Friends of the Twin Rivers

FOTR Who we are: The Friends of the Twin Rivers was created in 2012 consisting of individuals, businesses, organizations, governments, and others to focus on the natural and cultural resources of the Twin Rivers (East and West) Watersheds.

What we do: FOTR seeks to connect people to the rivers to support awareness, enhancement, and enjoyment of the land, water, and other natural resources. These natural assets are vital to our history, economy, recreational activities and quality of life.

Where we work: The focus region of the FOTR group is the East and West Twin River Watersheds in Manitowoc, Kewaunee, and Brown counties.

FOTR will use an integrated, watershed-based planning and decision-making process to accomplish the following goals:  

  1. Encourage those groups and individuals having an interest or ‘stake’ in conservation in the East and West Twin River Basins to actively participate in the FOTR group.
  2. Inventory water quality concerns, prioritize concerns, identify strategies to achieve water quality objectives, and monitor those objectives.
  3. Provide a forum for information sharing and networking through community outreach and events.
  4. Create an annual FOTR “Action Plan” to guide activities, including goals and objectives.

Want to become a friend?  Contact:  Betsy or Jim


East Twin River, photo by Debbie Beyer

East Twin River, photo by Debbie Beyer

In the News:

DNR officials confirmed on July 30th, 2015, that the East Twin River was added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Impaired Waters. Fifteen miles of the river were declared impaired for total phosphorus pollution that created a degraded biological community, said Aaron Larson, impaired water coordinator for the Wisconsin DNR. Larson also said that segments of the river were impaired by PCBs. According to an EPA fact sheet, impaired waters are those that are too polluted or otherwise degraded to meet state water quality standards and the law requires that these jurisdictions establish Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) that the water body can receive and still safely meet water quality standards. For more information:




March 11             Nature’s Garden

April 29              Build a Rain Barrel Workshop


Summer Canoe/Kayak Paddle


Saturday, July 16, 9:00-11:00  a.m.

Join the Friends of the Twin Rivers for a leisurely paddle on the lower East Twin River. Bring your own canoe/kayak or reserve a Hobie kayak (paddle with your feet) when you register (only 20 available).
Light snacks provided after.
Registration required by Monday, July 11th.
To register, call Woodland Dunes at 920-793-4007.
Meeting spot is at Paddler’s Park in Two Rivers.
Lake Michigan Beach Clean Up
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00am-11:00am
To volunteer, contact Don at 920-553-4941 or email:

Recent Events:

Candlelight Night  Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:30pm @ Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Two Rivers.  Enjoy an evening stroll along a candlelit trail, live music and warm beverages. Learn about winter constellations and enjoy an outdoor fire. A fun, relaxing evening with friends and family. Adult and kid’s snowshoes available for use. Held at the Nature Center. Members: $5; $15 Family Non-Members: $8; $20 Family
Wetlands Matter  Saturday, January 30 at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc.  Do you own wetlands? Are your wetlands healthy? Wisconsin Wetlands Association works with private individuals and families who own wetlands and who are interested in doing more to maintain and improve the health of their wetlands.

This presentation will provide practical information about:

  • How to identify if you have wetlands on your property
  • What different wetland types are found in Wisconsin
  • Actions you can take to maintain and improve your wetland’s health.

You’ll also hear about local opportunities for learning and support from Wisconsin Wetlands Association and our partners. This presentation will draw on information in My Healthy Wetland: A Handbook for Wetland Owners (eastern edition), which was published in 2014 and will be available at the session.

Christmas Bird Count for Kids  Saturday, December 19, 9:00am – 11:30am @ Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Two Rivers.  Only $2 per child! Learn birding basics at binocular boot camp, then enjoy a friendly morning of counting birds for the National Audubon Society’s 116th Christmas Bird Count. Small groups led by experienced birders will walk a trail, document bird species and tabulate results. The bird count is for children ages 8 and up. Kids ages 4-7 can join us for the Budding Birders program while their older siblings are on the trail. Learn about birds and help decorate a tree for the birds! Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by December 16th. Call 920-793-4007 or email


Saturday, August 29 Statewide AIS Bridge Snapshot Day 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. contact:

Tuesday, October 6th  The Wonder of It All: Water Quality in Southern Manitowoc County Streams:
Students, Data, Issues, and Solutions, 6:00-7:30 pm.  The Lakeshore Water institute, a collaboration between UW-Manitowoc and Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, has been collecting water quality data on streams in southern Manitowoc County over the past five years.  During their talk, Rick Hein and Rebecca Abler will discuss the sampling
completed by their UW-Manitowoc students, data collected, results, and potential impacts on area beaches and Lake Michigan. They will also identify potential avenues for action to improve water quality and discuss the value of having students working on real, hands-on scientific research in the community. Discussion and question session to follow.  Donations appreciated.  Registration required by Friday, October 2nd. Betsy or Jim  Sponsored by the Dominion Foundation and co-hosted by Woodland Dunes and the Friends of the Twin Rivers.

NOVEMBER 7, 2015

9AM-3PM  HELP CLEAN THE M.E.C.C.A. Trail.  Please contact  Becky :, Jamie: or Caitlin:




Biological information about the East and West Twin Rivers:

WAV (Water Action Volunteer) monitoring information:


maps prepared by Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department