Ways to Make a Difference in the Watershed

River Clean-Up Days

Make the river a better place by picking up trash and clearing a paddling trail on the Sugar River. Bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and a trusty pair of shoes and join your fellow volunteers in making the Sugar River a better place. It’s a messy job, but we’re up to the task!  Watch the events calendar, go to our clean-up day webpage or contact Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or 608-437-7707 to stay in the loop on future clean-up days.

Water Quality Monitoring

USRWA currently manages 26 water quality testing sites around the watershed that are monitored by volunteers like you once per month from April through October.  The testing results help the WDNR to understand current water conditions in the Upper Sugar River Watershed and can potentially leverage additional resources if improvements are needed.  Some training is required, but can be completed in as little as one afternoon.  Talk to Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or 608-437-7707 if your interested in being part of the monitoring crew.

Special Events

Help out at USRWA’s major annual events like Rob’s Sugar River Ramble or the Annual Meeting.  There are any number of tasks that help to make these events a success, so please inquire with Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or 608-437-7707 to learn more.


Whether it’s record keeping, organizing or cleaning, there are always tasks that need to get done around the USRWA office.  Some administrative tasks can even be done off site if Mt. Horeb is out of the way.  Contact Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org or 608-437-7707 to learn about current opportunities to help.


As a way to achieve our goals, USRWA has established committees to specialize in specific areas and facilitate the important work done by the organization.  All members and non-members are welcome to be part of one or more of these committees, and many of these committees only meet once per month or less.  Please contact the committee chairs listed below if you’re interested in getting involved.

Communication & Research Committee: Focused on a variety of topics including citizen science projects, educational programs, and communications (email, website, newsletters) that are distributed publicly on behalf of the organization.

Committee Chair: Robert Bohanan rbrtbohanan52@gmail.com

Fundraising Committee: Focused on targeting sources of income and potential fundraising opportunities.

Committee Chair: Wade Moder usrwa@usrwa.org

Event Planning Committee: Serve in a supporting role to plan annual events like Rob’s Sugar River Ramble, the Annual Meeting and other smaller events.

Committee Chair: Marty Cieslik martclk3900@gmail.com

Membership Committee: Works to maintain a relationship with USRWA members and produce communications to the membership.

Committee Chair: Scott Cramer scramer67@gmail.com

Become a Board Member

Being on the Board allows you to help shape the organization first hand and carry out the mission of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.  Board members at minimum are required to attend monthly board meetings, participate on a committee(s) and be a current member of USRWA. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member fill out a USRWA Board Member Application Form, or contact Wade Moder at usrwa@usrwa.org if you have any questions.