DCCVA Event: Tour of Yahara Flooding Reduction Initiative Save the Date: Thursday, August 11, at Noon
Monday, August 1, 2022
The Dane County Cities and Villages Association is coordinating with officials from Dane County to hold a tour on at 12 p.m. noon on Thursday, August 11, for city/village officials to observe the county's sediment removal/dredging project that is underway.
 
DCCVA members are invited to tour two sites in the McFarland area that afternoon:
 
  • We will meet at 12 p.m. at the site along Highway 51 across from Babcock County Park (as indicated on the map below and attached), which is where the dewatering site is located where the sediment being pumped into the pond can be seen. 
  • We will then travel by car to the nearby Lewis Park to view the second site, where everyone will be able to see the hydraulic dredge in operation. 
 
County Executive Joe Parisi is expected to be in attendance. The tour will be led by John Reimer, Assistant Director of Land and Water Resources, with possibly others from the county department in attendance.
 
In total, the tour should take approximately one hour.
 
Dane County’s sediment removal project in the Yahara Lakes system is taking place in five phases, with the goal of improving water flow and reducing flooding for all lakes.
 
Phase 1
 
The first phase is located between Lakes Monona and Waubesa. Sediment removal of approximately 40,000 cubic yards of sediment has been completed.
 
Phase 2
 
The second phase has two segments of work located between Lake Waubesa to Lower Mud Lake and Lake Kegonsa to Highway B. The work between Lake Waubesa to Lower Mud Lake started in summer of 2021 and will be near completion in fall of 2022. Approximately 52,000 cubic yards of sediment will be removed. The work between Lake Kegonsa to Highway B started in summer of 2022. In the summer of 2022 a dewatering basin is being built which will store sediment that is pumped from the Yahara River by a hydraulic dredge. The hydraulic dredging is anticipated to start in spring of 2023. The project will remove approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sediment.
 
Click here to read more about this project.
 
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