Water


A female Norwegian Atlantic salmon swims in a fish tank as part of a research study at the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 7, 2017.  (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
According to a recently published study, invasive quagga mussels in Lake Michigan, paired with decreasing nutrient availability, could explain an observed decline in food chain productivity in Lake Michigan. Currently, Lake Michigan is in the midst of a decade-long decline in food chain productivity, or the lake’s ability to produce […]

Going hungry in Lake Michigan





Fish near the shore of a lake
Last Wednesday, the Center for Limnology at UW-Madison shared the following tweet from a graduate student in the department: If you’re near @WiscLimnology or @LakeMendota today – stop by the shoreline to witness carp spawning. Hundreds of carp + clear water phase! — Samantha Oliver (@limnoliver) May 25, 2016 We wasted […]

Clear water in Lake Mendota is a chance to watch ...



A side view of the Edmund Fitzgerald
For some under a certain age, the name Edmund Fitzgerald may conjure a Midwestern craft brew, or a haunting song their parents used to listen to by Gordon Lightfoot. But both pay homage to the Great Lakes freighter named Edmund Fitzgerald, which, 40-years-ago today (10 November 1975), disappeared on Lake Superior with all […]

Did a freak wave sink the Edmund Fitzgerald?



An aerial view of the Yahara watershed
Minnesota may be called the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but Wisconsin probably has more. Likely, it has more. Or maybe it doesn’t. It’s a matter of opinion. Or, definition. Apparently, the exact number isn’t well known. What is known is that many places in Wisconsin are defined by their lakes, from Rock […]

Modeling the future of a watershed


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If you live in Wisconsin, fish are important. The Friday night fish fry is a sacred, culture-driven meal. Fishing, whether in an urban pond, an icy Driftless Area trout stream or a Vilas County lake, is a cherished tradition, often a bonding experience between parent and child or with friends. […]

Let’s Go Fish!


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The lake has been invaded and the UW-Madison Center for Limnology (CFL) is asking for your help tracking the impact of these invaders. In a series of blog posts, CFL graduate student Jake Walsh describes how the spiny water flea – an invasive zooplankton first found in Lake Mendota in 2009 […]

Lake Mendota needs your help