North Branch Beaver Creek TWA WQM Plan (2017)

Purpose

The North Branch of Beaver Creek is an 11.86 mile long tributary to the Peshtigo River within the Little Peshtigo River watershed in southern Marinette County. The North Branch Beaver Creek sub-watershed is 20.8 square miles with streams that are mainly cool to cold water. The North Branch Beaver Creek is an excellent brown and brook trout stream with hard, clear, and slightly alkaline waters which are conducive to high productivity. Walker Creek, and a smaller unnamed headwater streams comprise the streams that all capable of supporting trout and mottled sculpin and are classified as Outstanding Resource Waters. There are no waterways listed as impaired in the sub-watershed.

Objective

Water quality monitoring was conducted at 8 wadeable sites throughout the watershed in the spring, summer, and fall of 2014. During each field visit, basic water quality parameters including air temperature, water temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, dissolved oxygen percent, pH, flow, and water clarity were collected. Total Phosphorous samples were collected by a citizen volunteer once per month throughout the growing season from May-October. A continuous temperature HOBO was installed at this site and collected continuous water temperature reading between May-October.

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

Targeted Watershed Approach
Evaluation (TP SSC, Stressor, Bioassess)
East_TWA_4_2014
2014
Complete
 
Reports and Documents
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA Final Draft 2017
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA WQM Plan 2017 Presentation
North Branch Beaver Creek at 25th Street (520400) photo by Andrew Hudak
Walker Creek Picture
North Branch Beaver Creek Picture
North Branch Beaver- Brown Trout
UNT to North Branch Beaver Creeek Picture
North Branch Beaver Creek Watershed- Final Report
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) project photo5 by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) project photo4 by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek Sediment Trap (520400) photo by Anrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) project photo3 by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) project photo2 by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) Fish4 photo by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) Fish5 photo by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek 1 (520400) photo by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) project photo by Andrew Hudak
Walker Creek 3 (520700) photo by Andrew Hudak
Walker Creek 2 (520700) photo by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) Fish3 photo by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) Fish2 photo by Andrew Hudak
North Branch Beaver Creek TWA 2014 (520400) Fish photo by Andrew Hudak
Walker Creek (520700) photo by Andrew Hudak
 
Activities & Recommendations
Control Streambank Erosion
Stream corridors should be managed to encourage removal of woody vegetation to prevent overgrowth along banks, to control regrowth, and use management practices that avoid destabilization of banks.
Rivers Management Grant
Marinette County Conservation Department and/or other county staff should apply for runoff and river grants to identify and fund specific resource actions that would further protect and restore the high quality waters of the North Beaver Creek Subwatershed area.
Runoff Grant
Marinette County Conservation Department and/or other county staff should apply for runoff and river grants to identify and fund specific resource actions that would further protect and restore the high quality waters of the North Beaver Creek Subwatershed area.
Monitor and/or Protect Groundwater, Sourcewater
DNR should work with the county and local partners to identify protection measures for sensitive waters in the watershed – North Branch, Walker Creek, and unnamed tributaries.
Master Planning
DNR should update the Master Plan for the North Branch Beaver Creek State Fishery Area, which was last updated in 1980 (see map).
Best Management Practices, Implement
DNR should continue to pursue partnership projects with local area conservation organizations including trout unlimited and local agencies. • DNR should work with local partners to reduce streambank grazing and reducing related impacts and related programs through conservation practices.
Best Management Practices, Implement
Stream corridors should be managed to encourage removal of woody vegetation to prevent overgrowth along banks, to control regrowth, and use management practices that avoid destabilization of banks.