By encouraging and fostering relationships between citizens and policy makers, the River Alliance has helped make citizens smarter and more effective advocates for the rivers they love.
Wisconsin River Initiative
The River Alliance, via our Wisconsin River Initiative, is leading the way to a renewed focus and energy to care for and protect our state's largest and best-known river.
The River Alliance partners with when appropriate, and challenges when necessary, the government agencies and policy decision makers entrusted with protecting our flowing waters.
By building relationships with policy makers and government agencies, providing sound scientific information and mobilizing river advocates across the state, the River Alliance influences how, and whether,effective policies and regulations are passed and implemented that protect and restore Wisconsin's rivers.
Long-neglected and abandoned industrial waterfronts can in fact become economic and aesthetic assets to urban centers. Besides, cities are where people live and urban people ought to have access to clean and beautiful rivers. Such rivers cannot be the exclusive province of remote rural areas.
The argument that environmental protection hurts businesses is outdated and inaccurate. We partner with business owners whose very livelihood depends on clean and plentiful water.
Blue Water Business Consortium
In this wonderfully watery state of Wisconsin, there are entire business sectors where environmental protection and economic growth are so integrally connected that businesses would be harmed, even driven to failure, if there was not a reliable supply of clean, plentiful water.
Bad Water is Bad for Business
The River Alliance has been collecting stories from local small business owners to find out more about the detrimental effect that poor water quality—blue-green algae in particular—is having on Wisconsin tourism based economies and waterfront businesses.
With its partner citizen groups, local governments and conservation organizations, River Alliance fights to keep dirt from farms and streets and industrial waste out of Wisconsin's rivers.
Several mineral deposits have been discovered all across Wisconsin,
including frac sands, iron, zinc, copper, gold, nickel and silver deposits, many of them within the basins of important Wisconsin rivers.
There are many types of polluted water affecting rivers. Some dirty water comes from the pipes of factories, sewage treatment plants or cities (known as "point source" pollution). A whole lot comes from farm fields and city streets (known as "non-point" pollution).
Our work to control pollution and aquatic invasive species helps manage threats, large and small, to the rich and diverse life found in flowing waters.
Aquatic Invasive Species
The River Alliance is working to educate about invasives, decrease their spread, and facilitate control efforts. Invasives threaten the survival of native plants and animals, interfere with ecosystem functions, and hybridize with native species resulting in negative genetic impacts.
The River Alliance advocates for and works with natural resource
agency and hydro dam partners to develop a means for the ancient lake sturgeon to make their way up- and downstream around hydro dams on Wisconsin's rivers.
The River Alliance directly confronts conflicting demands on water resources. We develop and promote practices, policies and ideas that balance economic development, recreation and conservation.
Our extensive history and experience with dam removal is available to others who may be facing the question of what to do with an aging dam in their community.
It has long been assumed that our groundwater supplies are inexhaustible, but in some parts of the state, water is being pumped out of the ground at a far greater rate than it can be replenished, and nearby rivers, lakes and wetlands are paying the price.