Friends of Starkweather Creek

Friends of Starkweather Creek Friends of Starkweather Creek (est. 2002). Non-profit citizen’s group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our creek and watershed through stewardship, education, advocacy and fun!
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April 2021 Update:
The Friends of Starkweather Creek (est. 2002) is non-profit citizen’s group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Madison’s largest watershed. We strive for a healthy urban stream to benefit the community through stewardship, education, and advocacy. FSC volunteers work to restore critical habitat for insects, birds, pollinators and other wildlife that call Starkweat

April 2021 Update:
The Friends of Starkweather Creek (est. 2002) is non-profit citizen’s group dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Madison’s largest watershed. We strive for a healthy urban stream to benefit the community through stewardship, education, and advocacy. FSC volunteers work to restore critical habitat for insects, birds, pollinators and other wildlife that call Starkweat

Operating as usual

Loving and artful creations at "Legacy Park" (Commercial and McCormick corner).FSC Board members Paul Noeldner, Dave Pul...
07/23/2021

Loving and artful creations at "Legacy Park" (Commercial and McCormick corner).

FSC Board members Paul Noeldner, Dave Pulkowski and James Winkelmam created this memorial bench to honor Carl Landsness, who served our organization and community with his heart, words and life.

Kids painted panels for the creek bridge and two picnic tables in a project coordinating with Eken Park Neighborhood and Madison Arts Council.

Looking to collect some roof runoff to water your garden? Dane County LWRD has a limited supply of small (26 gallon) rai...
07/23/2021

Looking to collect some roof runoff to water your garden? Dane County LWRD has a limited supply of small (26 gallon) rain barrels available for purchase. Cost- $20+tax. Note: these are about half the size of traditional rain barrels and are best suited for smaller homes. Contact Christal Campbell, [email protected] for more information.

Looking to collect some roof runoff to water your garden? Dane County LWRD has a limited supply of small (26 gallon) rain barrels available for purchase. Cost- $20+tax. Note: these are about half the size of traditional rain barrels and are best suited for smaller homes. Contact Christal Campbell, [email protected] for more information.

Looks like a long process for cleaning up PFAS that are continuously being released into Starkweather Creek from decades...
06/04/2021
Long road ahead for addressing PFAS contamination at Dane County airport

Looks like a long process for cleaning up PFAS that are continuously being released into Starkweather Creek from decades of using PFAS firefighting foams at Truax Airport. We hope for good monitoring and controls of PFAS as many new facilities are built for F-35s coming to the Air National Guard base.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Air National Guard is moving forward with construction of a simulator facility at Truax Field.

Paths by Acewood Pond, on the SE corner of the Starkweather Creek watershed in Monona
06/02/2021

Paths by Acewood Pond, on the SE corner of the Starkweather Creek watershed in Monona

Pretty flowers, yes! But Dames Rocket is an quite invasive plant, and now is a good time to find it and pull it out and ...
06/02/2021
Invasive Species Focus: Dame's Rocket

Pretty flowers, yes! But Dames Rocket is an quite invasive plant, and now is a good time to find it and pull it out and take it away, so the seeds can't produce more plants.

Dame's rocket in bloom Michigan Audubon needs your help once again in pulling invasive species on your own! We recently described how you could do a DIY garlic mustard pull, helping to remove a harmful non-native plant from the

Check out this link to a WisconsinRiverTrips story and pictures of their paddle on Starkweather Creek. They did this whe...
05/27/2021
Starkweather Creek

Check out this link to a WisconsinRiverTrips story and pictures of their paddle on Starkweather Creek. They did this when we had very high levels after rainstorms.

Their website has similar stories of paddling all over the state, linked on an easy-to-use map.

Starkweather Creek is a tributary to Lake Monona located on the east side of Madison. Many years ago it used to consist of multiple marshes fed by natural springs. Many of the wetlands have since been filled in, the creek was straightened and deepened for urban runoff, and there have been numerous c...

