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:

  • $2.5 million to address blockages in the Yahara river. This will include dredging compacted sediment, adding additional aquatic plant harvesters and debris removal equipment and addressing bridge crossings that collect debris and slow water flow.

  • $75,000 to model different scenarios on how to best manage lakes levels and identify restriction points in the river. A technical group will be formed to complete the modeling.

  • $1 million matching grant for park and trail repair.

  • $50,000 for stream bank restoration.

  • $750,000 for a new Dane County Conservation Reserve Program to help farmers and property owners convert parts of their at-risk run-off land into prairie and grass.

  • $8 million to secure properties to reduce storm water run-off.

  • $308,000 for fast-fill sand bagging machines, sandbags, flood barriers, pumps and generators.

  • $110,000 for a second Dane County Sheriff’s Office airboat, 911 Web reporting and emergency housing for people with special needs.

Please see the YLA letter to Executive Joe Parisi (in this newsletter) which recommended many of these items.