Accomplishments of the Friends of the Little Plover River

Accomplishments of the Friends of the Little Plover River

  1. Little Plover River Appreciation Day Event: The first LPR Appreciation Day Event was held in May 2007.  It has been held every year since and is a very successful educational experience for 140 fourth grade students each year.

  2. Newsletters: Starting in 2005, the Friends has published a minimum of one newsletter each year with a mailing list of over 2100.  View our complete Library of Newsletters

  3. State Groundwater Legislative Activity The Friends have provided resource material to and testified before the Groundwater Workgroup.

  4. Grant Writing: The Friends have  written and received six grants.

  5. Measuring Flow Rates:  Flow rates in the Little Plover are now monitored on a regular basis.

  6. Membership Data Base: The Friends created and now maintain a membership database.

  7. Events:  The Friends have participated in and contributed to such events as the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair,  the League of Conservation Voters Lobby Day, the Little Plover River Workgroup, The Wisconsin River Water Quality Improvement Symposium, Karner Blue Rendezvous on the Little Plover River.

  8. PowerPoint Presentations:  Barb Gifford presents a PowerPoint covering the history and relationship between the Little Plover River and groundwater extractions to a variety of community groups. You can view a Flash version of the PowerPoint here.

  9. Little Plover River Workgroup:  In 2006 the LPR Workgroup was formed, bringing together community members and local governments in order to determine and improve the health and flow of the Little Plover River.  Today the discussion continues.

         The Work Group is made up of the Friends of the Little Plover River, the Villages of Plover and Whiting, UWSP, the Wisconsin DNR, Portage County, Trout Unlimited, Del Monte, several area potato and vegetable growers and the River Alliance of Wisconsin, along with advisory support from: Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey, USGS, USDA-NRCS, US EPA, Golden Sands RC&D, Rural Water Association and AECOM.

  10. FLPR Website created--2011:  Made possible by extensive volunteer hours. It is the intent of the Friends of the Little Plover River to gather and make available as much scientific and archival information on the Little Plover River as possible and place it on this website to allow everyone easy access to relevant information and data.  This is a continuing process and we welcome additional information and photos for review.

  11. WiWF Award:  The Friends of the Little Plover River are proud to announce that on April 9, 2011, the Friends received from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation the prestigious award of 2011 Water Conservation Organization of the Year.  2 Barbs and a Jodi--Barb Feltz, Barb Gifford, and Jodi Herrmsen--were honored to have been asked to accept this award.  Good things are never done alone . . . many thanks to all who have contributed to this water conservation organization!

    Jack Nissen-WiWF President, Jodi Hermsen, Barb Feltz, Barb Gifford, George Meyer-WiWF Executive Director

    WiWF Award Plaque

    Friends Board Members at the WiWF Awards Banquet--Barb Gifford, Jerry Knuth, Barb Feltz

  12. MREA Energy Fair-2011: Volunteers from the Friends of the Little Plover River, Barb Gifford, Jim Gifford, Jennifer Glad, Jerry Knuth and Barb Feltz staffed an informational exhibit at the 22nd Annual Energy Fair in Custer, WI June 17-19, 2011.  Sponsored by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Energy Fair is the nation's longest running energy and sustainability education event of its kind.  Members of the Friends answered questions from Fair attendees on the status of the Little Plover River and other groundwater issues.  We were thanked by many for our groundwater education efforts.

    For a photo gallery of FLPR at the Energy Fair, click here

  13. Another Milestone for FLPR: Our 6th Appreciation Day Event was held May 4, 2012. To date 850 4th grade students have attended our educational event.