Saturday, 5.21.21 we had a WONDERFUL Garlic Mustard and Dames Rocket pull in the Starkweather Woods between the bike pat...
05/27/2021

Saturday, 5.21.21 we had a WONDERFUL Garlic Mustard and Dames Rocket pull in the Starkweather Woods between the bike path and creek by Carpenter-Ridgeway Park. About 15 packed garbage bags full!

An enthusiastic group of boy scouts put up signs and bags for folks to use to pull those invasives, and they spread bark mulch on the woods paths, led by one of them fullfilling his Eagle Scout status with this project.

Atwood Avenue | Engineering, City of Madison, Wisconsin
05/24/2021
Atwood Avenue | Engineering, City of Madison, Wisconsin

Atwood Avenue | Engineering, City of Madison, Wisconsin

Public meetings before the Transportation Commission (5/26/21) and Board of Park Commissioners (6/9/21) regarding the multi-use path are scheduled. See details below.

GARLIC MUSTARD -- PULL OUT NOW!You will see these seedlings covering the forest floor right now. Crush leaves in your fi...
04/29/2021

GARLIC MUSTARD -- PULL OUT NOW!
You will see these seedlings covering the forest floor right now. Crush leaves in your fingers to smell their garlic odor.
Pulling them out NOW is the easiest and most effective way to reduce their numbers and allow other plants to thrive.
Put them in garbage bags...or make some pesto with the leaves!
(Thanks Sarah White for this picture)

GARLIC MUSTARD -- PULL OUT NOW!
You will see these seedlings covering the forest floor right now. Crush leaves in your fingers to smell their garlic odor.
Pulling them out NOW is the easiest and most effective way to reduce their numbers and allow other plants to thrive.
Put them in garbage bags...or make some pesto with the leaves!
(Thanks Sarah White for this picture)

04/28/2021
Removing PFAS from Madison's Well 15 will be very expensive. Maybe $1million to install a filtration system, then up to ...
04/19/2021
Madison water utility recommends measures to address PFAS contamination at Well 15 - WORT 89.9 FM

Removing PFAS from Madison's Well 15 will be very expensive. Maybe $1million to install a filtration system, then up to $300,000 a year to maintain it.

Who gets to pay? Madison taxpayers? Water customers? The Air National Guard who sprayed PFAS firefighting foam on the ground during training exercises at the Dane Co Airport for the last 50 years? Dane Co taxpayers?

And who should pay to stop the PFAS contamination from continuously spreading onto our ground and surface waters?

Who should answer these questions?

Yesterday, the city of Madison released a tentative plan to mitigate PFAS contamination at one of its wells. Well 15 has been shut down since March 2019, after community members raised concerns over PFAS contamination at the site. The well, located in northeast Madison, is about a mile away from the...

We had fun canoeing and cleaning up yesterday at Olbrich Park!
04/18/2021

We had fun canoeing and cleaning up yesterday at Olbrich Park!

This was last years clean-up
04/17/2021

This was last years clean-up

This is the first of over $100 million in construction projects to site F-35s at Dane Co Airport. Let's watch closely to...
04/17/2021
The first of 19 projects to prepare for F-35s in Madison has been announced. What's behind the $9 million plan

This is the first of over $100 million in construction projects to site F-35s at Dane Co Airport. Let's watch closely to see if they properly assess and clean up PFAS in the soil or water they have to remove, and what standards they use. They should be processing any dewatering to below 20 parts per trillion PFAS before releasing into Starkweather Creek.

With all this money, the Air National Guard should be cleaning up PFAS that are still continually released into our surface and groundwaters, contaminating our wells and loading Creek and lake fish with toxic levels of PFAS.

"J.H. Findorff & Sons will assist with the construction. The project is slated to begin in May and will include demolishing a 4,646 square foot facility to make room for a 19,000 square foot F-35 flight simulator facility. The project is estimated to take 18 months to complete and will cost $9 million.

