The Little Plover River is a groundwater fed river with it's headwaters in the Town of Stockton, just below the terminal moraine. It flows west through the Village of Plover, where it forms Springville Pond and eventually joins the Wisconsin River.
When it rains, some rain water seeps into the ground and moves down through the air spaces between soil particles. That water makes up an aquifer. The groundwater moves from higher elevations to lower elevations just like a river does. That groundwater flow is what makes the Little Plover River possible. If too much water is pumped out of the aquifer in the basin, there is not enough water to recharge Little Plover River. This is what happened when the River dried up in 2005 and again in 2006.
The Friends of the Little Plover River was founded in 2005 by a group of citizens who were concerned about the degradation of this unique and beautiful resource. The group partnered with Golden Sands RC&D to help them accomplish their goals:
Since 2007, the Friends of the Little Plover River and Golden Sands RC&D have facilitate the annual Little Plover River Appreciation Day event at Little Plover River Park for the 4th grade students of Plover-Whiting and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. Each year approximately 150 students walk to the park and spend the afternoon at hands-on field stations, presented by volunteer natural resource professionals, learning all about conservation and recreation on the Little Plover River.
In 2011, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation reconized the Friends of the Little Plover River with their Water Conservation of the Year Award. The group sought permenant placement of the award within the two schools that have participated in the Little Plover River Appreciation Day since it's inception.
To learn more, visit the Friends of the Little Plover River's website.
Little Plover River Appreciation Day 2011