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October 26, 2017 @ 5:30 am - 7:30 pmFree
2017 was another year of great accomplishments for the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association, and we’d like to spread the word. The community is invited to an informal Open House at Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery to enjoy complimentary refreshments and learn about the Association in a relaxed atmosphere.
HIghlights of our accomplishments in 2017:
- Completed year two of the Farmers for the Upper Sugar River, a farmer-led coalition aimed at reducing ag runoff and improving water quality
- Completed a partnership with UW-Whitewater to create an erosion model of the watershed to highlight areas of focus for future projects
- Trained 11 new volunteer monitors to maintain 26 water quality monitoring sites around the watershed
- Tested an additional six sites for total phosphorus from May-October, totaling 21 sites over the last three years
- Beginning a citizen-based research study to assess local storm ponds through dragonfly surveys
- Relocated 300 Plain Pocketbook mussels to the Sugar River and are beginning a long-term research study on mussels in the Sugar River
- Partnered with WDNR to restore Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area through nine volunteer work days
- Creating locally-based educational modules/curriculum for school districts and service clubs to use
- Built and installed 30 boot wash stations and new signage at river access points around Dane County to combat the invasive New Zealand mudsnail found in Badger Mill Creek
- Improving river trail signage at public access points through a partnership with REI Madison and Dane County