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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 email@example.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.
The Yahara Waterways Water Trail Guide is a great resource for exploring our area waters.