News & Events

(August 2015) Red Cedar River Water Quality Partnership Submits Watershed Plan to WDNR and US EPA

The Red Cedar River Water Quality Partnership submitted a comprehensive watershed plan to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the US Environmental Protection Agency for approval in August of 2015. The Plan, titled “A River Runs Through Us: A Water Quality Strategy for the Land and Waters of the Red Cedar River Basin”, is a ten-year plan to address water quality issues in the Basin, focusing on the problems of phosphorus pollution and the subsequent algal blooms that it causes. The Plan should meet WDNR and EPA guidelines for such plans, making the Basin eligible for certain grant funds that would otherwise be more difficult to acquire. The Plan will be the guiding document used by the Partnership for work focused on improving water quality in the Basin.

Review of the plan by WDNR and US EPA should take place in early 2016, and once approved, the Plan will be made public; at which time it will also be published here on the “Maps and Publications” page.

For more information on the process of developing the Plan, see minutes from the Partnership’s meetings on the “Maps and Publications” page.

(March 2015) Red Cedar River Watershed Conference

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For the fourth year in a row, people came together to discuss the Red Cedar River Watershed on March 12, 2015 at UW-Stout in Menomonie. Nearly 300 people attended the all day event, the highest attendance figure in the history of the conference. Solving water quality issues in the Red Cedar Watershed will require everyone to do their part, and the conference offers a great chance to build community and forge partnerships to better understand the issues and each other’s lives and roles, as well as find common ground in working toward solutions.

Go to the “Maps and Publications” page for downloadable presentations from the conference.

(January 2013) Farmer-Led Council Project Coordinator Hired

In early 2013, Julia Olmstead was hired as a University of Wisconsin Extension emoployee based at UW-River Falls, to help organize farmer-led councils in both the Red Cedar River and St. Croix River Watersheds. Julia will be working with county land conservation staff in the region to help farmers organize into councils whose roles will be to discuss what they can do for water quality while helping their own operation, how they wish to proceed, what kind of approaches they will use, and how they will measure success.

Julia can be contacted at 715-531-8869, or by e-mail at julia.olmstead@ces.uwex.edu.