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Lakeshore Currents - An Emerging Water Ethic

Dear Friends of LNRP:

Lakeshore CurrentsOur last newsletter laid out our plan to celebrate our 10-year Anniversary by sharing some inspiring stories. In this Summer 2013 newsletter, you’ll discover a series of stories on water and the pressing need for a new water ethic.

The waters of Wisconsin are one of our most critical and precious resources. Wisconsin contains 15,000 lakes, 84,000 miles of rivers, 5.3 million acres of wetlands, 1,000 miles of Great Lakes’ shoreline, all interconnected to significant groundwater resources.

However, these essential waters are in crisis. Our lakes suffer from invasive species and phosphorus-induced algae blooms, our rivers are continually added to the Impaired Waters list, we continue to see the disappearance of wetlands, the beaches along our shoreline continue to be closed more days for health reasons, and our groundwater resources have been impacted by agricultural run-off especially in areas with karst topography.

In addition, climate change is impacting our region. We’re seeing changes in precipitation patterns with wetter winters and springs, and drier summers. We’re seeing increases in extreme storm events with significant rain, snow, and wind. We’re seeing increases in the number of extreme heat days in summer with models showing that in a high-emissions scenario, there will very likely be at least 26 days over 90° by mid-century. And, perhaps one of the most important impacts we’re seeing is that our winters are becoming “less cold.” Last year, data from the National Weather Service showed that between 1973 and 2010, Lake Michigan water warmed by 3.3°F, winter air temperatures over the lake warmed by 2.7°F, and ice cover was reduced by 77%.

Fortunately, we are seeing a rise in community-based concerns for our waters with groups taking action to protect, restore, and enhance our waters. They are expressing and working toward what is emerging as a new water ethic. In this newsletter, you’ll be able to read about the Friend groups in Manitowoc County. You’ll hear about Groundwater Guardians in Calumet and Kewanuee Counties, the collective messaging being formed by Kewaunee Cares and the Clean Water Action Council in their fight to protect our waters, and about how the Door Property Owners is putting water at the top of their 2013-2014 Action Plan.

For LNRP, there are three key points in the further development of a Water Ethic: 1) We are beginning to experience serious water quality and supply problems; 2) Water must be managed better to assure prosperity; and 3) A new water ethic is needed if we wish to achieve sustainability. Please join us on this journey to better articulate and share this new water ethic. Remember, life depends on water. Without water, metabolic processes in plants and animals would cease to exist. We need to better realize that we as human beings are 80% water and our health is intimately woven into the water cycle. Clearly, we need to protect our water resources and instill a sound and reasonable water ethic into our policy and lifestyle decisions.

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Manitowoc County Friends Groups Stepping Up!

LNRP Partners in Manitowoc CountyAs our regional communities are beginning to mobilize around water quality ethics and concerns, we are seeing a real emergence of groups acting to restore, protect and enhance the waters of Manitowoc County. The oldest group, the Friends of the Branch River Watershed, has been active for over a decade. Friends of Hika Bay, Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, Friends of the Twin Rivers, and the Little Manitowoc River Partnership have all formed since 2011. LNRP is also looking to partner with the Manitowoc County Lakes Association.

Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed

The Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed formed in early 2012 under the leadership of coordinators Kim Kettner and Wendy Lutzke. They’ve already conducted three Manitowoc beach clean-ups and one of the Manitowoc River, and hosted seminars on beach ecology and climate change. For the group’s vision for the next five years, Kim Kettner said, “As I look forward, there are two areas I would like to see the group develop (to strengthen) the partnership between the Friends of the Manitowoc River and City officials. We have established ourselves as a hard working group and I believe we have a lot to offer our community. There is a lot to be done and assets are slim. With a little trust and teamwork we can achieve great things!”

“The Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed is trying to educate, create awareness and connect the community to one of its most overlooked assets -- water! Whether it be through climate change, invasive species, water quality, recreation or business opportunities, our goals are to get future generations involved to protect, restore and preserve the Manitowoc River, its watershed and Lake Michigan.”

Joe Metzen, Community Development Director at the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA, is partnering with Friends of the Manitowoc River and LNRP to promote the use of the waterways on the lakeshore. He’d like to “educate community members on water safety, grow the number of people increasing their overall wellness through kayaking and canoeing,” as well as educate the public about the opportunities to use our area’s wonderful natural resources and the history and ecology of our waterways.

