In the past three months, the Bad River Watershed Association has received four grants to support continued water quality monitoring and watershed outreach.
Late last year, the Patagonia Foundation awarded $8,500 to expand our baseline water quality monitoring in the Penokee Hills to include Total Phosphorus sampling. Phosphorus is a nutrient that is held in rocks and soil. When an area becomes disturbed, this nutrient can be released, finding its way to our rivers and streams. Too much phosphorus can cause algae blooms and cause unwanted effects to the aquatic ecosystem. Knowing these levels before a large-scale event occurs will assist decision makers in making wise choices for land use.
Two grants received from Freshwater Future ($3,000) and the Indigenous Environmental Network/Western Mining Action Network ($3,000) will assist BRWA in conducting Watershed Outreach at Canoecopia 2014 in Madison and the Wisconsin Wetlands Association Conference in La Crosse. This funding will also support a series of lectures in the area, bringing attention to the valuable wetland resources we have in the Bad River Watershed.
An additional $4,000 from Freshwater Future was received to host Wisconsin mining discussion groups in order to better understand the values of the local community. We are particularly interested in speaking with citizens in the region who are undecided or indifferent about the proposed iron mine near Mellen. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in these discussions, please contact us.
If you are in Madison on March 7-9, please consider visiting us at Canoecopia in booth A10!