Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Fox River in Waukesha has a flood stage above 6.1 feet.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Fox River in Waukesha until further notice. The flood stage was 6.1 feet as of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The warning will remain in effect until the river falls below the flood stage. At 6 feet water can spread into parks and lowland areas, according to the National Weather Service. There are no known flooding effects to homes or streets.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Is spring just around the corner? The high water level of the Fox River in Downtown Waukesha would suggest the snow is melting.
It might just be a sign that spring is around the corner. The water levels of the Fox River are high, causing sidewalks to be temporary closed on the riverwalk in downtown Waukesha. The ducks are happy to have extra room to play – and the increased water levels mean spring is just around the corner as levels rise with the melting snow. But no worries, the river’s level isn’t quite as high as it was during the flooding in June 2008.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Man arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving in downtown Waukesha.
A man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving late Friday night after a car broke through a fence and landed in the Fox River near downtown Waukesha. Firefighters and police officers responded to the 900 block of Friedman Drive where the car was in the water at 11:32 p.m. Friday. A tow truck company was called to remove the vehicle from the Fox River.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
College students and kids check out the Fox River during a tour on Wednesday.
College students in Waukesha County Technical College’s two-year Instructional Assistant program worked with third graders from Waukesha’s Hillcrest Elementary School on Wednesday in an environmental, project-based discovery learning opportunity at the Fox River Sanctuary.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Foresty Board agrees that a portion of the riverwalk can be used for dog walkers.
A pilot program allowing leashed dogs will begin on a portion of the riverwalk in Downtown Waukesha begins Oct. 1. Leashed dogs will be permitted from the clock tower across from Waukesha State Bank to Bethesda Park, following unanimous approval of the proposal by members of the Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board. “We are open to it,” said WPRF Director Ron Grall. “We are not necessarily known as the most dog-friendly park system.” The growth of dog-friendly parks has been “tremendous” over the past 10 years, said Grall. Additionally, Waukesha’s Central City Master Plan recommended creating a dog walk for the community. “It is not a fad,” Grall said. “It is not going away.” The majority of Waukesha County parks allow leashed …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Andrew Scalf catches a giant musky while fishing the Fox River in downtown Waukesha.
Eeek! Those who know me well know that my biggest fear in life is fish. I have a major fish phobia. Whether it’s swimming in a lake, swimming in an aquarium or not swimming at all and on a dinner plate, I stay as far away from those wriggling (or not wriggling in the case of the dinner plate) animals. Walks on Lake Michigan can sometimes leave me screaming and running down the beach as I see a fish who’s met its maker. And don’t even get me started on salmon platters… So checking my email this weekend gave me a frightening experience. Mark Stigler, Waukesha’s retired deputy police chief, sent me this picture and an explanation: Have heard of bass and carp being caught at the dam but a musky is very rare, especially one of this size. Andrew…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Women's Center organized group who called for an end to violence against women.
With calls for peace and an end to violence against women, some community members gathered on the North Barstow Street bridge over the Fox River near Frame Park to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event was organized by The Women’s Center, a shelter that provides help for domestic abuse victims. The following is from a news release from The Women’s Center: This global campaign is being organized by Women for Women International, a charity that helps women in areas of conflict to rebuild their lives. Women for Women International campaign, Join Me on the Bridge asks women, children and men to join together on International Women’s Day on bridges throughout the world, to make a public statement that “Stronger Women Build Bridges of …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Enjoying the river but not eating the fish.
Waukesha is proud of its river, showcasing it with people-pleasing developments like fountains, sculptures, parks, walkways and paths. Fun water activities along the river include canoeing or paddle boating, water ski shows, fishing and watching the ducks. But a recent walk along the river had me wondering about the quality of the river water. With duckweed and other aquatic plants spreading and the water looking cloudy in places, the appearance of the river was somewhat lacking. Turns out, the Fox River, although picturesque, is a considered an "impaired waterway" by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and what I was seeing were symptoms of its impairment. A water is polluted or impaired if it does not support full use by humans…