River Alliance of Wisconsin to Honor 10 River Advocates at 20th Anniversary Party

by Free Speech on October 3, 2013

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Spring Green, WI: On October 13, 2013, the River Alliance of Wisconsin will honor ten advocates who have shown exemplary leadership for the conservation of Wisconsin’s flowing waters.


The awards ceremony for the ten honorees will be part of the River Alliance’s 20th Anniversary River Bash, a celebration of 20 years of river advocacy with a look to the next 20 years of saving rivers in Wisconsin. The event will take place at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., and will feature appetizers, cash bar and live music from the Whiskey Farm. Tickets are $50, children under 12 are free.


The “Steady Currents” honorees are Todd Ambs, Steve Born, Lynn Broaddus, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Scott Froehlke, Inter-Fluve, Barb Kneer, Bob Martini, John Roberts, and Wisconsin Trout Unlimited.

  • Todd Ambs is from Madison and is the Campaign Director for Healing Our Waters. He is a former Executive Director of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He brought a new level of policy leadership to the River Alliance, guiding the young organization to be a regional and national leader in river advocacy. 
  • Steve Born is from Madison and is an Emeritus Professor at UW-Madison in Planning and Environmental Studies. He helped create the River Alliance by leading a series of conferences through UW Extension on what was needed for river conservation in Wisconsin. As a result of this work, Steve became a founding board member of the newly created River Alliance in 1993.
  • Lynn Broaddus is from Wauwatosa.  Previously the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Lynn is currently the Environmental Program Director for the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. Lynn guided the River Alliance as a standout board member. She chaired the River Alliance’s first capital campaign, exceeding the organization’s goal by raising more than $270,000 for river advocacy.
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, based in Flint Michigan, funds water conservation efforts throughout the Great Lakes region. Mott has partnered with the River Alliance since 1999, and made possible projects ranging from urban river revitalization to small dam removal. The foundation has been a transformational partner for the River Alliance, encouraging the organization to take risks and innovate new programs.
  • Scott Froehlke is from Montello. He was a River Alliance board member, and is currently coordinating the Central Sands Water Action Coalition, a project founded by the River Alliance to address groundwater depletion in central Wisconsin, which is drying up lakes and streams.  
  • Inter-Fluve is an international river restoration firm with an office in Madison. Inter-Fluve’s scientists and engineers have worked on river restoration projects throughout the world, and they partnered with the River Alliance to help restore rivers in Wisconsin after small dams had been removed.
  • Barb Kneer is from Madison and is the finance manager for Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and OutReach. She is a former board member of the River Alliance, volunteer and interim business manager. Barb has previously been honored twice by the River Alliance as a River Champion volunteer. She can always be depended on to answer a call for help, and she brings untiring, cheerful, thoughtful, good-humored support to the River Alliance.
  • Bob Martini is from Rhinelander and is retired from the Department of Natural Resources. In 1993, Bob was the DNR’s Task Force Leader for the Wisconsin River, and he saw a need for an organization to represent the public’s interest in the river, and thus began his relationship with the newly founded River Alliance. Since then, Bob has partnered with the River Alliance in many ways and is currently the organization’s Vice Chair of the Board.
  • John Roberts is from Niagara and is a veterinarian for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. He has collaborated with the River Alliance as a volunteer for the Friends of the Branch River and the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership. He has led several paddling excursions on two of his favorite rivers, the Pine and the Popple.
  • Wisconsin Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect, and restore America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. TU began collaborating with the River Alliance from the organization’s inception. Over the years, the two organizations have worked together to mobilize their members to protect rivers in Wisconsin. In 2013, the two organizations launched a new advocacy initiative in which River Alliance offers trainings for TU members based on their local river issues.


Each honoree will be recognized at the event and will receive a 20th Anniversary River Alliance Paddle donated by Bending Branches.


For more information about the party, or any other River Alliance event or activity, contact Sharon White at 608-257-2424 ext. 116.

Formed in 1993, the River Alliance of Wisconsin is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan citizen advocacy organization that works to protect and restore Wisconsin’s rivers and watersheds. The organization’s membership includes more than 2,500 individuals and businesses and more than 80 local watershed groups — one of the largest memberships of statewide river groups in the country.



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