Tomorrow River Friends Host Annual River Clean-up and “Tomorrow River Report” Event

Kerry Brimmer and Bob Lane cutting up downfall at the River Clean-up.

Dozens of river enthusiasts volunteered their efforts at the annual Tomorrow River Clean-up on August 17 and gathered for the July 25  release of the State of the Tomorrow River report event hosted by the Friends of the Tomorrow Waupaca River. 

Volunteers armed with canoes, kayaks, chain saws, brush loppers, and lots of energy, cleared passage and picked up trash in the Tomorrow River during the annual clean-up.  This year clearing for navigability was especially important due to the amount of trees and brush downed by this summer’s big storm.  Thanks to committed volunteers, there is now a paddle-craft passage from Clementson Rd through Nelsonville, Amherst, and down to Buchholz Road.  

Paddling enthusiasts should exercise caution however, as creating a “passage” does not mean an easy challenge-free cruise.  Volunteers worked to remove most of the down-fall but many trees too large to remove still lay across the river.  Paddlers need to be cautious and stay within their skill level.   

The state of the River Report event drew a crowd of 70 to the Rising Star mill on the evening of July 25.  The report ( https://www.co.portage.wi.us/home/showdocument?id=24600) lays out opportunities and challenges for the Tomorrow River and its watershed.  “Healthy rivers and healthy watersheds don’t happen by themselves,” said speaker George Kraft.  “They need committed citizens willing to engage their neighbors and local governments.”  Tom Miller, the person behind the idea for the River Report, urged people to become engaged and continue to advocate on behalf of this precious resource we have in our backyard.  The Friends wish to thank River Clean-up lunch sponsor International Bank of Amherst, Rivers Bar and Supper Club for the use of their grounds, and Trout Unlimited for the loan of important equipment.  State of the River event partners were the Isaac Walton League, Trout Unlimited, Alchemy and Judah studio, Ruby Coffee, and the Town of Nelsonville.

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