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Yahara Lakes 101: History in the Mucking
January 8 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Join us for Yahara Lakes 101 hosted by Clean Lakes Alliance to learn about the issues that impact our lakes! Water quality in Wisconsin’s lakes has evolved throughout time. But how has it changed since the influx of European-American immigrants more than 150 years ago? The history can be revealed through the use of sediment cores taken from lakes throughout Wisconsin. We can see the impact of significant changes in land use including agriculture, logging, urbanization, and shoreline development. In this month’s Yahara Lakes 101, former DNR water research scientist Paul Garrison will help us uncover the history—from increased mechanization after World War II, to the widespread use of synthetic fertilizers. Paul Garrison is retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources where he was a Water Research Scientist for more than 39 years. His research was mostly concentrated on lakes, with a specialty in using sediment cores to reconstruct the water quality history of lakes. Garrison also studied acid precipitation, lake restoration, lake classification, mercury pollution, wetland classification, and phosphorus impacts on streams. He now works part-time for Onterra, LLC doing lake management planning.
The event is held at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater. Admission is FREE for 2020 Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.
Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences. The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with presenting sponsors First Weber Foundation and Johnson Financial Group, hosting sponsor The Edgewater, supporting sponsor National Guardian Life Insurance Company, and media partner the Isthmus.