Lower Peshtigo River Watershed Assessment TWA 2017

Purpose

This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life conditions. Two hydropower dams exist on the Peshtigo River system in the watershed and use peaking operation. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plan recommendations but has never been conducted. Marinette County is seeking to develop a 9-Key Element plan for a HUC-12 sub-watershed or the entire Lower Peshtigo River Watershed. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps. The data will also be used to determine current and potential biological uses and evaluate stream conditions for possible future monitoring for 303(d) or ERW/ORW status, use of information for making management recommendations, updating waterbody and watershed narratives in WATERS and use in watershed planning.

Objective

Surveys will be completed at approximately 30 sites throughout the Little Peshtigo River watershed to collect data to evaluate stream conditions. Each of the sites will have 3 field visits. One visit for reconnaissance and temperature logger deployment, one visit for fish and habitat surveys, and one visit for macroinvertebrate sampling and temperature logger retrieval. These 30 sites will be monitored for continuous temperature from May through October. Macroinvertebrate samples will be collected in fall from all 30 sites. Sampling stations have yet to be determined

Outcome

Background data for use by Marinette County in developing a 9-Key Elements Plan, possible future monitoring for 303(d) or ERW/ORW status, use of information for making management recommendations, updating waterbody and watershed narratives in WATERS and use in watershed planning.

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

Targeted Watershed Approach
Planning (WQ, Nine Key Element)
East_TWA_5_2014
2014
Final Report Needed
 
Reports and Documents
DRAFT Lower Peshtigo TWA WQM Plan 2017
Lower Peshtigo River Photo Wiki Commons
Lower Peshtigo TWA 2014 Project at Hwy Y (497900) photo by Andrew Hudak
Lower Peshtigo Watershed TWA WQM Plan Presentation
Peshtigo River Phone 1024px-Sunny_Peshtigo Wikipedia Commons
Birds of Prey, Lower Peshtigo River Watershed
Peshtigo River Photo Commons Photo
Peshtigo River Photo Commons Photo 2
NER_01_CMP14 status 10132016
Gfp Wisconsin Looking Across the Peshtigo River WBIC 515500
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plans, but have never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plans, but have never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plans, but have never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plans, but have never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plans, but have never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition and basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plan recommendations, but has never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
This project will monitor and evaluate streams in the Lower Peshtigo River Watershed in Marinette and Oconto Counties. Just under 50% of the streams and rivers in this watershed have unknown fish and aquatic life condition. Basin assessment monitoring was recommended in historic watershed plans, but have never been conducted. The monitoring will help support and guide the development of the 9-Key Element plan by gathering baseline data and eliminating data gaps.
Little River at Hwy BB (583200) photo by Andrew Hudak
Little River at Hwy BB (2) (583200) photo by Andrew Hudak
Bundy Townline (3) Lower Peshtigo TWA 2014 Project (516100) photo by Andrew Hudak
Trout Creek Hwy D WBIC 515500
Bundy Townline (2) Lower Peshtigo TWA 2014 Project (516100) photo by Andrew Hudak
Bundy Townline (1) Lower Peshtigo TWA 2014 Project (516100) photo by Andrew Hudak
Unnamed tributary at-Farm Access Hwy E (516000) photo by Andrew Hudak
Left Foot Creek Shaded Riffle Area, 2014 [524500] Photo 1
Left Foot Creek; WBIC 524500
Unnamed tributary at Left Ft Creek (498000) photo by Andrew Hudak
Left Foot Creek Shaded Riffle, 2014 (524500) Photo 2
Unnamed tributary at Left Ft Creek (1) (498000) photo by Andrew Hudak
Unnamed Tributary at Hwy BB (515600) photo by Andrew Hudak
Unnamed Tributary at Hwy B (5008966) photo by Andrew Hudak
Lower Peshtigo River Watershed Assessment TWA 2014 project (515500) photo by Andrew Hudak
Unnamed Tributary to Peshtigo River, 2014 [515500] Photo
 
Activities & Recommendations
Monitor to Evaluate Projects
Investigate the installation of an unauthorized rock dam upstream of Loop Lake Road that may act as a fish passage barrier.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Conduct follow-up monitoring on Mud Brook to re-evaluate for impairments by pollutant other than Total Phosphorous.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
The lower segment of Trout Creek should be considered for listing on the State’s 303(d) list of impaired waters for a degraded macroinvertebrate community.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Conduct additonal surveys in the Left Foot Creek HUC 12 wateshed to determine suitability to continue to manage Left Foot Creek as Trout water. Additonal temperature monitoring, fish surveys, and habitat survyes should be completed above and below Left Foot Lake.
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Conduct additional TP monitoring, Fish and Macroinvertebrate monitoring on Trout Creek upstream of Jandt Road.
Monitor Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
Lower Peshtigo River TWA
 
Waters