Upper Sugar River Watershed Association


Invasive Species Control and Water Access Improvement - 2015

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Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring and Water Trail Signage in the Upper Sugar River Watershed - 2014

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Upper Sugar River Water Trail Maintenance and Enhancement Report - 2013

  • River clean-up day in 2012. Volunteers paddled upstream from the Bruce Company property on Highway 69 and removed blockages.
  • Also a river clean-up day in 2012. Volunteers worked on the Paddle and Pig Out in Paoli route and removed a large piece of corrugated pipe from the river.
  • Paddle and Pig-Out in Paoli participants utilizing USRWA’s new canoe fleet.
  • Bill Keen (left) works with Operation Fresh Start volunteers to clear the river trail to improve paddlers’ experience and mitigate streambank erosion and blockages to river flow.

Submitted June 25, 2013 by Megan Phillips, Executive Director

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (USRWA) purchased five canoes and a kayak (including paddles and life vests) from Sugar River Sports to help the organization facilitate its river clean-up days. In the summer of 2012 the organization hired youth from Operation Fresh Start (a Madison-based non-profit organization that helps at risk youth obtain their GEDs) to work on the river for two weeks. Between the Operation Fresh Start work and the three regularly scheduled USRWA work days the river trail was passable from Bobcat Lane (north of 18/151) to Highway A. Jack and Carolyn Bradt provided space on their farm for the canoes to be stored over the winter months.

USRWA has two work days scheduled for the summer of 2013. Volunteers will work on the river trail on Saturday June 29 and Saturday July 13 in preparation for the organization’s annual Paddle and Pig-Out in Paoli event, which provides a free canoeing opportunity to the community. In addition to these two days, USRWA volunteers have already spent several full days on the river this spring/summer clearing downed trees and removing other large debris such as tires, trash cans, and crates.

Invoice (already paid by DCEC)
$1200 for purchase of canoes/kayak/paddles/life vests, Sugar River Sports

Match (up until June 25, 2013)
$500.00 - Donated by Payne and Dolan
$140.00 - Purchase of trailer to haul canoes, donated by Bill and Lisa Keen
$347.00 - For materials to modify trailer to haul boats, donated by Bill and Lisa Keen
$830.00 - Donated labor to build trailer, by Bill and Lisa Keen
$913.75 - Donated time from USRWA staff to work on river clearing and preparation of the canoe fleet including painting over old logo, and acquiring storage for the boats during the winter months
$720.00 - Donated time from volunteers in 2012 to help clear the river trail (18 volunteers * 4 hours * $10/hour)
TOTAL: $3,450.75

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PO Box 314 Mount Horeb, WI 53572
Phone/Fax: 608-437-7707
Email: usrwa@usrwa.org
Web: www.usrwa.org