Watershed - Plover and Little Plover Rivers (CW12)
Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed

Details

The Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed is located in the counties of Portage, Marathon, Langlade and Shawano. The Upper Wisconsin River Task Forces' Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan (1979) indicated that the Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed is significantly affected by NPS pollution. Several partners and agencies are making efforts to restore in-stream habitat, develop conservation easements and acquire privately owned land adjacent to the streams. The Plover River and Little Plover Rivers Watershed was ranked using the Nonpoint Source Priority Watershed Selection Criteria. Based on available surface and groundwater data, the overall ranking is medium, establishing a moderate priority for future grant eligibility through the State Nonpoint Source Pollution Abatement Program. The Portage County Animal Waste Plan ranked the Plover River and Little Plover Rivers Watershed as first priority of 12 watersheds for NPS control of animal waste and sensitivity to groundwater contamination. The watershed was ranked sixth for surface water pollution as well. The soil erosion control plans for Portage and Marathon Counties indicate that portions of the watershed have high soil erosion rates, particularly in the towns of Stockton (within Portage Co. priority area No.1) and Norrie in Marathon County.

Date  2002

Ecological Landscapes for Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed is located in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape in the north and in the Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape in the south. The Forest Transition Ecological Landscape lies along the northern border of Wisconsin's Tension Zone, through the central and western part of the state, and supports both northern forests and agricultural areas. The central portion of the Forest Transition lies primarily on a glacial till plain deposited by glaciation between 25,000 and 790,000 years ago. The eastern and western portions are on moraines of the Wisconsin glaciation. The growing season in this part of the state is long enough that agriculture is viable, although climatic conditions are not as favorable as in southern Wisconsin. Soils are diverse, ranging from sandy loam to loam or shallow silt loam, and from poorly drained to well drained. The historic vegetation of the Forest Transition was primarily northern hardwood forest. These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine. Currently, over 60% of this Ecological Landscape is non-forested. Forested areas consist primarily of northern hardwoods and aspen, with smaller amounts of oak and lowland hardwoods. The eastern portion of the Ecological Landscape differs from the rest of the area in that it remains primarily forested, and includes some ecologically significant areas. Throughout the Ecological Landscape, small areas of conifer swamp are found near the headwaters of streams, and associated with lakes in kettle depressions on moraines. Ground flora show characteristics of both northern and southern Wisconsin, as this Ecological Landscape lies along the Tension Zone. The Central Sand Plains Ecological Landscape, located in central Wisconsin, occurs on a flat, sandy lake plain, and supports agriculture, forestry, recreation, and wildlife management. The Ecological Landscape formed in and around what was once Glacial Lake Wisconsin, which contained glacial meltwater extending over 1.1 million acres at its highest stage. Soils are primarily sandy lake deposits, some with silt-loam loess caps. Sandstone buttes carved by rapid drainage of the glacial lake, or by wave action when they existed as islands in the lake, are distinctive features of this landscape. The historic vegetation of the area included extensive wetlands of many types, including open bogs, shrub swamps, and sedge meadows. Prairies, oak forests, savannas and barrens also occurred in the Ecological Landscape. An area of more mesic forest with white pine and hemlock was found in the northwest portion, including a significant pinery in eastern Jackson County. Today, nearly half of the Ecological Landscape is nonforested, in agriculture and grassland. Most of the historic wetlands were drained early in the 1900s and are now used for vegetable cropping. The forested portion is mostly oak-dominated forest, followed by aspen and pines. A minor portion is maple-basswood forest and lowland hardwoods.

Date  2010

Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed At-a-Glance

Impaired Water in Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed
River and Stream QualityAll Waters in Watershed

Water quality problems include in-stream sedimentation due to streambank pasturing, high in-stream nitrate and pesticide concentrations due to excess chemical applications. The Plover River Alliance in cooperation with Golden Sands RC&D, Portage and Marathon County LCD’s and the University of Stevens Point were awarded a River Protection Grant to study water quality and land use in the Plover River Watershed. The results of this study will assist Land Conservation Departments in identifying high priority locations that will allow them to focus their efforts on specific sites. Results and management recommendations will be available when the study is complete.

