Adopt-a-River Bank Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Adopt-a-River Bank Program?
I thought the (Village) (DNR) ran the (Path) (Launch)?
What are Prairie du Sac's plans for along the river?
Why support the Adopt-a-River Bank Program?
What do I get for my contribution?
Can I contribute for a specific item along the path?
Why do you keep track of the hours?
Tell me more about the time donations!
How is the Path Divided?
May we adopt the Canoe Launch?
What sections are available for adoption?
How does trash pickup work?
How do I tell what plants are invasive?
What do you mean by Water Street bank clean-up?
Is prairie restoration really difficult?
What kind of flowers can I plant?
What do you mean maintaining memorials?
Is wetland restoration really difficult?
What observation area?

What is the Adopt-a-River Bank Program?

The intention of the AARB Program is to provide long term support to the River Walk Bike and Pedestrian Path, and any future areas of the river bank which may added to the program.

Support is provided to the Village of Sauk City (for the River Walk) or to the DNR (for the canoe launch at Leuders Road) by becoming the focus for community members to donate time and money to the maintenance and placement of selected items along the River Walk.

Financial contributions will be used to purchase and maintain items for the River Walk, such as the kiosk located near the pavilion in August Derleth Park, trash receptacles, benches, picnic tables, and plantings of native grasses, trees and flowers.

Financial contributions to the Sauk Prairie Canoe Launch will be used to help offset the cost of basic maintenance of the launch, including pumping of the outhouse at that location.  The Canoe Launch is not a park, it is meant only to be a safe site along the river for launching canoes.

Donations of time will help to keep the Path and Canoe Launch clean between March 15th and  November 15th.

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I thought the (Village) (DNR) ran the (Path) (Launch)?

The Village of Sauk City, with matching funds from grants through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) installed the River walk Path.   The Village is ultimately responsible for the upkeep of the Path, and has the ultimate say in what happens along the Path.  The DNR installed and will maintain the new Sauk Prairie Canoe Launch.  We are a public liaison (a "friend of the river") group!

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What are Prairie du Sac's plans for along the river?

Questions over the use of the railway corridor in Prairie du Sac and concerns for the eagles must be resolved before the Path is developed through Prairie du Sac.   Prairie du Sac has installed a river observation deck below the Eagle lookout at the Water Street Public Parking lot.  Overhead lines along the river will be buried when possible.  SP River PAL is assisting with riverfront beautification below the Eagle Lookout and will assist, as able, with other river projects in Prairie du Sac as they begin to take shape.

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Why support the Adopt-a-River Bank Program?

In general we feel that the river is central to our two communities, rich in history and wildlife along its shores. It is the first attribute that people see when entering either town from the east on HWY 12 or HWY 60. Though many businesses are located along the river and many people use the river for recreation, the natural assets of the river are not fully realized.  The Adopt-a-River Bank program provides an easy way for people to take care of a section of the river and its shores.

More Specifically, SP River PAL feels strongly that these public river access areas are assets to all. The Bike and Pedestrian Path offers an area for all to enjoy the river. The Canoe Launch provides safe canoe access to the river below the Railroad Bridge.  The Riverfront below the Eagle Lookout in Prairie du Sac is highly visible to all.  The kiosk at August Derleth Park and the River walk Bike and Pedestrian Path, will provide a natural area for education and exploration of  "Life along the River".  We hope to include river safety information, the natural history and importance of the river to the area for settlement, recreational uses, and the flora, fauna and wildlife that live in the area because of the river.

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What do I get for my contribution?

In return for all contributions, you will receive a "Stock Certificate" from SP River PAL.

For contributions of $75 or more, you will also receive acknowledgement through the placement of a nameplate on the Kiosk near the Pavilion in August Derleth Park. Nameplates on the kiosk will be placed by general dollar amount categories only. However, stock certificates will acknowledge donations more specifically. The kiosk near the pavilion will provide a high exposure area to display recognition of contributors.

Any contributions specifically for the Canoe Launch will be acknowledged at the Launch as well.

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Can I contribute for a specific item along the path?

