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Mission


Restore. Protect. Sustain.

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Mission


Restore. Protect. Sustain.

above: the Village of Mount Pleasant's restoration of the North Branch of the Pike River

Mission

Restore, protect and sustain the Root-Pike basin watersheds through the funding and facilitation of a regional network of locally initiated projects

Pike River, Root River, Oak Creek, Pike Creek and Wind Point Watershed

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History


History


above: the Village of Mount Pleasant's restoration of the North Branch of the Pike River

History

 
 

A RIVER RESOURCE SINCE 1998

Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 1998 by the Department of Natural Resources and other watershed stakeholders to restore, protect and sustain the five watersheds of Southeastern Wisconsin. Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network brings municipalities, private citizens, donors and environmental experts from the Root-Pike basin together to improve water quality, restore natural habitats, reduce storm water runoff and create places where people want to live, work and invest. In 2007, we helped design and implement the Keep Our Waters Clean program to help municipalities meet their storm water permit requirements. In 2008, we began the Rain Garden Initiative, which put in place more than 100 rain gardens and 60 rain barrels. We also awarded over $545,000 in small grants to more than 100 local conservation projects in the Root-Pike Watershed since our inception.

Over the past five years, we have helped SEWRPC with the planning, and now leading the implementation of the EPA-approved, 9-element Root River Watershed Restoration Plan. We took the lead in planning and implementation of the 9-element Pike River and Wind Point Watershed Plans. Currently, we are assisting SEWRPC in the planning process for the Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan. Our intent is to begin the fundraising for a Watershed Restoration Plan for the Pike Creek watershed in 2017. We believe our next 20 years is best served restoring the five watersheds via EPA-approved, 9-key element Watershed Restoration Plans.

 
 
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Projects


Projects


Projects

 

Root-Pike WIN has a 15-year history of moving projects forward in the Root-Pike basin. Root-Pike WIN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2001, and has awarded $545,000 in small grants to more than 100 local conservation projects in the five watersheds we serve since our inception.

Today, we are focused on planning and implementing EPA-approved, 9-key element watershed restoration plans. Our strategy is focused on advancing the recommendations deemed “critical” in these 9-key element plans in order to affect the greatest change.

Please contact Dave Giordano at dave@rootpikewin.org for more information about moving projects forward.

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Board


Board


Board

 

Jim Small - Treasurer
CPA, & Partner
Maller Peterson, LLC

Michael Luba - President
Root-Pike Basin Supervisor (retired)
Department of Natural Resources

Joshua Sopczak - Vice President
Assistant Vice President
Tri City National Bank of Racine

Todd Brennan - Secretary
Wisconsin Outreach Coordinator
Alliance for the Great Lakes


Bob Eaton - Director
Owner
Bob Eaton Company

Bill Sasse - Former President
Director of Engineering (retired)
Village of Mount Pleasant

John Scripp - Director
Attorney (retired)
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek

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Staff


Staff


above: the Village of Mount Pleasant's restoration of the North Branch of the Pike River

 

Staff

Passion for these Rivers

 

Dave Giordano

Executive Director

Dave has been committed to the watersheds of Southeastern Wisconsin since his Board involvement in 2011. He has also been a marketing leader for a number of organizations in a variety of industries including construction management, events and environments, insurance, infrastructure and software. He has held a variety of director-level roles, which focused on strategic planning, sales operations and marketing communications, including the area organizations CG Schmidt and Derse. He has also been involved with non-profit organizations such as the Trout Unlimited, Safe & Sound, Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association, UW-Milwaukee Minority Mentor program, Ovation Awards and the Pike River Revival. Giordano grew up a frequent visitor to the Pike River as a biker, hiker, runner, canoe paddler, and fly-fisherman.

The Root-Pike WIN driven, EPA-approved Watershed Restoration Plans are the roadmap for success, and my main goal is to find public/private partnerships to make these comprehensive plans happen. The Pike River, Pike Creek, Root River, Oak Creek and Wind Point watersheds define our home, history and heritage. It’s time to restore them.”
A Kenosha native, Giordano graduated from Bradford High School and earned a BA in graphic design from The Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA), Dave also earned a MS in technology management from American Intercontinental University (Atlanta, GA), and attended UW-Parkside and Georgia Tech briefly. Dave and his wife have five children and reside in Somers on the South Branch of the Pike River.

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Allison Thielen

Program Manager

Allison has been committed to environmental leadership in Southeastern Wisconsin for a number of years, first serving two years as Program Manager for Root-Pike WIN and subsequently as executive director of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center. Over the course of her time with Root-Pike WIN, she led the development of the Wind Point Watershed Restoration Plan, a nine element watershed plan currently in the review process with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She has a proven community outreach record while managing the Respect Our Waters program, a media and outreach campaign designed to educate residents on stormwater runoff pollution and actions we can all take to help keep our waters clean. Thielen has written and been awarded numerous grants for both Root-Pike WIN and the Eco-Justice Center, and has been praised for her ability to streamline and maintain both organizations’ accounting systems. She also coordinated the watershed-based grants and rain garden monitoring programs for Root-Pike WIN and helped expand both organizations’ partnerships and donor base. 

A Racine native, Thielen graduated from Walden III High School and earned a BS in ecology and field biology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Allison has also completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and recently attended Gateway Technical College for three semesters of Graphic Communications courses. She enjoys running, hiking, native plant gardening, arts of all kinds, and has two young children. She resides in Racine just three blocks from the Root River.

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Reports


Reports


Annual Reports

Root-Pike WIN's Annual Report for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.


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2014-2015


Root-Pike WIN's Annual Report for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014.


Root-Pike WIN's Annual Report for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013.


Root-Pike WIN's Annual Report for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.