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.

We need your help!

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.  Contact Wendy Lutzke at 920-684-0218 x 115 or or Kim Kettner at to find out more! And don't forget to get all the latest news by becoming our friend on Facebook!


Click here to see a Rhythm of the Rivers blog done by several UW-Manitowoc College students! You can add your own thoughts and observations of the Manitowoc River, too.