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Lakeshore Currents - An Emerging Water Ethic

Dear Friends of LNRP:

Lakeshore CurrentsAh…the cool winds of fall are upon us.  And, with that we present our last newsletter for 2013. 

In spring and summer, we began exploring our efforts to further cultivate a water ethic in our lakeshore region of Wisconsin.  Our board has collectively strategized on how to best extend our reach and create opportunities to engage with and strengthen our constituency and stakeholders.  We have created a working statement “the health of our lives is reflected in the waters of our lands” with plans to leverage partnerships, community engagement, and funding under that banner.

In this issue of The Source, we’ll be presenting our regional efforts to better manage our watersheds and, by doing so, cultivate a stronger water ethic.  We’ll begin by announcing the expansion of our Champions of Conservation program to the Wisconsin-based Lake Michigan Watershed with the Lake Michigan Stakeholders.  Our first award will be at the “State of Lake Michigan Conference” held in Sheboygan on October 15, 16, and 17. 

We’ll then explore the partnership we’ve created with the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation and the NEW Wilderness Alliance to expand the toolbox for climate resilient watersheds – many of the same tools we find with adaptive watershed management. 

LNRP is currently working with UW-Manitowoc to create the Lakeshore Water Institute.  We are looking to build a regional network of water-based investigations that seek to improve the water quality and water resource management in the region.

Finally we’ll examine our collaboration to develop a cooperative invasive species management area called the Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA) to address this persistent challenge in four Wisconsin counties. 

Stay tuned to learn more about these developments as we strive to implement a strategy that helps create informed science-based decision-making at the local level while cultivating stewardship and a strong and vibrant water ethic.

Yours in service to the Lakeshore,
Jim Kettler, Executive Director, LNRP


LNRP Expands Champions Program Throughout the Lake Michigan Basin

Lake Michigan ShareholdersThe Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) and the Lake Michigan Stakeholders (LMS) are launching the Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Award Program.  This environmental award program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements of any group, program, organization, business or engaged individual in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the Lake Michigan basin. The award will pay tribute to those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields.

By sponsoring these awards, LNRP and LMS hope to encourage our communities to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and initiatives, restoring Lake Michigan, and enhancing the quality of life throughout Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan basin.

Jim TeSelle and Senator Herb KohlThe two awards (one for individuals and one for businesses or organizations) are open to any group, program, organization, business, or individual working on the restoration, improvement or enhancement of Lake Michigan or any of the watersheds that flow into the lake as part of the Lake Michigan basin.

The first award is being presented to Jim TeSelle who helped form the Lake Michigan Stakeholders (LMS) in 2005.  Jim was instrumental in creating the original vision for the group that led to work groups focusing on a set of operational goals, including Habitat and Species, Coastal Health, Aquatic Invasive Species, Non-Point Management, Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins, and Sustainability.

LMS went through a strategic planning process in 2010 leading to a collective action plan supporting the goals of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  Recently the group has been building capacity with its membership to collaborate on restoration projects and leverage the collective expertise of members towards a common set of goals including:

  1. Making measurable progress toward improving the fish and wildlife resources and the habitats they depend on in the region.

  2. Identifying and supporting land use practices and designs that enhance and improve water resources and promote and restore ecological benefits to fish and wildlife resources.

  3. Forging new and strengthening existing partnerships to leverage funding and recommend near-term actions that will assist in the implementation of projects to produce lasting fish and wildlife resource benefits throughout the Lake Michigan basin of Wisconsin.

  4. Building a solid core of collaboration critical to achieve cost savings on restoration efforts and to ensure a coordinated approach to restoration in the Lake Michigan basin.

The new Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation will formally be launched in Fall 2014 with nominations coming in early 2014.  Check the Lake Michigan Stakeholders website at for updates at the beginning of the year.


LNRP Engaging the NEW Wilderness Alliance and the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation to Create Climate Resilient Watersheds

Since early March, LNRP has helped put together a collaborative team to advocate for climate-resilient communities to help mitigate flood risks in the Fox and East River floodplains of Green Bay and Brown County.  Representatives have met at six strategic planning meetings including LNRP, NEW Wilderness Alliance, City of Green Bay Planning Department, Brown County Planning Commission, the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, Oneida Nation, Gathering Waters Conservancy, Glacierland RC&D, Applied Ecological Services and the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.

