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Native Shoreland Restoration Project
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This privately-funded project will restore the Executive Residence property’s natural shoreline along Lake Mendota by planting native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees to provide erosion control, prevent runoff, enhance the wildlife habitat, and support pollinators. This effort is designed to be a model for other lakeshore homeowners to follow.

Several environmental groups have been advocating for this project for more than a decade, including the Clean Lakes Alliance, Yahara WINS, the Rock River Coalition, Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Extension Lakes, Dane County Land and Water Resource Department, and Resource Environmental Solutions.
The restoration plan has been approved by the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board (SCERB) in two phases.

Phase One was completed in October of 2022. Phase Two will be completed in 2024.

The plants are native and have been chosen for many specific reasons including the ability to prevent erosion and run-off and for their pollinator friendliness.

Supporting This Effort

Thank you very much to those who have already supported this project!
There are a number of ways to show your support:

Volunteer Your Time
Many volunteers will be needed to install and care for the plants and flowers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Becca Dymzarov, Rock River Coalition at You can also register to volunteer here.

Financial Support
This project is privately funded with support from the Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation (WERF) so we are accepting both monetary and in-kind project donations. You can make a donation to WERF by clicking the link below; or, for more information on getting involved, contact Charlene Malueg, Residence Director, at (608) 246-5501 or

Thank you to the Following Partners and Donors
Shoreland Advocate
Shoreland Champion
Shoreland Leader
Charles McLimans/Holy Wisdom Monastery
Dan and Tamara Knickmeier
Elizabeth Nardi/Harmony Bar and Grill
Eric and Erin Olson
Hope Oostdik
Judy Karofsky
Matt Frank
William Pray O'Connor/Ms. Krista Kathleen Roys
Clean Lakes Alliance
James Tye & Gabriel Neves
Linda Nedelcoff
Patricia Cicero
Resource Environmental Solutions (RES)
Shannon Oreel*
Tom Terry
Yahara WINS/Yahara Pride Farms/Madison Metro Sewage District

*donated directly to Rock River Coalition for volunteer coordination
Media Highlights
Copy of WI Lakes Partnership
Clean Lakes Alliance logo
Copy of Lake Leaders
WERF logo
Copy of RRC