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Great Lakes Article:

Wisconsin Water Environmental News Briefs

From River Alliance of Wisconsin


Citizen Action Network for our Environment

Volume 5 Issue 22

August 29, 2002

In This Issue

1. Help the River Alliance Improve Their Website Click Headline

2. Special Call to Action Click Headline
  Nominate a "Most Endangered River"

3. Watershed Restoration Specialist Click Headline
  Alabama Rivers Alliance Vacancy Announcement

4. RoboCow Click Headline
  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Website Educational Animation on Non-point

Today's Quote
"If you don't understand the importance of water go without it for a day.
If you still don't understand it, go without it for four days."
-Walter Bresette

1. Please Help Us Improve Our Website
Take this short survey online

The River Alliance of Wisconsin is taking part in a website evaluation program launched by the Joyce Foundation and the Environmental Support Center. These two groups are interested in learning about problems non-profits have had with website development and ways to potentially improve them.

We’re asking for a couple minutes of your time to take a brief survey that can help us understand who is using our site, what they are looking for and how they are using it.

You’ll also have the opportunity to offer your ideas for improvement!

Please pass this message along to anyone else you know that visits, or would visit our website.

Just click on by September 6!


2. Special Action Alert
Nominate a "Most Endangered River"

Is a hydropower dam turning your river on and off like a faucet? Is your river drying up as a sprawling city sucks out more and more water? If so, your river may be among America's Most Endangered.

American Rivers is calling on river lovers everywhere to nominate rivers for the 2003 America's Most Endangered Rivers report, to be released in April 2003.

The deadline for nomination applications is October 1. Nomination forms are available at:

Each year, American Rivers reviews nominations from all across the country to determine the rivers at greatest risk of taking a turn for the worse in the coming twelve months. In the spirit of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" report, the America's Most Endangered Rivers report identifies rivers that are in danger and at a crossroads.

Any individual or organization can nominate a river. In 2002, more than 40 organizations participated in the report, including Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, Kansas Riverkeeper, Clarendon (Arkansas) Chamber of Commerce, and Maine Sierra Club.

Why do these organizations go to the trouble? Because the America's Most Endangered Rivers report has a distinguished record of raising the visibility of critical issues affecting rivers nationwide and improving public policy decisions that benefit listed rivers.

In a recent follow-up interview, one of our partners from the 2002 report remarked, "if I had it to do all over again, I'd do it in a heartbeat, as we reached the average person with the news that this river is in big trouble right now, today. We could have never done this without a national group helping us with this kind of a designation, putting our troubles up there for national scrutiny. Thanks so very much."

Entire rivers or selected portions -- headwaters, tributaries, riparian wetlands, or estuaries -- can be designated. Rivers are selected based on three main criteria:

  • the magnitude and imminence of the threat;

  • the likelihood that major action during the coming year could either intensify or lessen the threat; and,

  • the regional and national significance of the river.

Individuals and organizations considering a nomination are encouraged to read last year's report at:

Nomination forms for the 2003 report can be found at:

If you have questions, please contact Matt Sicchio at American Rivers at or (202) 347-7550.

Please pass this notice on to anyone who might be interested in nominating a river for the 2003 report.


3. Watershed Restoration Specialist
With Alabama Rivers Alliance

Job Description
The Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide watershed protection organization based in Birmingham. The Watershed Restoration Specialist is one of five permanent staff positions at the Alliance. This person will be responsible for developing and implementing programs in order to restore water quality and the biological integrity of degraded watersheds. This person will both work to improve relevant areas of public policy (such as state Clean Water Act policy, regulations, and practices) and to engage in efforts to restore specific rivers and watersheds.

Required Qualifications

  • At least Bachelors degree in an environmental science. (Master's Degree or more advanced academic credentials strongly preferred)

  • Dedication to the cause of watershed restoration and public service.

  • Basic understanding of river ecosystems and watershed science.

For a full description and background, visit ARA's website at

Salary commensurate with experience. Health insurance benefits provided. Generous vacation policy.

To apply, send resume, cover letter with salary requirements, and three references to:
Alabama Rivers Alliance
2027 2nd Avenue North, Suite A
Birmingham, AL 35203


4. ROBOCOW: Animated Polluted Runoff Tool
Water Quality Best Management Practices Animation

The following link leads to a fun cartoon that gets nonpoint issues across in a humorous way. It's a Flash animated site so those of you on modems be forewarned that it may take a minute to download.

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