Date  2002

Watershed Trout Streams
Watershed Outstanding & Exceptional Resources

Lakes and Impoundments

Impaired Waters

List of Impaired Waters
Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

Mcdill Inland Lake P & R District: Mcdill Ewm, Clp Control: The McDill Inland Lake Protection District proposes to continue harvesting, hand-pulling, spot treatment, and monitoring of Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed infestations in McDill Pond in Portage County. Major project elements also include hiring of consultants and coordination of lake district volunteers.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Mcdill Inland Lake P & R District: Mcdill Ewm, Clp Control: The McDill Inland Lake Protection District proposes to continue harvesting, hand-pulling, spot treatment, and monitoring of Eurasian Watermilfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed infestations in McDill Pond in Portage County. Major project elements also include hiring of consultants and coordination of lake district volunteers.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Wadley Lake
Status
Complete

Golden Sands Rc&D: Wadley Ewm: Golden Sands RC&D proposes to contract for treatment of Eurasian Watermilfoil on Wadley Lake in Marathon County. Major project elements to include: 1) Pre- and post-treatment monitoring with Point Intecept surveys, GIS mapping, and photo documentation, 2) annual chemical treatments and hand-removal of AIS, 3) Citizen monitoring and Clean Boats Clean Waters training, 4) Work parties to promote lake resident involvement.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Big Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Golden Sands Rc&D: Regional Ais Spec. 6: Golden Sands RC&D proposes to continue funding for an Aquatic Invasive Species specialis serving Portage, Wood and Marathon counties. Major project elements to include: 1) Coordination of outreach, training, citizen monitoring, Clean Boats Clean Waters, and active AIS control activites on publicly accessible lakes within the counties, 2) Updates to waterway access inventories in each county, 3) Administration and staffing of grant eligible project elements.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Springville Apm Plan: The Village of Plover proposes to create an aquatic plant management plan for Springville Pond in Portage County. Major project elements to include: 1) surveys of milfoil weevils and aquatic macrophytes, 2) meetings and plan development, 3) final report.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

Portage County Lcd: Portage Co. Ewm (Ais): Portage County proposes to continue planning efforts toward control of Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM) in its lakes with public access. Major elements to include: 1) EWM mapping and McDill Pond and Lake Emily, 2) Dissemination of public information, 3) Research into biocontrol alternatives.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

Mcdill Inland Lake P & R District: Mcdill Apm Plan: McDill Lake P&RD proposes to contract with the U.W. Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education and other partners to develop an aquatic plant management plan for McDill Pond in Portage County. Major project elements to include: 1) review of existing data, 2) survey of riparian property owners, 3) lake mapping, 4) plan development.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Portage County Lcd: Portage Co. Ewm (Ais): Portage County proposes to continue planning efforts toward control of Eurasion Water Milfoil (EWM) in its lakes with public access. Major elements to include: 1) EWM mapping and McDill Pond and Lake Emily, 2) Dissemination of public information, 3) Research into biocontrol alternatives.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Mcdill Inland Lake P & R District: Mcdill Apm Plan: McDill Lake P&RD proposes to contract with the U.W. Stevens Point Center for Watershed Science and Education and other partners to develop an aquatic plant management plan for McDill Pond in Portage County. Major project elements to include: 1) review of existing data, 2) survey of riparian property owners, 3) lake mapping, 4) plan development.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Springville Pond
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Springville Apm Plan: The Village of Plover proposes to create an aquatic plant management plan for Springville Pond in Portage County. Major project elements to include: 1) surveys of milfoil weevils and aquatic macrophytes, 2) meetings and plan development, 3) final report.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Research Grant
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

University Of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Portage Co. Weevils: The U.W. Stevens Point College of Natural Resouces, in conjunction with the Schmeekle Reserve and Portage County, proposes to further study the use of milfoil weevils to control Eurasian Watermilfoil infestations in four Portage County lakes. Major project elements to include: 1) charactarization of milfoil beds, 2) weevil habitat studies, 3) water quality, temperature and sediment core sampling, 4) bathymetric and GIS contour mapping on Lake Joanis, 5) final report. As final report is to come in the form of the Regional AIS Coordinator's Masters Thesis, the AIS coordinator's tuition costs may also be considered as eligible expenses.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Research Grant
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

University Of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Portage Co. Weevils: The U.W. Stevens Point College of Natural Resouces, in conjunction with the Schmeekle Reserve and Portage County, proposes to further study the use of milfoil weevils to control Eurasian Watermilfoil infestations in four Portage County lakes. Major project elements to include: 1) charactarization of milfoil beds, 2) weevil habitat studies, 3) water quality, temperature and sediment core sampling, 4) bathymetric and GIS contour mapping on Lake Joanis, 5) final report. As final report is to come in the form of the Regional AIS Coordinator's Masters Thesis, the AIS coordinator's tuition costs may also be considered as eligible expenses.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

