Strong local groups are essential to water protection in Wisconsin.

Organized Groups Are Essential to
Resource Protection:

  • An organized group can make a bigger difference than individuals acting alone.
  • They participate in watershed management decisions and provide a voice for local waters.
  • Groups apply the lessons of their community’s past and provide a vision for the future.
  • Groups bring together different interests for a common purpose.

Today there are more than 80 citizen-based river and watershed groups around Wisconsin that vary widely in their mission, membership and level of organization. Some have staff, others are all-volunteer. Some educate communities about their local rivers and waters, some watch dog polluters for compliance, while others advocate for protective zoning ordinances.

The Local Groups Program helps Wisconsin’s river and watershed groups organize in their communities, and provides them the tools and training to be effective.

Find a Watershed, Find a Group.


Looking for a river or watershed group in your area? Search the list of groups by clicking on a watershed on the map to the right, or by using the Browse by Watershed menu below.

If your local group is not on our list, or your information needs to be updated, please contact us with your group’s current information.

Browse by Watershed

Southeast Fox (IL) Lower Rock Sugar Pecatonica Grant Platte Upper Rock Milwaukee Sheboygan Upper Fox Lower Wisconsin Bad Axe - La Crosse Manitowoc Lower Fox Twin-Door-Kewaunee Wolf River Central Wisconsin Black River Buffalo-Trempealeau Lower Chippewa Green Bay Upper Wisconsin Upper Chippewa St. Croix Lake Superior

Advocate’s Toolkit

(Almost) All You Need for Your Group to Succeed

Taking Action in Your Watershed

Getting Your Message Out and Raising Money

Starting Up and Running an Effective Group

Training Opportunities

Our staff can assist your group to help you gain or improve your skills so you can be a more effective organization. We are here to help your group achieve your goals.

Our rate for services such as strategic planning and organization trainings is $50/hour.
Contact Allison Werner to discuss your group’s needs. We can also work with groups to find grants to cover the cost of the work we’d like to accomplish together.

Training Topics Include:

“Mapping Your Future”
“Raising Funds to Reach Your Goals”
“Making Your Board Effective”
“Sustaining Your People Power”