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Wetlands Permanently Protected


As we learn more and more every day, every single piece of wetland we have left is worth protecting - the health of Madison’s chain of lakes depends on our wetlands. So, Jim Welsh is happy to share with you that on September 9, 2019, we permanently protected 84 acres of wetlands along Six-Mile Creek on the northwest side of Waunakee. Six-Mile Creek flows south and east of Waunakee into Lake Mendota. We need wetlands, like the one we purchased today, to keep the water clean and reduce flooding.

The O’Malley family worked patiently with us for four years to protect their land. It has been in the family for three generations. Please check out the short video above to hear their story.  When Jim Welsh first saw the property, he began to get a sense of their attachment to it. He feels lucky that they asked Groundswell Conservancy to help them protect it.  

Funding and other support to purchase the property came from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, Dane County Conservation Fund, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Village of Waunakee, the Town of Westport, and supporters of Groundswell including the Estate of Marie Fraser. The Village of Waunkee will be the long-term owner of the property.

Please join us for a celebration with the O’Malley family on Monday, September 23rd from 5 - 6 pm at the Schumacher Farm Park. It will be a nice chance to thank the family for what they did. Sign-up here.

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