Madison Public Schools (Wis.); Instructional Materials Center / Cherokee marsh: a wetland to cherish
[Our surface water - report of Dane County Planning Committee], pp. 5-6
OUR SURFACE WATERS Figure 7 identifies all the surface water and wetland areas of Dane County. It includes streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, and imperfectly drained lowlands. Major wetland areas deserving preservation in the public interest are delineated. The authors of this map realize that some wetlands may be drained and put to other uses than they might serve in their original state. It is not necessary to preserve every pothole in the county as a pothole. It is important and necessary to mark out and conserve for posterity some of our wetland areas if we would maintain: 1. Aesthetic values. 2. Recreational values. 3. Flood control values. 4. Wildlife of all kinds (game, songbirds, animals, etc.). Wise selection, careful planning, and conservation are mandatory if many of these values are to be maintained. SIGNIFICANT FACTS Dane County contains: 1. Over 70 lakes, ponds, and potholes of nearly 21,000 surface acres and over 130 miles of shoreline. This represents 11 persons per surface acre of lake and 1,700 persons per mile of lake shore. Only 10 of Dane County's lakes have lake shore dwellings (1,600 plus as of this date). Only 10 of the remaining lakes have natural potential for lake shore development. 2. 507 miles of stream which includes 48 miles of trout stream and 22 miles of smallmouth bass stream. About 45 miles of river and stream provide canoeing opportunities.
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