NEW Wilderness AllianceThe NEW Wilderness Alliance was initiated in June 2010 at an introductory meeting at UW-Green Bay.  The group offers a regional collaborative approach to “optimize the quality of life for all people, the environment, and the economy in Northeastern Wisconsin. The collaboration is comprised of nearly 200 diverse member organizations, businesses, and local and state agencies that strive to improve the quality of life in Northeastern Wisconsin.”  A second meeting in October 2010 featured projects initiated by some of its members.

NEW Wilderness focuses on six broad, long-term initiatives:

  1. Green Infrastructure: Connecting People with Nature
  2. Ecological Planning and Design Directory: Resources for Developers, Local Officials, and Stakeholders
  3. Restoring the Health of Local Nature: Restoration and Land Management
  4. Leave No Child Inside: Connecting Children to Nature
  5. Cultural/Artistic Perspectives: Diversity of Cultural and Artistic Views of Nature
  6. Climate Change: Think Globally and Act Locally

In the fall of 2011, #6 emerged as a logical focal point for a collaborative project with LNRP.  As a first step, LNRP and the NEW Wilderness Alliance received a small climate project grant from Freshwater Future to host a forum in Green Bay to explore the implications of climate change on Brown County and the greater Green Bay area.

The two-day forum was held in De Pere, Wisconsin, at St. Norbert’s College, October 16 and 17, 2012, and attracted more than 50 participants from business, industry, agriculture, community organizations and government agencies. It featured a variety of presentations and group discussions. Participants met in four targeted cluster groups (business and industry, agriculture, public health, municipalities) and in follow-up meetings.

Recommendations during and post-event included the following:  Exploring and distributing the 2011 Flood Study to a wider audience of policy makers and agency managers, and working toward a watershed vision; seeking ways to minimize agricultural runoff through adaptive management upstream; working with business and industry to improve infrastructure and practices to enhance their environmental and economic viability; and working with health care professionals on potential public health risks.

For the next step, LNRP received a second climate grant from Freshwater Future based on the following objective: to develop and advocate for best management practices to reduce vulnerability to increased storm events in the Lower Fox River watershed.   Climate scientists’ predictions for more intense and frequent storm events are already leading to floods and droughts and dead zones in the Bay of Green Bay. Lower lake levels are impacting the health of Lake Michigan and its tributaries disrupting the fishing and shipping industries, etc., with potential to disrupt all sectors in our rural and urban environments. We need to work towards climate resiliency, defined as “building the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance” through adaptation and mitigation of these impacts.

Baird Creek Preservation FoundationThe two organizations decided in spring of 2013 to go for a watershed approach with the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation to help create a model useful across any floodplain and watershed to push for adaptive management as a preventative approach, where compliance focuses on water quality improvements upstream, invests with conservation easements, application of best management practices, rotational grazing where possible, and cultivates a farmer-led process where landowners select low-cost BMPs.

Additionally, the Greenseams program, an innovative project instituted by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in the Milwaukee River watershed for flood management, provides a great model.  Greenseams looks at expanding wetland communities, rain gardens, and other natural features to control the flow of excess water from major storm events and, as of spring 2009, had protected nearly 1900 acres of mature forests, stream corridors and wetlands. Restoring natural floodplain topography benefits urban areas downtown.

Molly MeyersMolly Meyers has been serving as project Community Relations Coordinator.  The Baird Creek Foundation will spearhead this initiative.  Baird Creek, a sub-basin of the East River, flows into the Lower Fox River in the heart of Green Bay. The team has met several times this year to coordinate and plan a strategy to engage various stakeholders in the process as our first steps.


