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26th Annual Take a Stake BIGGER Than Ever

Name Change Reflects Broader Focus and Expansion to Year-round Events

An event of the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.

How do you top a Take a Stake 25th anniversary celebration that was bigger and better than ever? Grow the event some more! Take a Stake in the Lakes became the flagship of volunteerism and care for our treasured waterways. Created by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, the annual Take a Stake in the Lakes Days event has grown from two days of shoreline clean-ups, to a two-week series of countywide special events, and now, to year-round action events that help people celebrate, learn about, protect, and improve Dane County’s lakes and streams.

The Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission recognizes that care for Dane County’s lakes, streams and wetlands doesn’t happen only a couple weeks out of the year. Rather it is a year-round effort, and there is a plethora of volunteer activities that exemplify the love area residents show 365 days a year. In that spirit, “Take a Stake in the Lakes” will now be known as Take a Stake in Our Waters.

During Take a Stake in Our Waters, groups, clubs, businesses, individuals and families adopt beaches, shorelines, streams and more to collect litter and rake aquatic debris. Some adopt boat launches while others paddle their canoes or kayaks to pick up trash. Others mark storm drains with messages reminding folks to keep trash, leaves and grass clippings out of the street gutters, which drain directly to our lakes and streams. Thousands of volunteers have removed hundreds of tons of waste all over Dane County over the past quarter century.

A full listing of events and volunteer sign up for Take a Stake in Our Waters, sponsored by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission, are posted on www.takeastake.org.

Information on other Take a Stake events will be posted as events are identified. To add your water-related event to the list, complete the form at www.takeastake.org in the volunteer section and send it to lakes@countyofdane.com or fax it to 608-224-3745. Be sure to indicate whether you are recruiting volunteers for your project or event. As in the past, Dane County staff will support your event with tools, garbage bags, volunteer t-shirts and promotion, if requested.

Past and present Dane County Lakes & 
        Watershed Commissioners and staff at the annual Dane County Waters Champion Award reception.
Past and present Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commissioners and staff at the annual Dane County Waters Champion Award reception.

A sincere THANK YOU to each and every Take a Stake volunteer that has so selflessly given their time to help protect and improve Dane County’s precious lakes and streams.

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