I believe that seeing is believing. So I try to document Madison's problems and solutions, to show them to you with photos.
My photos also serve as witness, to show that problems really happened. No longer can contractors and officials say they didn't know, or they're not responsible... we have the proof.
I first got involved with Madison's issues in the 1960s, when I was walking along the shore of Lake Wingra in March. I found an oil slick on the lake--and resolved to find the source. I traced it back through storm sewers to Parman's gas station, where oil had spilled.
I received a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my studies, I helped start an environmental group on campus, and helped Joe Hickey in a minor way with his fight--ultimately successful--to ban DDT. Later I taught a conservation class for four years in the University of Wisconsin, and served for four years as Education Director at the International Crane Foundation. As a professional photographer, I often worked for environmental organizations.
Having observed the progress of conservation for half a century, I believe we can only make progress when citizens get involved, in their own neighborhoods. The time for big concrete solutions is over. The answer is decentralized--on every block.
Roll up your sleeves! Momentum is building... be part of the solution!