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New initiative to reduce flooding on lakes

MADISON (WKOW) — County officials are beginning a new initiative to try to reduce the risk of flooding on the Yahara Lakes.

It’s a five phase project to improve water flow, food storage capacity and fish and wildlife habitat.

Part of the plan involves removing sediment from a stretch of rivers between Lake Monona and Lake Waubesa.

“Because of the rain we’ve had over the last couple of years our water is saturated, our groundwater is saturated.,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “And as we speak today the groundwater flow into Lake Mendota is three times as much as it was a year ago today.”

Work on this $2 million initiative is expected to begin sometime this year.


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