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 

WAV Training Scheduled for May 5, 2018

 Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited Riverkeepers has scheduled and all day training program for new stream monitoring volunteers on Saturday May 5, 2018 at the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson Street, Ripon, WI 54971 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. This program will begin in the Nash room for introductions and overview and will continue on Spring Creek conveniently outside the building. Stream measurement parameters discussed will be temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, transparency, biotic index (bugs) and habitat assessment. The program is geared toward new monitoring teams and new members for existing teams. If you would like to attend, email Bob Jozwowski at bobjozwowski@gmail.com or call and leave a message at 920-765-1887. Bring your waders or hip boots if you have them and a bag lunch.

River Keeper Update 2018


We are currently looking for some additional WAV Level 1 stream monitoring teams for 2018 to assist the DNR by providing data on new streams and/or sites in Western Waushara and Marquette Counties. The following stream locations are of interest:

Mecan River at County GG

Little Pine Creek at Czech Ct

Chaffee Creek at 11th Ln

Caves Creek at 5th Ave

Klawitter Creek at County J

If you would like to start a team at any one or more of these locations, contact Bob Jozwowski at 920-765-1887 or bobjozwowski@gmail.com. All monitoring equipment (except waders) will be provided and an on stream training program will be arranged.


Dissolved Oxygen Kits which were collected last November have been refurbished with new chemicals and will be ready for pickup on Tuesday April 10 at 5:00pm upstairs at the Fin N Feather Restaurant prior to the CWTU Board meeting. If you cannot make this pick up date, have one of your team members make the pickup or contact Bob Jozwowski at bobjozwowski@gmail.com or 920-765-1887 for alternate arrangements.

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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