The 115th Fighter Wing awarded the first of 19 military construction contracts to a local building company ahead of the F-35 conversion in Madison.

Enjoy this wonderful video about the history, ecology and newly marked trails at Stewart County Park near Mt Horeb.
04/16/2021
Interactive Watershed Trail at Stewart Lake County Park

Enjoy this wonderful video about the history, ecology and newly marked trails at Stewart County Park near Mt Horeb.

Join Larry Kruckman from Stewart Lake County Park as he discusses Upper Sugar's new initiative, Interactive Watershed Trails! Through this initiative, you ca...

Are you an Environmental Educator looking for a cool job??Rivers Educator with UW Madison Division of Extension-Natural ...
04/14/2021
RIVERS EDUCATOR at UW–Madison

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Rivers Educator with UW Madison Division of Extension-Natural Resources Institute

The Rivers Educator designs, delivers, and evaluates research-based educational programming aligned with the position's programmatic focus, serving stakeholders and colleagues in the entire state of Wisconsin. Initial programming focus will include: Coordinating volunteer efforts in aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring with local groups and partners during AIS Snapshot Day; Supporting ongoing streams/rivers volunteer monitoring aquatic invasive species efforts; Supporting current partnerships and developing new programs and collaborations to involve volunteers in aquatic invasive species monitoring in streams and rivers; Supporting current and future Water Action Volunteers nutrient monitoring program and continuous temperature monitoring; Training and support for volunteer-collected streams/rivers data.

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Learn about dragonflies in our area!April 22, 6;30-7:30pm
04/12/2021
Dragonflies in our Watershed – Upper Sugar River Watershed Association

Learn about dragonflies in our area!
April 22, 6;30-7:30pm

Dragonflies in our Watershed   Adventure into the world of dragonflies with us! Join Upper Sugar Board President Robert Bohanan and a panel of our dedicated Dragonfly Monitors as they discuss the science of dragonflies and the methods of monitoring. Register Now: Registration RSVP Ticket Qty: Per T...

Raemisch Farm Plan Commission April 12. HThe Raemisch Farm proposed zoning and plat approval will come before the Madiso...
04/12/2021
RaemischCommunityMemo.pdf

Raemisch Farm Plan Commission April 12. H
The Raemisch Farm proposed zoning and plat approval will come before the Madison Plan Commission on Monday, April 12 at 5:30 pm.
Concerned neighbors from the Raemisch Farm Work Group of the Northside Planning Council need your help now. Go to this document for an overview of our top concerns:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ydVxHdilvmjqQh33QvutfxUf5mx2a_y/view?usp=drivesdk

Before noon on Monday, April 12 (TOMORROW!) we encourage you to register your opposition to the proposed zoning and plat. Register for either Item 6 or Item 7; they will be considered together. You do not need to speak.

TO REGISTER YOUR OPPOSITION, CLICK HERE:

https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/meeting-schedule/register

Questions? Leave a message: 608-285-2408 and we will return your call.

Please come to Olbrich Park this Saturday at 10am. Friends of Starkweather Creek are having a cleanup and will supply gr...
04/07/2021

Please come to Olbrich Park this Saturday at 10am. Friends of Starkweather Creek are having a cleanup and will supply grabbers, bags and gloves. We'll have a few canoes, but bring your canoe/kayak!! 😁

Please come to Olbrich Park this Saturday at 10am. Friends of Starkweather Creek are having a cleanup and will supply grabbers, bags and gloves. We'll have a few canoes, but bring your canoe/kayak!! 😁

The Salt in My Water Softener Goes Where?April 6; 7-8pmEvent Description: Did you know that all the salt that we put int...
03/25/2021
Salt in Water Softener Event - Friends of Lake Wingra

The Salt in My Water Softener Goes Where?

