Friends of Yahara River Headwaters

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Our Mission

To enhance and protect the quality of the Yahara River headwaters while educating the community and providing sustainable recreational opportunities.

Streambank Restoration Project to be Completed This Fall

This year, the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters has taken on a BIG project! We are working with a local consulting company to restore 350' of severely eroded Yahara River streambank. The project will fix erosion concerns using environmental sensitive techniques, plant native species, and increase public access in these areas. Reducing erosion will prevent sediment and phosphorus from entering the Yahara River. This project is a partnership with the Village of DeForest.

Project funding comes from a $20,000 grant we received from the Village of DeForest Water Quality Improvement Grant Program as well as a $15,000 Yahara WINS grant that the Village of DeForest received to match our efforts.

The project is currently in the design phase. After the plans are finalized and permits are obtained, construction will begin. We anticipate construction to be completed by the end of October. If you would like project details, please contact us at

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Eroded bank in one of restoration locations.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars to save the dates for the below events. We're always looking for volunteers, so please consider helping.

Don't Forget to Renew your Membership

Did you see our membership renewal email in May? Our membership year runs from June 1 - June 1, so it time to renew your membership for the 2016-2017 season. Membership is only $10 but it makes a big impact locally!

As a member you will:

  • Support our mission of enhancing and protecting the quality of the Yahara River headwaters while educating the community and providing sustainable recreational opportunities.
  • Play a vital role in supporting our fishing clinics and river clean-ups.
  • Connect with a community who cares about your Yahara River.
  • Receive personal invitations to our special events.
  • Receive quarterly email newsletters.
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New Local Group Forming - the Friends of the Lakes of DeForest

Concerned neighbors of "Little Lake Mendota," one of the small lakes on the north side of Hwy V, are organizing. They are meeting August 11th at 6 PM at the DeForest Public Library's lower level conference room. Concerns about the lakes - like litter, pollution, water levels and weeds - will be discussed along with guest speakers from other lake associations. For more information call John Ackley 608-576-0661.

Weed growth, debris and low water levels are some of the concerns neighbors have about Little Lake Mendota.

Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters