It was easy to blame last spring's flooding in Dane County on record-setting rains. But people are as much at fault as the weather, says Ken Potter, civil and environmental engineering professor.
Rusty crayfish, an invasive species now crawling across the rocky bottoms of lakes and streams throughout the United States and Canada, may not always have a stronghold once they enter these bodies of water.
People are willing to pay more to live on a lake that's protected from degradation, often related to lakeshore development.
Assisted by hundreds of volunteers around the state, UW researchers and their partners have developed a method of assessing the water quality of Wisconsin's lakes from space. Using images captured 438 miles above the earth, they have completed the first satellite-based inventory of the clarity of the largest 8,000 lakes in the state.
We may be living in the age of biotechnology, but science still has some very basic questions to answer. And, one of them is 'What microbes live in lakes?'
To understand the ecological effects of lakeshore development on these freshwater ecosystems, UW–Madison has launched an extreme experiment - remove all the woody debris from one lake's shoreline waters and study what happens.
Two university scientists will contribute to a $6 million research project that will take a comprehensive look at the environmental health of coastal and near-shore regions of the Great Lakes.
From sources as diverse as newspaper archives, transportation ledgers and religious observances, scientists have amassed lake and river ice records spanning the Northern Hemisphere that show a steady 150-year warming trend.
Little Rock Lake, the site of a landmark study on the effects of acid rain, has been taken to chemical hell and back, and seemingly recovered from the trip.
During any given semester, Lake Mendota lives up to its billing as the most studied lake in North America, with a popular undergraduate course taught on its waters and numerous research projects analyzing it inside-out. No university in the world is more versed in limnology, or the science of what makes a lake tick.