BLANCHARDVILLE, WI – The Producer-Led Watershed Group, Pecatonica Pride has teamed up with Southwest Badger RC&D to offer a fun and informative paddle event on the Pecatonica River on May 27.

Purple Loosestrife, Rusty Crayfish and Japanese Hop are three invasive species that are a major threat to Wisconsin’s wetlands and waterways. They decrease plant diversity by out competing and damaging native flora/fauna communities. In some cases they can impede recreation accessibility and enjoyment and cause shoreline erosion and degraded water quality.

Paddlers will learn how to identify key invasive species and other sources of degradation threatening river habitat. With persistence, education, and awareness the public can help protect and restore special places and recreational resources.

The paddle will begin at the boat landing at River Road at 10 a.m. and will end in Argyle, WI (approximately 2 ½ hrs). Participants are encouraged to bring their own canoe or kayak or they may rent one that has been reserved for this trip for a fee of $15 each.

To sign-up, contact Don Barrette at or via phone at 608-348-7110. In the event of inclement weather, a rainout date has been set for May 28. All registered participants will be contacted by e-mail.

Pecatonica Pride Producer-Led Watershed Association is a collaboration of community groups, farmers, fishers, landowners and river lovers working together to improve and promote the Pecatonica River and its tributaries. For more information about other activities being sponsored by Pecatonica Pride, go to:

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