Local watershed group offers free workshop March 17

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BRODHEAD, Wis. — Do you want to learn about protecting and restoring our local streams and watersheds? If so, the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association (LSRWA) invites you to an informative hands-on workshop and the first meeting of the association on Sunday, March 17.

This public meeting will be from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Memorial Public Library, 1207 25th St., Brodhead, Wis. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and refreshments and a light lunch will be served.

The workshop is an opportunity to gather with neighbors, scientists, educators, land managers and others to learn what has been accomplished by LSRWA volunteers as well as how to become involved with future watershed projects. Through presentations and an interactive session, participants will become familiar with information about the ecological health of our watershed.

Data will be presented that has been gathered by volunteer watershed survey teams, and aerial imagery of the watershed will be available. Participants will learn to identify and map at-risk areas on the landscape that affect stream health.

Ideas will be shared about how to design and implement lasting solutions that stabilize eroding banks, improve surface and groundwater quality, and enhance the wildlife habitat of the watershed.

Following the workshop, an optional tour of the Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area will be given. Participants will caravan by car to the lower Sugar River watershed’s largest protected natural area — encompassing more than 6,000 acres of floodplain forest, barrens, wet prairie and conservation farmlands — to learn about past, present and future conservation efforts.

Participants are advised to bring binoculars to better enjoy the wildlife and returning migratory birds.

To learn more about LSRWA, visit lsrwa.org or contact the association with questions at info@lsrwa.org. Questions can also be directed to Susan Lehnhardt, association president, at (608) 897-8641, ext. 20.

Posted March 13, 2013

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