Friends has planned a fun Night Hike again late in the month, October 26 and three volunteer work opportunities on the Waukesha County Land Conservancy’s Meyer Preserve, October 19, November 22, and December 3. We would love to see you at one or all of these events, which are detailed on our events page and Read more about Spectacular Fall in the Watershed[…]
We just mailed the newsletter to almost 3000 landowners in the watershed. To view online please go to the Newsletter Archive. All our published works are located there. Please attend our Annual Member meeting which is open to the public to hear about watershed protected properties, find out the hikes and paddles we are scheduling Read more about 2018-19 Friends’ Newsletter[…]
March 16 9:30a.m -12p.m. Mukwonago Community Library 511 Division St, Mukwonago, WI 53149 Guest speaker, Jerry Ziegler, Land Steward at the Nature Conservancy will speak about TNC properties and acquisitions in the Mukwonago River watershed. Jerry, TNC’s land steward for Southeast Wisconsin for 10 years manages 2500 acres of fee and easement properties in the Read more about Annual Member Meeting[…]
This weekend you can volunteer to help Friends remove invasives under a TNC Aquatic Invasive Species grant on Saturday, May 19, and paddle Pickeral Lake on Sunday, May 20. See our events page for details. You will need to bring your own paddling equipment and portage a slope to and from the lake. Maybe a Read more about Two events with our partner, The Nature Conservancy[…]
Comment period ends April 23. Please weigh in on this important property in the watershed. This plan will determine its direction for a long period. Your opinion on the master plan is valuable. Survey on WDNR site below. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has developed a draft master plan for the Southern Kettle Moraine Read more about Southern Kettle Moraine Waters Master Plan[…]
Friends of the Mukwonago River, Inc. 2018 ANNUAL MEMBER MEETING “The fishes of the Mukwonago River watershed: a special place”. John Lyons, speaker. SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2018 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division St. Mukwonago 53149 Featured speaker, John Lyons, adjunct curator of fishes at the University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum. “At the Read more about Friends’ Annual Member Meeting This Week![…]
Thank you from Friends to our dear friends. It is that time of year again, publication of Friend’s Newsletter and an appeal for your continued support for our mission. This newsletter is full of interest stories about folks and happenings in the Mukwonago River watershed. We hope you enjoy the people whose stories represent a Read more about Yearend Appeal/ 2017 Friends’ Newsletter[…]
Friends Job Posting September 2017 Outreach and Engagement Coordinator The Friends of the Mukwonago River, a grassroots non-profit organization located in Southeastern Wisconsin, seeks a part-time Outreach and Engagement Coordinator to design and deliver community education programs, plan and deliver opportunities for people to explore the Mukwonago River Watershed, and engage residents and users of Read more about Outreach and Engagement Coordinator[…]
Rewilding Reminder ! Remember our Member meeting! Rewilding (conservation biology) in our watershed. Relevant idea? Wikipedia definition paraphrased for our purposes, “Rewilding is conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas. Rewilding projects may require ecological restoration or wilderness engineering, particularly to restore connectivity between fragmented protected areas. Read more about Rewilding the Mukwonago River[…]
What’s been happening with your Friends of the Mukwonago River? We just sent this newsletter out to over 8,500 landowners in the Mukwonago River watershed as part of our education and outreach activity in Walworth and Waukesha counties. We have been quiet, but not inactive. Friends continues to monitor and protect the watershed with you Read more about Friends’ Year end Update[…]
We have begun seeing our spectacular fall colors the past few weeks. Reds and oranges abound with our wet weather green holding fast Fall has finally arrived and local landowners are removing boats, piers and lifts, raking leaves, readying for fall prairie and woodland burns to rid their property of invasives, getting in wood supplies, Read more about October in the Mukwonago River Watershed[…]
Friends’ Landowner Education Series programs for those of you who want to learn the what, the how and the who for dealing with the terrestrial invasive species on your property. Learn plant identification, methods and processes to remove invasives, and find contractors to help you do the work or teach you to do it yourself. Visit Read more about Landowner Education Workshops April and May[…]
Formed in 1999 by Nancy Gloe and Ezra Meyer to mitigate some of the potential threats to the Mukwonago River watershed and its natural resources, primarily from development. Many partners, members and volunteers over the years have worked tirelessly on behalf of the River. We have had great success and have much more to do to protect this unique river. We continue to face the challenge of protecting the outstanding resources of the Mukwonago River in the face of land use pressure and other potential threats. Where development is to occur, practices exist for development design, stormwater management, and land and water conservation that will serve to help us meet these objectives. Where appropriate, public and private land preservation can play a key role in protecting the natural heritage of the Mukwonago River watershed for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Educating everyone about the incredible Mukwonago River will spread awareness of our great resource. With your help the Friends is positioned to address the threats to the watershed resources as they appear and grow the interest in it.
For a stream of this size, over 20 species would be considered quite diverse. Only much larger systems like the Wisconsin and the Mississippi have comparable levels of fish diversity.
It is the only stream in Wisconsin where this occurs.
This is the only stream in the state where this occurs.
Our Watershed Accomplishments
Our accomplishments have been possible because of the great people who have supported the organization in many capacities throughout the years. We have done some great things with you, our members, donors and volunteers. Thank you for all that we have accomplished. Click the image above to see the timeline.
Board of Directors
Three board members retired recently to pursue other activities. We thank Ed Olson, Gina Howden and Dick Jenks for their valuable contributions. Please contact us if becoming a board member might be a good fit for you with Friends. Click the image above to meet our Board.
Join a Committee
We have commmittees responsible for the direction of our watershed protection efforts as well as to ensure the ongoing success of our organization. Click the image above to see the complete list.
Our Strategic Plan and Other Documentation
Click the image above to see our Strategic Plan, promotional materials, watershed maps and more.