Mcdill Inland Lake P & R District: Mcdill Pond Clean Boats Clean Waters 2013: The McDill Inland Lake P&R District is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2013 at two public boat landings on McDill Pond.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Mcdill Inland Lake P & R District: Mcdill Pond Clean Boats Clean Waters 2013: The McDill Inland Lake P&R District is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2013 at two public boat landings on McDill Pond.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2013
Waters Involved
Big Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Lco-Marathon Class 7: Marathon County proposes to continue toward completion of its Phase II efforts to classify 11 lakes in eastern Marathon County. Major project elements to include: 1) Develop lake management plans, 2) Establish planning committees, 3) Review and revise shoreland zoning ordinance, 4) Hold one-day water forum, and 5) Develop guide for Zoning Board of Adjustment members.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2009
Waters Involved
Jordan Pond
Status
Complete

Portage County: Lco-Portage Lakes Class 3: Portage County seeks to implement Phase 3 of its lake management planning efforts for 17 lakes in Portage County to help facilitate county-wide lake protection planning. Major project elements to include: 1) individual lake resident/user surveys and plan development, 2) web-based reporting system, 3) build-out assessment and predictive modeling, 4) development of guide for local boards and commissions, 5) final project report.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2009
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

Portage County: Lco-Portage Lakes Class 4: Portage County seeks to implement Phase 4 of its lake management planning efforts for 17 lakes in Portage County to help facilitate county-wide lake protection planning. Major project elements to include: 1) individual lake resident/user surveys and plan development, 2) web-based reporting system, 3) build-out assessment and predictive modeling, 4) development of guide for local boards and commissions, 5) final project report.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
7/12/2010
Waters Involved
Mission Lake
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Lco-Marathon Class 2: Marathon County proposes to conduct detailed studies of 11 lakes in the Eastern part of Marathon County for the purpose of classifying them and developing plans for their future management. major project elements in this phased project include: 1) data collection, 2) outreach, 3) management planning and 4) plan implementation.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2009
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Portage County: Lco-Portage Lakes Class 3: Portage County seeks to implement Phase 3 of its lake management planning efforts for 17 lakes in Portage County to help facilitate county-wide lake protection planning. Major project elements to include: 1) individual lake resident/user surveys and plan development, 2) web-based reporting system, 3) build-out assessment and predictive modeling, 4) development of guide for local boards and commissions, 5) final project report.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2009
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Portage County: Lco-Portage Lakes Class 4: Portage County seeks to implement Phase 4 of its lake management planning efforts for 17 lakes in Portage County to help facilitate county-wide lake protection planning. Major project elements to include: 1) individual lake resident/user surveys and plan development, 2) web-based reporting system, 3) build-out assessment and predictive modeling, 4) development of guide for local boards and commissions, 5) final project report.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
7/12/2010
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Lco-Marathon Class 2: Marathon County proposes to conduct detailed studies of 11 lakes in the Eastern part of Marathon County for the purpose of classifying them and developing plans for their future management. major project elements in this phased project include: 1) data collection, 2) outreach, 3) management planning and 4) plan implementation.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2008
Waters Involved
Wisconsin River
Status
Complete

Portage County: Lmi-Portage Lake Nutrients: The Portage Co. Land Conservation Dept. proposes to continue its funding of a nutrient management educator position to work with agricultural producers to reduce phosphorus inputs into the Upper Wisconsin River watershed and associated flowages.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2008
Waters Involved
Wisconsin River Flowage Number 2 49
Status
Complete

Portage County: Lmi-Portage Lake Nutrients: The Portage Co. Land Conservation Dept. proposes to continue its funding of a nutrient management educator position to work with agricultural producers to reduce phosphorus inputs into the Upper Wisconsin River watershed and associated flowages.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Big Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Big Bass Lake Protection & Rehab. District: Big Bass Lake And Watershed Assessment: The Big Bass Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District proposes to begin a holistic study of Big Bass Lake. Major project elements to include: 1) development of a watershed map, 2) conduct secchi disc survey, 3) sediment sampling, characterization and mapping, 4) water quality sampling and analysis, 4) well water sampling and analysis from residences around the lake, and 5) development and distribution of a final report. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided both paper and electronic copies of the final report. Project results will be shared with the public through newsletter mailings and public meetings, and through development of a Comprehensive Management Plan to be made available through the Marathon Co. Public Library.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Castle Rock Ditch
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Cruson Slough
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Lake Du Bay
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Little Pine Creek
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/20/1992
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

