Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed (FMRW) is to provide a unified voice to enhance the Manitowoc River and its watershed.


Vision Statement:

FMRW seeks to connect the people to the river:  individuals, businesses, organizations, and government in order to increase awareness of the river, its history and ecosystem, and show that people care about the Manitowoc River and desire to enhance the watershed.



FMRW will encourage those groups/individuals having an interest or 'stake' in water quality issues in the Manitowoc River Basin to actively participate in the Friends Group.

FMRW will seek cooperative collaboration and use an integrated, watershed-based planning and decision-making process to accomplish the following goals:

  1. Identify nutrient and other water quality concerns.
  2. Inventory existing point and non-point sources.
  3. Prioritize these concerns.
  4. Identify strategies for achieving water quality objectives and desired conditions such as river clean-up events and additional educational outreach based on the recommendations of the Friends group.
  5. Routinely monitor progress and make necessary adjustments to our annual action plan.


Print your own guide to take along when you are paddling on or walking along the Manitowoc River. Get all four!

River History 1634-1836 The Working River River Stories Watershed

Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Special thanks to University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc students, residents of Laurel Grove Assisted Living Center, and University of Wisconsin Sea Grant.

These brochures are also available in Manitowoc at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc Marina, Wrap It Up, Manitowoc Trading Company, The Fat Seagull, Popp's Riverwalk Gas Station, Manitowoc Public Library, and the City of Manitowoc Parks Department.


You can become a member of Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed and give your time, talents, and/or monetary support to help our watershed.   Email to find out more! You can also visit us on the website of Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, where you can also learn about all of the river stewardship groups of the Lake Michigan coast in northeastern Wisconsin. And don't forget to get all the latest news by becoming our friend on Facebook!