Description:Lake Mendota is an amazing resource for the City of Madison and the UW. It isalso known as the best studied lake in the world. However, if you’ve spent time near theshoreline or on the lake, you know that it can get pretty ugly in the summertime. Blue greenalgae have plagued the lake since at least the 1850’s and continue to contribute to beachclosures and generally poor water quality. They make toxins that poison dogs and occasionallyhumans. Why do these nasties appear in our lakes every summer? How worried should wereally be about swimming and water skiing in the lake? What can we do to make them go away?The McMahon lab studies the water microbiome and this WN@TL will focus on our recentfindings related to the blue-green algae specifically.
Description: Grassland 2.0 is a USDA-funded project focused on transforming agriculture in the upper Midwest from grain-based to grassland-based livestock production. The benefits of such a transformation would be restoring critical functions of the original prairie — soil building, clean water, biodiversity — as well as increased profitability, which should keep more and more diverse farmers on the land. Our approach combines top-down efforts to raise awareness by developing this narrative and bottom-up efforts to build-out place-based conversations about how to make this transformation happen.
Biotechnology Center & Division of Extension, Wisconsin 4-H