About Capitol Water Trails
Capitol Water Trails LTD formed on December 22, 1998. It is an all volunteer non-profit corporation dedicated to:
-educating citizens in water stewardship;
-clearing waterways for recreational navigation and drainage; and
-improving waterways for fisheries and native habitat
CWT coordinates projects with all interested parties -- habitat groups, paddlers, government (state, county and local) and adjacent property owners.
There are currently ten waterways under proposal for recreational navigation in 15 townships within Dane County. Five projects are currently under development:
Maunesha River Trail near Marshall
Wingra Creek Passage in Madison
Upper Yahara River Trail
Sugar River Trail
CWT is projected within five years to open approximately 83 miles of waterways for the safe enjoyment of the people of Wisconsin. CWT also trains volunteers and educates the public while soliciting grants and donations for the improvement of Dane County's waterways.
Awards and Grants
2004 Dane County Waters Champion Award awarded to Steve Falter, founder of CWT, by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission
2004 Kodak American Greenways Award from The Conservation Fund for the Sugar River project
2004-2007 Dane County Conservation League Grant for Maunesha River Project