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Madison Public Schools (Wis.); Instructional Materials Center / Cherokee Marsh: a wetland to cherish

["Cherokee marsh - a wetland to cherish"],   pp. 7-17

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Deltas of silt carried by the rivers are making dry 
land where piers and boats once were. A marsh can 
act as a settling basin to help prevent this, although 
the marsh itself may be damaged by too much silta- 
tion. The cause of the increased siltation is man's 
activities such as farming, road making, and building 
construction on the land draining into the rivers and 
           Pheasant Branch, Middleton 
Because the people of Madison were concerned about 
harmful effects on the lake if the marshland was not 
protected, the City officials did something which is 
unusual for a city. They bought a large piece of marsh 
along the southeast shore of the Yahara River including 
the spot where the Indian mound lies. 
     See picture 22 for another view of the marsh 
     that was purchased. 
 Farther upstream the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural 
 Resources bought additional land. Thus through co- 
 operation a large wetland will be saved. This will 
 protect the lake, provide open space for a growing 
 city, and preserve a place for the plants and animals 
 which need a wetland. 
     Control of siltation from the higher land will 
     be[important to further protect the marsh. 
 Best of all, the City has provided a program so that 
 boys and girls from Madison schools can travel by 
 bus to Cherokee, where they can walk through the 
 marsh, .. . 

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