Friends of Starkweather Creek is a volunteer organization of citizen stewards, advocates, explorers and educators dedicated to the enhancement of the watershed’s environmental quality.
The 24 square mile Starkweather watershed covers half the east side of Madison (watershed map). Its many wetlands, springs, meandering streams and teeming wildlife were critical components to cleanse and balance the eco-system. Urbanization and low awareness filled and drained the wetlands, straightened and polluted the channels and replaced native species of plants and wildlife with aggressive and unbalanced invasives, especially humans.
In 2003, a passionate group of citizens formed friends of Starkweather Creek (bylaws) to revitalize the watershed. In 2006, the UW Nelson Institute published this extensive study of the watershed. By 2019, the watershed and stakeholder synergy reached truly inspiring levels in this annual meeting presentation.