Rock River Basin Event Information
Join local residents and river lovers at one of eight rendezvous sites around the Rock River Basin in southern Wisconsin to help search for invasive species, including escaped and released aquarium and water garden plants that could choke our rivers and streams if gone undetected. Volunteers will be asked to attend an hour and a half training at a convenient location, and then will have until June 24th to monitor stream sites near them. The monitoring sites will vary from public parks on large rivers to small culverts on country roads spanning small trout streams. At some sites friendly waters will beg you to wade in to get a better look while at other sites volunteers will be asked to simply look from the safety of the shore with binoculars and rakes. Whether you are comfortable wading into a river or not, there is a site for you. Here is what you need to do.
1. Register for a Site!
2. Become Familiar with the Target Species
The new Stream and Wetland Guide to invasive species from the WDNR has information on all of our target species and many more!
3. Read the Protocols
4. Make Your Own Handscoop (Optional)
Follow the simple instructions on page 8 to turn a coffee can into a sediment scoop to use to find mussels, clams and snails.
5. Gather Other Useful Equipment for the Event (*Required)
6. Follow the Event on Twitter at #rockriversnapshot2017 and tag @RiverAlliance
7. Contact Amanda at the River Alliance at (608) 257-2424x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
This event is possible through the generous support of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
the Alliant Energy Foundation, and our terrific partners.