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Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed


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Download our brochure! (PDF, 1.07MB)

To get involved, contact Lynne Diebel at

Historical Notes

The “Pearl Craze”: Pearling in the Badfish Creek, by Larry Reed

CooksCville News, Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In the late 19th century, everybody was wading in the local creeks and rivers in southern Wisconsin searching for pearls, even in the little Badfish Creek flowing past Cooksville.

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The “Cooksville Journal”: Badfish and Blue Chicken

CooksCville News, Wedneesday, October 29, 2014

… “Arthur Kramer has an interesting hobby of making pottery. He uses some Cooksville clay, taken from the bottom of the Badfish creek. The clay is shaped by turning it on a potter’s wheel. It is fired and glazed in an electric kiln at a temperature of about 1923 degrees F. When the clay is fired, it is a deep buff, but when it is freshly dug, …

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is an aggressive invasive plant that is threatening the stream banks. Controlling its spread is one of our long-term projects. If you are a landowner and suspect that you have an infestation, contact us. We can help or point you in the right direction! Read the Japanese Knotweed Eradication Guidelines (pdf).

View the DNR’s fact sheet (pdf).


To protect and enhance

Stream Monitoring

Lynne and Sharon have been monitoring for several years at Riley Road for dissolved O2, temp and turbidity, plus a biotic index in spring and fall.

Details are available at RRC Citizen Stream Monitoring.
After you enter the data base, the Waterbody ID is BADFISH CR (799500). Select all parameters.

Also see the Monitoring Facebook page.


Did you know that the Madison Metropolitan Sewer District gives tours of its facility?

Don’t have the time for a tour? Watch the videos:
Water Recycling with Drip and Drop childrens video
Water Recycled for Life

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