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Six awards announced at reception and networking event

First ever Clean Lakes Community Awards

Clean Lakes Alliance was pleased to hold its first ever Clean Lakes Community Awards presented by Town Bank on Tuesday, November 27th, 2019. In light of significant challenges facing our lakes, we have been overwhelmed by the community’s response. The awards program recognized outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made our lakes a top priority.

“I can honestly say, over the last few years, I have seen a big shift towards greater community involvement in lake health,” said Clean Lakes Alliance board chair Lloyd Eagan in address to the audience and awardees.

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Clean Lakes Alliance partners with Rooster Events

Rooster Events, LLC signed a 5 year agreement with Clean Lakes Alliance of Madison to produce the Shoreline Open Water Swim and have it added to the Big Swell Swim Series races. Clean Lakes Alliance will remain the nonprofit partner and receive a portion of each registration for the event.

This is an exciting partnership for both groups as the Big Swell Swim brings many swimmers from all over the country to our state and will focus on growing this race in Madison as part of the series. With this growth and donations from the swim race, Clean Lakes Alliance, a nonprofit out of Madison, will continue their efforts to protect and improve our lakes. Large swim events like those in the Big Swell series draw attention to our lakes as a core component of Madison’s thriving race culture.

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About Rooster Events, LLC and the Big Swell Swim: Rooster Events is a niche events company owned and operated locally by Jackie Hering. The Big Swell Swim series now includes 3 races around southern Wisconsin (Devil’s Lake, Lake Monona, and Lake Michigan) each showcasing Wisconsin’s beautiful landscape. Each event offers a short and long distance option and caters to open water swimmers and triathletes of all levels. More information: www.bigswellswim.com

About Clean Lakes Alliance: Clean Lakes Alliance is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization dedicated to the improvement and protection of the lakes, streams, and wetlands in the Yahara River Watershed. Through community support, advocacy, and education, Clean Lakes Alliance is working to restore and protect our lakes.

 

Increasing lake access to Madison youth

Early experiences in nature can create lasting connections to the land and water that surrounds us. But many local residents don’t have opportunities to enjoy or learn about one of Greater Madison’s most prominent public resources; our lakes. Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Clean Lakes Alliance is working to shift that reality through the restructuring and expansion of our Lake Explorer Camp.

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A busy summer for our lakes

Summer in Madison would not be the same without our lakes. This year, especially, we’ve seen our lakes at their best and their worst due to record rain events, cyanobacteria blooms, and beach closures. Here at Clean Lakes Alliance, the summer is a time to get out and enjoy our lakes while also doubling down on our efforts to protect them. From innovative grant projects, to county policy recommendations, to record-setting engagement, we’ve been hard at work for our lakes this summer, and so have you! Let’s take a look back at some highlights from this lake season.

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Paddle for a Purpose kicks off at Brittingham Boats on Lake Monona

MADISON, Wis. — People looking for an excuse to ditch out of work a little early on a warm Monday afternoon need to look no farther than one of three Madison Boats locations. Starting on Monday, June 4, Madison Boats will kick off its “Paddle for a Purpose” program with Clean Lakes Alliance. The program will dedicate 20% of all paddle sport rentals every Monday this summer from 4-8 p.m. at its Brittingham Boats, Wingra Boats, and Marshall Boats locations to Clean Lakes Alliance.

“Clean and healthy lakes are essential to our business,” said Madison Boats owner Tyler Leeper. “We’ve supported Clean Lakes Alliance since the beginning and we are excited to get more community members behind raising funds for our lakes.”

Kickoff Party

What: Paddle for a Purpose Launch Party
When: Monday June 4th, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Brittingham Boats, 701 W. Brittingham Pl.
Info: Grilled food and live music for paddlers and friends looking to help the lakes
On-Site Contact: Adam Sodersten – Cell 608-658-3648

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