He added, “I think the YMCA as a community partner can be a valuable partner in growing the safe use of area waterways. We can also play a large role in educating children though our focus on Youth Development and Social Responsibility and, most notably, through our teen service learning program. The Y believes in the overall success of our whole community and anything we can do as an organization to help enhance the quality of life for all community members is worthwhile.”

Friends of the Branch River Watershed

The Friends of the Branch River formed in 1996 under the leadership of John Roberts, also the founder of LNRP. In its first decade, the group focused to improve and preserve the Branch River watershed through education, communication and cooperation by providing local leadership, branching out into the community through activities, events and presentations.

Branch RiverLast February, Calumet County Water Specialist Dani Santry, Resource Management Department, addressed ‘What is in Your Water?’ for the Friends’group. She spoke on the importance of private well testing, what to test for and when, and addressed groundwater susceptibility in karst areas, pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals in surface and ground waters.

In the next five years, Friends of the Branch President Tom Ward would like to see “new and inspired leaders become active in the organization and lead us to deal with new challenges facing the watershed from global warming to groundwater degradation, as well as our membership expand to a younger, more involved, active organization that can advocate protection and restoration of the watershed. As an organization we hope to expand river access for the local community and provide opportunities for more hands-on projects.”

“In the next 25 years, land use pressures from agriculture, urbanization and the effects of global warming will become more important. We would like a more engaged community, active in local and state environmental protection as well as engaged in monitoring the watershed’s ecosystem.”

Friends of Hika Bay

The Friends of Hika Bay formed in 2011 as an evolutionary step from Centerville Creek’s restoration citizen advisory team. As the multi-year restoration of Centerville Creek and Hika Park has progressed, the group expanded their efforts to include four other creeks flowing into Hika Bay including Fischer Creek, Point Creek, Pine Creek and Calvin Creek.

The group was awarded the prestigious 2012 Chancellor’s Wisconsin Idea Award from the University of Wisconsin system for their partnership with UW-Manitowoc using interns for water sampling and analysis on five creeks in southern Manitowoc County that flow into Lake Michigan. Russ Tooley, Committee Chair-Water Quality, was instrumental in forming the original partnership. Russ explained, “The relationship between UW-Manitowoc, Friends of Hika Bay and Manitowoc County riparian landowners gets stronger every year. Starting from just one intern for summer sampling to four interns with significant funding for each student means our baseline data gets better and more useful. In addition, all of the UW biology students now get their ’feet wet’ in our local streams, making classroom work more interesting. One of the better parts of the intern program is the opportunity for landowners to see how their local university and science can be applied to problems they see in their own backyards.”

Hika BayCommittee Chair-Invasive Species Ron Schaper recently reflected on the group’s progress to control invasive plant species. “Control of invasive species is progressing. Several species were sprayed or removed last year and more treatments will be needed in the future.” They are cleaning up ‘undesirables’ (such as dames rocket) on the beach and restoring the first sandy ridge of the ridge/swale complex. “We are ‘picking our battles’ and prioritizing to eliminate the more virulent invasives first with our limited resources. We’d like to promote a healthier environment for native plants to flourish and will begin reintroducing these species once we’ve controlled the invasive plants.”

Cleveland’s Hika Park is evolving into a Hika Park System including the original active use boat launching and picnicking component and two ecological components consisting of the Hika Shores beach with near-shore habitat and the Centerville Creek Corridor. All three properties lie in the Village and are connected, making it a unique lakeshore public asset.

The Friends of Hika Bay has been assisting LNRP and the Village in park planning and monitoring the Centerville Creek and Hika Shores restoration landscaping. Members and supporters have cleared much of the invasive plants from the Hika Shores beach and are continuing this effort into the remaining property. The Friends of Hika Bay organized a tree planting work-day where volunteers planted over 700 trees in the Centerville Creek Corridor.

John Kirsch, Committee Chair – Hika Park, “considers the Hika Park System important because it has direct impact on the health of the natural lakeshore and is an accessible place where the community can enjoy and engage with nature. Viewing the creek corridor from the overlook on Jefferson Street gives you the sense that something great will be created when the trails, bridges and other parts of the Hika Park improvement plan are in place.”

Little Manitowoc River Partnership In 2012, Justin Winga reached out to LNRP and we co-founded the Little Manitowoc River Partnership. The partnership’s purpose is to facilitate coordination between government agencies, organizations and residents to conserve the Little Manitowoc River Coastal Wetlands. The group also plans to develop the Little Manitowoc River Conservancy that would stretch from the shore of Lake Michigan 1.5 miles inland, connecting three city parks including the Little Manitowoc River Walkway, Lincoln Park and Indian Creek Park. This area would run along 2.5 miles of the meandering Little Manitowoc River creating a total conservation area of 240 acres.

