University of Wisconsin Extension supports a Regional Natural Resources Education Program in partnership with Wisconsin DNR and other organizations. The program includes a team of natural resource educators located across the state. These Extension educators provide programs and expertise in water resources, forestry, planning, citizen involvement, process facilitation, and development of educational materials.
The Regional Natural Resources Education Program contact for Jefferson County is:
located at the Milwaukee County Extension office
For more information about the program, visit: http://naturalresources.uwex.edu
Major Programs and Partners for UW-Extension Natural Resources include:
The Rock River Coalition: The Rock River Coalition’s mission is to educate and bring together people of diverse interest to protect and improve the environmental, economic recreational and cultural resources of the Rock River Basin in Wisconsin. The Rock River Basin is the area of land that drains to the Rock River. It covers 3,700 square miles and includes all or part of Jefferson, Dodge, Rock, Dane, Columbia, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Washington, Waukesha, Walworth and Green counties. A joint endeavor of , the Rock River Coalition, UW-Extension and the Rock River Stormwater Group is a quarterly newsletter – the Rock River Reflections. More information about the RRC and to view current and past issues are available on the Rock River Coalition website: http://www.rockrivercoalition.org
Water Star: A state-wide program launched on the 2010 Earth Day; its mission is to inspire, guide and recognize municipalities (cities, counties, villages and towns) for exemplary work with their water resources. This includes stormwater, groundwater, land use, emergency management, recreation, habitat, wastewater and drinking water. More information is available at http://www.waterstarwisconsin.org. Andy Yencha, info above, is the Wisconsin Water Star Coordinator.
Rock River Basin TMDL: More than 62 segments of the Rock River Basin are on the state Impaired Waters list due to excess phosphorus and sediment. The EPA requires states to study the sources of these pollutants, determine how much of each pollutant the water can handle and then allocate this pollutant ‘loading’ to different sectors such as to individual wastewater treatment plants, industry and municipal stormwater systems. They also allocate an amount of each pollutant to runoff sources such as agriculture and construction sites. This is generally a significant decrease in the amount of phosphorus and sediment being delivered by these different sources. The target is known as the Total Daily Maximum Load or TMDL, it is determined through a computer model. For more information on the current status is available at http://dnr.wi.gov/org/water/wm/wqs/303d/RockRiverTMDL/