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AquaPalooza Event To Celebrate Area's Lakes

A celebration on Lake Mendota bringing boaters, sun and fun together will be held on Sunday, July 31st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Picnic Point on Lake Mendota.

AquaPalooza is a series of on-water celebrations held during the last two weekends in July at more than 100 locations around the world.

Originally created by Sea Ray Boats, AquaPalooza is free and open to all boaters and non-boaters. This year music will be provided by MidLife Crisis on a floating barge. 

There will be various games and fun activities for family and friends of all ages. A

s a new partner to the event, Clean Lake Alliance will be providing lake water education information and selling raffle tickets to support, protect and improve the lakes, streams and wetlands in the Yahara Watershed.

3 Of 4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed Reopen

3 Of 4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed Reopen

The Esther and Spring Harbor beaches have reopened after being closed for swimming due to blue-green algae.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Vilas and Warner beaches. Warner Beach has been reopened, officials said. 

The only Madison-Dane County beach that remains closed is Vilas Beach, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

 

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

The Hudson and Marshall beaches are closed for swimming due to blue-green algae. The beaches will reopen when their levels decline, officials said.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Lake Mendota County and Spring Harbor beaches on July 14. The beaches have been closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria. The beaches will reopen when bacteria levels decline, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

4 Madison, Dane County Beaches Closed As Temps Heat Up

The Esther and Spring Harbor beaches are closed for swimming due to blue-green algae. The beaches will reopen when their levels decline, officials said.

Public Health Madison-Dane County tested bacteria levels at Vilas and Warner beaches. The beaches have been closed for swimming due to elevated levels of bacteria. The beaches will reopen when bacteria levels decline, officials said.

For the latest beach closing information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/beach.

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Boat Inspectors To Be At Yahara Lakes Boat Landings Over Holiday Weekend

Dane County watercraft inspectors will be educating boaters and conducting free courtesy boat checks from Friday, July 1, through Monday, July 4, on Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa to assure that boaters do not accidentally spread Eurasian water-milfoil, zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The inspectors, who are a mix of paid Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds staff and volunteers, will be rotating among several of the busiest boat landings to help boaters understand Wisconsin’s invasive species laws and what they must do before leaving.

"Dane County is a great place for fishing and boating. By following simple steps, we can preserve the quality of our lakes for future generations to enjoy," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. 

Invasive species can crowd out native species, disrupt lake ecosystems and interfere with boating, fishing and other recreation.

Emerald Ash Borer Traps in Orchid Heights Park

Emerald Ash Borer Traps in Orchid Heights Park

In an effort to understand and treat the Emerald Ash Borer problem, the city continues to look for ways to stay ahead of the problem.

The Emerald ash Borer is an exotic, invasive beetle that is having a significant impact on the city's urban forest.

More than 28 percent of the city's trees (both on public and private land) are Ash trees.

The detection process will allow the city's horticulture division to detect the problem before it becomes unmanageable.

Depending on the size of the tree, some of the smaller trees will be removed and the larger trees will be treated.   

The removal of the trees will allow the city to diversify it's urban forest. The city will look to replace the trees with Oaks, Sycamores, Gingkos, Horse Chestnuts and Buckeyes among others.

Compost, Rain Bin Sale A Success

Compost, Rain Bin Sale A Success

The compost bin and rain barrel sale held on Saturday, May 7 at the Middleton Public Works Garage was a huge success, according to organizers.

Officials said that residents were lined up to purchase items when the sale started at 7 a.m.

There were 200 compost bins, 60 rain barrels, 50 kitchen compost buckets and 50 compost turners available for sale to start the day. Everything sold out with the exception of 70 compost bins.

Organizers said if future sales are held they will have more rain barrels and accessories.

City leaders said they wanted to send out a thank you to all of the volunteers.