LNRP Collaborating to Launch the Lakeshore Water Institute with UW-Manitowoc

Discussions are underway to create a Lakeshore Water Institute at UW-Manitowoc.  The partnership between UW-Manitowoc and the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) formed in 2009 when LNRP received a Sustain Our Great Lakes Grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore Centerville Creek.  The project called for monitoring water quality throughout the restoration process with UW-Manitowoc interns completing the sampling and analysis.  The grant also helped form the Friends of Hika Bay.  A series of DNR River Planning Grants expanded into Fischer Creek, Point Creek, Pine Creek, and Calvin Creeks.  In 2012, additional data was collected at Carsten’s Lake and Pine Creek in collaboration with the Manitowoc County Lakes Association.  The partnership earned the UW Colleges Chancellor’s Wisconsin Idea award in September 2012.

The team has put together a program that creates opportunities for UW-Manitowoc students to engage in community-based action plans through undergraduate research and service learning, and get boots-on-the-ground experience.  Student interns collect weekly measurements of physical, chemical and biological characteristics of streams and rivers in the watersheds of Manitowoc County.  Additionally, select lab sessions in UW-Manitowoc introductory biology courses sample additional biological and chemical measures along with macro-invertebrates.  Testing involves measuring the pH, temperature, flow, turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, ammonia, phosphorus and E.coli.

Student involvement: A rewarding marriage of community engagement, education and scienceThe Institute will be located at UW-Manitowoc and serve the lakeshore region both as a tool for educating and engaging youth, and for developing science-based decisions at the local government level.

The community partnership will be coordinated by LNRP with community-led Friends of Hika Bay, Friends of the Branch River Watershed, Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, Friends of the Twin Rivers, and the Little Manitowoc River Partnership. 

LNRP Executive Director Jim Kettler said, “Our ultimate goal is to cultivate a water ethic and, by doing so, enhance the quality and prosperity of our region.  We are excited to be involved with expanding our collaboration with UW-Manitowoc Dean Charles Clark, and biology faculty Richard Hein and Rebecca Abler.”


LNRP Helps Launch 4-County Invasive Species Management Area

Lakeshore Invasive Species Management AreaThe Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area (LISMA), formed this year, is a broad-based coalition that promotes effective regional management of invasive plant and animal species throughout the four-county region of Fond du Lac, Calumet, Manitowoc, and Kewaunee Counties.  Financial support came from the Weed Management Area – Private Forest Grant Program, Grant# WMA 13-0009.

LISMA provides the opportunity for partners to share and leverage limited resources, raise awareness about invasive species problems, and collaboratively reduce the impact and manage the invasive species on both public and private lands.

The Steering Committee is made up of Jim Kettler, Executive Director of LNRP; Tom Ward, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties; Jim Knickelbine, Executive Director of the Woodland Dunes Nature Center; Diane Schauer, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Calumet County; Andrew Karleigh, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Fond du Lac County; and Connie Ramthun, Owner and Operator of Kettle Moraine Natural Landscaping.

On November 12, potential partners will gather at the Triple J Clay and Wing Club near Brillion to showcase success stories representing the region’s townships, counties and nature centers, as well as friends’ groups.

Additional plans include creating an interactive mapping tool using GIS layers, hiring a part-time coordinator, and developing a five-year strategic plan.  If you would like more information or have an invasive species problem you would like to report, please contact Jim Knickelbine at or at 920-793-4007.  Watch soon for the launch of our website, Stay tuned for updates as this group evolves.

Of additional interest, LISMA initiator and LNRP board member Diane Schauer was recognized by Wildlife Forever, a Minnesota organization, this past July as a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Partner in Action for her work as Calumet County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator.

The story read, “As an advocate of the ‘Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!’ campaign, Diane is a leader in leveraging partner assets to help prevent the spread of invasives. Her passion informs and educates unsuspecting hunters, anglers, and even landscape and nursery owners selling prohibited plants. Her hand-to-hand approach works directly with the public at local events and boat landings with the ‘Clean Boats, Clean Water’ program run by the State of Wisconsin.”

Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever, added: “Without partners like Diane, I know our lakes and rivers would be at greater risk.  Her determination and energy reach thousands of people each year, and are making a difference in the community.” You can check out the full story at


LNRP Welcomes Two New Board Members

Marne Kaeske and Chris Olson, both from Door County, joined the LNRP Board of Directors as of August.

