Seal of Dane County County of Dane
County Executive's Office


June 16, 2011
Rhea Stangel-Maier, Take a Stake in the Lakes Clean-Up Event Coordinator, office: 224-3601, cell: 220-3922 Sue Jones, Watershed Management Coordinator, 224-3764
Land & Water Resources

The 24th Annual Take a Stake in the Lakes Days volunteer cleanup of lakes Monona, Waubesa, Wingra and other area waters will be held on Saturday, June 18th, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to noon. If you haven’t already reserved your group’s favorite park, stream or stretch of shoreline, call Rhea Stangel-Maier find out how you can help protect our beautiful lakes.

Thousands of volunteers have removed hundreds of tons of waste from lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa and Wingra during this annual tradition since 1988. During Take a Stake in the Lakes Days clean up events, groups, individuals and families adopt a beach, shoreline, lake or stream and collect litter and rake aquatic debris from the water. Some adopt boat launches while others paddle their canoes or kayaks to pick up trash. Many groups then have a picnic in the park they’ve just cleaned up. Garbage bags and t-shirts are provided.

Volunteers can also mark storm drains in their neighborhoods reminding folks to keep waste, leaves and grass clippings out of the gutters, which drain directly to our lakes and streams.

An information center will be located at Law Park in Madison for those that have not preregistered.

Sponsored by the Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission, Take a Stake in the Lakes Clean Ups are part of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days, celebrating and promoting public awareness of the lakes and streams in Dane County. The clean-up events are held in cooperation with Dane County Parks, Dane County Public Works and Dane County UW-Extension, and is sponsored by many local businesses and organizations including Madison Fishing Expo, Top Promotions and 105.5 Triple M-FM. More information on Take a Stake in the Lakes Days is available at

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