The Sheboygan River Basin Partnership (SRBP) is a non-profit alliance of conservation and environmental groups working together to improve the health of Sheboygan County rivers and lakes. The basin encompasses approximately 615 square miles of land in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties. Altogether, the Sheboygan River basin contains 21 lakes and six river impoundments greater than ten acres.
The Sheboygan River Basin Partnership cultivates partnerships to raise public awareness, engage participation in stewardship, and promote sound decision-making regarding issues that affect the health of water resources in the Sheboygan River Basin.
Vision for the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership (SRBP)
The Sheboygan River Basin Partnership is an effective and credible organization that works for “healthy watershed” initiatives of interest to its member organizations, agencies, businesses and citizens within the Sheboygan River Basin.
Goals of the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership
- Raise public awareness of the significance of our natural resources
- Raise public awareness of threats to our natural resources
- Engage members and the public in watershed and stewardship activities
- Promote sound decisions when issues affect the health of rivers in our watersheds
2016 Action Plan
- Willow Creek: enhanced fish habitat with culvert improvements
- Invasive Species and Habitat Enhancements: a number of volunteer days for removing invasive species with follow up restoration activities
- Harrington Beach: a grant from the Fund for Lake Michigan will help manage storm water and runoff into Lake Michigan
- River Paddle, River Map: a series of river paddles will provide the information for an interactive river map that will be produced as a waterproof map for boating and an interactive map on the SRBP website
- River and Beach Clean Up: the group will host an annual river and beach clean up
- Water Action Volunteer Monitoring of the Pigeon River: the group seeks volunteers to monitor water quality on the Pigeon River.
- Agricultural Projects: in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, SRBP is looking to engage the agricultural community in implementing best management practices to improve water quality
- Pollinator Workshop: the group will host a workshop on cultivating plants beneficial for pollinators
- Area of Concern (AOC) Seminar: as an update to the clean up of the Sheboygan River, the group will host a seminar on the delisting of the river as an Area of Concern.
In 1998, a partnership was formed in the Sheboygan Basin to improve natural resource management and to encourage cooperation and citizen involvement. Facilitated by the Department of Natural Resources and UW-Extension Basin Educator, the Sheboygan Land and Waters Partners was formed. Membership consisted of invited stakeholders. The primary coal was “To protect, restore, and improve the natural resources of the Sheboygan River Basin through a cooperative effort of Federal, Stated and Private Entities.”
In the fall of 2002, in an effort to increase the effectiveness of the partner group, (now renamed the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership ), members identified concerns over several issues in which internal improvement was needed. It was determined the group needed to improve community and citizen involvement, commitment, advocacy, visibility, accountability, time and resources, and team make-up and structure.