Marne KaeskeMarne has worked for the Ridges Sanctuary - Wisconsin’s oldest member-based nature preserve - since 2009. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies and Conservation and Environmental Science. Marne landed her dream job out of college at the 1854 Treaty Authority wrangling wolves as a Fish and Wildlife Technician. Later as a planner, she worked with sportsmen, elders and tribal community to understand harvest interests the foundation of the redesigning the management plan for six million acres of ceded territory in Northeastern Minnesota. A fascination for people’s relationship with the resource has been a prominent element in her career; coordinating the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST), developing The Ridges’ organizational outreach program, facilitating a multitude of citizen science programs, assisting in ecological and agricultural research.

Chris OlsonChris Olson came from Milwaukee, graduated from UW-Stevens Point, and now resides and works with wastewater and water quality issues in Door County.  Despite his formal education, he learned "the real work is about people and relationships, not just the poop".  He has served on the Wisconsin OnSite Water Recycling Association board, participated in the state’s septic system (POWTS) code committee as a member of the Wisconsin County Code Administrators, and remains active in both professional organizations. 

LNRP is very excited to have Marne and Chris as they bring fresh ideas to our strategic planning for Door County and the Lakeshore region.


Sense of Place: Bayshore Blufflands Preserve, Carlsville, Door County
By Sherrill Anderson

Located in Door County, just north of Sturgeon Bay near the town of Carlsville, lies a 370-acre site that’s enchanting and delightful to explore in any season of the year. Owned by the Door County Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy, the Bayshore Blufflands Preserve is a “Wisconsin DNR-designated State Natural Area of significant note for its grand scenery, unusual geology, rare plant and animal species. Containing more than seven miles of the Niagara escarpment, the Bayshore Blufflands is an ecologically complex site with a diversity of plant communities both above and below the escarpment and a series of seeps and springs at the base of the bluff's talus slopes.”

Bayshore Blufflands PreserveThe 2003 A Guide to Significant Wildlife Habitat and Natural Areas of Door County, WI, states: “Several groups have recognized the Bayshore Blufflands (Carlsville Bluff) as a significant natural habitat in the last 20 years.  In 1976, the Door County Natural Heritage Program ranked the area as an important scenic wetland and forest resource area…In 1977, the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas rated the area as high quality wildlife habitat. In 1981, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife-conducted inventory of the Great Lakes coastal wetlands identified and classified the forested wetlands of this site.  In 1988, Dr. Jim Zimmerman in his natural features inventory of Door County concluded the Carlsville forest, escarpment, and terraced wetlands were deserving of WDNR Natural Area status.”

On June 29 of this year, Dan Collins and Nancy Aten of Landscapes of Place, took two dozen participants on a Ledge Tour where they hiked both the upper and lower trails of the Preserve.  The group learned of the property’s history and explored the upper area’s ‘old field’ ecology while occasionally picking wild strawberries at the path’s edge.  Once into the dry mesic forest’s woodline, Collins recreated the experiences of the earliest surveyors, using specific tools and measurements to expand the group’s perceptions of the area.  Collins has been instrumental in managing the Preserve, a favorite destination he loves to share with others.

He reflected, “Every square mile of a place has a story and occasionally people write it down. It’s romantic to go back to the 1836 Government Land Office survey and envision three to four people walking the Niagara escarpment and surveying the area – with the tranquil, land-based, tree-oriented old-fashioned compass and 66-foot-long chain.  We stop in every spot mapped and look around.  How many chains away is each feature?  Section lines were every 80 chains apart, and they’d carefully record them. Occasionally they had a ‘bad day’ of surveying and were off the mark. We invite people to see it through our forbearers’ eyes.”

Eric Fowle, co-founder of the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, shared his recollections of the tour. “Nancy and Dan led the group down the escarpment face helping the group identify various trees, plants and mushrooms.   A small stream crossing led the group toward the waters of the Bay of Green Bay which is still about a half mile from the site.   Standing along an impressive ‘hogback’ type of feature left by the glaciers’ retreat, Door County Geologist Bob Bultman, used the vantage point to speak eloquently of the escarpment’s formation and its importance to the area.”

