Resources for Water-related Groups


Google Drive Resources Folder

Photo courtesy of Paolo Veglio

The Dane County Office of Lakes and Watersheds manages an online resources folder (Google Drive) for the Watershed Network. This folder contains presentations and information from past Watershed Network Gatherings, resources organized by subject, and other useful materials.  Water-related groups are encouraged to send useful materials and information to be added to the folder to


Take a Stake in our Waters Volunteer Program

Advertise your volunteer event on to boost your volunteer numbers and help us track the collective impact of water-related groups in the County. Dane County staff will support your event with tools, garbage bags, work gloves, volunteer t-shirts, and promotion, if requested.

Do you organize volunteer events for your group? Groups and businesses often contact us looking to volunteer, and we will pass these opportunities along as they arise.  If you would like to be notified, email and ask to be added to our volunteer coordinator email list.


Natural Resources Education Center

The Dane County Natural Resources Education Center provides resources, equipment, expertise and training for area residents concerning water quality issues and resources. The center is a network of local organizations coordinated by the Dane County UW-Extension. The Office of Lakes and Watersheds provides financial resources to support this center.

For more information, check out this informational brochure (PDF) or visit the Natural Resources Education Center page on the UW-Extension website.


Wisconsin's Water Library

Wisconsin's Water Library is a collection of almost 30,000 volumes of water-related information about the Great Lakes and the waters of Wisconsin. Wisconsin's Water Library is an academic library at UW Madison that is open to the public.


River Alliance of Wisconsin: Resources for Watershed Groups

The River Alliance of Wisconsin has a library of tool kits for local groups, including:


Yahara 2070 discussion guides 

The future of water and people depends on the choices we make today – and the ideas we share with each other. The Yahara 2070 discussion guides are free, self-guided conversation tools designed to help groups imagine possible futures and then develop their own vision of a desirable future to work toward. The guides are tools for engaging your community in important discussions that could impact future generations. These guides are available on the UW-Water Sustaibability and Climate website.

The website is managed by the Clean Lakes Alliance and provides water quality information (based on citizen monitoring data) for the Yahara chain of lakes. 


Citizen Lake Monitoring Network

The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network (WDNR) creates a bond between over 1000 citizen volunteers statewide and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Their goals are to collect high quality data, to educate and empower volunteers, and to share this data and knowledge.


Wisconsin Water Science Center

Since 1906, Wisconsin Water Science Center (USGS) has been collecting high-quality hydrologic data and conducting unbiased, scientifically sound research on Wisconsin's water resources. We strive to meet the changing needs of those who use our information—from the distribution, availability, and quality of our water resources to topic-oriented research that addresses current hydrological issues.


UW Center for Limnology

The Center for Limnology's mission is to exemplify The Wisconsin Idea by providing new knowledge and information on aquatic ecosystems through research, education, outreach and public service; and to facilitate and support research and teaching based around facilities at the Hasler Laboratory of Limnology and Trout Lake Station.