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Mukwonago River Watershed Research and Resource Database

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Mukwonago River Watershed: Research Data, Stories, Photos and More

The Mukwonago River Watershed is a vast expanse of forests, grasslands, wetlands, lakes and rivers that range over 47,500 acres in southeast Wisconsin. The Nature Conservancy began working in the area in 1983 to protect globally-threatened oak openings, healthy wetlands and the Mukwonago River, which is the most intact river in southeastern Wisconsin.

Some agricultural practices and increasing development, which brings new houses and the services required by residential life into the area, impact the quality and quantity of the area's surface waters and groundwater. To protect the outstanding resources in this watershed, The Nature Conservancy has been working with partner groups as part of the Mukwonago River Initiative to identify threats to the watershed and coordinate our efforts to address those threats.

The Mukwonago River Initiative loosely involves about 20 organizations, individuals and state and local agency representatives. The shared knowledge of the partners is one of the strengths the group leverages to be successful. In an effort to formalize this shared knowledge, the group put out a call to all stakeholders in the watershed to share useful documents, datasets, photos, stories and any other information that pertains to the Mukwonago River Watershed. Those pieces of information have been added to a database to serve as an index of works on the Mukwonago River Watershed.

How To Use the Database

Each document in the index is accompanied by a list of key words to make finding documents on a certain topic easier. A list of every key word used can be found on the second spreadsheet page titled "List of Keywords."

Methods for finding documents in the Index:

  1. Use the table header SORT and/or SEARCH function to find information in each column.
    1. Clicking the drop-down box (  ) located in the table headers will allow you to sort the selections alphabetically and also allows you to search for certain key words that would be found within that column.
    2. For example: If you were to click on the drop-down box and search for "Mukwonago River" in the Title column, any cell with the words "Mukwonago River" will be displayed.

  2. Use the Ctrl+F function or click on the "Find & Select" tab under the Home menu to bring up the "Find and Replace" window to find key words within the entire spreadsheet, not just a column.
    1. Open the "Find and Replace" window with Ctrl+F or by clicking the "Find & Select" tab. Type in the desired key word and either click "Find All" or "Find Next."
    2. "Find All" lists every cell that the key word shows up in and displays where the cell is located and what is written in the cell.
    3. "Find Next" will find each cell with the given key word one cell at a time. 

Please contact if you know of other documents that should be added or if there are documents that require updating.


Lulu Lake Preserve, Mukwonago River Watershed, Wisconsin. Photo © Clint Farlinger