September 2014

What's Inside
Events Around the Watershed
Invasive Species Snapshot Day
Paddle & Pig-Out Review
Sugar River Clean-up Day
Lakefest in Belleville a Success
Events Around the Watershed

Invasive Species Bridge Snapshot Day
Saturday Sept. 13
Paoli Park
No experience necessary!

Sugar River Volunteer Clean-up Day hosted by Trout Unlimited
Saturday October 4
Paoli Park

USRWA Board of Directors Meeting (public welcome!)
Monday October 13
USRWA Office
207 E. Main Street
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572

Consider Volunteering at our Invasive Species Bridge Snapshot Day on September 13

When: Saturday September 13 from 9am-1pm
Where: Paoli Park
Why: To stop the spread of invasive species throughout the state

USRWA will be part of a statewide effort to understand the distribution of aquatic invasive species (AIS) across Wisconsin on Saturday September 13, and needs your help.  

Many times new infestations of invasive species begin near bridges due to any number of human activities.  This could include spreading invasive seeds through brush cutting, increased traffic from fishing or paddling, or even people releasing their aquariums.

Volunteers will gather at Paoli Park to learn how to identify invasive species that threaten our waters and disperse to priority bridge crossings in hunt of the invasives.  Afterward everyone will reconvene to submit their findings and enjoy a light lunch.  No experience necessary!  In addition to gathering important general baseline data regarding the distribution of invasive species in our waterways, this effort will focus on the early detection of aquarium plant releases.  We have seen several infestations of prohibited water garden and aquarium plants popping up at bridges statewide.

AIS Snapshot Day by the Numbers:

  • 139 sites surveyed statewide
  • 15 groups/organizations participating around the state
  • Nearly 200 anticipated volunteers
Interested in being part of the Snapshot?  No matter what your experience level is with invasive species, we encourage everyone to take part in this.  Please contact Executive Director Wade Moder at or call 608-437-7707.

Huge thank you goes to the River Alliance to Wisconsin for organizing this statewide event.  Please click here to find out more.
8th Annual Paddle & Pig-Out was wet, yet successful

Our famous Paddle & Pig-Out, offering 45-60 minute canoe rides down the Sugar River into Paoli, unfortunately got a little wet this year.  Even though our 3pm trip had to be canceled and our Noon trip came back soaked from rain, smiles were still everywhere to be found throughout the day.

Over 100 people came the event despite the weather and enjoyed great food from Paoli Cafe, demonstrations for kids and the music of Catfish Stephenson and Down from the Hills.  15 people became members of USRWA at the event as well, which was great to see.

Photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.  Be sure to join us for next year's Paddle & Pig-Out coming in August 2015!
Join us to help Clean-up the Sugar River

Our friends at the Southwest Trout Unlimited Chapter have scheduled a volunteer clean-up day on  Saturday October 4 from 9:00am-Noon.  All interested volunteers can meet at the Highway 69 access parking lot, located just south of Sunset Drive in between Verona and Paoli.
Volunteers can expect to get a little dirty, so a pair of old shoes and quick drying clothes are recommended.  If you haven't participated in the past, give it a shot!

Future clean-up days in 2014 are currently being scheduled.  Please watch for more information.
Lakefest in Belleville was a Success

The Village of Belleville's annual Lakefest was a great success once again this year.  August 31 marked a day of athletics, paddling, music, food and fun for everyone who .  

Since Lakefest began in 2012, USRWA has helped to plan the event and participate in the activities.  This year, Board President Marty Cieslik and Executive Director Wade Moder helped to loan out USRWA's five canoes for people to use on Lake Belle View, and featured a "Kids and Bugs" activity highlighting the diversity of insects found in the lake and the Sugar River.   We're proud to take part in this great event and look forward to next Labor Day weekend.
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