Celebrate World Water Day!

World Water Day is an international day of action to raise awareness about water and remind us all that no water is wastewater.  Several organizations in Dane County have come together to organize a week of events (March 18-March 25) to celebrate our precious water resources. We look forward to seeing you at an event!

All events are listed below and are also on Facebook. RSVP to let your friends know you are attending!

 

Saturday, March 18:

Restoration Work Party

9am-Noon

UW-Madison Arboretum (1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison)

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Please RSVP to Marrian Farrior by email or phone (608) 265-5214.

 

Discover Starkweather Creek

10-11:30am

Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St, Madison)

Wisconsin Master Naturalist Alex Singer will lead a family friendly walk to hidden natural areas along Starkweather Creek in the heart of Madison’s east side. Along the way you will learn about the water cycle and some of the ways water quality is tested. Meet at the Goodman Community Center.

 

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

9am-5pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

The Great Showerhead Giveaway

1:00-4:00pm

Meadowood Neighborhood Center (5740 Raymond Rd, Madison)

Come claim your free low-flow showerhead from Madison Water Utility (Madison residents only), then visit with tables from other organizations to get additional giveaways and learn how small changes in your water use can mean big changes for our lakes and rivers.

 

Sunday, March 19: 

Effluent Ale Tasting & Irrigation Pilot Tour

1:00-4:00pm

Nine Springs Golf Course Clubhouse (2201 Traceway Dr., Fitchburg)

Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area present a tasting of the limited-production Nine Springs Effluent Pale Ale, beer produced using filtered effluent (treated wastewater) from the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant. Stay to tour our pilot program of effluent irrigation sprinklers on the golf course.

RSVPs are encouraged but not required. RSVP to Rick Eilertson via email or phone.

 

Monday, March 20: 

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Information Station      

9am-3pm

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (1610 Moorland Road, Madison)

Stop by the Operations Building of our Treatment Plant facility and learn more about our work to protect water. Pick up free tools to become a better water steward.

 

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

10am-8pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

Science on Tap - Can We Have Clean Lakes and Ice Cream Too?

6:30pm

Ale Asylum (2002 Pankratz St, Madison)

Join us for the an early celebration of World Water Day at Madison brewery, Ale Asylum. This is the first ever Science on Tap-Madison! There will be no lecture, no PowerPoint, just a conversation with UW-Madison researchers about water quality and policy in Wisconsin and an excellent selection of excellent brews. Hosted by UW-Madison Center for Limnology. Visit the UW-Madison Center for Limnology website for more details about this event.

 

Tuesday, March 21:

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Information Station      

9am-3pm

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (1610 Moorland Road, Madison)

Stop by the Operations Building of our Treatment Plant facility and learn more about our work to protect water. Pick up free tools to become a better water steward.

 

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

10am-8pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

Wednesday, March 22: WORLD WATER DAY

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Information Station      

9am-3pm

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (1610 Moorland Road, Madison)

Stop by the Operations Building of our Treatment Plant facility and learn more about our work to protect water. Pick up free tools to become a better water steward.

 

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

10am-8pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Tours             

10am, 2pm (hardhat tour) and 5:15pm

In honor of the World Water Day theme—Why Wastewater?—we are offering a behind the scenes look at how we reclaim water (as well as other resources) from the waste which goes down your pipes. Standard tours take place at 10am and 5:15pm. A special hardhat tour is available at 2pm.
Registration required - register here!

 

Test the Waters - Madison Children’s Museum

11:30am-12:30pm

Madison Children's Museum (100 N Hamilton St, Madison)

What sinks? What floats? How does water move through and around objects? Find out as you explore objects in water.
More information about this event available on the Madison Children's Museum website.

 

Watershed Explorations - Madison Children’s Museum

2:15-3:15pm

Madison Children's Museum (100 N Hamilton St, Madison)

Celebrate World Water Day by learning about watersheds and how they work. Look at lake water under the microscope and try your hand at fishing for bait minnows with nets. More information about this event available on the Madison Children's Museum website.

 

Friends of Lake Wingra Nature Hike

3:00-4:30pm

Meet at Glenwood Children's Park (602 Glenway St, Madison)

A nature/history hike around the Monroe Street area and learn about the Lake Wingra watershed. Please RSVP to Adrienne Marvin by email or phone (443)-280-0823.

