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Members are the lifeblood of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association. Without the financial support receive from our members, programs that we take for granted in the watershed would not be possible.

Thanks to the support of our members, here is a sampling of what USRWA has completed in 2016

Worked with farmers in the watershed to create a farmer-led council (Farmers for the Upper Sugar River) focused on limiting agricultural runoff

Organized nine workdays at Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area restoring prairie and managing invasive species, accumulating over 400 volunteer work hours.

Managed 25 water quality monitoring sites around the watershed and hosted a training for new volunteer water quality monitors

Completed year two of total phosphorus testing at 15 sites in the watershed (up from 10 in 2015) to establish baseline data for water quality

Continued collaboration with UW-Whitewater geography students to create an Erosion Vulnerability Assessment for Agricultural Lands (EVAAL) model for the watershed. This will allow USRWA to better assist farmers who are looking to limit runoff from their fields, including phosphorus.

Participated in youth educational programs, including organizing a canoe trip for 40 4th & 5th graders from New Century School in Verona and prairie seed collection days

Worked with two landowners on the Sugar River to either remove cattle fences or replace existing fences with safer alternatives for paddlers

Held the 2nd annual Rob’s Sugar River Ramble; an annual fundraising event that attracted 164 participants in year two and raised nearly $5,000 for USRWA

Over 100 volunteer hours spent on river clean-up days to improve the Sugar River’s water quality, while making it more enjoyable for paddlers and other recreational activities


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Become a Member

Memberships can be submitted by mail:

Fill out the Membership Registration Form and make your check payable to “USRWA.”

Send to:

P.O. Box 314
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
All memberships and donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt through the mail.

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Fund

Created in 2008 in memory of Elinor Keen, this endowment fund was created by Bill and Lisa Keen to support the work and mission of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association.  The fund is managed through the Natural Resources Foundation and provides a source of income to the USRWA forever.

Donations to The Upper Sugar River Watershed Fund can be made online or by mail:

Donate Online: Go to the Natural Resources Foundation donation page to donate any amount you wish.  In the “Donate to an Endowed Fund” section, please enter “Upper Sugar River Watershed Fund.”

Donate by Mail: Write a check made out to ”Natural Resources Foundation” and add “Upper Sugar River Watershed Fund” in the memo line of your check.

Send it to:

Natural Resources Foundation
attn: Upper Sugar River Watershed Fund
PO Box 2317
Madison, WI 53701

For more information about the NRF please visit

nrf field trip
Summer field trips led by Bill and Lisa Keen raise hundreds of dollars for the endowment fund each year.