clearest answer yet: Madison needs a pool because its lakes are in terrible shape. The city has closed a slew of public beaches this summer for days at a time because of blue-green algae that can produce toxic blooms. Warner Park and Spring Harbor...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Sisi Chen, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 12--High lake levels are making it harder for Madison's storm sewers to keep streets clear, although city engineers say major street flooding is unlikely. When lake water and sewer water are at the same level, it is more difficult for water to flow from the streets through the sewers into the lakes, said Greg Fries with the city's engineering division. Crews were out Friday clearing debris from sewer grates in an effort to help water flow...

2008-07-11 21:00:13

By Ryan Hebel, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 11--In a college town like Madison, the final school bell seems to echo in a blaring cacophony for three long months. Motorcycles and lawnmowers rev their engines at dawn like sputtering roosters, construction crews jackhammer the street with a tireless makeover and every picnic area vibrates with the musical earthquakes of car radios. No wonder everyone's listening to iPods instead of the birds. Here are six Madison hideaways where earplugs...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Ron Seely, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 6--The Madison lakes appeared to be gleaming over the Fourth of July weekend, beckoning beneath a mostly blue sky and home again to anglers, skiers, boaters and even swimmers on some beaches. But anyone fishing or boating on Lake Mendota 's University Bay or even sitting on the Memorial Union Terrace over the holiday weekend could see the lingering effects in area waters of recent flooding. From the blue-green algae that floats on the bay...