April 6; 7-8pm

Event Description: Did you know that all the salt that we put into water softeners ends up in our freshwater? Learn why wastewater treatment plants can’t remove salt from wastewater and what you can do to help your softener operate as efficiently as possible. Also, how is softener brine reclamation a potential big win for reducing salt pollution.

Sign up through Friends of Lake Wingra.
https://www.lakewingra.org/salt-in-water-softener-event

The Salt in My Water Softener Goes Where? Tuesday, April 6 2021, 7 p.m. We are collaborating with WI Salt Wise to offer this free virtual event. You can learn how water softeners contribute to chloride issues in our local waterways and hope you can join us! In order to attend, please register using....

Got paddling on the mind? Check out our brand new recreational paddling guide to Starkweather Creek! Our map highlights ...
03/22/2021
Recreation Map | Friends of Starkweather Creek

Got paddling on the mind? Check out our brand new recreational paddling guide to Starkweather Creek! Our map highlights recommended paddling sections as well as additional amenities including three new canoe launches! We also have sections on access, safety, points of interest, and observable wildlife opportunities!

Download our map PDF from the link below for your next excursion on Starkweather Creek!
https://starkweatherfriends.org/map-creek-guide/

Recreation MapIn 2021, the Friends of Starkweather Creek worked with the Mapping Specialists, Ltd. to create a NEW paddling map of Starkweather Creek.Please view below or use the link to download a PDF copy of the map. We will also be adding recreation tips on this page. Enjoy!Starkweather-Creek-Map...

Alex Singer led us through the wonders of spring changes on our monthly FUN walk (Friends of Urban Nature). Like  Red-ta...
03/21/2021

Alex Singer led us through the wonders of spring changes on our monthly FUN walk (Friends of Urban Nature). Like Red-tailed hawk, the Dixon Greenway plantings, and beaver chews along Starkweather Creek where Alex pulled out a bag of various rodent jaws to illustrate their chewing skills.
Thanks, Alex!

Maarch 20, 2021 and Every 3rd Wed.

Donate Plants to the Dixon St Greenway Restoration Project. Good news! The 2021 Plant Dane Native Plant Sale pre-order i...
03/16/2021
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Donate Plants to the Dixon St Greenway Restoration Project.
Good news! The 2021 Plant Dane Native Plant Sale pre-order is open and our project was approved for community donations. Last year volunteers planted over 1200 donated native plants into Dixon St Greenway and we are seeking donations to our project for another 1200 plants to add diversity to this round out this year’s planting.

You can help out by clicking the link below, selecting our project (Neighbors of the Dixon Greenway - Madison), and selecting the number of plant sets you are willing to fund. Plants donations must be made in sets of 1(4 plants $9), 2 (8 plants $18), 3 (12 plants $27), or more, each additional set is $9.

Dane County residents can also order plants for your personal gardens. The plants are all high-quality locally grown native plants and sold at a low price.

When our funding is complete we will let the Plant Dane folks know which plants we want. Then we will pick up the plants Saturday May 29th and have a volunteer work day to get the plants in the ground. Thanks for the help!
https://ripple-effects.com/Order/Donate

Please consider a donation to purchase plants that support a local community/school native garden project. It’s easy, just select a project from the list below and the number of plants you wish to donate. Plants donations must be made in sets of 4 (4 plants ($9), 8 plants ($18), 12 plants ($27)…...

Bad news for Monarch numbers. https://arboretum.wisc.edu/news/arboretum-news/update-on-monarch-numbers/Want to help? The...
03/01/2021
Update on Monarch Numbers | UW Arboretum

Bad news for Monarch numbers.
https://arboretum.wisc.edu/news/arboretum-news/update-on-monarch-numbers/
Want to help? The Friends of Starkweather Creek has starting the “Monarch Initiative” with the hope of planting 500 milkweed plants this year! Please consider donating to our cause via Plant Dane at: https://www.ripple-effects.com/Order/Donate
Each plant is $2.25 (min of 4 plant per donation). FSC will pick up your donation, and, if you are interested, you can even help FSC plant them later this spring by signing up at [email protected]
Let's reverse the decline of this iconic species together!

