Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Conserving, Protecting and Restoring Coldwater Fisheries

CWTU River Keepers



New water monitors training on the Waupaca River

Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited has been actively involved in water monitoring since 2004. We are working in partnership with the WDNR's Water Action Volunteers. Currently, we are monitoring 25 sites on rivers and streams in central Wisconsin.

CWTU River Keepers are looking for volunteers who would like to join their Central Wisconsin River Keepers group. Volunteers do not have to be Trout Unlimited members to participate. River Keepers are advocates for area streams, they monitor their streams once a month, they are watchdogs for invasive species and environmental problems, and they are organized into small teams that are responsible for specific streams. The program has been in existence for ten years and it has been conducted with the support of the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin DNR.

While water monitoring, River Keepers record water temperature, stream turbidity, the amount of flow, habitat quality, bug life, and the amount of dissolved oxygen. This data is posted on the Water Action Volunteers website (http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav), which is available for public use. The experience in fun and rewarding.

To sign up to become a River Keeper and to attend the training session contact Bob Jozwowski (920-765-1887) or E-mail at bobjozwowski@gmail.com.

Water Monitoring Recording sheets:  Need to run some off?  Go to:  http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav/monitoring/sheets.html 

CWTU River Monitoring Teams for 2017

These are the streams that the CWTU Riverkeepers Monitored in 2015


Pine River (3 sites)

Upper Tomorrow River

Hartman Creek

Emmons Creek
White River
West Branch of White River (6 sites)

Willow Creek (2 sites)

Bird Creek
Kill Snake River

Tagatz Creek

Peterson Creek 

South Branch Little Wolf

Twin Creek in Marinette

Fordham Creek
Dankin Creek

Sucker Creek

Wedde Creek

Mecan River

Lawrence Creek

Apple Creek

Sawyer Creek

South Branch Manitowoc River

North Branch of the Little Wolf River

Waupaca River

Yellow River

Roy Creek

Spring Creek in Billion


Peggy Compton from UW- Extension conducting an on stream training session on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Eric Kropp Named 2017 Riverkeeper of the Year


Eric Kropp has been named the recipient  of the 2017 Riverkeeper of the Year Award for his many contributions to the CWTU WAV stream monitoring program. Eric is not only the team leader for the monitoring of the White River near Wautoma, but is also a team member on the two Pine River sites.  He also participated in the Total Phosphorus sampling program at Mud Creek. Eric has also assisted our team recruitment efforts at Trout Fest and Cabin Fever  Days. Thank You, Eric.  We are lucky to have you.


Pictured is Eric Kropp receiving his award from Bob Jozwowski at the Annual Riverkeepers Wrap Up meeting in November 2017.

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