Lower Fox River TMDL

Purpose

The Lower Fox River (LFR) Basin originates at the outlet of Lake Winnebago and flows northeast 39 miles where it empties into Green Bay. Land use in this watershed consists of 50% agriculture, 35% urban, and 15% natural forest areas and wetlands. There are 14 Impaired Waters in the LFR Basin, including Lower Green Bay, that are polluted by excess phosphorus (TP) and total suspended solids (TSS) impairing fish and aquatic life uses of these water bodies. These pollutants reach rivers and streams from polluted runoff from farm fields, barnyards, residential yards and industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants.

Objective

This bright green water is a result of total phosphorus loading to the Lower Fox River at Kimberly in June of 2007. Photo courtesy of Bruce Cleland, Tetra Tech. The draft TMDL was public noticed in June of 2010 and several written comments were received. Comments have been addressed and the TMDL was submitted to US EPA for review and approval on August 30, 2011. The DNR is awaiting approval.

Outcome

How will the TMDLs affect you? The fact sheets below are available to help interpret the TMDL. The Lower Fox River Outreach Team developed several other materials which can be found on the Lower Fox River Basin UW-Extension website. For questions and comments regarding the LFR Basin and Green Bay TMDL: Kevin Kirsch (608) 266-7019, or Rob McLennan (920)-424-7894

TMDL/303d List Project
Implement TMDL
Lower Fox River TMDL
2007
Active
 
Reports and Documents
Total Phosphorus and Total Suspended Solids TMDL for the Lower Fox River Basin and Lower Green Bay
The approval letter and decision document written by the EPA
LFR_TMDL_EPA_Submittal_Aug_2011.PDF
Appendices_to_Phase_I_Final_Report Fox River TMDL
 
Activities
TMDL Planning, Implementation
There are 14 Impaired Waters in the LFR Basin, including Lower Green Bay, that are polluted by excess phosphorus (TP) and total suspended solids (TSS) impairing fish and aquatic life uses of these water bodies. These pollutants reach rivers and streams from polluted runoff from farm fields, barnyards, residential yards and industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plants.
TMDL USEPA Approved
Lower Fox River Basin TP TSS TMDL 2012
 
Waters