The forest area occupied by monarch butterflies in Mexico during the winter of 2019–20 was 2.83 hectares (a hectare is 2.47 acres, almost the size of two football fields), down from 6.05 hectares during the winter of 2018–19. This represent…

Urban Exploration on Starkweather Creek
02/16/2021
Urban Exploration on Starkweather Creek

Urban Exploration on Starkweather Creek

Paddling with Dan Eckberg – While the bicycle has been making a comeback across Wisconsin, and especially in Madison with cycle-friendly policies, culture and an abundance of dedicated off-road trails, there is another mode of transportation still largely flying under the radar as a means of explo...

Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help!The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently declined to list Monarch Butterflies as thre...
02/04/2021

Monarch Butterflies Need Our Help!

The US Fish and Wildlife Service recently declined to list Monarch Butterflies as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. While the FWS said the listing was warranted, it did not have the resources to list them at this time.

Monarch butterflies cannot afford to wait! They face death by a thousand cuts through habitat destruction, herbicides, pesticides, and climate change. The western population of Monarchs is now less than 2,000.

Now is the time to act! The Friends of Starkweather Creek has partnered with the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP) / Dane County Land & Water Resources Department to provide up to 500 milkweed stems in our watershed at the unbelievably low rate of $2.25 each (available in packs of 4). Each milkweed stem can support up to 5 caterpillars. If we reach our goal of planting 500 stems—we are providing food for up to 2,500 caterpillars! (not to mention the tens of thousands of seeds that will be released each year to form new plants along Starkweather Creek).

Help us turn Starkweather Creek into a Monarch Butterfly oasis! Every stem you’re able to donate counts. Please help us reach our goal of 500 milkweed plants. Click below to donate now to the Friends of Starkweather Creek’s Monarch Initiative!: https://ripple-effects.com/Order/Donate

