Welcome Aboard, Rachel!
The 2018 aquatic invasive species field season is here, and with that, River Alliance welcomes Rachel Delwiche as our 2018 La Crosse Area Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Intern. Rachel is a senior at Winona State University, majoring in Environmental Science. She will team up with Scott Caven (our Aquatic Invasive Species Manager) this summer to tackle AIS issues on the Mississippi River and major tributaries in La Crosse, Trempealeau and Buffalo counties.
The focus of Rachel’s position includes conducting Clean Boats Clean Waters watercraft inspections at high-traffic boat landings, participating in statewide AIS prevention activities including the Landing Blitz, Drain Campaign, Bait Dealer Initiative, Project Riverine Early Detectors (RED) and the 2018 AIS Snapshot Day, and assisting Caven at trainings, workshops, educational outreach events, AIS monitoring and control efforts, and educating tournament anglers on AIS at major fishing tournaments on the Mississippi River, including Bassmaster and Fishing League Worldwide.
Rachel is thrilled to be part of the River Alliance team and doing her part to keep Wisconsin’s waters free of Aquatic Invasive Species.
“I am looking forward to improving the water one boat at a time,” exclaimed Delwiche. “I cannot wait to educate others about ways they can help promote better water in our community!”