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Featured Programs

                          Water Star Wisconsin Webinar Series 

Water Star Wisconsin was launched on Earth Day and honors cities, villages, towns and counties that have taken important steps to protect surface water and groundwater. The Webinar series consists of eight one hour programs conveniently scheduled over the lunch hour. Anyone can register for the series through Go-To-Webinar at no cost! For questions or comments, contact Andy Yencha at 414-256-4631 or, or check out the flyer for the webinar series.

Rain garden diagramRain Gardens

A rain garden is a specially designed place in your lawn that allows water to collect and slowly seep into the ground. The plants in a rain garden slow down the storm water runoff and absorb or trap many of the pollutants. To learn more about designing and installing a rain garden, download the How-To Manual for Homeowners or order the Rain Garden Educator’s Kit. For training on rain gardens, see our Upcoming Events page.

Children on a dock looking into a shallow pondEphemeral Pond Monitoring

Become part of a volunteer project to identify, inventory, and monitor the ecology of ephemeral ponds. Ephemeral ponds are present only part of the year, drying up later in the summer but available as habitat for a variety of amphibians, macroinvertebrates, and wildlife during spring and early summer. To learn more, visit the Southeast Wisconsin Ephemeral Ponds Citizen Monitoring Project web page.

River Basins

Milwaukee River in downtown MilwaukeeMilwaukee River Basin

The Milwaukee River Basin covers 900 square miles and is home to nearly 1 million people. Everyone who lives, drives, works or plays in the Milwaukee River Basin has an impact on the water quality of the river and everyone has the power to help protect and improve their local water ways. For more information, visit the web site for the Milwaukee River Basin.

Man holding a net to collect a sample from the Root RiverRoot-Pike River Basin

The Root-Pike River watershed drains approximately 327 square miles in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Kenosha counties. The Root-Pike Watershed is comprised of five smaller watersheds that drain to Lake Michigan: Root River, Pike River, Pike Creek, Oak Creek and Wind Point. For more information, visit the web sites for the Root-Pike River Basin or the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network.

Fox River in downtown WaukeshaFox River Basin

The Fox River Basin is home to 500,000 people in Kenosha, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties. The Southeast Fox River Partnership has been formed to protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources of the basin through a cooperative team effort by partners representing federal, state, municipal and private entities. For more information, visit the Fox River web site.

Natural Resources Education Staff

Andy Yencha Andy Yencha
Natural Resources Educator
Milwaukee County UW-Extension
9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3552
414-256-4631 phone
414-256-4646 fax
  • Root-Pike River Basin
  • Southeast Fox River Basin
  • Multi-Agency Land & Water Education Grant Program
  • Stormwater education
  • Organizational development
  • Woodland owners conference
Gail Epping Overholt Gail Epping Overholt
Natural Resources Educator
Milwaukee County UW-Extension
9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3552
414-256-4632 phone
414-256-4646 fax
  • Milwaukee River Basin
  • Stormwater education
  • Rain gardens
  • Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern
  • Ephemeral Ponds Citizen-Based Monitoring
  • Menomonee & Kinnickinick Watershed Restoration Plans & Citizen Involvement
  • Southeast Wisconsin Watersheds Trust


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