“We believe successful conservation involves connecting people to nature, both physically and mentally. So, our focus is not only on restoration of the wetlands but development of recreation and educational opportunities as well,” Winga said.

Friends of the Twin Rivers (East & West)

Twin RiversThe Friends of the Twin Rivers is an informal association of organizations, explained Jim Knickelbine, Director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers, home to the new group, “including Woodland Dunes, Glacial Lakes Conservancy and the City of Two Rivers at present, and citizens monitoring water quality on the East and West Twin Rivers who contribute data to the national WAV program.”

“Our five-year goal will be to maintain or expand the level of water quality monitoring by engaging additional volunteers, and to begin habitat restoration projects along the shorelines of the rivers and within their watersheds. And, our 20-year goal is to reach the majority of landowners on the lower Twins with information and assistance on habitat optimization, and to manage invasive species such as Phragmites, buckthorn, and purple loosestrife so that resident native wildlife and migratory birds benefit and community quality of life is enhanced.”

Manitowoc County Lakes Association

Manitowoc County Lake Michigan shorelineThe Manitowoc County Lakes Association consists of a number of groups representing lake associations throughout the county. LNRP included work on Carstens Lake as part of the water quality sampling on Pine Creek. LNRP is looking to further develop the partnership by providing a Lake Michigan representative as work on any county lake will have an impact downstream and eventually on Lake Michigan. LNRP staff will present details to the group July 25th with the goal of formally establishing the partnership.

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Collective Messaging in Kewaunee Co.

A number of groups are working together to create collective messaging for a new water ethic in Kewaunee County. The Clean Water Action Council, Kewaunee Cares, and the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership have been meeting with the statewide organizations, the WaterTable, Wisconsin Voices, and the Forward Foundation to project an articulation of a water ethic that is framed by how all roads in Wisconsin lead to water, how we all grew up recreating in water, and how water is our lifeblood and the basis for much of our prosperity.

LNRP billboard We All Live on the WaterThe framing calls for constructive engagement with all stakeholders as we all have a vested interest in our waters. Municipalities, town governments, the agricultural community, landowners, and the general public need to come together to honestly ask – “How is our water?” And, can we live with it, can we prosper with it, can we live without it?

The consensus from our discussions is that “water is our life” and if what we do on the land takes our lifeblood away from us, then change is necessary. Many of us wonder when our children will start asking why we gave it away. A stronger water ethic would help protect our waters for our children and our children’s children.

LNRP Helps Build our Water Message

As you drive south on Hwy S from all parts of Door County to Algoma, look for a part of this collective messaging groups like LNRP is creating to help protect our waters. LNRP has added a billboard to the landscape with a compelling message. Although usually against billboards, we felt strongly that this message had great value in raising awareness of the need to value and protect water as all life does indeed depend on it.

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Door Property Owners' Group Conducts Strategic Planning

Door Property OwnersThe staff of LNRP facilitated a series of strategic planning sessions in June with the Door Property Owners (DPO). DPO is a group of concerned citizens whose mission is to provide a forum for the discussion of land use issues and to support the conservation of the Door Peninsula’s natural, scenic, cultural, and aesthetic resources. The planning resulted in a ranking of priority issues for developing a 2013-2014 Action Plan. Water emerged as the number one ranked issue! It was clearly on the minds of the entire DPO Board. As we developed goals and tactics for addressing the issue, educating the public became their underlying theme.

One identified gap concerns the public’s understanding of the connection between what we do on our surface lands and its impact on groundwater quality. The group wants to dig in and explore what can make water go bad, what is water quality and how do current standards protect water quality? The unfortunate situation at the Log Den Restaurant in southern Door County several years ago perked interest and DPO would like to leverage its context to begin discussing the interconnectedness of the water cycle. The group hopes to review existing septic ordinances and advocate stronger well testing and replacement protocols. The group will also continue beach water quality testing and search for financial support for more extensive voluntary well testing.

One of DPO’s top tactical goals is to help develop a county-wide distribution of educational materials and host a series of outreach seminars, workshops and events. Groundwater and surface water reports exist but challenges exist in their dissemination. A connection to the importance of wetlands is also on the agenda for developing an Action Plan. Finally the group will be actively supporting the Dunes Lake restoration project. All in all, a great focus and plan for protecting, restoring and enhancing the waters of Door County!

