The Johnson Creek Watershed Alliance / JCWA was established in 2014 as a chapter of the Rock River Coalition by local people concerned about water quality and enhancing the value of the creek through education and stewardship. The focus of our local chapter is best described in our chapter goals:
• Develop clear action plans for attainable goals over the next 3-5 years.
• Learn about the creek’s ecology, challenges and potential:
o Develop plan to survey the creek and the riparian corridor.
o Develop a RRC citizen stream monitoring team.
• Maintain a dynamic chapter, reaching out through the web, social media and marketing to our Village, our schools and surrounding community.
• Educate local residents about the creek, its location, history and importance:
o Annual Stream Clean-up starting in 2015 to coincide with the Rock River Sweep.
• Establish solid partnerships with groups to work together to protect and improve the creek.
• Understand and enlist support of the agricultural community in the watershed.
• Restore free flow in the creek.
• Develop a water quality improvement strategy and begin implementation.
Students at Johnson Creek School District submitted 13 entries for our logo contest in 2015. Jeremy Wagie of Farmington submitted the winning entry.
JCWA President, Pete Hartz, is pictured here with Jeremy Wagie..
Our chapter of Rock River Coalition is planning a creek clean-up event on Saturday, September 10th. Do you recall that one component of our mission is to educate the public about our waterway? Beginning at 9:30a.m., Patricia Cicero will present “Learn to Identify Invasive, Aquatic Species” at our Historical Society, compliments of The River Alliance. Volunteers will scour our creek for trash & debris from the Historical Society to the west at any time between 9:30 and 12:30. The Village of Johnson Creek has again, generously provided us with a dumpster. Volunteers should dress appropriately, meaning wear your old clothes & shoes. Be sure to stop at the registration table to sign in and get a trash bag. We will build our own sub sandwiches starting at 12:30. We are grateful to Thrivent Financial for their support of our event.
For chapter information or to volunteer for our event, contact:
President Pete Hartz at (920) 699-3936 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Giese at (920) 699-3711 ; email@example.com