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The original road sign prototype developed by the Wisconsin and Illinois departments of tra
Governor Walker signs the first road sign produced by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the road route.
On July 5th Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation designating the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route along the river in Wisconsin. The signing ceremony took place in the Governor's Office in the Capitol. Present for the signing with the Governor were Greg Farnham of the Rock River Trail Initiative (holding the new road sign), Kelley Flury of Sen. Tim Cullen's office, Cindy Block of Sen. Scott Fitzgerald's office and Rep. John Jagler of Watertown, Assembly bill sponsor. Sen. Cullen was the Senate bill sponsor. With parallel action by the Illinois General Assembly in May, the scenic road route now extends from the river headwaters in south central Wisconsin to the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa.
• In Illinois, Stadelman and Jefferson advocate for Rock Riv
Frank Schier RRTI Founder & Coordinator at Green Festival Chicago, Navy Pier May 18th & 19th 2013
Early this afternoon the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly were in session and each passed unanimously its companion bill (SB 41 or AB 55) to designate the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route in Wisconsin.
The bill now goes to Governor Walker for his signature, at which time the bill will become law.
In Wisconsin, we chose to create a bill to establish the road route rather than via resolution, as is being done in Illinois. As you may know, a bill is a more formalized legislative product that creates a new section of the statutes, in our case Section 84.10225. So, after the bill is signed by the governor, the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route will actually be codified in the Wisconsin Statutes!
The recommended legislative method in Illinois is a resolution, which while not legally binding does provide a sound basis for action and collaboration by RRTI with state agencies and local communities to establish and maintain the road route.
So, we are well covered in both states and can look forward to final action once the Wisconsin governor signs this bill and the Illinois House passes House Joint Resolution 0008 with concurrence by the Illinois Senate.
Below is a photograph of the Wisconsin Senate Chamber taken just before the session was called to order - a very lovely and impressive structure - and a photograph with Wisconsin Representative John Jagler (Watertown - 37th District) outside the Assembly Chamber following the successful floor vote on AB 55. Rep. Jagler is the lead Assembly sponsor of the bill.
Fun and interesting to experience representative democracy in action (on a non-controversial bill)!!!
Wisconsin Senate Chamber
Wisconsin Representative John Jagler (Watertown - 37th District) and Greg Farnam
The Rock River Water Trail has been designated into the National Water Trails System by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, according to an announcement by the National Park Service in Washington, DC.
Back row from left: William McNary, WisDOT State Traffic Engineer; Kyle Armstrong IDOT Engineering & Standards Unit Chief; and Matt Rauch, WisDOT State Signing Engineer. Front row from left: Kyle Lorenz, IDOT Traffic Operations Engineer-Region 2; Stan Milam, district director of Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen; and Frank Schier of Rock River Trail Initiative
Tom Lindblade is an experienced paddler and also an amateur videographer. He has just completed a short video of the Rock River Water Trail. If you'd like to take a look, please click on the link below or visit the photo gallery. Tom has done a great job to capture the essence of the water trail in eight minutes and I believe you'll enjoy the video.
The Rock River Trail Initiave was featured in an article at saukvalley.com
Debbie Thompson, Lee County member of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council, makes a few remarks Friday afternoon prior to the ribbon cutting of the Dixon section of the Rock River Water Trail. A recreational water trail has been established along 320 miles of the river stretching from Wisconsin to Illinois. (Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Illinois House Joint Resolution No. 27 was passed May 31, 2011, and will have final amendments this November by sponsor Rep. Patrick J. Vershoore (D-Milan, 72nd Dist.). The amended bill is available here or by clicking the image below.
A list of the Rock River Trail Initiative council members has been added to the website under the "Contact" menu and is also available here.
The Rock River Water Trail Plan has been added to rockrivertrail.com and is available for download here.
The opening of the Beloit Section of the Rock River Water Trail will occur Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Wisconsin; and Thursday, Sept. 13, the Rock Falls section of the trail will be opened in Illinois.
MOLINE, Ill. — River Action, a nonprofit organization that strives to foster the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region, with the support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, sponsors the Fifth Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference and Youth Summit Sept. 26-28. Location is the Stoney Creek Inn and Western Illinois University Riverfront Campus in Moline, Ill.
Rock County Parks, Rockton volunteers, Rock River Enterprises and Homeowners Association, WTVO-17/WQRF-FOX 39, and The Rock River Times are coordinating sections of a greater Rock River clean-up Saturday, Sept. 8.
Paddle and Trail is celebrating its second anniversary by hosting a free open house at the Regional Activity Center in Loves Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. The public will have the opportunity to try out kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and fish for free.
The course of the Rock River as it flows through the Wisconsin cities of Horicon, Hustisford, Mayville, Theresa, Watertown and Janesville now has signs denoting those sections of the river as part of the Rock River Trail. Representatives from the National Park Service and the Wisconsin and Illinois Departments of Natural Resources have given their permission to erect the sign denoting the trail.
Native Americans are preparing once again for the 17th Annual “Honor the Mounds” gathering, to be held Saturday, Aug. 11, at Beattie Park, downtown Rockford. As always, the community is invited to this free, family-friendly day-long event.