Rake for Our Lakes: The Importance of Urban Leaf Management
About the talk
What is one of the largest sources of urban phosphorus pollution to our lakes? When left in the street, leaves make a phosphorus-rich tea that washes down storm drains and directly into our lakes which can cause some of the poor lake conditions we saw this year.
Thankfully, many individuals, organizations, and government entities are taking action, including the City of Madison. After partnering with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to assess the impact of leaves on water quality leaving urban areas, the City has a whole new view on leaf collection and how it asks Madison residents to manage leaves in the fall. At this month’s Yahara Lakes 101 talk, City of Madison Water Resources Engineer Phil Gaebler will provide an overview of the research and findings from the USGS/City of Madison project. He’ll also discuss residential and municipal actions that can reduce the impact of leaves on our lakes.
About our speaker
Phil Gaebler, P.E. is the Water Resources Engineer for the City of Madison.
Event Details
This event is at The Edgewater. Come at 7:30 a.m. for a meet-and-greet and to enjoy your coffee, pastries, and fruit. The program begins at 8 a.m., and class is dismissed by 9 a.m. Complimentary event parking will be available at The Edgewater.
Admission is FREE for Friends of Clean Lakes. If you are not a Friend, admission is $10 per event. Registration for each event is requested for all attendees.
Yahara Lakes 101 Lecture Series
Yahara Lakes 101 is a series of educational events open to the public and a great chance for residents to learn more about the science behind the issues that affect our lakes. Each month we feature a different expert to make the science accessible and interesting to non-technical audiences.
The series is produced in partnership with the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, with hosting sponsor The Edgewater, presenting sponsor First Weber Group, supporting sponsor The Evjue Foundation, and media sponsor The Isthmus.

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November 14, 2018 - 2:00am to 3:00am
The Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI, 53703, United States