Caring for the Fox River

Why Dam Removal Matters


Watershed Protection

The Fox River can’t defend itself. When its health is threatened, Friends of the Fox River speaks and acts on the river’s behalf. The river can’t clean itself either. Participate in shoreline and on-the-water river cleanups from April to October.



We are building a watershed community of caretakers through providing hands-on, outdoor learning experiences throughout the Fox River Watershed.


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We want to engage with diverse members of the hundreds of watershed communities.  If you live, work, study, or play in the Fox River Watershed, your perspective matters to us.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. Subscribe to our newsletter. Volunteer. Donate. JOIN US!

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Fox River Dam Removal | FAQ’s

Learn more about Fox River dam removal and river restoration by visiting our Dam FAQ’s page. Explore other river-related topics under the Resources tab on the top menu.

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Creating a Watershed of Caretakers

Thank you for helping protect and restore the Fox River! Your financial or in-kind donations directly support our river protection efforts: education events, cleanups, stream monitoring, and habitat improvement.

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Flow Like a River Yoga with Colleen Davidson

When you take a Flow Like a River yoga class at Schweitzer Environmental Center, 50% of the proceeds go to FOTFR.
Join Colleen Davidson, owner of Yogic Playground, on the first Saturday of each month. 

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