Tour participants crossing the bridge that spans a wetland.Fowle continued, “The group trekked back to their vehicles and in short order were treated to an array of homemade ‘wraps’ and salads prepared by Dan and Nancy at their new (read ‘still under construction’) cabin located deep in the woods below the Niagara escarpment.  A short tour of their property revealed the wonders of a massive cedar wetland complex along a hand-built boardwalk and rugged woodland trails. Their love for the property has committed them to removing and controlling several vigilant invasive species and their hard work has been paying off.”

The group enjoyed the day’s hike and the deep knowledge and hospitality of the trip’s hosts, experiencing first-hand the ‘sense of place’ that they have for their landscape and the passion with which they share it.  He concluded that Bayshore Blufflands Preserve is “a Ledge Tour that ought to be considered again!”


Fall 2013

Mushrooms found on Ledge Tour

News from LNRP

250 Celebrate at Annual Barn Dance in Cleveland, WI

Public Health Forum

LNRP Friend Groups

News from NERN

Stewardship Investment Fund Reaches Out Region-Wide

250 Celebrate at Annual Barn Dance in Cleveland, WI

Barn Dance

Our 5th Partnering for Progress Chautauqua & Barn Dance attracted 250 people from throughout the region, state and beyond who gathered September 21 at the historic Saxon Homestead Barn in Cleveland (Wis.) to celebrate Wisconsin farms, locally-sourced food, and our urban and rural communities. This year’s event opened with a Chautauqua-in-the-Tent exploring the relationship between the land and water and addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by agriculture.  Proceeds after expenses benefit Partnering for Progress, a collaboration of the non-profit Gathering Waters Conservancy, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, and Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.  To date, we have raised over $79,000 supporting our collective organizations.


Public Health Forum

Kewaunee CARES

Kewaunee CARES and the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin are holding a health forum on Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Stone Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay, entitled The Rural Health Dilemma that will feature speakers focused on the impact “modern agricultural practices have on citizens and communities related to health and quality of life issues.”

Featured speakers include: Former Wisconsin DNR Supervisor Gordon Stevenson, PhD/RN Jeanne Hewitt from UW-Milwaukee, Dr. Keeve Nachman from Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, Emeritus Ag Economics Professor John Ikerd from the University of Missouri and advocate for sustainable ag, and Steve Roach from Food Animal Concerns Trust.

For more information, contact Jim Olson at


LNRP Friend Groups

Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed have had some exciting projects this fall.  On September 21, 150 volunteers cleaned up 362 pounds of garbage at 11 beaches in Manitowoc as part of the Great Lakes-wide Alliance for the Great Lakes effort.  This year’s clean-up at Memorial Middle Beach was in association with the Franciscan Sisters who’ve ‘adopted’ that beach for tending. The group is also exploring more River Awareness Paddles with the area YMCA next summer, and adopting Schuette Park at a strategy meeting this month.  They are providing volunteers to plant grasses at Red Arrow Beach the last two Saturdays in October to assist with the City’s restoration efforts.

Beach Clean Up

The Little Manitowoc River Partnership is using a DNR ‘rapid response grant’ to remove Phragmites from the site this fall. From habitat analysis conducted earlier this year, that issue called for immediate action to begin restoration and remediation of the 230-acre Little Manitowoc Conservancy with LNRP’s assistance.

Friends of Hika Bay just completed planting 500 trees along the Hika Shores property as the next step in the multiple-year restoration of Centerville Creek project initiated in 2009.  Elementary school teachers from Cleveland Elementary School brought 35 fourth and fifth graders to help plant the Hika Shores property.  Brush and debris was removed from the Lake Michigan beach adjoining the property.  Additional work on restoring the ridge-swale ecosystem will be continued in Spring 2014 along with construction of both a viewing platform at Centerville Creek and a pedestrian bridge connecting the boat launch area with Hika Shores portion of Hika Park.

Elementary students helping at Hika Bay

Friends of the Branch River Watershed hosted Ruth Johnson, retired WDNR hydrogeologist and 2013 Climate Change Ambassador, on October 7 in Taus.  ‘Helping Hands for the Dodge Nature Preserve’ gathered October 19 to clean up invasive species at this beautiful private preserve. The ever-popular 2013 Photo Contest is still open with entries accepted until November 9.  Contact Melissa Lake, 920-382-9605, for more information.


