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

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. Persistence, education and awareness 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., will last about 21/2 hours and end in Argyle. 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 at 608-348-7110. Include the number of people in each party, an email address, phone number and whether or not a canoe or kayak will need to be rented. Bring water, sunscreen and a lunch, if desired. If there is inclement weather, the rain date will be May 28, and all participants who have registered will be contacted by email.

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

Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in the Southwest Wisconsin region. The organization's mission is to implement natural resource conservation and rural economic development in the area through education and best practices relating to agriculture, grassland, forests and surface waters. Visit for more information or "like" the Facebook page at www.facebook.coc/swbadger.