Help Us Showcase “A Day in the Life of the Wisconsin River”

Jun 22, 2015 | Recreation

From July 3-5, River Alliance is asking lovers of rivers to participate in our “Wisconsin River Photo Stream” by taking a photo of your favorite place on the Wisconsin River, from Lac Vieux Desert all the way down to the Mississippi. If you’re a photographer, paddler, angler, swimmer, birdwatcher, boat captain, water skier, waterfront tavern owner, dam operator, rower, slough pirate, trapper, maker-of-music-on-water or anything else, really, this event is for you.

We’re hoping to capture this incredible body of water in all of its glory and to showcase its many different characteristics, attributes and landscapes – from the serene and peaceful to the brawny and powerful. From the mechanized to the natural. From the people to the animals. From the air to beneath the surface. From the macro to the micro. You get the idea.

Here’s how to participate. Email your photo along with your name, phone number, and email address to Margo Levitt no later than 5pm on Wednesday, July 8. Be sure to include a note with the date, time of day, and location on the Wisconsin River the photo was taken. If you’re so inclined, feel free to post on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WiRiverPhotos. DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE HAS PASSED.

Though this is our inaugural Wisconsin River Photo Stream, this is far from the first time River Alliance has paid close attention to the Wisconsin, our “Mother River.” Since 2007, we’ve focused considerable organizational resources on this water body, its watershed and its residents. Within the bounds of its watershed, one can see manifest every water-related issue in the state: polluted phosphorus runoff, waterfront development, hydropower relicensing, aquatic invasive species, groundwater depletion and more.

We organized our Wisconsin River Initiative as a means to bring attention, and protection, to the Wisconsin River by watchdogging polluters, organizing businesses that rely on clean water and lending support to up to a dozen citizen advocacy groups along the river. We’re slowly but thoughtfully building a network of engaged and smart citizen advocacy groups from the Mississippi to Marathon County, who act as an organized voice for “their” respective piece of the Wisconsin River. Look for some of them to show off their Wisconsin River via the Photo Stream!