 

Watershed Network Gathering: Effective Communications Strategies and Working Towards Behavior Change 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM    

Lyman F. Anderson Agriculture & Conservation Center (5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison - Room AB)

One the challenges of working on water quality issues is that achieving clean water goals relies in large part on voluntary behavior change. Well intentioned information and outreach programs aimed at fostering these behavior changes often measure themselves successful in terms outputs such as “number of brochures distributed” etc., but have failed over and over in achieving outcomes - that is, actually getting their ultimate goal of community adoption of the desired behaviors. Nevertheless, many well-intentioned programs continue to invest time and resources in information and outreach programs based on behavior change models that don’t work. Fortunately, there are tools and techniques for developing strategies that can work. This Watershed Network Gathering will give an overview of effective communications strategies, provide examples of successful strategies for overcoming barriers and building motivation for behavior change, and provide examples of how these concepts have been applied.

RSVPs are not required but are much appreciated - Sign up HERE

 

Thursday, March 23:

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Information Station      

9am-3pm

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (1610 Moorland Road, Madison)

Stop by the Operations Building of our Treatment Plant facility and learn more about our work to protect water. Pick up free tools to become a better water steward.

 

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

10am-8pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

Cheers to Water, A Happy Hour with River Alliance of Wisconsin

4:00-6:00pm

River Alliance of Wisconsin (147 S. Butler Street, Suite 2, Madison)

There is no better way to celebrate clean water than to raise a pint of beer! Come meet the staff and learn about the work River Alliance of Wisconsin does to support clean, plentiful water in our state. Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs requested but not required - RSVP HERE.

 

Friday, March 24:

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Information Station      

9am-3pm

Madion Metropolitan Sewerage District (1610 Moorland Road, Madison)

Stop by the Operations Building of our Treatment Plant facility and learn more about our work to protect water. Pick up free tools to become a better water steward.

 

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

10am-8pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

Saturday, March 25:

Lakeview Library Water Matters Display

9am-5pm

Lakeview Library (2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison)

Browse a selection of books related to water issues. Check library listing for open hours.

 

Interactive Rain Garden Workshop

9:00-11:00am

Lyman F. Anderson Agriculture & Conservation Center (5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison)

Cost: $10

This workshop will focus on helping participants new to the world of rain garden design through the process of actually designing a rain garden plan for their property. It will include hands-on stations and resources to guide participants through the process of site selection, sizing, site preparation, and plant selection. Information on installation and maintenance will also be provided. Experts will be available to answer questions. Participants can expect to leave with a rain garden plan tailored to their site. Registration required - register HERE.

 

Restoration Work Party - UW-Madison Arboretum

9:00am-Noon

UW-Madison Arboretum (1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison)

Help improve native habitat and help native plants thrive by removing invasive plant species in the Lake Wingra watershed. The UW-Madison Arboretum maintains one the oldest prairie restorations in the world. Please RSVP to Marrian Farrior by email or phone (608) 265-5214.

 

Volunteer Work Day - Upper Sugar River Watershed Association           

9:00am-Noon

Meeting site map - 2717 County View Road, Verona

Help Upper Sugar River Watershed Association restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area!  Volunteers will help remove woody invasive species (buckthorn and honeysuckle) along the Military Ridge State Trail which will help the nearby prairie flourish. VOlunteers will also treat the invasive with herbicide and help burn brush piles from winter clearings. Coffee, hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided to fuel the great work of the volunteers.
RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP to Wade Moder via email or phone 920-850-6902.

 

Hike the Headwaters,Token Creek Conservancy

10:00am-Noon

Token Creek Conservancy - meet at the Culver entrance at 3667 Egre Road (DeForest/Windsor)

Come join us for a guided hike in the Token Creek Conservancy to explore the headwaters of the Yahara RIver chain of lakes.  Barb Bauer will lead you through the 100-acre propertyfull of bubbling cold water springs and teeming with birds and animals.  Its the the best kept secret in Dane County!

 

Donuts with Dad: Water Storytime

10:00-11:00am

Sequoya Library (4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison)

Join us for some Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. Moms welcome, too. This event is hosted by the UW Water Library.

                       

 

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