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.

The technical group will include a core group of hydrology and hydraulic experts, including John Reimer, Assistant Director of the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department, Chin Wu, Professor UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Ken Potter, Professor Emeritus in the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The group will also include experts from the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Emergency Management, Dane County, WDNR and others.

Experts, such as limnologists, fishery biologists, and wetland ecologists, will be consulted as ideas emerge. The technical group will prepare a report by February 1, 2019 and will be available for public comment and review when it is complete. A task force convened by the Lakes and Watershed Commission and the Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will use the technical report to make policy and management recommendations for the Yahara Chain of Lakes. The task force will make their recommendations by March 31, 2019.

Written by Laura Hicklin, Director - Dane County Land & Water Resources Department