February 2015

What's Inside
Events Around the Watershed
Annual Meeting on March 8
USRWA T-Shirts Available
So Many Events!
Board Members Needed
Events Around the Watershed

Sunday March 8
12:30-3:30 pm
Epic Systems in Verona

Monday March 9
USRWA Office
207 E. Main Street
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572

Thursday March 19
6:30-7:30 pm
Mt. Horeb Public Library

Annual Meeting Features Screening of "The Price of Sand"

Everyone is invited to attend the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association's Annual Meeting on Sunday March 8, 2015 beginning at 12:30 pm.  The event will be hosted on the campus of Epic Systems in Verona in the Delphi Room, with parking located in the Tent Lot across from the Delphi Room.   Map of the Epic Systems campus

What: Upper Sugar River Watershed Association's Annual Meeting

When: Sunday March 8, 2015 beginning with refreshments at 12:30 pm

Where: Epic Systems in Verona, WI

Cost: Free

Who's Invited: Everyone!

More information: usrwa.org/annualmeeting

This year's annual meeting with feature a screening of the award-winning documentary "
The Price of Sand."  Created in 2013, "The Price of Sand" highlights the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening here at a rapid rate. The silica used in hydraulic fracturing (aka : "fracking"), has other uses- glass manufacturing and toothpaste, for instance - and a few established mines have been in operation here for decades. But now, new companies have arrived, and land with accessible silica deposits is selling for high prices. In addition to a bonanza for a few lucky landowners, the new mines promise jobs and economic stimulus for the small towns and rural areas nearby.  View a trailer of "The Price of Sand."

Geologist Jay Zambito from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey will be on hand to answer questions about frac sand mining in Wisconsin before and after the film.  The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey provides objective scientific information about the geology, mineral resources and water resources of Wisconsin in order to support informed decision making by government, industry, business and individual citizens.

Reserve you USRWA T-Shirt Now!
New Upper Sugar River T-Shirts will be available at the Annual Meeting on Sunday March 8, but you can reserve your shirt now!  Shirts are made from soft, 100% hand-spun cotton printed in McFarland, WI.  View a sizing chart here: Sizing Chart

The royal blue shirt sports the logo on the front, and our tagline "Everyone lives in a watershed" on the back.  The back also shows our watershed's connection between urban and rural landscapes with the lines "Upper Sugar River Watershed Association" and "Serving Southwest Dane County Since 2000."

T-Shirts are only $15 ($2 more for sizes 2XL or larger) and can either be picked up at the Annual Meeting, hand delivered to the Madison area, or shipped for $5.   Please email Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org with questions and to reserve your shirt
Tons of Events Happening in the Watershed

USRWA has been busy this winter scheduling events for this Spring, assuming Spring will eventually arrive that is. Check out the links below for the details on how to join in on these great events.

Sunday March 8 - USRWA Annual Meeting, Epic Systems in Verona
Thursday March 19 - "Mysteries of the Driftless" screening, Mt. Horeb Public Library
Saturday April 11 - Sugar River Clean-up Day, Paoli Park in Paoli
Thursday April 16 - "Plastic Paradise" screening, Mt. Horeb Public Library
Saturday April 25 - Sugar River Clean-up Day, Paoli Park in Paoli
Saturday May 2 - Level 1 Water Quality Monitor Training, Falk-Wells Sugar River Wildlife Area, Paoli
Saturday May 9 - Sugar River Clean-up Day, Paoli Park in Paoli
Sunday May 31 - Rob's Sugar River Ramble, Grundahl Park in Mt. Horeb
Help Wanted: Openings on the USRWA Board of Directors

Currently there are two openings on the USRWA Board of Directors and we are accepting applications.  Being on the Board allows you to have a part in shaping the organization first hand and help to carry out the mission of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.  

Board members are required to attend board meetings once per month, participate on a committee(s) and be a current member of USRWA.  If you are interested in filling out an application or would like to learn more, please contact Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or call 608-437-7707.

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