Madison is on track to have the wettest year in recorded history. Even if we don’t get any more rain for the rest of the year, it would still be the sixth wettest year on record. According to a report released on September 5th by Dane County Emergency Management, flood damages in the county had already reached over $154 million. How has climate change played a role in this excessive rainfall, and what can you do to help? … More Flooding in Madison: The New Norm?
Have you noticed that Madison’s lakes and waterways have been especially green and soupy lately? Recent heavy rains and hot temperatures have contributed to a massive bloom of toxic blue-green algae around Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, the Yahara River and other parts of our watershed. How did this happen? Wisconsin is known for its delicious dairy … More Toxic Blooms: Algae in Our Lakes
On March 21, 2017 the Madison City Council approved a huge step for the city — committing to 100% renewable energy! Madison is among only a handful of U.S. cities that have made similar commitments to clean, renewable energy and the biggest city in the Midwest to take this step. Specifically, the vote strives to achieve … More Madison Commits to 100% Renewables
Sugar Maple trees (Acer saccharum) are the state tree of Wisconsin, but many Wisconsinites don’t know much about this wonderful and culturally important tree. Sugar Maples can be found through much of the northeastern United States. The wood is heavy, strong, and attractive, so it is often used for furniture and interior furnishing, but the better-known … More Hoping For A Syrup-y Spring