What is the Waterway Protector Spotlight?
The Waterway Protector Spotlight is a way for us to recognize people who are going above and beyond to protect our waterways. The people we recognize can be anyone from government employees advocating for safer waterway practices to community members making a difference in their neighborhoods.
Send your nominations for the Waterway Protector Spotlight to firstname.lastname@example.org or through social media!
March 2019 Waterway Protector
Wes Enterline, Sustainability Coordinator at UW-W
Wes is the Sustainability Coordinator at UW-Whitewater and was the first person to be hired for the position at the university. He has held the role for 10 years and is an alumnus of UW-W with two Bachelor’s degrees.
He manages around two dozen active projects with a special emphasis on campus sustainability through institutional operations, campus and community engagement, and classroom involvement, improving energy and water efficiency, maintaining the campus garden, and Earth Day events!
To #protectwiwaterways, Wes is involved with the Rock River Coalition Water Action Volunteers Program. This program monitors Bluff Creek, Spring Brook Creek, and Whitewater Creek for stream health. They also conduct periodic stream cleanups focused on removing trash from Whitewater Creek.
When asked how he would advise others to #protectwiwaterways, Wes responded, “One of the biggest misconceptions we see is that people on campus don’t understand that all of our storm drains connect directly with local waterways, with the majority of our stormwater flowing directly into Whitewater Creek. Stormwater is not treated by the local water treatment plant. Protecting our local waterways includes being mindful of debris going down the storm drains. We hope that people on campus will avoid littering and pouring liquids down storm drains and let us know if they see any issues so they can be corrected and we can minimize our campus impact on Whitewater Creek.”