River Alliance of Wisconsin Grant Report - 2010

The River Alliance of Wisconsin with the assistance of the Dane County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Trout Unlimited have succeeded in posting 50 signs educating wading fishermen visiting Dane County’s coldwater streams about the threat of aquatic invasive species. Signs were posted by staff of the River Alliance and Dane County at the most popular access points on the following streams:

  • Black Earth Creek
  • Garfoot Creek
  • West Branch of the Sugar River
  • Gorden Creek
  • German Valley
  • Vermont Creek
  • Primrose Branch
  • Mount Vernon Creek
  • Pleasant Valley Branch
  • Deer Creek
  • Token Creek
  • Kittleson
  • Vermont

There are a remaining 50 signs that will be held in possession of Dane County to be posted at newly acquired easements or used to replace any signage that is vandalized or stolen.

This project was developed to serve as a pilot in hopes that other counties around the state would follow the example of Dane County in protecting their coldwater streams from the threat of invasive species. This project has been highly successful in doing so. The River Alliance is currently partnering with Florence, Forest, Langland, and Lincoln counties and the Green Bay, Kiap TU Wish, Clearwater and Harry and Laura Nohr Trout Unlimited Chapters to post the same signage on streams next season. We will continue to seek additional partners statewide. Thank you for your support in this important endeavor! Once again, Dane County has lead by example to protect our natural resources.

Laura MacFarland
River Alliance of Wisconsin
306 East Wilson St. Suite #2W
Madison, WI 53703

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