Rush River Cleanup 2017

Fairmount Santrol will be hosting a Rush River Cleanup again this year, and we would love for you to join us.  The date is Saturday, April 22.  We will be meeting at the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, as in years past.  We will meet at 8:30am to sign up for locations along the river and then disperse from there.  Lunch will be provided afterwards.  It would be helpful to have an idea of how many people will be staying for lunch so that I can ensure we have enough food.  Let me know if you would like to sign up to volunteer at this event.  Please feel free to share this information with others that I may have missed who would be interested in joining us, and let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!



Lauren Evans
Sustainable Development Coordinator
P: 715.235.0942 x44216 |  M: 715.797.3396
Fairmount Santrol


Rush River/Fairmount Santrol Clean Up

When:  Saturday, 4/22
Where:  Meet at Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club off Hwy 72, east of Ellsworth
Start Time:  8:30 AM
Lunch Provided

Reminder:  Dress appropriately for the weather, bring work gloves and water proof footwear, hip boots or waders.  Have Fun!

UPDATE Feb 21, 2017


Last night at the board meeting we talked a little about the potential for some volunteer involvement on habitat projects up in Polk County.  The trout streams in this area are under the jurisdiction of Aaron Cole, fisheries biologist with the DNR based out of Spooner.  The trout crew working in that region will be doing some habitat improvement work on Wolf Creek this summer and may have need for volunteer help to complete the work.

Another possible chance for volunteer involvement could involve work at Parker Creek in Alden Township south of Amery where we are working  with the county and township to bring about the replacement of a perched culvert on the creek which is preventing the natural migration of brook trout within the stream.  Individuals living in Polk County who are interested in getting involved by volunteering to help with these habitat projects in their backyard are encouraged to contact me to get their names included on the Mail Chimp routing list in order to receive any notices requesting volunteers to help with these projects.

Weather permitting, I hope to continue work upstream of the current Holst easement by clearing out box elders which are currently taking over the banks just downstream of the bridge on Cty Rd. O on the Buckner/Rooney easement.   There are no plans to do bank restoration work here and trees will be cut close to the ground and the stumps will be treated to prevent re-sprouting.  Lack of snow cover will probably prohibit us from doing any more brush burning this spring but, we will be able to pile the brush in neat piles for burning at a future date.

Randy Arnold

BRUSHING REPORT Feb 18 2017, Trimbelle River

There was a great turnout Saturday February 18th with 25 people signing into the log book to register their time. The work got a little more spread out than it has in past weeks with brushing work occurring on three different banks but everyone did a great job in staying focused and finishing up the work which needed to get done. There remains just a little bit of ‘mop-up’ work to be done at the bottom end of the site on the far bank where a little more brush needs to get gathered up and burned.

Randy Arnold, our Habitat Coordinator, is hoping that this early spring like weather will hold off for a little longer and allow for the brushing work to continue on the next easement just upstream of this site. Watch for an upcoming email asking for volunteer help on this. Two items were left behind yesterday at the site which Randy has. The first is a nice deluxe lopper with extendable handles and a ratchet type jaw and the other is someone’s water bottle. . . if either of these items are yours, please let Randy know and he will see that you get them back.

Randy reported that before leaving the site yesterday, he stopped briefly to talk with Mike and Susie Holst the landowners of the easement. . . . they have been continually amazed through these past four workdays by the volunteer turnout and the hard work put in by everyone to get this site prepped for the restoration work which lies ahead this summer. Thanks to all volunteers.

To be included in work day notices, email Randy Arnold at

Watch for Volunteer Workdays Coming Soon!

Watch for volunteering opportunities starting soon.

Winter is a great time for Kiap-TU-Wish volunteers to get into the outdoors. We typically have Saturday morning workdays that involve cutting brush and invasives from our local streams. These 3-4 hour get together is a great way to connect with other Kiap members (and Randy has been known to grill a few hotdogs for workers)

Please email Randy Arnold at if you are able to help out, or if you would like more information. You can also sign up for our volunteer email list to be notified when workdays are scheduled.

Spring Cleaning Time- Rush and Kinni Clean Ups

The Rush River clean-up this year will be held on Saturday April 23rd from 8:30 till noon.

Fairmount Santrol is sponsoring and organizing the event again this year. Those interested in volunteering to help with the clean-up are asked to contact Lauren Evans either by email or phone to let her know if you will be participating in this year’s event –  or 715 235-0942 ext. 44216.

Volunteers will gather at the Rush River Eau Galle Sportsmans Club at 8:30 to partake of some baked goods and to get their stream ‘assignment’ directing them where to go on the river. Volunteers will then return to the club by noon where lunch will be served to the participants. Please let Lauren know if you will be coming so that she will have enough food on hand for those helping out.

Rush River/Fairmount Santrol Clean Up

When:  Saturday, 4/23
Where:  Meet at Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, Hwy 72 Ellsworth
Gathering Time:  8:30 AM

The Kinnickinnic River clean-up will be held the following Saturday, April 30th. 

Specific details for this event will be posted on the KRLT website and also on their Facebook page so be sure to watch and to sign up for this event as well – .

Kinnickinnic River/KRLT Clean Up

When:  Saturday, 4/30
Where:  Glen Park Main Shelter, River Falls
Start Time:  9:00 AM
Lunch Provided

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Glen Park Shelter (near the tennis courts). At check-in, maps and assignments will be handed out after you have turned in your completed Participation Form. When you have finished picking up trash in your assigned area, please join us for lunch sponsored by the River Falls Rotary and local area businesses. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Scrappy will join us again to be dressed in trash and to help us raise awareness about keeping the Kinni healthy!

Register now by clicking on…
going our website at, or by calling 715.425.5738.


Unable to make either of these events?  You can still help out by taking along a trash bag and picking up litter if you happen to be out fishing on either of these watersheds in the coming weeks. It is great to have a special day set aside for clean-ups but it is also important to remove trash whenever you come across it. If you collect trash between now and the clean-up dates, bag it up and either take it home with you or drop it at the parking lot or bridge crossing where you accessed the river.

Reminder:  Dress appropriately for the weather, bring work gloves and water proof footwear, hip boots or waders. Have Fun!

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