Coming Together For Clean Water

  • Our Impact

    View the most recent Community Rivers Program Impact Report

    Download
  • Questions? Contact Patricia Gerber

    Watershed Education Manager and Community Rivers Program Coordinator, pgerber@riveredge.us

    Email Patricia

The Need

Pollution continues to be a serious concern in the Milwaukee River, with our friends at Milwaukee Riverkeeper recently giving the overall health of the river a “C-” on their 2020 report card, improving from the D+ grade in 2019.

The overall health grade of the Milwaukee River is increasing thanks to amazing efforts being made throughout the entire Basin to improve the health quality, but less attention has been paid to rural and suburban parts of the watershed where our Healthy River Communities are located.

We know making a river that is swimmable, fishable, and liveable for all requires the cooperation and effort of all communities along its banks, and we want to help do just that.

Communities located in the Upper Milwaukee Rivershed are invited to join the Community Rivers Program and become a Healthy River Community

Inspire

We protect the things we care about. From kayaking programs to community-wide festivals to watershed tours, we want to make sure everyone sees and feels the incredible value of being a healthy Milwaukee River community.

Inform

Partnering communities are provided one-on-one property consultations, property owner workshops, family friendly programming and more that makes the problems (and more importantly, their solutions!) easy to understand and act on.

Engage

Working hand in hand with residents, land owners, elected officials, scientists, and stakeholder groups, we’ll coordinate programs, discussions, trainings, and resources aimed at empowering communities and their residents to implement best practices for keeping their river healthy and clean. This is bottom-up change emanating from community members working together to design a plan that best fits their own town, village, or city.

5 years

of partnering with rural communities to create healthier ecosystems and communities

5 Healthy River Communities

The Villages of Newburg, Saukville, Grafton, Kewaskum, and Fredonia

“I’ve never kayaked the Milwaukee River before and I was amazed with how beautiful it is. Getting in the river helped me appreciate the need to keep it clean and free of pollutants.”

110+

programs offered (all communities, all years, combined)

3,000+

resident participants

“We are so grateful for the rain barrel we received, especially this year. It was very easy to install and it is hidden amongst our raspberry bushes!”

65+

of rain barrels installed

25+

stewardship projects completed in communities…everything from river clean-ups to water monitoring to prairie plantings!

50+

hours of land management consultations provided community residents

Are you a resident of a Healthy River Community?

Find programs you can participate in for free on the Riveredge program calendar

Upcoming dates

  • Event
  • Program

Calendar of Events

S Sun

M Mon

T Tue

W Wed

T Thu

F Fri

S Sat

0 events,

1 event,

Riveredge Winter Camp

2 events,

-

Photo Club

1 event,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

2 events,

1 event,

-

Memory Cafe

2 events,

0 events,

1 event,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

2 events,

2 events,

1 event,

1 event,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

2 events,

1 event,

-

Winter Yoga Retreat

1 event,

0 events,

1 event,

-

Photo Club

1 event,

2 events,

2 events,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

0 events,

1 event,

1 event,

-

Memory Cafe

1 event,

2 events,

-

Kid’s Mindfulness in Nature Workshop

-

Handmade from the Heart

Become a Member

Take advantage of all the benefits of a Riveredge membership year round!

Learn More