Yes. Those wishing to donate enough for a Picnic table should donate at the $600.00 level. Benches, Bike Racks and Trash Receptacle donations should be at the $300.00 level.  Those wishing to contribute specifically for a tree should donate at the $75.00 level.   Those wishing to help specifically with educational information signs, general maintenance, grass and garden plantings, path activities/items, or wanting to donate for canoe launch maintenance, can donate at any level.  Please note on the form which item you wish your donation to be used for. In addition, if you would like to place a plaque on a bench, you will need to donate an additional $100.

If you would like to make specific item donation for which the cost has already been covered, you still have the opportunity to contribute.  SP River PAL hopes to assist in the provision of necessary materials for proposed picnic areas, lookouts, etc., as outlined in "phase three" of the Path, which is scheduled to be completed in the year 2000.  We also hope to assist with items needed at the lower river observation deck in Prairie du Sac.  We would like to see how the phase three of the path and usage at the lower river observation deck evolves before we develop a list of needs for these areas.

There are many other ongoing and current needs for the Path as well.  Signs along the Path depicting the different aspects of life along the river, to educate and enhance the experience of users of the trail, will take both time and money to develop and install.  Maintenance of both the Launch and the Path, and garden plantings along the path are also long-term, ongoing needs.

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Why do you keep track of the hours?

Since a matching grant was used to obtain the funds to build the path, we must keep track of both the money and time donations made to the path.

In addition, keeping track of the hours and funds allows us to correctly place our donors on the kiosk!

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Tell me more about the time donations!

Any person or group may donate time by contacting us and asking for a Time Donation Package.  This package contains the appropriate information needed to help us and you keep track of the hours spent.  Time spent along the path picking up trash, removing invasive species or planting counts towards the total hours donated.  Hour donations are acknowledged on the Acknowledgement Board in the Kiosk.

Just as with monetary donations, time donations have levels:

Hawk Up to 35 hours or 1 hour per week
Cardinal 35 to 70 hours or 2 hours per week
Eagle over 70 hours or over 2 hours per week

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How is the Path Divided?

Currently, there are 10 sections in the path.  Here are the suggested activities for each segment:

Section Location Available? Activity
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
A Derleth Park, Hemlock Street Entrance Yes X X X X X X    
B Derleth Park, River Island Loop Yes X X   X X X    
C Derleth Park, Woodlands Yes X X   X X      
D Moseman Property Yes X              
E Washington Street, Water Street Side No X X X X X      
F Washington Street, River Side No X X   X X X    
G River's Edge Mall Access Yes X              
H Historical Center No X X     X      
I Village Hall No X X     X   X  
J Bridge No X X     X     X

Activities...follow the link to get more information about what these mean:

  1. Trash Pick-up
  2. Invasive Species Removal
  3. Water Street Bank Clean-up
  4. Prairie Restoration
  5. Flower Planting
  6. Memorial Maintenance
  7. Wetland Restoration
  8. Observation Area Beautification

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May we adopt the Canoe Launch?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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How does the trash pick-up work?

Well, we will provide you with trash bags.  We even have a few pairs of gloves you can use.  You walk a segment of the path, and bring the trash bag back to one of the trash cans at the entrances of the trails.  

Then you let us know how many hours it took!

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How to I tell what plants are invasive?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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What do you mean by Water Street bank clean-up?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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Is prairie restoration really difficult?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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What kind of flowers can I plant?

First of all, we have allowed more formal, non-native plants to be put along some areas of the path and in planter boxes.  That being said, you shouldn't plant anything considered invasive.

If your group decides you want to plant, you will need to provide us with something of a design, which we'll take to the Village of Sauk City for approval.

You should also know that it is SP River PAL's goal to be able to provide you with the materials you need to work your adopted area.  

Finally, rather than put a trail sign that identify you or your group at the location where you are planting, we will identify you on the path map on the Kiosk.  That way, we can provide more information about what you are doing.

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What do you mean by maintaining memorials?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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Is wetland restoration really difficult?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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What observation area?

Yes!  Trash pickup is the most likely activity at this location.

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