Water Action Volunteers monitor rivers, streams for WDNR

Data gathered along river available to DNR officials, researchers

Local environmental enthusiasts took a dip in the streams near the La Crosse River Saturday.

The Water Action Volunteer Program gives people of all ages interested in water preservation the chance to get some hands on experience. The UW Extension is hosting this local program to focus on small streams leading into the La Crosse River.

Although these tributaries are monitored by local volunteers, the data gathered along the river will be available to DNR officials and researchers all over the state.

“We’re basically providing more eyes to the stream. The Department of Natural Resources surely doesn’t have the staff to watch over all the different tributaries in the La Crosse River, and these people have come forward to try to help provide that information,” said UW Extension Natural Resource Educator Randy Mell.

Volunteer groups in communities across our area are watching the La Crosse, Black, Buffalo, and Mississippi Rivers.

If you’d like to get involved with these volunteer groups contact Randy Mell at (608) 782-4590 or randy.mell@ces.uwex.edu.