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October 10 Program Highlights 25 Years of Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission Accomplishments

September 30, 2013
Sue Jones (608-224-3764), Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission
Land & Water Resources

(Madison, WI) Remarks from former County Executive Rick Phelps and the first Lakes and

Watershed Commission Coordinator Lloyd Eagan will highlight an October 10 program

celebrating the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission’s 25th anniversary.

The program will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in Room 354 of the City-County

Building, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., immediately following the Commission’s monthly business

meeting.

 

Lyle Updike, the current Lakes and Watershed Commission Chair, said, “The Dane County

Lakes and Watershed Commission is proud of its work over the past 25 years, and we invite

community members to join us in hearing outstanding speakers tell the story of Commission

origins and accomplishments.”

 

Former County Executive Rick Phelps will speak about the status of county environmental

initiatives when he was elected County Executive in 1988, and how his establishment of the

Lakes and Watershed Commission and hiring its first Coordinator (Eagan) energized county

environmental protection in water, lands, recycling, and land use. After his eleven years of

service as Dane County Executive, Phelps went on to serve for eleven years as Senior Vice

President of Marshall & Ilsley Bank (M&I, now BMO Harris), where he led the bank’s civic

involvement in business and community development. Phelps also served as Senior Vice

President of the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce (now the Partnership

for New York City), where he focused the efforts of 200 CEOs of the city’s top corporations in

rebuilding the World Trade Center site and Lower Manhattan after 9/11.

Former Watershed Management Coordinator Lloyd Eagan will speak about her initial work with

the Commission, including development of its first water action plan and work with the

Wisconsin legislature to enable the Commission to establish effective water quality

improvement standards across all county watersheds. Since leaving the Commission in 1990,

Eagan served in Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources air management programs,

including serving as Director of the Bureau of Air Management from 1997 to 2005, Director of

the DNR’s South Central Region based in Fitchburg, and for the last two years before her

September 2013 retirement as DNR Water Leader for the South Central and South East

Regions.

 

Current Watershed Management Coordinator Sue Jones, who has served in that role since

1998, will round out the program by sharing Commission accomplishments over the last 25

years and how they have protected and improved water quality and the quality of life for Dane

County residents. Among the Commission’s accomplishments are creation of “Take a Stake in

Our Waters” year-round volunteer opportunities, development of county-wide erosion control

and stormwater standards to keep sediment and phosphorus out of lakes, streams and

wetlands; and creation of the Yahara CLEAN report that is the foundation of current

phosphorus reduction work. See the attachment for additional Commission highlights.

 

About the Lakes and Watershed Commission – A coordinating and advisory agency within

Dane County government, the Commission's charge is to protect and improve water quality, as

well as the scenic, economic, recreational, and environmental value of Dane County's water

resources. Learn more about the Commission’s current members and priorities at

www.danewaters.com.

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