Kinni Corridor Planning Open House: Please attend!

Don’t miss the planning workshop for the Kinni River Corridor Plan. It’s a four-day community input session, scheduled for October 25-28 at the River Falls Public Library. The October planning session, or “charrette,” will pull together community ideas and input into tangible graphics, maps, and plans. When complete, the Kinni River Corridor Plan will establish a future vision for the area and strategies for implementation.
The charrette planning session kicks off with a community meeting (on October 25 at 6:00 pm in the River Falls Public Library) to discuss corridor ideas and explain the process that will be used over the next few days. On October 26, the planning team work space is open to the public from 9:00–12:00 a.m. and again from 1:00–7:00 p.m. The planning team work space is again open from 9:00–12:00 a.m. on October 27. A community meeting later that day, from 4:00–6:00 p.m., will be held to discuss the initial conceptual scenarios. The planning process wraps up with an open house on Saturday, October 28 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. where the refined conceptual scenarios will be on display.
It is critically important that Kiap-TU-Wish chapter members show up to participate in this event. Ultimately the completed plan will be used by the City Council to design future amenities, natural areas, and most importantly determine the fate of the two dams on the Kinni. —Gary Horvath

2017 Hap Lutter Memorial Spring Appeal: A summary and thank you

Our 2017 spring appeal may have had a slow start, but we had a strong finish! A record number of Kiap-TU-Wish members contributed, resulting in our highest total ever. Ninety-three donors contributed a total of $11,470. (The previous year’s total was $9,060.) There were 14 new donors. We appreciate adding them and also note the loyalty of the 79 who have given previously. Many have histories of five or more years of giving. Also of note this year were 52 gifts of $100+, 14 of $200+ and 4 of more than $300, including a gift from an IRA of $1,500. (Appreciated stock or gifts from IRA’s are a great way to maximize your gift. Chapter board members are happy to explain the options.) We also appreciate those who contribute to the annual auction and dinner each December, and the many volunteers who stretch these dollars to do the important work of education (like Trout in the Classroom) or stream maintenance and restoration (like the mowing program or recent culvert replacement at Parker Creek near Amery). If you want to see the spring appeal total reach $12,000 or more, we would still love to receive your gift. It’s true that the appeal letter went out months ago, but we suspect that for some of you it got buried on your desk as you enjoyed the summer and some good trout fishing. Think of it as a thank you for the joy of fishing our wonderful streams. —Judy Lutter

Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration

Clear Lake Earth Day Celebration
Some photos from the Earth Day Celebration in Clear Lake held 4/22/17. The event was held in the former Clear Lake High School where Gaylord Nelson attended. Nelson was the founder of Earth Day and worked together with President Kennedy to get the Apostle Islands designated a National Lakeshore. There was a good turn out for the event and many people stopped at the Kiap TU Wish booth including some potential new members

Jean Mattakat & John Carlson

Randy Arnold & Perry Palin

Flyer – Earth Day 2017

TUDARE Driftless Area Economic Impact Survey of Anglers

TUDARE has released a report documenting the economic impact of angling in the Driftless Area.  Estimated direct benefits are $413 million with secondary benefits of $670 million.

There are a variety of ways that this information can be used to promote Kiap’s local efforts to enhance coldwater habitat restoration and conservation. The report is attached below:

FINAL TUDR-0117-01_reader spreads-2

Next Kinni Corridor Tech Talk set for April 6th

Next Kinni Corridor Tech Talk set for April 6th

The next Kinni Corridor Tech Talk will focus on economic and neighborhood development strategies and principles. Don Ness, former mayor of Duluth, will be speaking on economic and neighborhood development strategies and principles using River Falls’ quality of life, sense of place, and entrepreneurial spirit as guideposts. In 2009, Mayor Ness organized the first St. Louis River Corridor Summit to begin developing a comprehensive vision for the corridor area in his community. His efforts resulted in the St. Louis River Corridor Initiative, a hallmark of his second term.

The goals of this initiative are to:
• Support environmental restoration;
• Enrich neighborhood quality of life;
• Attract new homebuyers;
• Establish new visitor destinations;
• Stimulate economic development.
Mr. Ness’ experience with Duluth’s riverfront development will provide insight and food for thought for the Kinni Corridor planning process. City development staff will talk specifically about River Falls development in remarks before the keynote address. There will be 30 minutes for Q&A at the end of the program.

These “Tech Talks” are intended to educate, inform, and engage the community in the planning process, which will help the City Council design future amenities and natural areas, and, most importantly, determine the fate of the two dams on the Kinni.

The Tech Talk on March 9th was a presentation by Matt Mitro, a coldwater researcher with the Wisconsin DNR; chapter member Kent Johnson with the Metropolitan Council; Marty Melchoir of InterFluve; and Carrie Jennings, Water Resources Professor at the University of Minnesota. The panel was asked six questions, with each lending their insights based on their experience and expertise. Topics covered dealt with urban environments and their impacts to streams; the importance of stormwater management and maintaining healthy riparian corridors; and the movement of sediment and contaminants.

After the formal questions, the panel fielded questions from the floor. The questions—which typically sought more detailed information or clarification on the topics covered—were thoughtful and plentiful. The meeting ended just over the allotted time.

The Thursday, April 6th meeting will be held at St. Bridget’s, which is located next to the public library. Meeting time is 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm.


Upcoming “Tech Talks”
• May 18th: Hydro Facilities & Relicensing
• July 20th: Dam Removal Alternatives
• September 7th: Recreation & Tourism
~ Gary Horvath

Current Chapter News

Kinni Corridor Tech Talk

• St. Bridget’s Catholic Church & School, River Falls, WI
• April 6, 2017
• 6:30PM-8PM

Rush River Clean Up

• Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club
• W3930 Highway 72
• April 22, 2017
• 8:30AM Light Breakfast
• 9AM Disperse to River
• 12PM Lunch

Kinni River Clean Up

• Save the Date
• April 29, 2017
• 9AM-1PM
• See the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust website for details

River Falls Trout Fishing Clinic

• Glen Park, River Falls, WI
• June 3, 2017
• 1PM-9-PM

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