News from NERN

Niagara Escarpment Resource Network

NERN co-founder Eric Fowle met recently with LNRP staff to explore how to strengthen its steering committee and expand its activities and outreach through next year’s Ledge Tours and other events, and how to bridge the land/water experience to instill a sense of place.

This past August, the Trout Springs Winery hosted our 2nd Annual American Viticultural Area (AVA) Celebration on a Sunday afternoon, a fitting tribute to the more than seven year odyssey for TSW’s Steve DeBaker with Eric’s assistance throughout the journey.  Some 150 people joined us for the afternoon’s activities with model airplanes, artists painting around the grounds and vineyards, wine and cheese tastings, and tours of the grounds and facilities.

Our final Ledge Tour of 2013 took 16 of us by bus September 14 from the Ice Age Center in Dundee (Campbellsport) to five fascinating stops in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.  Naturalist Jackie Scharfenberg welcomed us and gave us a sense of place perspective of the area.  Throughout the tour, our guide, UW-Oshkosh Geologist Bill Mode, gave us an overview and specifics related to the area’s unique glacial history and geology, and how it relates to the entire Niagara escarpment in our region. The consensus of participants was a unanimous ‘thumbs-up’ for the terrific half-day tour.

Watch for announcements related to 2014’s NERN programs at the beginning of the year.

NERN program


Stewardship Investment Fund Reaches Out Region-Wide

Calumet Private Well Testing Program

The Calumet Groundwater Guardians is initiating a well testing program for low- and middle-income households served by private wells in the county. 

To date, Dani Santry of the county’s Resource Management Department said, “The LMI well testing program was well received within the county among county board members, staff, and various groups.  However, we are struggling to get participation from the target audience.  Inquiries about the program have been limited to households that are on public water systems. We started advertising the program in early June through press releases and county programs, such as the aging and disability resource center.  A second wave of press releases went out in August.” 

“In an effort to increase awareness about the program, Groundwater Guardians are taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach, reaching out to local pantries, consignment stores, and churches.  We are also keeping close communication with the (county) energy assistance program, as their clients will be contacting them for assistance as the temperatures drop.”

Along with LNRP’s Stewardship Investment Grant, the Town of Lincoln, Kewaunee County, is co-funding monthly testing of 10 wells for one year with in-kind support from the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department and the UW-Stevens Point Water Quality Lab. 

These targeted wells have previously tested high in nitrate (>10ppm) and/or coliform bacteria or E-coli positive.  And, they have varying well casing depths and locations throughout Lincoln Township.

“Testing started in June 2013 and we have collected four months of data;” Davina Bonness, Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Department, said.  “We are looking and tracking weather patterns and land-use, and will use this data to track patterns and fluctuations in nitrates, bacteria (with counts), pH, hardness, alkalinity, conductivity, and chlorides in the well samples.”  Bonness takes all the water samples. The well testing will continue on a regular basis through May, 2014.

LNRP’s Stewardship Investment Fund also supported water quality sampling by Kewaunee CARES, a working program of the Clean Water Action Council of Northeastern Wisconsin. The group, Kewaunee Citizens Advocating for Responsible Environmental Stewardship, has completed a full year of baseline testing for the Kewaunee River, Ahnapee River, and the East Twin River.

Water testing is conducted at the both the source and the outlet in each of these rivers.  Kewaunee CARES member Lynn Utesch said, “Continued testing reveals the contamination is occurring in the full length of all of these rivers, not a gradual accumulation [through the length of the river], as we originally hypothesized. We believe many of the contaminants are due to agricultural run-off and the prevalence of karst topography in Kewaunee County. Our testing has shown elevated levels of nitrates, phosphorus, E-coli and coliform bacteria.”   

LNRP’s grant will allow the group to test into late fall.  “We gave a public presentation (of the results) to the League of Women Voters at Crossroads in Sturgeon Bay in September in conjunction with Door Property Owners and their testing results, and we will be giving another presentation to the Sierra Club at their annual gathering October 12, where Jim Olson and I will reveal the testing results for the last year,” he added.

All Kewaunee CARES water testing results can be found at their website:


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