City Of Stevens Point: Mcdill Pond Lake Management Planning: 1) Compile existing land use information and make projections for future development. 2) Use eutrophication modeling technique to calculate nutrient and sediment loading for present and future land use.3) Conduct a lake user survey. 4) Conduct water quality sampling during 1992 per application specs. 5) Conduct erosion/sediment mapping of problem areas. Identify controllable nutrient sources.6) Determine target levels for lake water quality parameters. 7) Develop alternatives to achieve desired reductions in nutrient loading to lake.8) Disseminate information to the public by newsletter, local newspaper articles, fact sheet, public meetings, and the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/6/1994
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

City Of Stevens Point: Mcdill Pond Lake Management Planning - Phase 2: Based on recommendations from Pase 1 of the McDill Pond planning activities, the City of Stevens Point will address sediment loading needs by determining existing accumulation rates, projectinf future rates and identifying remedial actions. A fisheriesmanagement plan and a public participation program will also be undertaken. Project activities include: 1) sediment core sampling in the Plover River and McDill Pond 2) investigationof upstream erosion 3) model sediments entering McDill Pond byquantifying river hydraulics, sediment loading patterns and projecting future sediment loading 4) evaluate the feasibility of dredging 5) develop a fisheries management plan 6) disseminate the information regarding these activities and resultingrecommendations to the public by newsletter, local newspaper articles and public meetings. Project results will be reposited Portage County Public Library, City Hall and City of Stevens Point


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1996
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

City Of Stevens Point: Mcdill Pond Comprehensive Lake Management Plan: The City of Stevens Point proposes to complete a comprehensive lake management plan for McDill Pond. Project activities include 1) define the relationship between aquatic plant growth and sediment characteristics, 2) prepare a data summary of continued self-help water quality monitoring, and, 3) complete writing the comprehensive lake management plan. A final report will be prepared discussing project results. A paper copy and an electronic copy of the report will be provided to the Department of Natural Resources. Information about the project activities and results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter mailing, public meeting, and local newspaper article.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1996
Waters Involved
McDill Pond
Status
Complete

City Of Stevens Point: Mcdill Pond Sediment Control Strategies Planning: The City of Stevens Point proposes to complete the last phase of a comprehensive lake management plan for McDill Pond. Project activities include 1) model sediment loading to lake and evaluate sediment basin, 2) determine pollutant loading from stormwater sources, 3) bring study results and recommendations to the public, and 4) begin writing comprehensive plan for lake. A final report will be prepared detailing the project results. A paper copy and an electronic copy of the report will be provided to the Department of Natural Resources. Information on the project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter mailing, fact sheet distribution, public meeting, and local newspaper article. end.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1996
Waters Involved
Pike Lake
Status
Complete

Pike Lake Sportsmen Club, Ltd: Pike Lake And Watershed Management Plan Development: The Pike Lake Sportsmen Club proposes to develop a lake management plan for Pike Lake. Project activities include analysis of the lake's water quality, analysis of the fish and aquatic plant community, an appraisal of land uses within the watershed, a lake watershed inventory, a lake property owner's survey, an evaluation of the present aeration system, and a lake plan including recommendations. The project proposal includes 339 hours of volunteer labor reflecting $1,695 as part of the local cost share. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with a paper copy and an electronic copy of the project's final reports. Information about the project will be disseminated to the public by newsletter mailing, report mailing, public meeting, and a comprehensive management plan. end.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Pike Lake
Status
Complete

Pike Lake Sportsmen Club, Ltd: Pike Lake Aquatic Plant Management: The Pike Lake Sportsman's Club, in cooperation with the UWSP Center for Watershed Science and Education (CWSE) proposes to develop an aquatic plant management (APM) plan for Pike Lake in Marathon County. Major project elements to include: 1) review of existing data 2) resident survey, 3) survey and mapping of aquatic vegetation, 4) plan development. Results of the project will be presented to club residents, interested citizens and those working with plan development. (Std. report approval, submission language)


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/21/1993
Waters Involved
Springville Pond
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Springville Pond Management Planning: Analyze existing lake water quality data. Conduct an aquatic plant survey. Evaluate past aquatic plant management efforts on lake.Develop an aquatic plan management plan. Develop a watershed management plan. Conduct an opinion survey of residents in the Little Plover River Watershed.Information will be disseminated to the public by newsletter, local newspaper articles, public meetings, tv or radio spots, and summary report mailings.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Wisconsin River
Status
Complete

Lake Alice Association, Inc: Lake Alice Stewardship Program Phase Ii - Understanding The Biota Of Lake Alice: Lake Alice Association is sponsoring phased large scale lake planning grants to study Lake Alice, in Lincoln County. The project will focus on developing and updating an Adaptive Lake Management Plan (LMP) for Lake Alice. Phase 2 was funded in this grant cycle and Phases 3-5 will be submitted for funding starting in 2011.

