We Are Seeds: #4 of 10

Action Item 4: Help Maintain Water Cleaning Efforts!

Clean Lakes Alliance, Yahara CLEAN Compact, is a 20-year project to reduce phosphorus, E. Coli, and runoff in the Yahara River Watershed. They raise community awareness of the water quality in all five Yahara lakes, organize volunteers from local companies to maintain lakeshores, and provide practical advice for individuals to “help the lakes at home”.

This includes planting “deep-rooted native plants and trees” in home gardens, redirecting storm drains into home gardens, clearing away pet waste (E. Coli) and leaves (phosphorus) to reduce toxic run-off, and using sand instead of salt on ice and snow. Full list with additional resources available here.

As of May 2020, Yahara Clean Compact has published a Land Acknowledgement statement recognizing the sovereignty and land stewardship of the Ho-Chunk Nation, “along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.”

Why is this sustainable?

Clean water is central to a healthy ecosystem. Improving the water maintains native species of plants, animals, and algae, helps improve air quality, and is good for the humans who use gallons of it daily for washing, drinking, and cooking!


Thank you so much for participating in We Are Seeds, the sustainability-conscious scavenger hunt by T.L. Luke here in Madison, WI! This event is part of Winter is Alive! a cooler world carnival (a city-wide, multi-disciplinary event fusing art and spectacle to revision climate change and activate a global relationship) in an effort to educate the community about local sustainable action items and to highlight 50 local small businesses who have gone above and beyond during this pandemic

This event will be going on from February 12th - March 7th, 2021.

Participation Info

Did you know that if you find ALL 10 sustainability action items around Madison, you can be entered to WIN 1 of over 50 prizes, including a $100 downtown shopping spree, all donated by the incredible participating businesses?! Yeah, it's freaking true! 

  1. Take a photo of all 10 illustrations.
  2. Post all 10 on Instagram or Facebook (make sure your profile is set to PUBLIC or else we will not see your post!).
  3. In your post, include @tl.luke (Instagram) or @tl.luke.art / T.L. Luke Art (Facebook) and #weareseedshunt
  4. And that's it!! So easy!

On February 28th we will start compiling everyone who found all 10 and add you to the lottery! Winners will be picked on March 1st

If you had trouble finding all 10, no worries! We'll be posting the locations of all the decals on March 1st so you can enjoy the hunt too!

Clue Locations

Clues will be gradually posted at the following locations throughout the duration of the event:

Happy hunting, Madison! And don't forget, we are the seeds of change in our community! 


Illustrator & We Are Seeds Organizer: T.L. Luke

We Are Seeds Collaborator: Madison's Central Business Improvement District and City of Madison

Winter is Alive! Organizers: Tamsie Ringler, Bethany Jurewicz, and Karin Wolf

Sustainability Wisdom: Sustain Dane

Decal Fabricator: Billy Goat Graphics (Madison, WI)

T.L.'s Executive Assistant & Researcher: Eli Watson

"They buried us, but they didn't know we were seeds." - Dinos Christianopoulos