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ln Fall 2010, an interdisciplinary group of University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire undergraduates and faculty from English, biology, geography, and social work formed the Environmental Civic Agency learning community. This learning community was funded through generous grants from The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Commitment fund. Its mission is to increase environmental awareness and education on campus and in the community.

The Environmental Civic Agency learning community, which includes local environmental agencies and UWEC faculty, staff, and students, created a Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. The purpose of this tour is to encourage the public to hike, kayak, canoe, or bike to preset GPS waypoints along the Lower Chippewa River and learn about point and nonpoint sources of local pollution that affect the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area. Its goal is to inspire citizens who take this tour to actively steward our valuable river.

The Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour has been the feature of a Volume One article titled "Seeking Clearer Waters", and was the subject of two UW-Eau Claire press releases ("UW-Eau Claire students develop 'Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour'" and "Institute to Bring Together Campus and Community Environmental Initiatives"). To increase accessibility and awareness, a combination of video, sound, and text were used to recreate the Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour in this virtual online version. We hope you enjoy the Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour and use it as a way to connect to the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area and to learn about the things you can do to help conserve our beautiful local resource!

Pollution Tour Sponsors & Community Partners

Without these sponsors & community partners, the Pedal and Paddle Pollution Tour would not have been possible. The Environmental Civic Agency learning community would like to thank the following community partners for their collaboration and generosity.


The Blugold Commitment

"The Blugold Commitment is a partnership of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to preserve and enhance the distinctive, high-quality UW-Eau Claire experience."

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Wisconsin Environmental Education Board

"The Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) was established by 1989 Wisconsin Act 299, becoming law in 1990. Since its inception, the board has been an active working group. In addition to operating an environmental grants program, the board is recognized as a consensus-building group on environmental education issues."

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Community Partners

Clear Vision Eau Claire

"Clear Vision Eau Claire is a county-wide initiative that brings together citizens to work collaboratively to develop a vision for Eau Claire and to take steps to engage all citizens with a common goal and purpose."

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Lower Chippewa River Alliance

Special thanks to the Lower Chippewa River Alliance and Eleanor Wolf in particular.

River Country Resource Conservation

"We build connections. We utilize resources that individuals are aware of, but also reveal those resources that they don't know are even available to them. We strive to give each and every person the opportunity to be sustainable, while creating a positive bottom line in their environment, their finances and their relationships."

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UW-Eau Claire: Environmental Adventure Center

"The EAC Rental Program at UWEC maintains the largest inventory of outdoor equipment in the Eau Claire area. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis to University Id holders. If you are heading into the outdoors for a weekend of fun, make us your first stop for all your equipment needs."

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Lower Chippewa River Basin Educator Links

"The Lower Chippewa Basin consists of 24 watersheds and portions of 15 counties, draining 5,300 square miles of land from the Holcombe dam downstream to the Mississippi River at Nelson."


Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

"The Department of Natural Resources is dedicated to the preservation, protection, effective management, and maintenance of Wisconsin's natural resources. It is responsible for implementing the laws of the state and, where applicable, the laws of the federal government that protect and enhance the natural resources of our state."

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