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Water Action Volunteer Program in Kewaunee and Calumet Counties

Kewaunee CARES volunteers being trained in WAV protocolsAnother example of a local group helping develop a stronger water ethic is a Water Action Volunteer Program in Kewaunee County. As a committee of the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin (CWAC), Kewaunee CARES (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship) is gathering samples from six locations in Kewaunee County on a monthly basis. Sampling sites were determined to best reflect the effect of agricultural runoff on three major watersheds: the Ahnapee River, Kewaunee River, and the East Twin River. The consistent and organized protocol follows the Water Action Volunteer (WAV) programming. WAV is a cooperative effort between the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers were trained in these protocols prior to any formal sampling. The data will provide a reliable baseline for 1) assessing the overall health of the watersheds, 2) determining any cause/effect relationship between agricultural runoff events and water quality, and 3) helping support reports of violations of the Clean Water Act and WPDES Permits. The Kewaunee CARES’ stream monitoring program was supported by a grant from LNRP’s Stewardship Investment Fund.

And, in Calumet County, the Calumet Groundwater Guardians are initiating WAV monthly sampling along the Manitowoc River that runs through Chilton. With experienced guidance from Dani Santry, Water Resource Specialist with the Calumet County Resource Management Department, and WAV volunteer monitor Judy Hartl, the group went through its preliminary training in early July and plans to test and record data monthly. Santry says that, “Eventually, we hope to engage teachers and students at local schools to take over this data collecting and river monitoring.”

By focusing on the upper end of the river system, the data will provide a more comprehensive picture of the Manitowoc River watershed’s water quality with the ongoing efforts in Manitowoc County and its Friends group’s activities.

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Sense of Place: Ahnapee State Trail
By Sherrill Anderson

A Sense of Place:  Ahnapee State TrailIf you’re looking for a wonderful opportunity to get out and explore Kewaunee and Door Counties this summer, check out the 46-mile Ahnapee State Trail, a delightful journey through some of Kewaunee and Door Counties’ most picturesque countryside. From downtown Sturgeon Bay, this public Trail winds south along the beautiful Ahnapee and Kewaunee Rivers to Algoma, Casco, Luxemburg and Kewaunee, through a mix of “evergreen glades, farmland, prairies and wooded areas” resplendent with wildlife and native wildflowers, according to the Wisconsin DNR website.

If you’re a bike rider, come join the Friends of the Ahnapee State Trail on August 17 for their 4th annual, non-competitive, Ahnapee Century Ride. The event will begin at 7:00 a.m. at the Luxemburg trailhead, a crushed limestone surface suitable for most bicycles. Helmets are required and the organizers recommend wide-tired bicycles to accommodate ruts.

Bicyclists on the Trail - Photo by Jim OlsonDedicated to showcasing the Trail’s natural beauty, the Ahnapee Century Ride invites participants of any age to travel as far as they want, providing well-stocked rest stops along the way on each route, according to Melissa Dupke, secretary of the Friends’ group. Round-trip routes range from 8-100 miles: an 8 mile journey from Luxemburg to Reckelberg Park; 13 miles to Casco; 32 miles to Algoma; 64 miles to Sturgeon Bay; and 100 miles to Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay.

As part of our first community grant program in 2003, LNRP provided funding to monitor water quality in the Ahnapee River watershed and for the Friends’ group to produce and distribute a four-color map. Dedicated to promoting, developing and maintaining the extensive Trail, the all-volunteer organization partners with both Counties and the Wisconsin DNR. Dupke said, “This event will be held on an annual basis and we hope to see it grow to be one of the most popular rides in Northeastern Wisconsin.”

What better way to experience the area than by a two-wheeled, non-polluting, human-powered, up-close-and-personal, out-in-the-elements means? All event proceeds benefit Friends of the Ahnapee. For more information, go to www.ahnapeetrail.org.

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Summer 2013

“Ahnapee Trail North” – Photo by James Olson

“Ahnapee Trail North”
Photo by James Olson

News from LNRP

Climate Change in Brown County

Kewaunee CARES

Youth Leadership Program

Economics Forum

NERN Events

Manitowoc River Clean Up

Lake Michigan Stakeholders

Climate Change in Brown County

Baird Creek Preservation Foundation

LNRP continues to help put together a collaborative team to advocate for climate-resilient communities and investment upstream to help mitigate flood risks in the Fox and East River floodplains of Green Bay.  The work is financially supported by a small grant from the Freshwater Future Climate Program.

