Educational placemats soon will be in restaurants throughout the Eau Claire River Watershed.
Eau Claire River Watershed Coalition members had the informational placemats created to help people understand the need to care for the watershed, said Eau Claire land conservationist Greg Leonard, who’s among the project’s organizers.
“We’ll be delivering them to restaurants willing to use them throughout the watershed,” Leonard said.
The watershed covers 882 square miles. The placemats tell its readers that, though there’s some great fishing in the area, there are 141 miles of streams and 535 acres of lakes that don’t meet water-quality standards because of high phosphorus levels and degraded habitat.
It suggests what improvements can be made by residents and homeowners, waterfront owners, and farmers and land managers.
The backs of the placements contain a word-search puzzle and drawing and coloring space highlighting some animals living in the watershed.