Water Action Volunteers play important role in river health

Most Wisconsin residents are likely not aware of it, but volunteer stream monitors made more than 4000 visits to 651 unique stream sites in 56 counties in 2014, reports Wisconsin Action Volunteers coordinator Kris Stepenuck. The program is a joint effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin- Extension.

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Celebrate groundwater—Wisconsin’s buried treasure

Contact: Kevin Masarik, (715) 346-4276, kmasarik@uwsp.edu Each year the National Ground Water Association designates one week to raise awareness of the vital role played by groundwater–our nation’s “buried treasure.” This year Groundwater Awareness Week is celebrated on March 10-16. “Groundwater is a vital resource to our state,” says UW-Extension’s Kevin Masarik of the Central Wisconsin […]

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Aug. 15 teacher training will show how to bring stream monitoring to the classroom

Contact: Kris Stepenuck, kfstepenuck@wisc.edu, 608-265-3887 Madison, Wis—An upcoming teacher training in Mazomanie will help teachers build stream monitoring activities into their middle- or high-school curriculum. The session will present a curriculum that adapts UW-Extension and the Dept. of Natural Resource’s Water Action Volunteers’ Stream Monitoring Program methods for use in the classroom and in the […]

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New resource sheds light on private well-water quality

Contact Kevin Masarik, 715-346-4276, Kevin.Masarik@uwsp.edu The nearly 900,000 rural, private well owners whose water does not receive the same testing or oversight as public water supplies often know little about their drinking water. But a new interactive mapping resource, called the “Wisconsin Well Water Quality Viewer,” is helping to change that. The new viewer, available […]

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