WISCONSIN WATER WEEK
This week, March 8 – 12, marks the celebration of Wisconsin Water Week! Wisconsin is home to 15,074 lakes and ponds, 5.3 million acres of wetlands, and more than 12,600 rivers and streams that flow over 84,000 miles (WI DNR). We are all responsible for preserving our natural resources, protecting the biodiversity of our area, and maintaining the health and quality of our waterways.
Take a bit of time to research Wisconsin’s waters and a few of the local agencies working to keep Wisconsin pristine for all life to enjoy!
St. Croix River Association: Based in nearby St. Croix Falls, WI, St. Croix River Association provides programming that supports land conservation, habitat restoration, water quality protection, and watershed stewardship. They offer insightful classes, invasive species information, trips and adventures, and many ways to get involved in our local St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
St. Croix 360: Another local source inspiring stewardship through reporting and sharing stories along the St. Croix River. Learn about policies, riverway changes, natural habitat, and the biodiversity of this beautiful watershed.
National Park Service – St. Croix National Scenic Riverway: The National Scenic Riverway headquarters is located in St. Croix Falls, WI. Its programming preserves natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. Its site explores the adventures and diversity of the St. Croix River and surrounding areas.
Wisconsin Interstate Park: Wisconsin was the first state to introduce State Parks, and Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, WI is Wisconsin’s oldest state park, established in 1900. Located along the picturesque St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, the park preserves the scenic views of the river and the steep-sided gorge known as the Dalles of the St. Croix.
Knowles Nelson Stewardship: For 30 years, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program has been protecting our lakes and streams, securing critical wildlife habitat, and providing world-class recreational opportunities. Here, you can take action to support Knowles-Nelson, read the research on environmental conservation in Wisconsin, and share your love of Wisconsin’s land and water.
Thank you to our Wisconsin community for protecting, preserving, and promoting the health and conservation of our land and waters!