Taylor Creek-Sugar River TWA WQM Plan (2017)

Purpose

Monitor the contemporary status of streams from two subwatersheds in the Lower Sugar River watershed as well has evaluate the overall health of these watersheds. The department needs current fish, habitat, and macroinvertebrate data for streams in these watersheds. Volunteers have already collected phosphorus and temperature data at several sites in these watersheds. The data will be used to determine whether these streams are acheiving their attainable use in order to update the watershed tables, list waters that are not meeting their attainable use, and assess the overall health of the watersheds as required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. The data, in conjunction with observations about watershed health, will be used to guide planning for improvements where needed. A newly formed watershed organization has been collecting water chemistry data from some streams in the watershed already. An industrial discharger is interested in doing watershed projects and possibly PT/AM in the watershed.

Objective

Data gathered for this project will be used to update the watershed plan and streams narratives in the State of the Basin report. It will also be used to update information related to impaired waters listings. The project will also help the local watershed association and other interested organizations determine where best management actions are most effective.

Outcome

Fisheries, habitat, and macroinvertebrate date will be collected on 15 sites in the two targetted HUC 12s. Data will be collected during the field season of the 2014 calendar year. Data will be entered into the FH database and SWIMS. Updated streams narratives and watershed reports will be entered into SWIMS and WATERS. All data will be entered into the respective database by Dec. 2014 or as soon as it become available. Final report will be drafted in winter 2015/2016.

Study Design

Fish, qualitative habitat, and macroinvertebrates will be collected from 9 sites in HUC 070900040703 and 6 sites in HUC 070900040702. Six phosphorus samples will also be collected from the pour point of HUC 070900040702 and two sites in HUC 070900040703. HUC 10 -709000407

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

Targeted Watershed Approach
Planning (WQ, Nine Key Element)
South_TWA_4_2014
2014
Complete
 
Reports and Documents
Taylor Creek - Sugar River Watershed Draft TWA Plan 2017
Taylor Creek – Sugar River TWA WQM Plan 2017 (SP11) Presentation
Sugar River photo from Taylor Creek-Sugar River TWA project photo by James Amrhein
Sugar at Bellview (875300) photo by James Amrhein
10013320 Willow Creek Hwy 81 Bridge
Taylor Creek-Sugar River TWA (21-4) photo by James Amrhein
The goal of this Target Watershed Assessment (TWA) is to monitor the contemporary status of streams from two subwatersheds in the Lower Sugar River watershed, as well has evaluate the overall health of these watersheds. The DNR needs current fish, habitat, and macroinvertebrate data for streams in these watersheds. The data will be used to determine whether these streams are achieving their attainable use in order to update the watershed tables, list waters that are not meeting their attainable use, and assess the overall health of the watersheds as required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.
The goal of this Target Watershed Assessment (TWA) is to monitor the contemporary status of streams from two subwatersheds in the Lower Sugar River watershed, as well has evaluate the overall health of these watersheds. The DNR needs current fish, habitat, and macroinvertebrate data for streams in these watersheds. The data will be used to determine whether these streams are achieving their attainable use in order to update the watershed tables, list waters that are not meeting their attainable use, and assess the overall health of the watersheds as required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.
The goal of this Target Watershed Assessment (TWA) is to monitor the contemporary status of streams from two subwatersheds in the Lower Sugar River watershed, as well has evaluate the overall health of these watersheds. The DNR needs current fish, habitat, and macroinvertebrate data for streams in these watersheds. The data will be used to determine whether these streams are achieving their attainable use in order to update the watershed tables, list waters that are not meeting their attainable use, and assess the overall health of the watersheds as required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.
The goal of this Target Watershed Assessment (TWA) is to monitor the contemporary status of streams from two subwatersheds in the Lower Sugar River watershed, as well has evaluate the overall health of these watersheds. The DNR needs current fish, habitat, and macroinvertebrate data for streams in these watersheds. The data will be used to determine whether these streams are achieving their attainable use in order to update the watershed tables, list waters that are not meeting their attainable use, and assess the overall health of the watersheds as required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.
Taylor Creek-Sugar River TWA (11-2) Photo by James Amrhein
 
Activities & Recommendations
Information and Education
The department should work with watershed organizations such as the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association on outreach efforts with landowners in the watershed, environmental programs in the Juda and Brodhead school districts, and research opportunities for harvestable buffers to provide economic incentives for maintaining buffers along streams.
Monitor with Baseline Survey
Monitor Watershed (Status,Sources,Impairments)
Monitoring of phosphorus and nitrate concentrations in the streams of the Lower Sugar River should continue as funding and volunteer efforts allow.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Swan Creek should be added to the 303(d) list of impaired waters for phosphorus that exceeds the criteria. Taylor Creek, from Swan Creek downstream to the Sugar River and Willow Creek should be added as a watch waters as total phosphorus concentrations are near the criteria for listing.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
The entire length of OK Creek should be added to the state’s 303(d) list of impaired waters due to habitat degradation caused by excessive sediment deposition and channel straightening. It should also be added for total phosphorus as concentrations exceed the WisCALM (WDNR, 2013) guidance. The department should review land use and nutrient management efforts in this sub-watershed to determine if any improvements can be made to reduce phosphorus delivery to the stream.
Monitor or Assess Watershed Condition
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Monitor Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
The data will be used to determine whether these streams are acheiving their attainable use in order to update the watershed tables, list waters that are not meeting their attainable use, and assess the overall health of the watersheds as required by Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act. The data, in conjunction with observations about watershed health, will be used to guide planning for improvements where needed. A newly formed watershed organization has been collecting water chemistry data from some streams in the watershed already.