Project activities for Phase 2 include: 1) Educational program, meetings and educational events with lake association and Tomahawk High School students, written educational materials, news releases, and website updates; 2) Point-intercept (PI) aquatic plant survey; 3) Aquatic plant community and substrate mapping; 4) Water quality assessment; 5) Volunteer amphibian monitoring and angler survey; 6) Update LMP.

Project deliverables include: 1) Educational materials and news releases; 2) Aquatic plant community and substrate maps; 3) PI, water quality, amphibian, and angler data; 4) LMP.

Specific conditions for this project: LMP needs Dept review and approval

WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) and hard copy of LMP, news releases, any other educational materials/products, all data, all maps from project, and all GIS data.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Pleasant Lake
Status
Complete

Pleasant Lake Protection & Rehabilitation Di: Pleasant Lake Pr & D Apm Plan: Quantify current water quality and identify aquatic plant issues and concerns. Conduct a plant survey. Develop an aquatic plant management plan.

Project deliverables will include a report that contains the following elements:
" **9** Review existing conditions and identify potential point and nonpoint source of pollution, nutrient and contaminant inputs and balances.
" **9** Compilation of existing water quality data
" **9** Plant distribution map
" **9** Recreational use survey to determine type and extent of lake usage.
" **9** Management alternatives
" **9** Minutes from two public information sessions to inform Pleasant Lake residents of planning program and anticipated outcomes.
" **9** An aquatic plant management plan.

A full description of the project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.
Department staff are improving the quality of grant reports by making sure applicants know very clearly ahead of time that ranking points ARE deliverables. We interpret the ranking questions very literally. In rare cases, an equivalent effort is considered; it should be clarified by the justification/explanation given with the ranking point and equivalent effort must be approved by Department staff. When the grant is complete, the Department will look for every single deliverable, even minor ones, and if they are not adequately addressed, only partial reimbursement (at the department's discretion) will be made to the applicant.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Pleasant Lake Protection & Rehabilitation Di: Pleasant Lake Pr & D Apm Plan: Quantify current water quality and identify aquatic plant issues and concerns. Conduct a plant survey. Develop an aquatic plant management plan.

Project deliverables will include a report that contains the following elements:
" **9** Review existing conditions and identify potential point and nonpoint source of pollution, nutrient and contaminant inputs and balances.
" **9** Compilation of existing water quality data
" **9** Plant distribution map
" **9** Recreational use survey to determine type and extent of lake usage.
" **9** Management alternatives
" **9** Minutes from two public information sessions to inform Pleasant Lake residents of planning program and anticipated outcomes.
" **9** An aquatic plant management plan.

A full description of the project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.
Department staff are improving the quality of grant reports by making sure applicants know very clearly ahead of time that ranking points ARE deliverables. We interpret the ranking questions very literally. In rare cases, an equivalent effort is considered; it should be clarified by the justification/explanation given with the ranking point and equivalent effort must be approved by Department staff. When the grant is complete, the Department will look for every single deliverable, even minor ones, and if they are not adequately addressed, only partial reimbursement (at the department's discretion) will be made to the applicant.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
8/10/2005
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Portage County Lcd: Feltz Manure Storage: To cost-share compliance of manure storage with performance standards and to protect area drinking water sources.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/1/2004
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Marathon County Lcd: Fischer Farm Noi: to cost share NOI at 70%


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Urban Construction
Date
1/3/2000
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Springville Pond: To provide 50% cost-share reimbursement for eligible construction expenses for the Springville Pond


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Urban Construction
Date
1/3/2000
Waters Involved
Springville Pond
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Springville Pond: To provide 50% cost-share reimbursement for eligible construction expenses for the Springville Pond


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2005
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

