News & Events
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3 LINKS to COVID-19 COMMUNITY INFORMATION
More useful links:
State Senator Fred Risser's Web page
State Representative Sheila Stubbs' Web page
District 19 Alder Keith Furman's Web page
Spring Harbor Beach News: Use lakesforecast.org to get up-to-date info about Spring Harbor Beach
Under the auspices of the Clean Lakes Alliance, Spring Harbor Beach is monitored by our local volunteer, Nancy Ellison. She is one of more than 46 citizen monitors collecting lake water data at 58 lake sample sites and 25 beaches from May through September. Twice weekly, the following data is collected: air temperature, water temperature, turbidity, wave intensity, waterfowl presence, swimmer presence, surface algal bloom, algal bloom type, floating plant debris and water clarity. The data is immediately uploaded and posts online at: lakeforecast.org. Upload lakeforecast.org. Use the website and app to see a map and current water data all 56 monitoring stations throughout the Yahara Lakes.
Neighborhood Little Free Library Becomes Food Exchange
Neighborhood stewards of the Little Free Library at the corner Marsha Drive and Temkin Avenue have converted their book exchange into a Little Free Food Pantry--Thank you! The motto is still give what you can, take what you need.
If you would like to learn more about the Little Free Library organization and the trend to convert these book exchanges into food exchanges, here’s a link: https://littlefreelibrary.org/in-uncertain-times-little-free-library-stewards-lend-a-hand/
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association Board is happy to promote and share ideas like this one during these uncertain times. Feel to send examples of good deeds in the neighborhood that you have heard of to a SHNA Board member.
History of Our Wells and Water in Madison
“It’s Still a Good Test” – Recreating 1880s water quality testing | Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
What Happens in Spring Harbor is What’s in Well 14….and what happens in Well 14 is BIGGER than Spring Harbor
Well 14 is at the corner of University Avenue and Flambeau Road in Indian Hills. The well pumps over 2 million gallons of drinking water a day to Madison’s westside neighborhoods of Spring Harbor, Glen Oak Hills, Hill Farms, Sunset Village, Regent, Dudgeon-Monroe, and Vilas. Well 14 also serves the Village of Shorewood Hills and parts of the UW campus.
Well 14 is contaminated with road salt. Those with high blood pressure or on sodium restricted diets are at risk because current levels exceed the recommended daily sodium intake. Water from the well reached critical chloride contamination levels in 2016. The taste of salt is noticeable now to some residents. Sodium and chloride concentrations in the wells have doubled since 2000. If nothing changes in the next 10 years, the salty taste will make it hard to drink and the well will
need expensive reconstruction. Madison’s Water Utility has set aside $125,000 in 2018 to look at alternatives— everything from reconstructing the well to on-site desalination to abandoning the well entirely. Last summer a study of Well 14’s water quality problems identified some potential sources of salt, including the most likely source, the storm sewer
outlet at Lake Mendota Drive. In order to examine this further, the Water Utility installed two monitoring wells in Spring Harbor Park in December 2017. One monitoring well is toward Lake Mendota Drive (North) and the other is location more toward University Avenue (South). The City
is monitoring sodium and chloride concentrations in the wells for 18 months.
The EPA recommended drinking water guideline is 250 mg/L for chloride and 60mg/L for sodium. This guideline is based on taste, not health effects. What we do in Spring Harbor matters to Well 14. More than half of our neighborhood is in what is called the “10-year capture zone”. This means that what we put on our roads, driveways, and parking lots likely ends up in Well 14 in less than 10 years. Contaminants in the stormwater outlet that flows into Spring Harbor might reach the well within 2 years. Salt doesn’t just affect our drinking water--concentrations are rising in Lake Mendota and nearby springs.
Spring Harbor Boat Launch Area Retaining Wall Repair
Reporting Storm-related Damage to City Engineering
Read MadisonWaterWays to learn about a new website for reporting storm-related problems to the City of Madison.
Here's a link to the District 19 Alder's blog where you can also read about the website:
Filled sandbags in the Spring Harbor Beach parking lot, corner of Lake Mendota Drive and Norman Way.
Next SHNA Board Meeting: Thursday, December 17 (this is the 3rd Thurs because of holidays)
Monthly board meetings are typically held on the 4th Thursday of the month and are held virtually. If you are interested in participating, please contact the board president to find out how to participate or if you have an item for the agenda.
Native American Heritage Month; Historic Merrill Spring
At the recent Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association all-neighborhood meeting, we heard a report on the efforts of Friends of Merrill Spring (FMS) to protect and maintain the historic spring and to raise awareness of the Native American spiritual significance of Merrill Spring. Thanks to Alice Erickson for her report. See the November 2020 SHNA newsletter for more information about FMS.
We were also reminded that November is Native American Heritage Month and we learned about the act of writing a land acknowledgement. If you are interested in learning more about this expression of gratitude, here are some resources:
Thanks to Faith Fitzpatrick for sharing this information with us
Lussier Community Education Center
At the recent Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association all-neighborhood meeting, we heard a very enlightening presentation about the wide ranging and far reaching programs and services of the Lussier Community Education Center by the director Paul Terranova.
If you would like to know to more about the programs, services and work of the Lussier Center on Gammon Road (next door to Jefferson Middle School and Memorial High School), go to https://lcecmadison.org
The most recent edition of the neighborhood
newsletter (also delivered door to door).
Most recent Spring Harbor neighborhood construction/development report:
Voting Information for Spring Harbor Neighborhood
NEW! JOIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ONLINE
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association (SHNA) Board has set up an easy way to become a member of the neighborhood association, or renew your membership, and pay dues. Use this link: https://spring-harbor-neighborhood.cheddarup.com
On the Cheddar-Up web site you will fill out a form similar to the membership form you've seen in the neighborhood newsletter. You can pay online or indicate that you will mail a check.
Also, let us know how you want to get involved in the many efforts and activities of the neighborhood association--we need you!
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association (SHNA) boundaries encompass Old Middleton Road and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on the south, Lake Mendota on the north, Whitney Way (City of Madison boundary on the east), and Camelot Drive on the west. The Hickory Hollow Condominiums and the University Crossing Apartments are within these boundaries. [The green area on map above represents the general area.]
Residential Development Document