Please e-mail Frank Schier at frankschier@hotmail.com or Greg Farnham at waterdown@wildblue.net if you have any corrections or additions. Enjoy the Rock!


 

First test of Rock River Trail a success!

Rock River kayakers complete 320-mile journey down Rock River


Rock River kayakers paddle through Rockford, head south

Rock River Trail News

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer


Time change for arrival of kayakers

The kayakers paddling the entire Rock River will be in Rockford at 2 p.m., at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. They will not arrive at 12:30 p.m., as initially planned.


Kayak for Sabercats: Paddlers approach Rockford

Another great paddling event coming up Saturday June 28th on the Rock River National Water Trail

Another great paddling event coming up Saturday June 28th on the Rock River National Water Trail - this


Rock River Journey: Day 1

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer


Students to kayak entire length of Rock River

Follow Jon Gress, Jake Boucher, and Garrett Feik as they kayak the Rock River from the Horicon Marsh to its end at th


The original road sign prototype developed by Wisconsin and Illinois.

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.

Governor Walker signs the first road sign produced by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the road route.


Governor's signing of legislation for the road route in Wisconsin

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.


Rock River Trail road route passed in both Wisconsin and Illinois

Rock River Trail road route passed in both Wisconsin and Illinois

• In Illinois, Stadelman and Jefferson advocate for Rock Riv


Frank Schier at this year's Green Festival

Frank Schier

Frank Schier RRTI Founder & Coordinator at Green Festival Chicago, Navy Pier May 18th & 19th 2013


Wisconsin Legislature designates Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route - April 22, 2013

Good news!

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)!!!

Greg Farnham

 

Wisconsin Senate Chamber

Wisconsin Senate Chamber
 

Representative John Jagler and Greg Farnham

Wisconsin Representative John Jagler (Watertown - 37th District) and Greg Farnam