Category Archives: USWRA News

New Zealand Mudsnail Now Confirmed in Mt. Vernon Creek

The invasive New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) was discovered in samples collected during a Water Action Volunteers training in Mt. Vernon Creek, the second such finding in the Upper Sugar River Watershed (Badger Mill Creek, 2016). The population abundance in Mt. Vernon Creek is uncertain at this time.

The impact of New Zealand mudsnails is not fully understood in the Midwest, though they are suspected to alter habitats and food chains in western states.  Wisconsin DNR is actively monitoring for this species and working with Great Lakes states to assess populations.

New Zealand mudsnails are now known to exist in five Wisconsin rivers, three of those being in Dane County. USRWA encourages all users of any river to fully inspect and clean any gear that was in contact with the water. It is suspected that New Zealand munsnails are being transported through the boots and gear of anglers as each finding has been in a designated trout stream.

Many accomplishments to be thankful for in 2016

The staff, volunteers and board of directors of Upper Sugar River Watershed Association has been hard at work in 2016, and we have lots to be thankful for. Here are some of the accomplishments we’ve all worked together on in 2016: Worked with farmers in the watershed to create a farmer-led council (Farmers for the… Continue Reading

The Sugar Flow – August 2016

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association’s monthly e-newsletter “The Sugar Flow” is now available online for August 2016. Read all about it here: The Sugar Flow – August 2016 To have the newsletter automatically sent to your email inbox, fill out the necessary information in the “Sign up for our newsletter” area on the right side… Continue Reading

USRWA discusses new programs on WORT FM

On July 25, 2016 USRWA Executive Director Wade Moder and Board Member Robert Bohanan were invited to talk about the latest programs happening in the watershed on 89.9 WORT FM’s “8 O’Clock Buzz.” Take a listen and learn about the newly formed Upper Sugar River Watershed Producer Coalition, and our effort to use citizen scientists… Continue Reading

The Sugar Flow – July 2016

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association’s monthly e-newsletter “The Sugar Flow” is now available online for July 2016. Read all about it here: The Sugar Flow – July 2016 To have the newsletter automatically sent to your email inbox, fill out the necessary information in the “Sign up for our newsletter” area on the right side… Continue Reading

USRWA Receives Wisconsin Citizen-Based Monitoring Grant

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association was recently the recipient of a Wisconsin Citizen-Based Monitoring grant to monitor dragonflies in the watershed and create internet-based content to help future citizen-scientists interpret the data they collect. USRWA Executive Director Wade Moder and Board Member Robert Bohanan will be managing the grant activities. Bohanan, a scientist and educator at… Continue Reading

DATCP features the Upper Sugar River Watershed Producer-Led Coalition

In the July 2016 edition of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) e-newsletter, they featured the newly formed Upper Sugar River Watershed Producer-Led Coalition. The coalition began to form in late 2015 and officially had its first meeting in June 2016. Check out the article here: DATCP e-newsletter For more information on… Continue Reading

The Sugar Flow – June 2016

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association’s monthly e-newsletter “The Sugar Flow” is now available online for June 2016. Read all about it here: The Sugar Flow – June 2016 To have the newsletter automatically sent to your email inbox, fill out the necessary information in the “Sign up for our newsletter” area on the right side of the… Continue Reading