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Friends of the MY Fishway

Would you help on September 15th?

Friends of the MT Fishway's mission is to preserve, maintain, and promote the MT Fishway and surrounding natural area. Its goals are to promote the Fishway and fish passage through education and outreach, maintain the Fishway to ensure optimal conditions for fish passage, and to preserve the surrounding natural area to provide habitat for wildlife and  eliminate invasive species.

This new and needed Friends group began after John Treffert, one of the river boat captains for Treasures of Oz 2012, offered to take some of the Treasures volunteers on an after-event ride from the MT Dam up the Milwaukee River, as he did for event visitors.  Jim Gennrich, who was the site captain for the MT Dam site, began the tour with an introduction to the FIshway and a walk along the channel the fish use to get around the dam.

Ben Arnold, one of  the most ardent leaders in the movement to stop invasive plants from taking over our county, was one of the volunteers in the group.  When Ben saw the number of invasives creeping into the fishway, things began to happen.  He began by telling the group about the plants they were seeing and the need to remove them for the health of the fishway.  Word got out and Andy LaFond, the Village of Thiensville Director of Public Works and John Treffert made a trip to see Ben’s place, a beautiful prairie where invasives have no hope under Ben’s watchful eye, and the ball got rolling from there.

Volunteer day 2

Here’s a message for us from Andy:

The first scheduled workday was a success!

 We bit off a good chunk of the fall work to rid the fishway of invasive species. A big thanks to Ben Arnold for giving us an education on invasives. It was also nice to meet on site and formulate a plan for future work and controlled burns. There were 6 volunteers and 5 village staff on site that worked from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for a total of 44 hours.

We will need at least one additional workday to complete the invasive work for this fall. Ben has offered to lend his expertise again on Saturday , September 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. please send an e-mail if you can help out that day to

Send an email to Andy if you are willing to offer a few hours to improve the fishway