Since early March, we have had six strategic planning meetings that included representatives from LNRP, the 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.

We have hired a part time staff person, Molly Meyers, to serve as Community Relations Coordinator for this project and speak on behalf of LNRP and the NEW Wilderness Alliance.  Molly will assist LNRP staff in creating outreach materials and reaching out to partners, neighborhood associations and municipal partners.

We've found a local community group to spearhead this initiative in the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation.  Baird Creek, a sub-basin of the East River, flows into the Lower Fox River in the heart of Green Bay.  However, we will develop a model that we can use in any floodplain and watershed. 

The planned process will use the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation as the interface to two town Boards, Brown County, and the City of Green Bay.  We will engage the town Boards to create a self-initiated review of existing town comprehensive planning that will find win-win approaches to farmland preservation, agricultural and conservation easements, the local food movement, rotational grazing, and environmental corridors. Through this process, we will also look to further protect and enhance the Niagara Escarpment Greenway and the Baird Creek – Lilly Lake Greenway.

Finally, we are working together on a fall 2013 event to explore the risks of flooding and potential costs, the pros and cons of developing and implementing a program similar to the GreenSeams program in the Milwaukee River watershed, and how to create an adaptive watershed management toolbox that will also include many of the tools needed to create a climate-resilient watershed.

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Kewaunee County Citizens’ Group Updates

Kewaunee CARES

A group of Kewaunee County residents concerned with air and water quality, Kewaunee Cares (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental Stewardship), held a Clean Water Forum at UWGB on June 20th. Speakers included representatives from Kewaunee Cares and Gordon Stevenson and David Vetrano, both former Wisconsin DNR officials. The event was sponsored by the Kewaunee Cares, the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, Green Bay Trout Unlimited, Round River Alliance and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

On July 17th, at the Farm Market Kitchen in Algoma, Angela Bauer, UWGB Professor of Human Biology, presented her research on the vulnerability of five agricultural areas of NE Wisconsin, and potential health impacts of endocrine disruptors found in aquifers used for drinking water.
The group will host a Public Health Forum this fall with the date, location and speakers to be announced soon.

Their monthly water quality testing, sponsored in part by a Stewardship grant from LNRP and funding from the Clean Water Action Council, continues on three Kewaunee County waterways. For more information, go to www.kewauneecares.com.

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Friends of the Branch Group Launches Youth Leadership Fund

Vickie Mayer, 2011 Champion of Conservation and winner of the Friends' group’s “Lifetime Membership Award,” initiated the Youth Leadership Fund for the Youth Leadership Program, officially launched at the Friends of the Branch River’s 2013 Spring Banquet.  This program will help inspire young people to protect our natural resources, create agents of change by involving them in outdoor adventures and raise awareness of the interconnectedness of all life and environmental stewardship.  They’ll also gain a sense of place and leadership skills to build future civic engagement.  Many conservation organizations in Manitowoc County have few members with young children or young adults.  Fostering a stronger leadership potential in young adults will help inspire the next generation of conservation champions and advocates.

Youth Outdoors Day with Friends of the Branch River!

The Friends of the Branch River and the Dodge Preserve near Whitelaw hosted a Youth Outdoor Day, June 8th offering short sessions on fishing and river habitats, “alien” invaders (invasive species), a geo-caching / treasure hunt and outdoor photography.  The photography session was the most popular.  FOBR program assistant, Melissa Lake, said, “For me, the best part of the Youth Outdoor event was seeing what a great experience this was for the youth, parents, and instructors / volunteers.”

Youth Outdoors Day

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Forum Explored the Ecomonics of Water Resource Protection

Friends of Hika Bay

On May 14th, the Friends of Hika Bay invited the public to explore the economics of water resource protection at a free interactive forum at the Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland Campus.  Laura Grant, assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee, School for Freshwater Sciences and Department of Economics, presented her perspective framed by her research interests in environmental and public economics.  A panel representing local stakeholders followed Laura’s presentation.  Cindy Huhn, Village President and a resident of Cleveland since 1975, discussed the Village of Cleveland’s role in the recently completed Centerville Creek restoration project on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Catherine Egger has been a realtor with Coldwell Banker for 18 years since returning to Manitowoc and she talked about the need to find a balance of waterfront development and conservation.  Mickey Judkins, former executive director of global ventures for the Wisconsin Commerce Department, explored the importance of water quality as an economic driver as well as a health concern for lakeshore citizens.  Feedback from participants expressed interest in continuing the conversation and finding ways to invest in water resource protection.

