Scenarios for the Future of Lake Wingra
Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisc. is an urban lake that is used by the public in many ways. However, the lake receives runoff waters from an urban watershed which carry sediments and pollutants, such as nutrients and road salt. Lake Wingra is eutrophic due to excessive phosphorus inputs. The lake harbors some harmful exotic species, including common carp and Eurasian water milfoil. There is widespread interest in improving and sustaining the amenities provided by Lake Wingra and its shorelands. Friends of Lake Wingra, a nonprofit organization of citizens concerned about the lake, has organized input from many diverse people and groups to develop an evolving set of goals for the lake and its watershed. A team developed scenarios to evaluate plausible changes during the next generation (to 2035) that could affect the implementation of goals for Lake Wingra. These results were reported in public meetings and on the internet.
Planning for management of invasive species, fisheries and water quality problems in Lake Wingra. Although this project has been completed, the UW-Madison team are continuing to collaborate with neighborhood groups and the city and county government to provide information needed to restore Lake Wingra.
- Quality of Life
- Friends of Lake Wingra
Steve Carpenter, S.A. Forbes Professor of Limnology
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College of Letters & Science
Project last updated on 5/29/2008