Friends of Starkweather Creek Annual Membership Meeting Oct 29, 7 pm Goodman CC
the Friends of Starkweather Creek (FSC) Annual Membership meeting is
scheduled for Thursday, October 29th at 7 pm at the Goodman Community
Center. Please join us for short presentations on this past years
efforts, and discussion of our future efforts. We need your help to
shape that future.
John Steines, Doug Johnson, Co-chairs
The mission of the Friends of Starkweather Creek is to work for a
healthy urban stream and to benefit the community through stewardship,
education, and advocacy
About Starkweather Creek
The Starkweather is a largely urban stream with two main branches. Its
watershed is much of the eastern and northern areas of the City of
Madison, as well as some Town of Burke and Town of Madison lands.
Years of neglect and misuse have resulted in a highly degraded stream
habitat. Increasingly larger areas of impervious surfaces in the city,
such as parking lots, rooftops and streets, result in the constant
washing of pollutants and debris into the creek. Lack of adequate
infiltration opportunities for stormwater has contributed to a
severely reduced base flow and only a few of the numerous historic
springs within the watershed still function.
The Friends of Starkweather Creek is a citizen’s group dedicated to
the enhancement of the watershed's environmental quality. We seek to
raise public awareness and appreciation of the creek through education
and outreach to watershed residents, businesses and landowners and we
will serve as advocates for sound watershed planning and management
We are proud to have won a grant in 2006 from the River Alliance of
Wisconsin which will allow us to obtain computer hardware and software
with which we will upgrade our record keeping procedures.
Every year as part of Yahara Lakes Week, the Dane County Lakes and
Watershed Commission recognizes individuals and organizations for work
that they do to protect and improve water resources. FSC was a 2004