YLA Symposium Reducing Flood Risk - Register Now!

YLA Symposium Reducing Flood Risk - Register Now!

John Reimer, Assistant Director, Dane County Land and Water Resources Department

John will discuss the 2018 Technical Work Group Report on flooding in the Yahara lakes. This report provides the foundation for the options being considered by the Lake Level Task Force. John will talk about the methods used to analyze each scenario and their expected impact on lake levels and flow.  

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Now Hiring a Part-Time Administrative Assistant

Now Hiring a Part-Time Administrative Assistant

 The Yahara Lakes Association is seeking a part-time Board of Directors Administrative Assistant to work with the Board on the critical issues our members are facing relating to flooding and Dane County’s effort to find solutions. We estimate the weekly required time will range from 5 - 12 hours.

Please send a cover letter with your resume to Sal A Troia, President of YLA at salvelo@me.com.


Board of Directors Administrative Assistant (BAA)

The BAA will support the activities of the board committees, working with the chairs, which have been approved by the President and the Board of necessary. The BAA will report directly to the president administratively.

2018 YLA Member Survey Results

2018 YLA Member Survey Results

Thanks to all our members who responded to the YLA survey sent out with our August newsletter to assess member interest in ideas to add value to your membership and improve the Yahara chain of lakes. We received 29 survey responses, an approximately 10% response rate.

The #1 issue was shoreline weed control and management including increased funding/discounts, assistance and education. The YLA board has formed an Aquatic Plant Management Committee to assist and educate our members in managing aquatic plants along their shorelines. We will research options and provide information to you in future newsletters and/or emails.

Dane County 2019 Budget for the Lakes

Dane County 2019 Budget for the Lakes

On September 25th, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Dane County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan announced $18 Million to be included in the 2019 Dane County Budget to move water more quickly through the Yahara Chain of Lakes, restore damage to natural areas from flooding, reduce the amount of storm water that comes into the lakes and invest in new equipment to mitigate the impact of future flooding. The budget recommendations include:

President's Update - November

President's Update - November

I famously said in our August newsletter that I didn’t consider summer to be almost over because I measured summer from pier in day to pier out day. Since I normally take the last of my pier out in November, we were only half way through summer by my measure. In a “be careful what you wish for” irony, I took my pier out in September.

Summer is now over! Many of you took the first steps of understanding the complexities of managing our lakes when you attended the May YLA seminar on managing lake levels.

Experts to Focus on Lake Management

Experts to Focus on Lake Management

Dane County has convened a technical group of experts to assess alternatives for managing the Yahara Chain of Lakes to alleviate flooding. The primary questions that the technical group will consider are: 1. How to manage water levels with increasing volumes of water entering the system, and 2. How to improve the volume of water leaving the Yahara River system.

YLA Letter to Address the Risk of Flooding in the Yahara Lakes

YLA Letter to Address the Risk of Flooding in the Yahara Lakes

The Yahara Lakes Association (YLA) appreciates your efforts and leadership to improve the quality of our lakes. The extensive flooding in our community this summer and the potential for even more extreme weather events make it clear that we now need your leadership to address the real risk of catastrophic flooding in the Yahara Chain of Lakes.