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"Eken Park Nature Hood" August Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Saturday, Aug 21, 11am meet Friends of Starkweather Creek at Eken Park or Self-Guided any day in August 600 North Street for Eken Park Festival on Aug 21, 1 block north to Eken Park, 1 block west to Demetrol, 8 blocks east to McCormick Join Friends of Starkweather Creek at the Eken Park Festival on August 21 or take a walk or bike ride to Eken Park on your own any day in August. Explore nature in the back yards and parks in the Eken Park Neighborhood east of Starkweather Creek along Commercial Avenue. Look for areas with native flowers that are being restored to prairies and rain gardens with help from Friends of Starkweather Creek volunteers and the bridge nature murals and picnic tables by McCormick Park at the east end of Commercial Avenue. Take a moment to contemplate nature on the new Aldo Leopold Bench dedicated to Carl Landsness. Visit the Friends of Starkweather Creek booth at the Eken Park Festival August 21! Learn about PFAS and other challenges to the creek. Pick up a new Creek Canoe Map. Make a Prairie Seed Ball to take home and start a new patch of native flowers for butterflies and bees. See http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures and the Friends of Starkweather Creek page for more info. Post your pictures and comments! Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Third Saturday Every Month Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek are co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See their websites and pages for more activities! Contact 608-698-0104
"Creek Life Monitoring" July Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Saturday, July 17, 10am with Water Quality Monitor Lance Green or Self-Guided Any Day in July 201 Clyde Gallagher Ave, from Worthington Park or Milwaukee Street take Rosemary and Hermania to 201 Clyde Gallagher Join Water Quality Monitor Lance Green for a free fun family friendly guided talk and demonstration to look at water quality and tiny aquatic creatures. Take a walk, bike or paddle on your own any day in July to enjoy the beauty and nature along Starkweather Creek! How do excessive use of salt in winter, PFAS pollution, leaves and other runoff affect the lives of critters that live in and along the creek? See the Friends of Starkweather Creek page and http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for a Map and Fun Facts about Water Quality and Aquatics Monitoring. Post your pictures and comments! Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Third Saturday Every Month Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek are co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See their websites and pages for more activities! Contact 608-698-0104
Hi Starkweather Canoe and Kayak Lovers! The Friends of Starkweather Creek are looking for a couple of Friends volunteers to lead our August 21 10-11:30am "Canoe The Creek" 3rd Saturday every month Bird and Nature Adventure. Board members are busy that day with other volunteer activities. You will help people get canoes from our Friends canoe rack at Olbrich Boat Launch, hand out paddles and life jackets and lead a paddle up the creek. Please contact Paul Noeldner 608 698 0104 [email protected] if you can help out. Thanks!
"Summer Solstice" June Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Saturday, June 19, 10am with Master Naturalist Alex Singer or Self-Guided Any Day in June 149 Waubesa Street, meet outdoors by the Goodman Community Center entrance Join Master Naturalist Alex Singer for a free fun family friendly guided walk or take a walk on your own Any Day in June to enjoy nature bursting out along Starkweather Creek at the peak of Summer sunlight hours! See the Friends of Starkweather Creek page and http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for a Map and Fun Facts about the Summer Solstice. Post your pictures and comments! Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Third Saturday Every Month Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek are co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See their websites and pages for more activities! Contact 608-698-0104
Plenty to see on the creek right now, including baby ducks!
An individual who lives near Starkweather Creek told me today that the water is toxic, not safe for humans and animals. Is this accurate? And, are the F35's going to further contaminate the CreeK? I apologize for being so late to the game on this one. I'm so discouraged with Madison and Dane County at this point--the toxins, the new developments being built and already built on former farmlands, and the architecture in Downtown Madison--that my current plan is to move once I retire. Again, I apologize for being so late and uneducated at this point, but is everything I mention simply beyond repair and restoration?
"Explore the Creek" May Bird and Nature Adventure at Starkweather Creek Saturday, May 15, 10am with James Winkelman by canoe or self-guided by foot, bike or canoe any day in May 3402 Atwood Avenue, upstream Olbrich Boat Launch by the softball fields, wear a mask and maintain social distance Join James Winkelman with Friends of Starkweather Creek for a free fun family friendly canoe outing or take a healthy nature walk, bike ride or canoe outing any day in May along Starkweather Creek! Bring your own canoe or kayak, vest and paddles if you have them. See http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for Fun Facts and Activities and the Friends of Starkweather Creek page for the new Starkweather Creek Paddle Map, walk and bike paths, and more info. Post your pictures and comments! Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Monthly Bird and Nature Adventures along Starkweather Creek are co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon, Goodman Community Center, and Friends of Starkweather Creek. See their websites and pages for more activities! Contact 608-698-0104
Thank You Fruends of Starkweather Credk and Lance Green, Nancy, and other volunteers for helping host another fun and educational Madison Bird and Nature Festival at Warner Park! https://www.facebook.com/groups/MadisonFUN/permalink/2916739115310804/
Celebrate Earth Week with Friendd of Starkweather Creek at the free family friendly Madison Bird and Nature Festival at Warner Park Sunday afternoon Apriil 25!
A fine day for the Starkweather Creek Cleanup! Folks in canoes and kayaks were joined on shore by Garver volunteers with free pizza afterwards
Ready to go with Spring Cleanup! Anybody can help! Stop by this morning at Olbrich Boat Launch to pick up aome tras by walk or canoe and get an Earth Ball!
I noticed a pole lamp in the creek near the bridge near Bridges Golf Course/Carpenter Ridgeway. Is there a cleanup planned for that section? If not I could probably wade in and remove it sometime, unless somebody beats me to it. Annotated photo: