We Save Rivers


Our Mission

Our mission is to advocate for the protection, enhancement and restoration of Wisconsin's rivers and watersheds. Our members are urban, rural and retired; anglers, paddlers and lovers of water and some depend on rivers to make a living. Together, our common interest is a shared passion for rivers and the inspiration they bring.

The Waters we Protect 

News + Action

  • The FLOW Newsletter
    The FLOW Newsletter

    Read about hot-button river issues, learn how citizens are protecting their rivers and get updates on our work in the River Alliance newsletter, The FLOW.

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  • Local Directory
    Local Directory

    The Local Groups Program helps Wisconsin's river groups organize in their communities, and provides them the tools and training to be effective.

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  • We're Hiring!
    We're Hiring!

    We are looking for a talented communications and media professional to help us raise the River Alliance's profile and communicate the impact of our work.  Deadline is July 25th!

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  • Join our team as a paid intern!

    Help save rivers, learn new skills, and have fun! River Alliance is hiring a paid intern to manage our online auction. The intern will work 10-15 hours per week from August 25 through December 12.

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Upcoming Events

  • 08 / 24
    BBQ on the Banks
    BBQ on the Banks

    SOLD OUT! Tour rolling green hills on a sheep farm and learn about farmer Terry Groth's good run-off management practices. Afterwards enjoy lunch on the banks of a stream running through...

  • 09 / 09
    Milky Moonlight
    Milky Moonlight

    SOLD OUT!  Join River Alliance of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Riverkeeper as we co-host our ninth annual Milky Moonlight in Milwaukee! This urban river adventure is one of the state's...

  • 09 / 13
    AIS Bridge Snapshot Day
    AIS Bridge Snapshot Day

    Join nearly two hundred volunteers as we gather at 20 rendezvous sites around the state to monitor for invasive species in and along rivers. After receiving a brief training from local...

  • 09 / 21
    Birds, Bluffs, and Backwaters
    Birds, Bluffs, and Backwaters

    Come along on a pontoon boat tour of the wildlife-rich Weaver Bottoms of the Mississippi River featuring Big River Magazine publisher Reggie McLeod.  Rain date Saturday, September 27th.

Word on the Stream

  • 08 / 21
    The Dams That Were Not
    Nick Cooper, Townsquare Media

    Despite a growing portfolio of successful stories about restored rivers from removing dams, dam removal remains controversial.  Though we have been out of the business of the dam removal process for many years,...

  • 08 / 20
    Another Tough Day on the Job
    Nick Cooper, Townsquare Media

    Another tough day on the job at River Alliance. Touring US Geological Survey's UMESC facility in La Crosse and learning about state-of-the-art research they're doing to protect rivers; then monitoring for invasive...

  • 08 / 5
    Can a Wisconsin City Be Toledo'd?
    Algae bloom shown in bright green, 2013 (from www.pbs.org)

    Toledo had to turn off its drinking water supply last weekend.  Toxins produced by algae, which are in turn produced by farm runoff into Lake Erie, the source of the Toledo area’s water, threatened public...