FLOW History and Purpose
During the 1980s, one of the groups instrumental in fighting to preserve this important slice of Wisconsin for all of us was called the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin River. The group went on a bit of a hiatus after winning the war, so-to-speak, in 1989 when the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway was established under Act 31. Later, the group came back to life when members’ realized that much more work was needed to protect the State Riverway. In 1998 FLOW kicked off once more under the guidance of Timm Zumm and former DNR State Riverway Coordinator, Dave Gjestson, with the goals of protecting the ecological integrity and public trust of the LWSR. By 2011, FLOW became organized as a 501c3 nonprofit conservation organization.
Over the past decade FLOW has done so much to protect the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, by partnering with the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board and DNR to sponsor activities ranging from river cleanup events to water pollution investigations to river safety. Stay tuned with much more to come.