Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Preserving and Restoring Watersheds and Wetlands
Resources for learning about and becoming involved with watershed preservation
What is a wetland buffer? Why are wetland buffers important? How wide should a wetland buffer be? Find the answers in Managing the Water’s Edge:
Making Natural Connections, a publication of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.
Effects of Large-Scale Pumping and Diversion on the Water Resources of
Dane County, Wisconsin. All about ground-water flow into and around
the Yahara Lakes and the effects of development and increased water use.
to Urbanization. Changes in ground water, stream flow, and lake levels
in response to development in the Yahara Lakes basin. This article
is from LakeLine,
a publication of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). The
Winter 2005 issue contains this article and several more about Madison's
Nonpoint Source Control Plan for the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed
The purpose of this watershed plan is to assess the nonpoint pollutants
in the Lake Mendota watershed and to guide the implementation of control
measures. Implementation of best management practices to control polluted
runoff and education are needed to meet very specific water resource objectives
designed to protect and enhance Lake Mendota and other lakes, streams,
groundwater, and wetlands in the watershed. (WDNR, 2000)
This report can be hard to find so we scanned a copy and are making portions of it
River, Cherokee Marsh, and Token Creek sub-watersheds
and wetlands. Includes specific recommendations for Cherokee Marsh.
Landscaping for Waterfront Property
for Wildlife and Water Quality. A book about how to plan and plant
a diverse waterfront landscape. From the Minnesota DNR.
Every spring, large numbers of carp swim into the marsh from Lake Mendota
to spawn. Their feeding and spawning uproot aquatic plants and sediments,
cause erosion, and cloud the water. Some locations have successfully used
carp barriers to keep carp out of sensitive waters. Would a carp barrier
at the north end of Lake Mendota help the marsh?
of Common Carp on Aquatic Restorations. Natural history of carp and
descriptions of control methods, including carp barriers. From the University
of Minnesota's Department of Horticultural Science.
Fences for Fish? Describes an electric carp barrier in Lake Seminole,
Florida. The barrier allows boats to pass through. From Auburn University's
Department of Agriculture.
In 2007, Green Lake received a bubble barrier to discourage carp.
Smart Growth to Protect Water Resources
Publications from the EPA.
Water Resources with Higher-Density Development
Water Resources with Smart Growth
for Green, Dense Redevelopment
Creating Great Neighborhoods:
Density in Your Community
Using Smart Growth
Techniques as Stormwater Best Management Practices
about garlic mustard and why the Madison
Area Weed Warriors and others are removing it in Cherokee Marsh Conservation
Park and elsewhere. Future
Wetland Invaders: Plants to Watch for. From the Wisconsin Wetlands
Friends Groups for Nearby Watersheds
Friends of Starkweather
Friends of Pheasant Branch
Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters.
Based in DeForest.
Token Creek Watershed Association
Other Local Groups
National and International Groups
The International Crane Foundation
is based in Baraboo and helps to sustain habitat for cranes worldwide.
Sandhill cranes nest in the marsh.
The Land Trust Alliance
promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and