Water Hero: Gary Horvath
“I worked on the final agreement and resolution that will lead to a free flowing Kinnickinnic River.”
River Falls, WI
How do you work to protect Wisconsin’s waters?
I have been an active member and volunteer with the Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited for 30 years working on a variety of conservation, habitat and advocacy issues.
What are your biggest concerns right now?
The biggest issue at present is my work on the Kinni Corridor Committee in River Falls, Wisconsin. I worked on the final agreement and resolution that will lead to a free flowing Kinnickinnic River. I am watching the re-licensing process that was part of the agreement to address issues with how the dam is operated.
For the longer term, urban development along trout streams in Pierce and St. Croix still pose threat, along with concentrated animal agriculture and its direct impact to surface and groundwater.
What keeps you strong and inspired in the face of challenges?
I draw strength from fellow volunteers and past success on issues that seemed insurmountable at the time.
What’s your favorite “water spot” in Wisconsin?
The Trimbelle River in Pierce County.
Kinni River Corridor Project
Learn about other Water Heroes in Wisconsin:
River Alliance Water Heroes – 2018