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Upcoming Karst Geology Events
karst 2016

Saturday, June 25 1-4 p.m. Driftless Karst Field Trip

Crawford Stewardship Project is once again partnering up with Professor Emeritus Kevin Rodolfo to offer another opportunity to see and learn about some unique aspects of our driftless region: karst features.  

Our ancient landscape has developed over the years into an incredible and complex geological system of interconnected sinkholes, caves, tunnels, underground rivers, disappearing streams, and springs. 

These are features that give us our cold class A trout streams, but also make our area very susceptible to contamination from potentially polluting activities. 

This workshop will be interesting and helpful for young children, public officials, or anyone simply curious to know more about the ground we stand on and how the water flows through it. 

When: Saturday, June 25th - 1 to 4 pm.  Location: Pheasant Walk Permaculture E8022 Bakkom Road, Viroqua.

The program begins with a presentation followed with an exploration of some local karstic areas. Enjoy the professor's lessons, get some exercise and have some fun!

For more info contact CSP Coordinator Forest Jahnke (, (608) 632-2183)


Thursday, August 25: Dodgeville Karst Workshop

UW Extension and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey are giving a presentation on our local topography and hydrology.

Learning objectives include:

Gain a basic understanding of the bedrock geology of southern/southwest  Wisconsin, how the geology increases the risk of groundwater contamination; gain a basic understanding of how highly permeable soils are a risk factor for groundwater contamination

Understand the basic process that goes into investigating a well contamination incident and how the DNR works with local resource agencies to identify the potential sources of contamination.

Understand the tools local counties are using to determine depth to bedrock and map higher risk areas, and examine the strategies they have used to protect the groundwater resource

Understand the tools that township officials have at their disposal to address the problems

Explain how to use field observations and mapping tools to locate karst features and be able to identity common karst features in the field.

This event is targeted toward: town officials, county resource managers, private sector consultants, farmers and other local interested citizens.