The Yahara Lakes Association (YLA) is a non-profit organization which works to improve and preserve the lakes and rivers in the Yahara chain of lakes in south central Wisconsin.
YLA is dedicated to representing waterfront property owners and advocating for the vitality of the Yahara chain of lakes so all citizens may enjoy them.
What does Yahara Lakes Association do?
Keep our members informed and involved in lake issues and events.
Take direct action and advocacy on lake, shoreline, and property issues.
Provide legislative representation and interaction with local and state officials.
Support and coordinate outreach and research on lake issues with farmers, government officials and communities.
Lake Mendota. Lake Monona.
Yahara River. Lake Waubesa. Lake Kegonsa.
Latest News -
Leaf-Free Streets for Clean Waters — The cooler temperatures may signal an end to boating and swimming season, but fall is the perfect time to take action to protect our waters! Did you know that more that 50% of the annual amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater can come from leaves in the street! When it rains, stormwater flows through leaf piles in streets creating a “leaf tea” that is rich in dissolved phosphorus. This “leaf tea” travels through storm sewers making its way to our lakes, rivers, and streams. Too much phosphorus can lead to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels and green murky waters, none of which are good for animals living in the water or those of us who us it for recreation. Simply removing street leaves before the rain can greatly reduce the amount of phosphorus that reaches our waters each fall!
You can help! Before the rain…..
1. Safely remove leaves from the street in front of your home and nearby storm drains.
3. Sign up to receive Leaf-free Streets Rain Alerts this fall (Oct. 1 - Nov. 30). Alerts are issued 1-2 days before a significant rain event reminding you that it’s time to remove street leaves. ***This program is only available to Dane County residents or businesses.***
4. Place a Leaf-free Streets for Clean Waters sign in your front yard this fall. Let others know you are taking action to protect area waters and invite them to join the Leaf-free Streets effort. To request a free sign contact Christal Campbell.
We also have a Leaf-free Streets Partner Toolkit with new resources that groups and neighborhood associations can use to help engage their communities and spread the word. If you are part of a neighborhood association or other group we invite you to check it out.
A Slow-no-wake order was issued for Squaw Bay effective as of sunrise Saturday, July 20th. Since then the Dane County sheriffs have stopped several boaters who say they were not aware of it. So they have asked us to remind you of it again below. Please pass the word on to your friends For additional information click here!
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