The Friends of the Platte River, Inc. has been active in the watershed since 2006, The Friends of the Platte River, Inc., a 501 c(3) organization, has been involved in projects such as public education of watershed issues and groundwater quality, beautification projects and water trail development. The mission of the Friends of the Platte River, Inc. is to be
"A group that exists to serve as a forum to address issues affecting the Platte/Little Platte River watershed and to seek impartial solutions that restore, enhance, and protect this valuable resource."
A key to the group's sustainability and the success of this project is partnerships with other organizations and agencies that work on conservation and watershed issues in the area (i.e. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Grant County Land and Water Conservation District, Drift less Area Initiative, River Alliance of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX), Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D), Grant County Board of Supervisors, UW-Platteville, UW-Madison and landowners). Southwest Badger RC&D has served as a fiscal sponsor in the procurement and completion on several WDNR River Planning grants. UW-Madison and UW-Platteville students and staff have contributed greatly to several studies and design projects. UWEX Basin Educator and UWEX Community Development staff have worked with the group on projects such as a watershed well-testing event and securing funding for water trails development. River Alliance of Wisconsin has greatly assisted the development and capacity building of the group.
The Platte/Little Platte River watershed is in the southwest corner of the state of Wisconsin, in Grant County. The watershed covers approximately 350 square miles in a predominantly agricultural area of the state and is located in the Driftless Area, a region of geological and ecological importance.
The Friends of the Platte River, Inc. is working to further its mission through focusing on four objectives in the watershed:
Everyone who lives, works, or plays in the watershed has the opportunity and ability to help enhance, improve, and protect the waters of the Platte/Little Platte watershed.
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