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Ripple Effects

Protecting Dane County Lakes, Rivers, and Streams

Working Together to Protect Our Waters

Our actions on land have a “ripple effect” on our waters. Did you know that the rain and snowmelt that runs off roofs, land, and pavement travels through storm drains and ditches to our waterways? This stormwater runoff carries trash, chemicals, soil, and other debris with it, which can pollute our waters. Explore our website to discover simple actions you can take right outside your door to keep rain where it lands and only allow rain down the storm drain. Together, we can protect Dane County lakes, rivers and streams. 


Ripple Effects is an education and outreach effort supported by the Madison Area Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP), a coalition of Dane County municipalities and organizations working to improve water quality throughout Dane County.