City Of Stevens Point - Dpw: Stormwater Plan & Funding: development of a storm water management plan, to include creation of stormwater, erosion & illicit discharge control ordinances, mapping, assessment of alternative practice installations, and evaluation of alternative funding mechanisms.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2008
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Little Plover Study: The Village of Plover, in cooperation with the Village of Whiting and other partners, proposes to contract with Earth Tech for studies associated with the development of a new water supply well; a key objective of the project being protection of the Little Plove River from diminished flow due to local groundwater demand. Key elements of the project to include: 1) Identification of potential well sites, 2) Collection of hydrological data, 3) Data base research associated with potential sites, 4) Water samples, 5) Area surveys, 6) Mapping, 7) Final report.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2009
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Village Of Plover: Little Plover 2: The Village of Plover proposes to contract for completion of its study of the Little Plover River Watershed in Portage County, with the objective protecting river from diminished flow due to local groundwater demand. Key elements of the project to include: 1) Identification of potential well sites, 2) Collection of hydrological data, 3) Data base research associated with potential sites, 4) Water samples, 5) Area surveys, 6) Mapping, 7) Final report.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2010
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Portage County: Little Plover Outreach: Portage County proposes to contact with Golden Sands RC&D to hire staff to develop a website for the Friends of the Little Plover River, develop water conservation information and education activities, and conduct a formal organizational assessment.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2010
Waters Involved
Little Plover River
Status
Complete

Village Of Whiting: Little Plover Wells 3: The Village of Whiting proposes to contract for continued study of alternate municipal water supply wells to lessen the demand on groundwater flow into the Little Plover River in Portage County. Major project elements to include: 1) Review pumping data from existing wells, 2) Estimate capacity of existing water supply system, 3) Identify, study and recommend alternative well sites.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Golden Sands Rc&D Council, Inc.: Plover River Water Quality Project: The Golden Sands RC@D will conduct water quality monitoring of the Plover River in Marathon and Portage Counties. Activities involved with this project will include collection of water quality samples at 18 locations along the river, installation and collection of data from 7 water temperature monitors. Data collected will be used to identify problem areas and will also be used in the development of a long term management plan for the river.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
**9** a final report in the form of a management plan,
**9** water quality monitoring data from the Environmental Task Foce Laboratory
**9**
The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
10/18/2000
Waters Involved
Plover River
Status
Complete

Golden Sands Rc&D Council, Inc.: Plover River Water Quality Project #2: Analysis of samples from three events, two base flows and for fecal coliform at 18 sampling stations. Believe that additional sampling covering an entire year would produce data that would provide a more accurate and thorough understanding of the water quality of the Plover River. It is desirable to collect samples in accordance with the agricultural seasons; 1) Post planting but prior to emergence, 2) crops on, 3) post harvest and 4) spring law. The crops on and post harvest periods will be sampled with the current grant using funding for the two event and two base flow samples. Propose sampling for herbicides and pesticides at sites with elevated nutrient levels.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
Plover and Little Plover Rivers Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Aquatic Invasives County Coordinator - Shawano County
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
1179900 name Wisconsin River TMDL ID 622 Start Mile 0 End Mile 27.67
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor to Evaluate Stream Baseflow
Flow monitoring in central sands
Date
Status
Flow monitoring
7/1/2010
Proposed
Projects
 
Plover and Little Plover Rivers WatershedWatershed History Note

Early settlers in the area harnessed the Plover River for energy and water transportation. During the lumbering days, the Plover River became one of the most extensively used streams in central Wisconsin. In addition to the McDill dam, the Plover River had several other dams. The earliest of these was the Jordan Dam at Hwy 66, built about 1843. Other dams included the Van Order/Curtis dam, just north of the Jordan dam, in 1857, followed by another little known dam another 4 miles north. A dam and sawmill operation was also constructed at current day Iverson park around 1865. It was located where Highway 10 crosses the Plover River but discontinued in 1878. In the 1870s lumber rafting on the Plover River began to decline due to the development of the railroad. Logs began to be hauled by rail instead of by water. The last log drives on the Plover River probably occurred in the 1890s. In 1895 a fire destroyed the McDill sawmill. The McDill Pond grist mill was erected in 1885 at the same site as the sawmill. The grist mill was used to grind grain from area farmers; later this site served as a graphite mill for graphite mined in the Junction City area. At the turn of the century, the site was converted to a Kraft pulp mill, and coined "stink mill." Over time the McDill Dam was repaired and in 1999 reconstructed with funds from the Highway HH reconstruction project. (This summary is courtesy of the UWSP Environmental Task Force, through a Lake Planning Grant, 2001)

Date  2001