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Niagara Escarpment Resource Network Events and Ledge Tours

Niagara Escarpment Resource Network

Our partnering organization has been busy planning some great tours and events for the summer season.

First, on Saturday, July 20th, we revisited Trout Springs Winery for a delightful Dining on the Ledge event to celebrate Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership’s 10th anniversary with their award-winning Wisconsin Ledge wines paired with a delectable Mediterranean multi-course meal prepared by David Salm, owner and chef at al corso Restaurant in Collins.  Former board members and colleagues shared their delightful stories in a wonderful ambiance.  We are very grateful for everyone’s support to make this event possible.

Secondly, on August 17th, all you wine and food locavores, come celebrate the Wisconsin Ledge AVA at the 2nd annual event, Saturday, August 17th, 2:00-6:00 p.m., at Trout Springs Winery, 8150 River Road, Greenleaf, WI.  Admission is free.

With the theme of ‘Air, Earth, Water’ (essential for the life of grapes and all living organisms), this year’s event will feature:  TSW wine tasting (for purchase by the glass and bottle) and personal tours; free samples and sales of Vern’s and Belgioiso fine local cheese; live artist creations with the plein air Water’s Edge Artists and sculptor Keith Carter; fresh food for sale, flying demos by Northern Aces Air Show and Green Bay Model Airplane Club, educational environmental displays for Brown County’s sense of place; and other surprises!!

Sponsored by the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, LNRP, TSW and 91.1 The Avenue, you won’t want to miss this exciting ‘bigger and better’ celebration of our local award-winning wine and delicious food!

2013 Ledge Tours Underway!!

Our first Ledge Tour of 2013 June 29th attracted 21 participants to explore the Bayshore Blufflands of Door County much like the pioneer surveyors.  Dan Collins and Nancy Aten, of Landscapes of Place, lead the group on a ‘survey re-enactment’ tour.  The group also discussed the role of the area’s wetland complex.  Their hike began in Sturgeon Bay at the Blufflands upper trailhead.  According to their feedback, it was a rousing success! 

Upcoming tours will include exploring the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest with UW-Oshkosh geology professor Dr. William Mode on Saturday, September 14th.  Watch for registration details coming soon.

Ledge Tours

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Manitowoc River Clean Up

Friends River Clean Up

The Friends of Manitowoc River Watershed are going beyond the beach clean-ups they’ve hosted these last two years.  On June 8, 2013, the group brought together 17 volunteers to help clean up the Manitowoc River at Manitou Park as well as in watercraft throughout the lower portions of the river all the way to the YMCA.  A total of almost 195 pounds of garbage was collected including a bicycle and tricycle.  It was a group effort that follows the mission of the group to provide a unified voice to enhance the Manitowoc River and its watershed.

And, the group registered Manitowoc’s beaches for the next Alliance for the Great Lakes beach clean-up, Saturday, September 21st, to include: Silver Creek, University, Red Arrow, Lincoln High School, Warm Waters, Ferry, YMCA, Maritime Boat Launch, Memorial Wayside South and Middle Beaches.  Coordinator Kim Kettner said, “The next step is to have our (community) leaders commit to the event.”  If you’re interested in participating, contact Kim at kkettner@hotmail.com.

Clean up results

Some of the larger items collected from the Manitowoc River.

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Lake Michigan Stakeholders Updates

Lake Michigan Stakeholders

On May 22nd, more than 40 hearty participants gathered at UW-Marinette on a cold, windy day to learn about the various remediation projects underway in the northern section of the Lake Michigan watershed as part of the Menominee River Area of Concern.  Timely topics were presented by John Masterson (WDNR, Office of the Great Lakes), Ann Bartels (Marinette County Education Specialist), Ben Uvaas (WDNR), Cheryl Bougie (WDNR), Mike Donofrio (WDNR) and Tom Pleger (UW-Baraboo Dean), all of which can be viewed on their website, lakemichiganstakeholders.org.

Following lunch, 30 people enjoyed an educational tour of the Lower Menominee River Restoration Projects at the WPS remediation site, Seagull Bar, Menekaunee Harbor, and the Fish Passage Project.

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“Lazy, Hazy Ahnapee River” – Photo by James Olson

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Photo by James Olson

 

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