April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. But those showers can also bring torrential flooding and millions of dollars in property damage.
Yesterday, Dane County unveiled a new, $650,000 dredge that will help remove sediment from the Yahara chain of lakes. The purchase is just a small piece of a larger, years-long effort to reduce sediment in Dane County’s lakes — all in an effort to increase water flow and reduce the risk of future flooding.
According to county estimates, more than 8.5 million pounds of sediment accumulate in Dane County’s lakes and rivers each year.
For more, WORT producer Jonah Chester spoke with Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.