The Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed

Educational Poster - 2017

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The Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed - 2012

On behalf of the Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed, I wish to thank the Dane County Environmental Council for the 2012 Community Partners Grant of $176. With this funding, our group was able to print 250 copies of our outreach brochure. We acknowledged the Council’s donation on these brochures with the note, “Funding for this brochure is from the Dane County Environmental Council.”

One of our current projects, and a goal in our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan, is establishing working relationships with local elected officials in our watershed, which includes portions of both Dane and Rock Counties. Developing communications materials that explain our purpose and educate elected officials about the watershed is a goal of this Strategic Plan as well as a central goal of our organization.

To this end, we gave several presentations during 2012: Rutland and Dunkirk Town Boards (Dane), Porter and Union Town Boards (Rock), Rock County Parks Department, and Rock County Land Conservation Committee. Members of each group received a packet that included the brochure. More presentations, all in Dane County, are planned for 2013.

The Rock River Coalition featured our organization on page 5 of their Fall 2012 newsletter. rockrivercoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/Publications/Newsletters/RRRfall2012.pdf

Lynne Diebel
FBCW Plan Committee
E-mail: lsdiebel@gmail.com

The Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed - 2010

  • volunteers cleaning badfish creek
  • volunteers cleaning badfish creek
  • volunteers cleaning badfish creek
  • volunteers cleaning badfish creek

The Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed (FBCW) thank the Dane County Environmental Council for the 2010 Community Partners Program grant. With this financial help, we launched our assault on the wild parsnip in the Badfish Creek Wildlife Area (BCWA).

On June 5, 2010, eight volunteers—five from FBCW as well as three from the Dane County Conservation League—spent four hours digging wild parsnip with our seven new Parsnip Predators, purchased with the grant monies. The location was adjacent to the BCWA public parking area on Old Stone Road, the one closest to the creek. Most of the infestation is fairly close to the road, and the Predators proved very effective. The majority of the plants had not flowered and we left these in the field, per instructions from Heidi Hayes of the WI DNR. We bagged and removed those plants which were flowering. We marked the area in which we worked for BCWA Wildlife Manager Maureen Rowe. I’ve included four photos with this report.

Because of light rain, not as many volunteers as expected showed up. However, the workday will be an annual FBCW event and we hope to cover more ground in coming years. Maureen Rowe is very happy to have us on board.

Prairie Enthusiasts gave us a volume discount on the Predators and there was no shipping charge because I picked them up. In addition, we discovered that we already had sufficient contractor bags and other materials to complete the project. As a result, we spent only $207 of the $255 grant. (Please see attached spreadsheet.) Our parent group Rock River Coalition will mail you a check for $48 to return the excess.

Again, thank you very much for your support of our efforts to improve the Badfish Creek watershed.

Lynne Diebel
FBCW Plan Committee
E-mail: lsdiebel@gmail.com
Phone:(608) 873-7910

View a PDF file of the grant summary.

Visit Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed website at rockrivercoalition.org/badfish/