Here is a sampling of what we completed with your help:
Managed 25 water quality monitoring sites around the watershed and hosted a training for new volunteer water quality monitors
Received funding to test for total phosphorus at 10 sites in the watershed, garnering nearly 10% of all statewide funding available for the project
Began a collaboration with UW-Whitewater geography students to create an Erosion Vulnerability Assessment for Agricultural Lands (EVAAL) model for the watershed. This will allow USRWA to better assist farmers who are looking to limit runoff from their fields, including phosphorus.
Received funding to purchase a brush mower, allowing USRWA to make public access to the Sugar River easier, fight invasive species and perform prairie restoration projects
Participated in numerous film screenings and youth educational programs, including organizing a canoe trip for 40 4th & 5th graders from New Century School in Verona
Kicked off Rob's Sugar River Ramble; an annual fundraising event that attracted 163 participants in its first year and raised nearly $6,000 for USRWA
Over 200 volunteer hours spent on river clean-up days to improve the Sugar River's water quality, while making it more enjoyable for paddlers and other recreational activities
Without our members, volunteers and supporters, none of this is possible. Please consider renewing your USRWA annual membership, becoming a first-time member, or supporting USRWA through a holiday gift.