Madison’s east side has stayed wet as the city collectively eyes the water levels of Mendota and Monona. As the excitement calms and flood levels were less severe than predicted over the past couple of weeks, an old policy debate has been reignited: what should the lake levels of Monona and Mendota be?
Russ Hefty is the former Conservation Resource Supervisor for Madison Parks, and he’s part of the Board of Directors for Friends of Cherokee Marsh. He’s been objecting to the the water level of Lake Mendota for decades, and he argues that lowering the water level of Lake Mendota would mitigate flooding issues, be more environmentally sound, and could even benefit lakeside property owners. He joins Friday Buzz host Jonathan Zarov in the studio to give some context.